Project Missing You (from 2012)
In O'Connell's words, 'I repeatedly missed a parcel being delivered to my home. After studying the "Sorry We Missed You" cards left after each unsuccessful delivery, I realised I was able to track the package movements, in this case, the dates, times and locations as it travelled from distribution centre to warehouse to my home and back to warehouse each subsequent time we failed to meet. Eventually I was there to sign for the parcel, and, perhaps in need of remote confirmation that I was holding the parcel in my hands, checked the tracking system again. Alongside the usual information, I saw a small .jpg image of the signature I'd just left, a Point of Delivery Signature (PODS). I keyed in an invented consignment number and was presented with parcel information for a stranger: the times, movements and their similar JPEG image! It was possible to download the tracking data for hundreds of unknown others.' From these, a slideshow, book 'simupoem', prints, other merch and works were produced.
PODS (film) (2013)
PODS Photographic Prints (2013)
Taking the Piss (2013)
Irish Signatures (More PODS) (2019)