Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies
Lotte Laub (Arabic Studies)
Lotte Laub obtained her PhD at Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation on the oeuvre of Lebanese film auteur, video artist and poet Ghassan Salhab, in the context of contemporary art discourses in post-civil war Lebanon. She was a doctoral scholarship holder at the Orient-Institut Beirut in 2010 and had previously worked at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, including the Taswir – Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity exhibition. She has been a Postdoc Fellow (Honors) at the Dahlem Research School since December 2015.
The Voice in Lebanese Video Art (Lotte Laub)
The project examines the voice in Lebanese video art and video installation from both a historical and theoretical perspective with an interdisciplinary approach. In order to process the civil war past in Lebanon, video artists tend to distrust visual representation and instead rely more on the spoken word, respectively an individual voice. The project therefore addresses artistic memory-practices and the ‘archival impulse’ in contemporary Lebanese cultural production. It especially focuses on framing the topic within different vocal traditions including the affinities to acoustic phenomena in Arabic Islamic culture, considering the predominance of oral, poetic narration and the aesthetic experience of recitation.
Lotte’s research interests are in the fields of contemporary audiovisual media from the Middle East, contemporary aesthetics, performance and performativity and sound theories.
Lotte Laub (née Fasshauer): “Circularity versus Linearity. Immediate Artistic Reactions to Periods of War and Political Upheaval”, in: Inverted Worlds. Cultural Motion in the Arab Region. Eds.Syrinx von Hees, Nadia von Maltzahn and Ines Weinrich, Orient Institute Studies 2 (2013). Online at: http://www.perspectivia.net/content/publikationen/orient-institut-studies/2-2013/laub_circularity.
Lotte Fasshauer: “Zwischen Kunst und Politik. Arabische Positionen auf der dOCUMENTA (13)” (Between Art and Politics. Arab Positions at the dOCUMENTA (13)), in: Fikrun wa Fann/Art and Thought 98 (2012), pp. 96-74.
— “Zwischen Hier und Anderswo. Über Ghassan Salhabs Beirut-Filme” (Between Here and Elsewhere: About the Beirut Films of Ghassan Salhab), in: Jugoslawien – Libanon. Verhandlung von Zugehörigkeit in den Künsten fragmentierter Kulturen. Eds. Miranda Jakiša and Andreas Pflitsch, Kadmos: Berlin, 2012, pp. 166-184.
— “Zwischen Selbstbehauptung und Stereotypisierung. Die Kunstszene im arabischen Raum und die Ausstellungspolitik nach 9/11” (Somewhere Between Self-Assertion and Stereotyping. The Art Scene in the Arab World and Exhibition Policies since 9/11), in: Fikrun wa Fann/Art and Thought 96 (2011), pp. 70-75, co-author.
— “Taswir. Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne” (Taswir. Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity), in: Museums Journal 1 (2010), pp. 80-81.