I describe myself as a systems interference artist.
As well as exhibiting photographs taken by traffic wardens, in a series called Contra-Invention, I accessed and then presented courier company point-of-delivery signatures (Missing You). Later I discovered that supermarket self-checkout machines could be used to buy nothing and made books, posters and films using the resulting zero-transaction receipts. More recently I have sent money flowing unnecessarily around bank accounts, used a mobile handset as speed-camera and created symphonies through simultaneous use of sat-navs and maps-apps while driving between destinations.
Found imagery and data is exhibited directly, the methods are shared in the form of instructions or ‘tutorials’ and, thirdly, I incorporate materials into performances or the short looping films I term ‘simupoems’. The films often employ 3D modelling and animation tools, physics engines or algorithmic sequences.
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.
Micheál O’Connell aka Mocksim