‘Tomorrow belongs to nobody’ explores our relationship with Coventry’s post-World War II architecture. It depicts a series of actions performed in the cityscape. Movements including reaching, spinning and falling are intended to evoke associations with past industrial processes and present work capacity tests – both of which involve a conception of human agency as ordered and rational.
Referencing City Architect Donald Gibson’s aspiration to cultivate “a healthy body, a cultured mind and a radiant soul” ‘Tomorrow belongs to nobody’ queries this idea of rational agency and considers the increasing individualisation of society over the years since the inception of modernist Coventry. Whilst we may now question modernist ideals of rationality and progress ought we still value the utopian social ideals embedded in Coventry’s buildings?
Amelia Crouch is an artist whose work plays with words as simultaneously material and symbolic signifiers. Her work is often inspired by a particular location, and projects have included using words to describe visual images, creating an artist’s book from interviews with members of the public, and mimicking the language of public signage to inform people’s encounters with a place. She is particularly interested in the interaction of visual and verbal modes of representation, linguistic ambiguity, and bodily or spatial codes, such as shaking hands or walking in the landscape.