Esther Heller – “Ipomoea Alba” | Domicilium

Esther Heller came through to Domicilium in December to say farewell for now to Berlin. After getting into the Creative Writing program at Oxford, Esther has had to move to England to further hone her artistic skills. Her special multi-media set was a pleasure both to host and witness. You can find Esther’s work on her website . Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

“wet leaf dance” – Hannah Kenyon Lair

i am the smell of rotting leaves and i am the moist soft ground beneath them. you are the joy in jumping and i, i am the rotting.   the sweet peace of falling asleep and forgetting this body rings with the wind like a chorus. will you tell me a story while i go?   you are the bright leaf’s dance as he falls from the tree and i am waking to watch the tree: yellower than the sun and much louder.   on mornings like these, i cannot distinguish between regret and gratitude. i think they must both swing wild in a banjo’s holler.   so i am missing wild brown hills and wild dogs and your voice. i am dreaming of sleepovers and of lives well built.   in these dreams, i meet friends in kindness and patience and i meet strangers with love.   in this...

Bard Baitman – “Makeout” | Domicilium

Bard’s set of existentialist musings was rich with intimacy and insight. Addressing everything from the insignificance of the human life to the proper way to give a caring hug, he had the audience captivated from the first moments he stepped on stage. Bard’s work can be found on his website, and he’s also got a Facebook you can check out Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

“monster / creature” – Hannah Kenyon Lair

the words that i have to describe what happened here are not mine, have no value to me: slow dissolution before a rupture. the recognition of pain when the surge fades.   even now, i cannot feel. too frightened, or strong, or alone. all feeling lives in relation to you. how did you manage that, world-builder?   how does it feel to know you’re a god, a mother, a fleshy divinity? is speaking for you something sacred? or are you fertile like rotting fruit – pungent and profane?   ice floe or no, the tide rises. the memory of limbs quiets in the cool dusk. i am using only what you have given me. this is all that i have. daddy frankenstein, i am begging you: look me in the eyes and tell me   you don’t want me to live without you.

Candice Nembhard – “Ginger Me Slowly” | Domicilium

Candice Nembhard had a lot to say when she hit the Domicilium stage fresh off of a hiatus from performing. She dropped bars, sang songs, and won the audience over with her smoothly delivered sass. Find Candice on Insta and Facebook Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Esther Heller – “Lilium ‘Stargazer'” | Domicilium

Esther Heller came through to Domicilium in December to say farewell for now to Berlin. After getting into the Creative Writing program at Oxford, Esther has had to move to England to further hone her artistic skills. Her special multi-media set was a pleasure both to host and witness. You can find Esther’s work on her website . Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

“Feather Cut” – Karen Almendra Byk

  taking teeth out is far worse than crying, and he is a feather that’s cutting me because it’s far away. my job consists of opening cardboard boxes and every time I get hurt my fingers bleed for days, it’s the spill of the accident following me even when I’m away. from today on I’m going to make efforts for things: that’s how it started, the e-mail I was about to send him  

Bard Baitman – “Not Yet” | Domicilium

Bard’s set of existentialist musings was rich with intimacy and insight. Addressing everything from the insignificance of the human life to the proper way to give a caring hug, he had the audience captivated from the first moments he stepped on stage. Bard’s work can be found on his website, and he’s also got a Facebook you can check out Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Candice Nembhard – “Jealousy” | Domicilium

Candice Nembhard had a lot to say when she hit the Domicilium stage fresh off of a hiatus from performing. She dropped bars, sang songs, and won the audience over with her smoothly delivered sass. Find Candice on Insta and Facebook Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

“My Arms Are Weak” – Karen Byk Almendra

L. told me that many years ago and now I cannot lift the cardboard moving boxes. I do the same thing with you: I’m six years old again and I trust a man who explains that I’m a sweet girl. My girlfriends love each other. They kiss and they hug in decadent places and we don’t care that the roof is dripping or that people are throwing up all around us.   L., for example, assured me that she knows me for real, that I don’t need to seduce her. I believe her because all men want to save me when I have nightmares but none of them think that my poems are good. It’s different with L., I call her when I leave your place, she cries on my shoulder while I kiss her through her hair.   We know each other for real, so much that we can...

