The Oceanographies Institute studies the relation between two kinds of bodies: the human body and the vast body of the ocean. It is interested in singular encounters with the ocean and the knowledge that is inherent in those encounters. The relation of hands to the mud, ears to the breaking of the waves, feet to the feeling of sinking is what is relevant to it, rather than the ocean “in itself”, devoid of human presence.
Performance and poetry play a major role in the institute’s work. In fact, the institute uses microphones, speakers, light filters, reflective foils and the like for its research, considering them to be at least as appropriate for studying personal relations to oceans as microscopes or petri dishes. In a series of private meetings, which are called Ocean Conversations and Demonstrations, different people’s experiences and memories of the ocean are explored. In public performances, the institute aims to reenact and share those private conversations with the public.