Artist Conor McFeely was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, where he lives and works today. His work incorporates a wide range of forms and media, from the ready-made to sculpture and installation, as well as photography, video and audio. A chief characteristic of his work is the fracturing and manipulation of ‘material’ in the search for new relationships. Often read as multi-layered, many of his works have been driven by ruminations on the nature of free will, choice and autonomy. Contexts and source materials demonstrate his interests in the history of counter culture, literature and social contexts. McFeely’s work is historically mindful, with references ranging from 20th-century global political history, Northern Ireland’s troubled legacies and landscapes in the second half of the 20th century, as well as scientific and epistemological histories, which are of particular relevance to this volume. 1