Cécile B. Evans: Amos’ World
Evans examines the significance and role of emotion in contemporary societies as well as the increasing influence of new technologies on our feelings and actions. The video installation AMOS’ WORLD is conceived as a television show set in a socially progressive housing estate and is scripted as a television series and is set in a socially progressive housing estate. The series divided into three episodes, and follows an architect called Amos and the inhabitants of the housing estate. Viewers are first introduced to Amos and some of the tenants, each individual interwoven into the larger infrastructure of Amos’ building. His comfortable perch takes a turn when his perfect individual-communal fantasy for the Capitalist age begins to crumble as the tenants fail to conform to the behaviors he had envisaged. Fissures in this carefully constructed network reveal a breakdown of person-to-person and person-to-infrastructure power dynamics. Seemingly free from the pressures of an outside environment but with a visibly constricted view – how has the networked age impacted the irreconcilable gap between individual rights and the controlling nature of the systems that create them?