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Project Contra-Invention (from 2008)

This resulted in a critically-acclaimed exhibition of the photographs Traffic Wardens (correctly termed Civil Enforcement Officers or CEOs) take as proof of parking contravention. O'Connell discovered that these images, of other people's poorly parked cars, could be accessed and downloaded from the local council's system. (Note: since the project, the system has been changed: art has an impact!) Interestingly, by default, embedded in the downloaded image files was information such as camera type, shutter speed, aperture and more, the kinds of data certain photographers love to keep. In addition, due to lack of expertise as photographers, CEOs occasionally captured themselves in reflection in their own pictures. Lastly it was possible to manoeuvre into their pictures by shadowing the wardens and waiting for that 'decisive moment'. Three of the CEOs' photographs, night shots, were blown up to car size and a catalogue produced containing all the pics collected, along with the associated data. During the same period a looping film or 'simupoem', Boring, which used photographs captured during a nine-hour traffic jam, was produced.

 Work entitled Contra-Invention Catalogue
Contra-Invention Catalogue (2010)
 Work entitled Contra-Invention Night-shot Triptych 1 of
Contra-Invention Night-shot Triptych 1 of (2010)
 Work entitled Contra-Invention Night-shot Triptych 2 of
Contra-Invention Night-shot Triptych 2 of (2010)
 Work entitled Contra-Invention Night-shot Triptych 3 of
Contra-Invention Night-shot Triptych 3 of (2010)
 Work entitled Contra-Invention Self-portraiture
Contra-Invention Self-portraiture (2010)
 Work entitled Contra-Invention Snapshots and Hat
Contra-Invention Snapshots and Hat (2010)
 Work entitled Contra-Invention Throw-aways
Contra-Invention Throw-aways (2010)
 Work entitled Contra-Invention Torn Ticket
Contra-Invention Torn Ticket (2010)
 Work entitled Boring
Boring (2012)
 Work entitled Delivering a Paper
Delivering a Paper (2015)