Art Alert: Discussion on Golden Globe winner Mr. Robot

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Mar 2016

MASS Alexandria organises the talk by Bassam El-Baroni

Mr. Robot Wins Best TV Series, Drama at the 2016 Golden Globes
(Photo: Still from Mr.Robot)

Curator and theorist Bassam El-Baroni will lead a lecture and discussion about contemporary visual culture, and its relation to capitalism, as part of MASS Alexandria's 2016 studio and study programme.

The lecture titled Mr. Robot: On the cognitive demands of critique in hyper-capitalism, will focus its discussion on the award winning television series Mr. Robot.

Mr.Robot was written, produced and partially directed by Egyptian-American Sam Esmail. The cyberpunk–thriller series scooped the Golden Globe for Best TV Series, Drama.

The star of the series, Egyptian-American Rami Malek, was nominated for Best Actor in a TV Series, while his co-actor Christian Slater won Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series.

The series premiered in June and centres on a young, anti-social day IT specialist, working as cyber-security engineer during the day, while moonlighting as a vigilante hacker.

When he joins an underground hacking group fighting corporate America, Elliot, who despises corporate society, is faced with the moral dilemma of bringing down his own company.

El-Baroni is an independent curator and a theory teacher at the Dutch Art Institute of Arnhem, yet is based in Alexandria.

He has curated and co-curated projects and exhibitions in Murcia, Madrid, Oslo, Bergen, Lofoten, Limerick, Paris, Alexandria, and most recently in Beirut.

MASS Alexandria was founded in 2012 as a space for independent study and learning for artists in Egypt.

Programme:
Tuesday 8 March, 6pm
MASS Alexandria, 2 El Madina El-Monawara Street, Miami, Alexandria

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