Dots of Thoughts

I often wake up in the morning with thoughts reeling in my head. Thoughts inspired by a conversation with someone; something I read, heard, listened to (music/podcasts), a film I saw, a photograph I made, an essay/poem I wrote, or in broad terms, an impactful encounter.

Hosted ByEmeka Okereke

I often wake up in the morning with thoughts reeling in my head. Thoughts inspired by a conversation with someone; something I read, heard, listened to (music/podcasts), a film I saw, a photograph I made, an essay/poem I wrote, or in broad terms, an impactful encounter. They exist as disjointed, scattered particles I often refer to as dots of thoughts.Thus, this podcast show is an attempt to articulate, to converse and to put in relation these floating thoughts. While it relies on random impulses, the podcast is structured by thought-prompts focusing on everyday issues across space, time and works of life.

Though it is not a live podcast, it somewhat mimics this approach in that for every episode, the conversation, which begins as a monologue, evolves into a dialogue through a phone conversation with someone else in another part of the world (a friend, a colleague, relative, expert in a subject, creator of a work, originator of an idea). This ensures a broadening of the thematic and locational context of the conversation as a way of demystifying distances. It is a weekly show intended to be spontaneous (as much as technical requirements and logistics allow).

Future episodes will feature intro/excerpts of new music tracks made by me. Other times, it will reference aural materials sourced from different corners of everyday life. It will be freshly served – nothing preserved in the freezer! Listeners are encouraged to join the conversation by leaving a comment on the episode in their preferred platform of listening. Selected comments will be addressed in a subsequent episode.

Emeka Okereke (host)

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All Episodes

EP19: Polyrhythmic Weavings Across Countries, Continents, and Time – with Batila Ange da Costa

This episode takes you on an auditory pilgrimage with the Berlin-based, musician, Batila Ange da Costa,  weaving the essence of his Congolese and Angolan heritage into a rich narrative...

EP18: Rooftop Encounters, and “Living Tangier.” – with Abdelmajid Hannoum

During a three-week residency in Tangier, Morocco, my friend and colleague, anthropologist Mathangi Krishnamurthy, and I, Emeka Okereke, had the privilege of meeting Abdelmajid Hannoum, whose book “Living Tangier”...

EP17: Confronting Germany’s past through colonial relics of the Prussian Palaces – with Carolin Alff

This episode was inspired by my participation in the exhibition “Prussian Palaces. Colonial Histories”, taking place at the Schloss Charlottenburg Berlin. My guest, Carolin Alff, one of the exhibition’s...

EP16: Exploring Existential Complexity: A Dive into ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ with You Kim.

If you’ve ever found yourself lost in the labyrinth of existence or pondering the multiverse and the many layers of our identity, my recent chat with the talented filmmaker...

EP15: Finding Home in the Body Through Dance and Ballet – with Diana Mora

In this Episode, Emeka Okereke is in conversation with Diana Mora – a Bolivian ballet dancer living and working in Berlin. They discuss her journeys of finding agency and making her body a home through the rigorous and self-unravelling process of dance.

EP14: Being Palestinian, a Life of Permanent Temporality – with Bahaa Abudaya

Since 1948, Israel and Palestine have been embroiled in what is famously known today as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet to have a better foothold for genuine comprehension of the...

EP13: To Organise a Place as if it was a Photograph – with Eric Gyamfi

Eric Gyamfi (1990, Ghana) is a visual artist working with and within photography. This podcast conversation was induced by the inclusion of his work in the book, Africa State...

DoTShorts #2: Inner Voice

In the second episode of Dots of Thoughts Shorts, Emeka shares a few thoughts and impulses about what the inner voice means for him. Duration: 9:19 mins. Join the...

DoTShorts #1: What Are You Working For?

This is the debut episode of the bonus series called Dots of Thoughts Shorts (DoTshorts).  Emeka Okereke gives a glimpse of his thoughts regarding the notion of work, and...