Art Alert: Reliving the Egyptian 90s at ADEF

Ahram Online, Thursday 3 Apr 2014

The Arab Digital Expression Foundation revives a decade by hosting the multi-part project "My Nineties: A Panorama of Collective Memory Televised" on Saturday 5 April in Muqattam

Mohammad Allam and Rami Abadir during My Nineties live audiovisual performance at Rawabet Space, 1 A
Mohammad Allam and Rami Abadir during My Nineties live audiovisual performance at Rawabet Space, 1 April. (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)

Under the label My Nineties, the Arab Digital Expression Foundation (ADEF) on Saturday 5 April will host a documentary film screening, book signing and live audio-visual performance seeking to revive the decade for a few hours.

Exploring media trends of the 1990s and their influence on the Egyptian collective memory, My Nineties: A Panorama of Collective Memory Televised made its debut on 1 April 2013 at the Townhouse Gallery and Rawabet Space in Downtown Cairo.

The project is the brainchild of visual artist Mohamed Allam, who engaged in several years of research and sifted through more than 4000 VHS tapes of footage of Egyptian media content to build this multidisciplinary work.

The show at ADEF will be composed of three parts: a documentary film by Emad Maher on the icons of the 90s media industry; a book signing for a publication prepared by Hassan Elhalwagy that includes research on the nineties, along with newspaper and magazine snippets; a video installation and a live audio-visual performance by Mohamed Allam and Rami Abadir.

Programme:
Saturday 5 April, 8.30-11.30pm
143, Street 8, off Al-Nafoura Square, Muqattam, Cairo

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