Esther Heller – “Echinopsis” | Domicilium

Esther Heller came through to Domicilium in December to say farewell for now to Berlin. After getting into the Creative Writing program at Oxford, Esther has had to move to England to further hone her artistic skills. Her special multi-media set was a pleasure both to host and witness. You can find Esther’s work on her website . Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

How I Stay Alive: The Poem | Voices of Berlin – January

You come into existence, your brain comes online, you become a functioning unit then you’re like… the fuck? Today is the best day of your life… Just in a dream. Wow, this is a bit of a tightrope we all live on. I’ve thought many times about suicide… This repetitive, mind-numbing, soul-killing experience… I keep goin’ on, I dunno. I found little tricks, little things to do and really nothing helped. I didn’t want to ask anybody for help. It’s always work a day here, work a day there. There’s the sketchier, I-need-rent, Craigslist segment. Let’s go out every night and get fucking wrecked I don’t do ketamine so I really don’t fit in A foot fetish job, then… Can you translate my book? I keep reminding myself of my own self-worth. What’s going to keep me happy? It’s useless to protect people- the worst thing you can do to...

Bard Baitman – “Pacman of Sensory Stimuli” | Domicilium

Bard’s set of existentialist musings was rich with intimacy and insight. Addressing everything from the insignificance of the human life to the proper way to give a caring hug, he had the audience captivated from the first moments he stepped on stage. Bard’s work can be found on his website, and he’s also got a Facebook you can check out Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Esther Heller – “Aquarium” | Domicilium

Esther Heller came through to Domicilium in December to say farewell for now to Berlin. After getting into the Creative Writing program at Oxford, Esther has had to move to England to further hone her artistic skills. Her special multi-media set was a pleasure both to host and witness. You can find Esther’s work on her website . Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Esther Heller – “Golden Glitter” & “Uses of the Erotic” by Audre Lorde | Domicilium

Esther Heller came through to Domicilium in December to say farewell for now to Berlin. After getting into the Creative Writing program at Oxford, Esther has had to move to England to further hone her artistic skills. Her special multi-media set was a pleasure both to host and witness. You can find Esther’s work on her website.   Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found on his website. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Elijah Elpenor – “Automatic” | Domicilium

Elijah Elpenor has been working on a series of automatically composed essays. His performance at Domicilium consisted of excerpts from a larger collection of these works. Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found on his website. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Roland Satterwhite – “Prison Cell” | Domicilium

Roland’s performance at Domicilium was a touching demonstration of his evokative songwriting and blue grass influenced rhythms. Follow Roland’s Band, Tolyqyn. Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found on his website. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Mary V. – “With Frank Sinatra” | Domicilium

Mary V. is a song writer with an old soul. Her quirky lyricism manages to amuse and cut deep within a single measure. Her performance at Domicilium was deeply moving and colored by the love story she lived while she was visiting her home state of Washington. Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found at https://www.marcseestaedt.de. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month. If you’re in Berlin, come through for a warm, welcoming night of incredible artistry.

Mary V. – “All I Can Do” | Domicilium

Mary V. is a song writer with an old soul. Her quirky lyricism manages to amuse and cut deep within a single measure. Her performance at Domicilium was deeply moving and colored by the love story she lived while she was visiting her home state of Washington. Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found at https://www.marcseestaedt.de. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month. If you’re in Berlin, come through for a warm, welcoming night of incredible artistry.  

“/ʔ/, /θ/ & /ð/” – Ziska Killat

Your first language is nostalgia. When I learnt to spell at school They told us not to say “SS” But “double S’’. What do you know about mouths? You have to stamp your little letters With spit to send them out. Who got to pick the sound of your voice? Do not say “SS”. “S”s require spit. They draw attention. How old is all this intention? Just born and full of sounds Your first language is nostalgia. Be observant of the stops. This one is full of stops. Do not say “SS”. Do not say “socialism” anymore either. Obstruct the airflow in the vocal tract Before vowels. Prevent vibration. Mouth dry and pausing. Wait, neatly – accommodate – attention. Your first language is nostalgia. Your first language comes with stories. So make good use of your teeth. Fought, sought, thought – Thinking, thoughts. Cause turbulence, Plot holes and dental friction:...

