Lead Image: Amos' World: Episode One, 2017

Basel 2017
Galerie Emanuel Layr
Video/Film
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Amos’ World is an architectural video installation, conceived as a television show set in a socially progressive housing estate. The show, divided into episodes, follows an architect called Amos–a cross between Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince and a famously brutal architect–and the inhabitants of the housing estate. Episode One introduces viewers to Amos and some of the tenants, each individuals 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 behaviours he had envisaged. Fissures in this carefully constructed network reveal a breakdown of person-to-person and person-to-infrastructure power dynamics as the audience themselves look on from units nested within an architectural construction built to echo that on screen. 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?