Live and work in London
Represented by nanda\hobbs
7 May — 15 May 2015
ALL THIS HAPPENED, MORE OR LESS
Have you ever had a Zombie? The fruity classic was created by “Don The Beachcomber”, whose 1930s new-concept cocktails were so different that he kept the recipes secret for years. Even his longest-serving bartenders made the drinks from instructions like “2 Parts Don’s Mix #9”, which came from plain-glass bottles. For years, customers and professionals endeavoured to guess the ingredients. But what do the particulars matter, when the end-result is so all-round satisfying?
So said Vonnegut (“What is truth and what is fiction, and what’s it matter anyway, so long as you understand the message?”—Slaughterhouse Five)—and so say The Connor Brothers.
Postmodernists are often criticised for the absence or opacity of their personal point of view. The relativist stance can cohere, another tranche of practitioners may say, for only as long as the rogue memes are prevented from going viral, or implosion/explosion is absent in an individual aggregation. The Connor Brothers resolution rests on the Albert Camus idea that excising one’s personality from the project provides a neutral zone where we are free to consort and wrestle with our other selves and others, autonomously and anonymously looking, seeing, reflecting, retrieving, refracting. The result should be Absurdist extensions of the Poststructuralist ID, turning on transparency.
In the constant battle to overcome their demons through the portal of creativity, Snelle & Golding aka The Connor Brothers take on veracity. By exposing the towering artificiality that has been constructed for the diversion of the populace since the second quarter of the twentieth century, The Connor Brothers extend an invitation to join them in interrogating the whole edifice—including the foundations of one’s own identity. Thus there is nothing fake about their Franklyn-and-Brendan-Connor ruse. It is a means to an end, with the end justifying the means as ‘The Connor Brothers’ connect and communicate with societal layers generally and then specifically, openly contributing to organisations that offer support for alternative experiences, including addiction, depression and displacement.
“And That Was The End Of The Beginning Of That.”
(adapted August 2015)
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