One Second Art Residencies

Micheál O'Connell


Use of residency (ideas)

I'm measuring the speed of cars using a video camera and marks on the road. I could create a 1s film which would communicate how fast the car is going.


Micheál O’Connell a.k.a. Mocksim has exhibited in locations as diverse as Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, the online world Second Life and a campsite in Venice. Typically he produces short looping films or 'simupoems'. He also designs and directs performances which involve appropriated materials and he compiles found data and imagery into books. Live art, organic materials and objects are often presented along with the 'dry' digital work.

Strategies include investigation of everyday functional processes, attempts to re-understand through tinkering with systems and inventing new routines and procedures. Subject matter includes car parking contravention, courier company delivery mechanisms and supermarket self-checkout machines. O'Connell's key interest is in the mediation of human relationships through technology, the curious dynamics, feedback loops and ritualistic aspects.

Contra-Invention (an exhibition of the photographs traffic wardens take as proof of parking violation) was invited to Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d'Arles 2011, subsequently nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 and part of From Here On at Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona in 2013. Thanks to Arts Council England and other funding sources the show also toured Britain and Ireland in 2012/13. The original catalogue for Contra-Invention was included in Martin Parr's Best Book List in 2010 and O’Connell is now part of ABC Artists' Books Cooperative which advocates the use of Print on Demand approaches as well as querying the status of publishing and book production generally.

Work from his recent project Missing You was exhibited in Macclesfield, supported again by Arts Council England, in 2014. A public event was run to coincide with the show, entitled From Jacquard to JPEG, at the famous Silk Heritage Centre with artists Rut Blees Luxemburg and Mishka Henner. In 2014 also the artist's film Delivering was screened in Birmingham as part of Turtle Salon, initiated by producer and director Michael Shamberg, and along with another work Recay, it is now formally part a that collection.

Registered on 2016-12-01 05:42:50.

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