MOUNIR FATMI / MODERN TIMES A HISTORY OF A MACHINE / 2010

Mounir Fatmi's oeuvre has often displayed a fraught relationship to architecture, addressing the dystopic effects of the modernist experiment or arrogant contemporary displays of power and economic might. "Modern Times" explores architecture in the Middle East, raising the question of the human impact of this unrelenting construction machine.

The artist is sympathetic to Chaplin's character, whose slapstick encounter with the factory machine suggests the human obstacle to a perfectly streamlined, mechanical production. mounir fatmi explains: "I want to be the product that the machine fails, otherwise one will think that the machine is perfect"

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Name of the podcaster: Mounir Fatmi Credits: Mounir Fatmi

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