Where is the Ocean? by Transpoesis

During the long hours of coronavirus confinement, watching the fish, Cloe, in the aquarium felt like a meditation and a poetic inspiration. With poetry, Andrea sees herself through the other (human, nature, fish). The phone-camera captured Cloe’s swimming, and editing made it an ongoing travelling in memories and in dreams for a time after lockdown.

The wink of the eye is just there by coincidence, or by magic. The picture of the fishing rod was taken during a walk outside – during a time of breathing in freedom.

What we see in the world depends so much on the perspective – the worldview – of the observer. Therefore: Where is the ocean? It is in the wink of your eye.
About the music: The ocean sound was made with a plastic bag-covered hand recorder in the washbasin of Momo’s bathroom with water and bubbles blown in through a straw, completed with some reverb.
Due to lockdown, the two artists collaborate from their respective “home studios”.


Lyrics and video production by Andrea Grieder; music by Momo Kawazoe.

Andrea Grieder is a poet and social anthropologist. She is the founder and director of Transpoesis, an organization based in Rwanda with the aim to empower through Poetry. Originally from Switzerland, she has a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. She is a lecturer at the University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (UTAB), Rwanda.