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

I discovered 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 Photographie d’Arles, 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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