The DubTalk ft. Hamza

Hamza’s newly released EP “Tracks from Mars” was one of the key windows we got into the outcome of his practiced craft. He performed the EP’s title track as well as “One Two”, both tracks clearly demonstrating his self professed obsession with writing short, dense lines painting tales in pictures. His performance of his poem “Impassable Stretches” was our second opportunity to see him at work, albeit in a different frame of mind. For Hamza, rap and poetry occupy two distinct modes of expression that, although sometimes utilizing the same techniques, scratch different pieces of his artistic itch. If you’re pressed for time, you can see the performances on our new series “TRAX”, which is a compilation of all of the performances from The DubTalk.Related Links: Raymond Antrobus‘ collection of poems The Perseverance. The HBO series, Def Poetry Jam, from which you should find clips. TQ’s track “Westside” Scott Storch’s Wiki. Mike...

Olivia Shaw – “This Blaze Was Not a Mystery” | Domicilium

Olivia Shaw came to the Domicilium stage bearing pages from her journal. In an honest and vulnerable set, she offered us insight into daily musings, struggles, and inner turmoil. Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found at https://www.marcseestaedt.de. Don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe!

TRAX by Hamza | The DubTalk

Hamza is the second guest to be featured on this season of The DubTalk. As you know if you’ve been keeping up with the weekly updates, we’ve decided to upload shorter compilations of some of the best moments from the episode in the lead up to its release. Our first new series is TRAX, a collection of all of the pieces performed by our guest. Hamza’s first piece is the title track off “Tracks from Mars”. He opens his EP with a clear statement of intent and style, which he delivered in the studio in his typical understated nonchalance. The second piece is a poem entitled “Impassable Stretches” wherein Hamza comes to a realization about depression while sitting in a chapel in solitude. His third and final performance in the K12 was a cheeky little number from “Tracks from Mars” entitled “One Two”. This track is a nod to all...

Olivia Shaw – “The One You Choose” | Domicilium

Olivia Shaw came to the Domicilium stage bearing pages from her journal. In an honest and vulnerable set, she offered us insight into daily musings, struggles, and inner turmoil. Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found at https://www.marcseestaedt.de. Don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe!

A.E. Sadeghipour – “Concrete Reign” | Domicilium

A.E. Sadeghipour came to Domicilium equipped with a slew of fine poems which demonstrated the breadth of her oeuvre. Her poem “Concrete Reign” is a brief recounting of the memory of departing her birth country of Iran and the grief of her mother at having to do so. Find more of A.E. Sadeghipour on her website and on Instagram Camera: Sara Herrlander, who can be found on her website and Instagram. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month in Berlin. If you’re in the hood, come through! We’d love to see you there. Also, don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe!

A.E. Sadeghipour – “Madreseh” | Domicilium

A.E. Sadeghipour came to Domicilium equipped with a slew of fine poems which demonstrated the breadth of her oeuvre. Her poem “Madraseh” is a short window in to the daily life and inquiries of a school girl in Iran. Find more of A.E. Sadeghipour on her website and on Instagram Camera: Sara Herrlander, who can be found on her website and Instagram. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month in Berlin. If you’re in the hood, come through! We’d love to see you there. Also, don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe!

A.E. Sadeghipour – “White is Loveless” | Domicilium

A.E. Sadeghipour came to Domicilium equipped with a slew of fine poems which demonstrated the breadth of her oeuvre. Her poem “White is Loveless” is a rumination on the growing significance of color in contemporary culture. Find more of A.E. Sadeghipour on her website and on Instagram Camera: Sara Herrlander, who can be found on her website and Instagram. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month in Berlin. If you’re in the hood, come through! We’d love to see you there. Also, don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe!

