Micheál O'Connell a.k.a. MOCKSIM London, United Kingdom
I describe myself as a systems interference artist.
As well as exhibiting the evidential photographs captured by traffic wardens – a project entitled Contra-Invention – I discovered it was easy to access courier company Point of Delivery signatures (Missing You) and I began using supermarket self-checkout machines, but to buy nothing (Less). Later money was sent flowing unnecessarily around bank accounts, a mobile handset was used as speed camera and symphonies were created through simultaneous use of sat-nav and maps-app voices 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, photogrammetry, 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.