Adaptation after Metalogue (Part 2), 2013 by Boru O’Brien O’Connell

Boru O’Brien O’Connell
Adaptation after Metalogue (Part 2), 2013
Four-channel video with sound, 9:00 min loop
Edition of 4 with 2 artist proofs
Published by Triple Canopy
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Adaptation after Metalogue (Part 2) is a meditation on father-daughter relationships, the nature of knowledge and how much (and how expediently) to pay your child actors. It is the second part of a video project that began in 2012, based on the “Metalogues” of English anthropologist and linguist Gregory Bateson, and features disjointed conversations between a father and daughter—thought exercises in which the dialectical structure of the exchange echoes the subject matter. “Adaptation after Metalogue (Part 2)” is a four-channel video piece that was first published in issue eighteen of the magazine alongside a series of video stills and excerpts from Gregory Bateson's Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology (1972) and an email correspondence between the child actress Oona Zlamany and Boru O'Brien O'Connell.

Boru O’Brien O’Connell is an artist based in Brooklyn. He works primarily with film and video installation, photography, and writing. Recent projects include a three-channel video work and writing for And lose the name of action, a performance by Miguel Gutierrez that has been shown at Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. His work has been published by Blind Spot, Bidoun, Vice, DIS, and Triple Canopy, and written about in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Frieze. O’Brien O’Connell’s first solo exhibition in New York will be in 2014 at the Kitchen. He received an MFA from Bard College in 2011. “State Changes,” an interactive video project by O’Brien O’Connell, was published in the twelfth issue of Triple Canopy.

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