#17 An Escape


Created by Berit Schuck and Julia Tieke, the project „Speaking of Beirut and the City is Missing“ explores different stories about Beirut shared by artists, media activists and mavericks who live elsewhere, but know the city by heart. The first seven tracks of the ongoing project are based on interviews with Paolo Yacoub, Siska and Ihab Al-Rajab in Berlin. To get a quick impression please click here.

„Speaking of Beirut and the City is Missing“ can also be listened to on location; it comes with an app programmed by radio aporee.

Concept: Berit Schuck and Julia Tieke
Production: Beirut Art Center 2013
Special thanks to Hoerspielpark and radio aporee
Published under the Creative Commons License 3.0 (CC BY-NC 3.0)

Berit Schuck is an artist and theorist born in Bremen in 1970. She studied comparative literature at Free University’s Peter-Szondi Institut and at Duke University and theatre, french and linguistics at the universities of Berlin and Paris. From 2005-2008 she worked as a dramaturge in the theatre, and in 2008-2009 as artistic director of West-Östlicher Diwan’s culture programme in Berlin and Dubai. In 2009, she expanded her field to include performances, participatory projects and audio installations. Her projects include “Chasing Shadows” (Goethe-Institut Alexandria 2010), “Heimspiel 2011” (German Federal Cultural Foundation 2011), “Deserts and Deserted Spaces” (Tanzquartier Wien 2012) and “Alexandria Streets Project” (Alexandria, Berlin, Cairo 2012 – with Julia Tieke). In 2011, Schuck was a host resident curator at Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts in Beirut. Currently, she is working on an essay about network cultures and performances.

Julia Tieke works as a freelance radio editor, author and director based in Berlin. Since 2007, she is in charge of the Wurfsendung, an ultra short daily format of sound art, radio drama and documentary experiments at the German national public radio Deutschlandradio Kultur. She has written and directed several radio documentaries about Arab cities such as Beirut (Blind Date with Beirut, WDR 2011 – with Katrin Moll) and Cairo (Die ägyptische Revolution im öffentlichen Raum, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2011). She has also adapted and staged novels for the radio, e.g. De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage (SWR/DKultur 2009 – with Katrin Moll) and Der falsche Inder by Abbas Khider (WDR 2012). At the universities of Hildesheim – where she has studied – and Bielefeld, she has taught radio between 2004 and 2010. Julia also publishes texts about political and cultural topics related to Egypt and runs the blog Cairo by Microphone. In 2012, she co-curated the Alexandria Streets Project (with Berit Schuck).


Speaking of Beirut and the City is Missing
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