I describe myself as a systems interference artist.
Since one project, Contra-Invention
, culminating in 2010, which involved
re-appropriating images from municipal council car parking contravention systems, I have initiated many similar hacks. The original aim was to find
items of data and other materials of interest to re-present, but I also share methods, produce instructional material, ‘tutorials’ and
documentation. Elements from the investigations are also included in the short looping experimental films I call simupoems
which have been a consistent feature of my practice
it was easy to access courier company parcel tracking information, and downloaded hundreds of Point of Delivery Signatures. These were compiled
into books, a slide-show and incorporated into a film. Supermarket self-checkout machines, it turns out, can be used to buy nothing. A short instructional video
was produced to demonstrate how, along with books of
zero-transaction receipts and other work. In the past three years I have sent money flowing unnecessarily between bank accounts (daily via Standing
Order), a mobile phone handset was set up as speed camera, and symphonies were created through simultaneous use of sat-nav/maps-app devices.
My work has been shown in project spaces, online and in established locations such as the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Lighthouse (Brighton) and
Wandesford Quay Gallery (Cork City, Ireland). Contra-Invention
, for example, was invited to Les Rencontres Internationales de la
, subsequently nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize
2012 and part of From Here On
at Arts Santa
Mónica, Barcelona in 2013. In 2019, and partly to support a residency offered at West Cork Arts Centre in Ireland, I was awarded a substantial Arts Council England, Develop Your Creative Practice (DYCP), grant.
Micheál O’Connell a.k.a. Mocksim
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