Conor Kelly


The popularity of chaos theory may be due to the comforting implication that nature is ultimately explicable, if not exactly predictable. Conor Kelly’s mesmerizing and witty orchestration of the everyday preyed on a deep-seated anthropomorphizing urge to comprehend in human terms, and thereby to control, the animation of our natural as well as our built environment. Despite the allusion in its title to medieval church music, Plainsong, 2004, a sequence of five short videos, is an irreverent, infectious hymn to the mundane and the temporal. Designed to play singly or in combination, all five videos were on this occasion shown on individual monitors of varying sizes, mounted on pedestals and flanked by pairs of small floor-bound speakers, which were arranged around the three walls of Peer’s modest storefront gallery.

Visually, the work as a whole is a concatenation of inconsequential and

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