Micheál O’Connell/Mocksim: systems interference artist.

Finding the absurd in everyday sometimes dysfunctional technologies and systems and messing around with them are key activities. There is a performative aspect to the interventions. Afterwards I exhibit photographic and video material, digital or physical readymades. Past work was presented in established locations (e.g. Matt’s Gallery and the Whitechapel, London and Crawford/CiT Wandesford Quay in Cork); an early series Contra-Invention had been part of Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles; and I often work with artist-run, project and off-site spaces, as well as sharing materials online. An Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon Commissions Award facilitated the production of new work for a solo exhibition, System Interference, in West Cork in 2022, which then travelled to Wexford Arts Centre, and finally to Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda completing in February 2024. Philosopher of aesthetics John Roberts, recently wrote a book which riffs off the work: Art, Misuse and Technology: Micheál O'Connell's 'System Interference'.

Past CV and portfolios: 2022, 2019, 2017, and 2014. Academic: profile/writing

Sample writing about, interviews or references to the work:
30-Nov-23 Newspaper article, Irish Independent, You can’t park there sir...
06-Oct-23 Interview, Zoe Camper and Julie Samuels, Augmented Society Network (ASN) Exhibition
15-Aug-23 Interview, South East Radio, Jim Kealy, System Interference, Wexford Arts Centre
15-Aug-23 Newspaper article, Irish Independent, New art installation... divides opinion
30-Apr-23 Computers and Culture, UCC, article, Micheál O'Connell (own), Systems Interference: new work
08-Jan-23 Interview for The London Group, Sandra Crisp, A Question of Process
18-Sep-22 Review, criticismism II, Mark Sheerin, System Interference
17-Sep-22 Gallery Discussion with Caroline Bassett, Stupidity, Dissent and the Machine
09-Sep-22 Book by John Roberts, Art, Misuse and Technology
20-Jul-22 Blog, West Cork Arts Centre, Micheál O'Connell (own), Mocksim at Uillinn
01-Jun-22 Presentation, Digital Art in Ireland, Micheál O'Connell (own), Systems Interference Art
17-Mar-22 Review/Interview, Ali O'Shea, Tilting at Windmills, Kara Hearn and Mocksim
06-Dec-21 Review (micro-blog), Gallery Dodo, Jon Carritt and Dan Palmer, Instagram post
02-Jul-21 Interview, Uillinn Podcast, Gavin Buckley, Systems Interference Art
12-Jun-21 Interview, University of Sussex symposium, Jason Price, 'Simupoems' call-out, talk, Q&A
22-Jan-21 Interview, Hereford College of the Arts, Daniel Pryde-Jarman, Talk, Q&A
01-Aug-20 Article, Visual Artists Ireland Newsletter, Chris Steenson, Have a great time. Cool! Grand.
17-May-20 Interview, Isolation exhibition talk Q&A, Darren Nisbett, Talk, Q&A
01-Jan-20 Article, Visual Artists Ireland Newsletter, Micheál O'Connell (own), Golf Courses as Wind Farms
21-Nov-19 Referenced, New Tactical Research, David Garcia, Beyond the Evidence
02-Oct-18 Referenced, Fifteen Questions music magazine, Daniel Hignell, Distant Animals
01-Feb-17 Referenced, Contra-Invention, Joan Fontcuberta, From Here On: Postphotography...
01-Jan-16 Referenced, Contra-Invention, Joan Fontcuberta, La furia de las imágenes 2nd edition
17-Oct-15 Proceedings, CHART Conference, Micheál O'Connell (own), Poetics of the Supply Chain
06-Jun-14 Review, Writing in Relation, Yvette Gresle, Missing You and three other initiatives
11-Sep-13 Reviews, various writers in response to prints, Yearly Print project
26-Mar-13 Publication, InterArtive, Special Issue #50 Art + Copyright, Contra-Invention
25-Oct-12 Interview, UCC Radio's Artbeat, Don O'Mahony, Mocksim at Boundary Work II
14-May-12 Review, criticismism II, Mark Sheerin, Trainofthoughts @ The Horse Hospital
30-Aug-11 Review, criticismism II, Mark Sheerin, Contra-Invention
01-Jul-11 Catalogue, C. Chéroux, J. Fontcuberta, E. Kessels, M. Parr, Joachim Schmid, From Here On
01-Apr-11 Accompanying Text, Time's Gold, Clément Chéroux, From Here On
16-May-11 Catalogue, Les Recontres Arles Photography and Link 2
10-Mar-08 Review, Huw Bartlett, Feed Lack Loop
02-Dec-07 a-n Review, Rachel Lois Chapman, Micheal O’Connell’s ‘There is a Failing Man’