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“One of three works from a trio of incredible writers delivered directly into your ears – the Acqua Profonda trilogy is the perfect treat for a wintry moment of solitude.”  – Rachel Chant, Festival Director

Ocean Loops by Luke Patterson is an experimental audio poem staging a whirl of interlocking sonically fluxionary and fluidic text to settle the mind in a watery trance. When something emerges from the surf it threatens to destabilise all life as we know it.

Ocean Loops is part III of Acqua Profonda: A Trilogy. To purchase the entire trilogy, head to the Acqua Profonda: A Trilogy page.

Show Info:
  • You’ll need an internet connection (4G or 5G) and your best pair of headphones
  • The work is designed to be listened to by the water. If you’re able to listen from a beach we encourage you to do so. However the work can just as easily be listened to by any other body of water, bath tub or basin.
  • You’ll want to gather in your chosen location, put your headphones in and get settled before you press play
  • The link will be available to listen to throughout the length of the Festival (1-17 July).
Accessibility Info:
Presented by:

Poet/Performer Luke Patterson
Composer/Sound Designer Oliver John Cameron
Producer Michael Louis Kennedy
Associate Producer Olivia Costa
Image Design Ben Howell

Meet the creators:

Luke Patterson is a Gamilaroi poet, folklorist and musician living on Gadigal lands. His poetry has appeared in Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit, Running Dog and The Suburban Review. He has also featured in the anthologies Active Aesthetics, Firefront: first nation’s poetry and power today and Best of Australian Poems 2021. Luke is currently a Wheeler Center Next Chapter fellow and Sydney Review of Books Juncture fellow for 2022. His research and creative pursuits are grounded in extensive work with First Nations and other community-based organisations across Australia.

Oliver John Cameron is an award-winning composer based in Sydney. Unafraid to tackle any genre, his output includes choral, musical theatre, sound-design, film, chamber, and orchestral works. Oliver devised, composed and performed in The Colour Orange: The Pauline Hanson Musical winning the Sydney Fringe Critic’s Pick Award in 2017 and the Adelaide Fringe Emerging Artist Award in 2018. His work, five lullabies for uncertain times, was the winner of the 2021 Willgoss Choral Composition Prize. In 2022, Oliver has been commissioned by the Australian Vocal Ensemble and selected to compose for the 2022 NEO Voice Festival in Los Angeles.

Michael Louis Kennedy is a playwright, writer and arts professional based in Sydney. He is currently one of the Curatorial Associates of the Arts program of Sydney World Pride 2023. In 2020 and 2021 he served as the Co-Director of the National Young Writers Festival, an annual festival usually based in Newcastle, NSW. His writing has been featured in Overland, Voiceworks, Brag, Going Down Swinging, Transportation Press, Baby Teeth, Sydney Morning Herald and more.

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Time: Various Times

Duration: 10mins

Dates: 1 - 17 July

Price: $6.00

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