A.E. Sadeghipour – ” Privilege of Assimilation” | Domicilium

A.E. Sadeghipour came to Domicilium equipped with a slew of fine poems which demonstrated the breadth of her oeuvre. Her poem “Privilege of Assimilation” is an exploration of the tolls assimilation can take on a child transplanted to a new culture. Find more of A.E. Sadeghipour on her website and on Instagram Camera: Sara Herrlander, who can be found on her website and Instagram. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month in Berlin. If you’re in the hood, come through! We’d love to see you there. Also, don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe!

A.E. Sadeghipour – “Persian Has No Pronouns” | Domicilium

A.E. Sadeghipour came to Domicilium equipped with a slew of fine poems which demonstrated the breadth of her oeuvre. After revealing her obsession with the word ‘you’ to the audience, A.E. felt it necessary to explain from whence that obsession sprung. Her piece “Persian has No Pronouns” is an effort to give a bit of context to her fascination with pronouns. As the name of the piece suggests, her mother tongue, Farsi, does not use pronouns, and A.E. thinks it might be better for it. Find more of A.E. Sadeghipour on her website and on Instagram Camera: Sara Herrlander, who can be found on her website and Instagram. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month in Berlin. If you’re in the hood, come through! We’d love to see you there. Also, don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe!

A.E. Sadeghipour – “Why Are You Here” | Domicilium

A.E. Sadeghipour came to Domicilium equipped with a slew of fine poems which demonstrated the breadth of her oeuvre. Her set’s second piece was a continuation down the path of nerdiness with which the set opened. “Why are You Here” explores A.E.’s obsession with pronouns, grammar and syntax in a surprisingly personal exploration of the word ‘you’. Find more of A.E. Sadeghipour on her website and on Instagram Camera: Sara Herrlander, who can be found on her website and Instagram. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month in Berlin. If you’re in the hood, come through! We’d love to see you there. Also, don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe!

A.E. Sadeghipour – “If the BVG was an RPG” | Domicilium

A.E. Sadeghipour came to Domicilium equipped with a slew of fine poems which demonstrated the breadth of her oeuvre. She kicked off her set with this funny piece situated on the field of battle… Pokemon Battle. “If the BVG was an RPG” utilizes A.E.’s love for RPGs and her familiarity with the woes of Berlin public transit to great effect. Find more of A.E. Sadeghipour on her website and on Instagram Camera: Sara Herrlander, who can be found on her website and Instagram. Domicilium happens every second Tuesday of the month in Berlin. If you’re in the hood, come through! We’d love to see you there. Also, don’t forget to subscribe if you like the vibe!

Hamza Beg – “I Lost My Phone Somewhere” | Domicilium

Every second Tuesday of the month, we host Domicilium, an event which offers space to artists and encourages them to share the universe in which their art exists. The audience shares a deeply personal experience with each individual artist. The sets are full of emotion and driven by the dedication each artist has for their craft. Our incredible videographer, Sara Herrlander, does an exceptional job capturing the intimacy of the space. Hamza Beg chose to perform an extended poetic set entitled “I Lost My Phone Somewhere” when he featured at Domicilium. Thanks for watching. Subscribe to us on Youtube! Find more of Hamza Beg at https://hamzabeg.bandcamp.com/

The DubTalk ft. Breezy

Season 3 is here, and for the first time, The DubTalk is on video. We invited Breezy to the K12 studio to talk about her new “Tragic Mulatto” EP. The session is a wealth of knowledge and infectious improvised tunes. From minute one, Breezy was candid and honest with Lex and Eli. Off of the back of her open demeanor, we quickly dove into serious conversation about her road to “Tragic Mulatto”. Returning to American culture was rough for Breezy after a year in Berlin studying at dBs Music Berlin. She spent some dramatic time in L.A., which ended in her decision to return back to her home on the east coast. It was there that “Tragic Mulatto” grew into the moving piece of music that it is. The album is informed by “sources”, as Breezy calls them in the interview. These short skit-like interludes come between each track and...

