Berit Schuck & Julia Tieke || Alexandria Mirage

Alexandria Mirage (2012)  is part of the Alexandria Sonic Map  realized by Julia Tieke and Berit Schuck within the Alexandria Streets Project which they curated and produced last fall/winter. The map consists of 20 audio tracks available for download on their webpage.

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When today’s Alexandrians speak of the future of the city, they still refer to the  literary myth of Alexandria created by writers and poets such as Durrell, Gide, Kavafis and Ungaretti, Forster and Mahfouz.

BIO || Berit Schuck is a theorist and artist. Her interests are contemporary theatre, electronic music, urbanism and spatial practices. Since 2005, she has curated and directed a number of international art projects and festivals, e.g. the interdisciplinary festival Comic Meets Theatre (Halle/Saale 2006), the artists’ exchange programme Eurotooopia (Halle/Saale, Paris, Stockholm 2008-2010) the performance programme Chasing Shadows (Alexandria 2010) and the research lab Deserts and Deserted Spaces (Vienna 2012). She was the artistic director of the German-Arab association West-Östlicher Diwan for two years (2008-2010), curated the festival Heimspiel 2011 for the German Federal Cultural Foundation (2010-2011) and was a host resident curator at Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts in Beirut (2011). In 2012, she co-curated the radio and art project Alexandria Streets Project (with Julia Tieke) that integrated audio art and radio making , workshops and public events curation. She has lectured internationally and is currently writing an article on the role of network cultures for our society.

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).