Micheál O'Connell / Mocksim
1 July to 31 August 2019
Studio open to the public on Saturdays from 13 July to 24 August
If you can’t make it on a Saturday, you can email Micheál to make an arrangement on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Micheál will be in his studio in Brighton Saturday 20 July and 17 August, so he will be connected remotely
Micheál O'Connell (a.k.a. Mocksim) describes himself as a 'systems interference artist'. He was recently awarded an Arts Council England Develop Your Creative Practice (DYCP) grant (partly to support his residency at Uillinn). In his words, here are further details about his interests and intentions during the residency:
‘Since exhibiting photographs taken by traffic wardens in a series called Contra-Invention in 2010 I have initiated many similar hacks. For example I found it was possible to access courier company ‘point-of-delivery signatures’ (the ones you make on those tracking devices when a package arrives). These were re-presented in various ways, compiled into books and a slideshow. The title Missing You was chosen because the packages often arrive at the wrong time or are mis-delivered. Despite the technology, the system is dysfunctional.
Later I discovered that the supermarket self-checkout machines, being rolled out in many areas, could be used to buy nothing. Hundreds of the resulting zero-transaction receipts were collected and exhibited in various ways. More recently I sent money flowing unnecessarily around bank accounts, used a mobile handset as speed-camera, and created symphonies through simultaneous use of sat-nav applications while driving between destinations. The found materials, digital ready-mades so to speak, are shared directly with little embellishment. When the opportunity arises, physical objects connected with everyday functional systems are retained and exhibited too. Methods are shared in the form of instructions or video ‘tutorials’: How to Buy Nothing (available on YouTube and Vimeo) was a popular example.
My work has been presented in project spaces, and established locations such as Matt’s Gallery and the Whitechapel Art Gallery (in London), Lighthouse (in Brighton, UK) and Wandesford Quay Gallery (Cork) as well as shared online. Amusingly, Contra-Invention, the exhibition of photographs captured by traffic wardens, had been invited to Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, was subsequently nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and was part of From Here On at Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona.
As well as developing new work during the residency period at Uillinn, in the same spirit as the initiatives described above, I want to perfect a method for date-specific online broadcasting I have been developing. I am a member of various groupings (ABC Artist's Books Cooperative, The London Group, APEC Artists' Studios and The Cybernetics Society) and I am interested in maintaining links between collaborators and artists in Britain and Ireland (whatever happens post-Brexit)…’
For Skibbereen Arts Festival 2019, Micheál presents Stuff Everywhere (Systems Interference Art) on Thursday 1 August, a walk and talk around Skibbereen in search of the imperfect, the ugly and the invisible. Meet at Uillinn at 2.00pm. Free event, booking essential. Uillinn at 028 22090 and email@example.com
WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible.