Neglected Chaos [Obey] is a single channel video loop that reflects upon our resistance to accept chaos, and our obsessive impulse to control the irrational. As Peirce notes about our logical reasoning and inference, 'through induction we establish an expectation based on repetition of observations, through abduction we invent a way of understanding (a conceptualization) which achieves a synthesis of observations.’
Taking a top-bottom shot of an ice-skating rink - with an almost scientific gaze - the video shows random movements of people in an ice-skating rink. Through digital manipulation, traces of skaters are made visible, creating an artificial order out of the chaotic and random dynamics of human interactions. The images of skaters are cut out from their original context and pasted in a milky white universe where the author manually decides when, where and how they should move. When two persons approach each other a white line connects them. The results are geometrical shapes, polygons and lines, suggesting harmony and mathematical perfection, transforming the impossibility of control of our collective chaotic behavior in the comforting feeling of order and control.
These abstract shapes invite us to think of a deeper meaning lying behind these interactions and reveal our inner desire to conceptualize a regulated system of patterns rather than being left with a manifestation of unexplainable chaos. Sonically every person on the screen is associated with a tone, creating a multi-layered sound composition that grows in amplitude and expands in the frequency spectrum as more people become ‘connected’. This reinforces on a sonic level to the order created by repetition on top of the visual patterns.