[Teaser] The DubTalk Season 3 Premier

We have been working hard to make this season something special. We’ll be sharing the first episode with y’all come Sunday. Here is the second taste of what’s to come. We’re going to be trying out the new Premier feature on YouTube, so you will be able to watch the video with us when it comes out. That means you’ll be able to chat with us about what’s going on and maybe even give us feedback on the show. Would love to have you there!  

[Teaser] The DubTalk ft. Breezy

For the first time ever, The DubTalk will be on video! Season Three will bring you closer to the weirdness going down in the K12 studio than ever before. The entire session will be available for your viewing pleasure. Nothing will be left out. That means you’ll get to experience the conversations with our amazing guests as if you were in the room with us. We are currently putting the finishing touches on the first episode which features Breezy. She came into the studio fresh off the release of her “Tragic Mulatto” EP, and she had a hell of a lot to say. We couldn’t have chosen a better guest to kick off the season. Stay tuned for the release. If you’re curious about Breezy, find everything you need to know on her website.    

Love & Tolerance by Yansn (Live on The DubTalk)

YANSN straight blew us away when we invited her to the studio for November’s episode of The DubTalk. She’s a multilingual, multi-talented MC and Producer based in Berlin. Luckily, we had our newest members of the crew, Kyle Ferguson and Jo Winter, in the K12 to capture her essence in moving picture. Find YANSN at https://www.facebook.com/daYansn/ or http://www.yansn.de/. Shot by Kyle Ferguson and Jo Winter. Edited by Kyle Ferguson.

The DubTalk ft. Babiche Papaya

The penultimate episode of the final season features yet another multi-talented and socially active being, and she goes by the name of Babiche Papaya. At her request, we opened up the episode with a lengthy freestyle cypher session. Right away, we noticed how unique and witty her freestyle swagger is. She was whipping out lines that were totally off the wall and unexpected, which had us doubled over with laughter. Once we’d rapped ourselves into a frenzy, we finally introduced ourselves to each other and got to talking about serious shit. We wanted to understand how she perceived the Berlin hip hop scene as a woman and an immigrant from Rwanda. Although she speaks fluent German and has such an incredible flow, she was often discouraged by male MC’s treating her as an outsider and questioning her skill even when it was on clear display before them. Throughout the episode,...

The DubTalk ft. Emeka Ene

In the time since this episode was first aired, Emeka has let poetry fall to the side in favor of dance and performance art. Nowadays, he’s using his physical form to express the eccentricities of his mad soul. You can still find him at Curious Fox though. Every first Tuesday of the month, Emeka materializes from the ether to foster a the poetry of others.

The DubTalk ft. Marcus O’Shea

Marcus O’Shea was our honorable guest for the second venture into our DubTalk experimentation. A performance poet of the highest order, Marcus’s  fascination with language and his propensity for building fantastic characters and environments in his writing allows him to lure audiences into his world in order to enlighten them with insights into the human condition. Our interview with Marcus went exceptionally well, largely due to Marcus’s immediate comfort with the Dub Talk format. Many artists find it difficult to spring straight into the studio and be asked to improvise and be wacky, but Marcus did not shy away from our antics. From start to finish, Marcus brought excellence. He performed his pieces “Advice for Returning Astronauts”, Transmissions from the North”, and “His Silences” for us before whipping out an epic tale of female wrestling set in an alternative universe in which wrestling is more than showboating, it’s deadly. Marcus...

The DubTalk ft. Selene Ross

Her story “The Drought” serves as the centerpiece for this episode. In it, she tackles a systemic problem in American society which persists to this day. Its narrative implements the analogy of the eponymous drought to shed light on the emotional complexities of a tragedy which leaves an entire college town rocked with grief. She also performed the pieces “These Days” and “The Day After the Rapture” for us, both of which can be found on her website. It’s been a long while since this episode aired for the first time on SoundCloud, and we’ve come quite a ways since the early days of sitting on the couch in the K12 asking each other “what the fuck are we even doing here”.