Lookback: Cécile B. Evans - Amos' World

Posted on 26 May 2020 in News, Visual Art

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In lockdown it has felt as if our sole connection with the rest of the world, and other humans in it, has been almost exclusively through glass: Whether that's our windows, or the myriad digital screens that populate many of our homes.  Today, the many-windowed Brutalist facades of Cécile B. Evans' AMOS' WORLD feel especially relevant, as does its omnipresent sense of technological surveillance.

The exhibition, which took place in Tramway from late 2018 into 2019, was Evans' most ambitious to date, a three-part installation and video work where AMOS' WORLD is conceived as a fictional TV show about a socially progressive housing estate. Each 'episode' was presented in a unique structure inspired by famous Brutalist housing complexes which also echoed the films' environments. 

AMOS' WORLD is peopled by the estate's titular architect, and the tenants, who become increasingly alienated from its promises, and fail to conform to the behaviours Amos first envisaged for his 'perfect individual-communal fantasy for the Capitalist age.'

Cécile B. Evans has argued that we can no longer distinguish between the so-called real and the virtual,  and in her work she examines the significance and role of emotion in contemporary societies as well as the increasing influence of new technologies on our feelings and actions. 

AMOS WORLD' was realised as a co-production by Tramway in partnership with Hayward Gallery London, Mumok Vienna, Museum Abteiberg and Galerie Emanuel Layr.

Cécile B. Evans: AMOS' WORLD
Tramway, 1 December 2018 - 13 March 2019

Watch Amos World Episode 3 on Vimeo: 

Image: Still from Amos World, Episode 3, HD Video, 25 minutes, 2018
Courtesy of the artist.