World Placing a price tag on emotions?
Multimedia Artist Cécile B. Evans presents an exhibition at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MuMoK), Vienna.
Evans’ multimedia installations create experiences with a direct impact. It is striking how quickly one’s own relationships — both personal and with the Internet and social media — are called into question. Evans applies humanist benchmarks to a world which is per se meticulously controllable, a world which we have inhabited to date in the firm belief that we are free and independent.
I want to change the world. It sounds wrong when I say it out loud.
I want to express myself, but I can’t find the words.
The titular protagonist of Cécile B. Evans’ newest video work, Amos’ World, announces his intentions in the 25-minute piece with these words, uttered in a fit of frustrated megalomania. Amos is a puppet with a fixed facial expression, and the architect of a completely engineered building, a microcosm, a world.
The film is on view in Vienna’s Mumok as part of a larger installation, in which viewers enter a multi-story structure — something like a Brutalist housing estate in miniature–in front of the screen. Each sits alone in a cubicle, mirroring the single apartments in the work. They see Amos trying to create his world, complaining, in dialogue with an off-camera voice who identifies herself as the weather, that the building’s tenants aren’t behaving properly.