CTM x transmediale 2024: Oceanic Refractions

Multisensoric Installation presented by CTM and transmediale

Oceanic Refractions is an immersive installation featuring testimonies of Fijian, i-Kiribati and Papua New Guinean elders on kinship, self-determination and care in the face of global ecocide. Along with reflections from these teachers, artists, fisherpeople, grandparents and chiefs, we hear field recordings of the reefs of Fiji, the oceans and mangroves of Kiribati, and the shorelines of Papua New Guinea’s Duke of York Islands. Through hyper-detailed soundscape compositions, combined with 360 videography, kinetic seating, and olfactory effects, »Oceanic Refractions« creates an unforgettable sensorial experience. Moved by listening and silence, the installation offers audiences rare insights into the environmental relations sustaining Oceania’s many worlds.

The result of several years of research and talanoa (dialogue) with Indigenous  leaders, scholars, artists and advocates from Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands and Nauru, the work is led and produced by artists AM Kanngieser (Australia/Germany) and Mere Nailatikau (Fiji) and who combine their expertise in climate research, education and arts (Kanngieser) and Pacific communication and international relations (Nailatikau), as I they work with sound artist KMRU (Kenya/Germany), filmmakers Laisiasa Dave Lavaki (Fiji) and Tumeli Tuqota (Fiji), olfactory designer Smell Art (Australia), design and fabrication studio Space Forms (Ireland) and projection specialist Frame Works (Ireland).

The themes addressed by the installation will be further explored through talks and lectures at both CTM Festival and transmediale, as well as through specially commissioned texts featured via the festival magazines.

Friday, January 26–Sunday, February 4
Opening hours daily: 12 pm–9 pm | Admission 6 Euros
There are 2 time slots per hour (time slot of 25–30 minutes), in each of them a limited number of people are admitted. We recommend booking tickets in advance via our online store and to arrive punctually for the time slot, as there is no later admission.


Oceanic Refractions is co-produced by CTM Festival and transmediale with funding by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds German Capital Culture Fonds), Creative Australia and with support from the European Commission.


Event Access
Under 16s are only allowed entry when accompanied by a legal guardian. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
silent green Betonhalle is partially accessible: The ramp leading down to the venue has a very strong angle, which can create difficulties for non-electric wheelchairs. A lift is available at the back of the building, please speak to entrance staff for assistance.
We offer free access for an accompanying person for holders of a »Schwerbehinderten Ausweis mit Kategorie B« card. Please get in touch with CTM’s boxoffice in advance to make arrangements: boxoffice(at)ctm-festival.de.
There are 2 time slots per hour, in each of which a limited number of people are admitted. We recommend booking tickets in advance via our online store.
Several sessions with mandatory masking are offered for immunocompromised visitors: January 30th at 18:30, January 31st at 14:00, and February 4th at 14:00.
Indigenous Pacific and other First Nations and Aboriginal communities can reach out for free access to the installation by writing to us at boxoffice(at)ctm-festival.de.