WE ARE OCEAN Berlin+Brandenburg Book, graphic design sheet, concrete poetry by Studio Anugraha, Mumbai, 2022

“WE ARE OCEAN Berlin+Brandenburg Book

The WE ARE OCEAN Berlin+Brandenburg publication reflects the respective project in Berlin and Brandenburg conducted in 2019 by Lisa Rave, and curated by Anne-Marie Melster and Julia Moritz. It narrates the story of how art can make a difference in the context of ocean protection through essays, short scientific texts, curatorial statements, and educational reflections.

The book is giving a voice to all participants of the book and invited renowned writers and curators like TJ Demos, Stefanie Hessler, and Julia Moritz as well as the leading marine biologist and director of the Alfred-Wegener-Institut Antje Boetius to contribute with specific texts.

The book and the project are introduced by the artistic director of the WE ARE OCEAN Global Program and co-founder and director of ARTPORT_making waves.

Studio Anugraha from Mumbai created the graphic design based on their research about sustainable book production, particularly for this publication.

The editors Anne-Marie Melster and Marc Johnson were supported by the curator Lina Vincent, who accompanied the graphic design production in India.

Our generous funder the Postcode Lotterie DT gGmbH made it possible to gather the voices of this project in a meaningful publication with international voice. It is published in German and English and will reach the public in fall 2022.


ARTPORT_making waves and CLB Berlin invite you to celebrate the publication of the book WE ARE OCEAN Berlin+Brandenburg on Tuesday, July 18th at 6 p.m. 

Berlin is by the sea. And not just in our hearts. Critically experiencing the close integration of land and water, city and sea, nature and culture is one of the fundamental concerns of the global WE ARE OCEAN project. The BERLIN+BRANDENBURG edition brought together artists, scientists, politicians, curators and, last but not least, students and teachers to exchange views on the fundamental importance of the ocean in the context of climate change.

The book of the same name brings together the experiences of the students as well as new texts by Antje Boetius, Stefanie Hessler, T. J. Demos, Francesca Santoro, Julia Moritz, Lisa Rave and Anne-Marie Melster. It shows different approaches to raising awareness about the threatening situation of the ocean and to changing our behaviour.

We are pleased to present the book now and to return to the CLB Berlin am Moritzplatz for this occasion. Anne-Marie Melster welcomes the author and project curator Julia Moritz and the author and project artist Lisa Rave. Elang Basadi, curator of ARTPORT_making waves in Botswana, is visually staging the book for this evening. Drinks are available.