Micheál O’Connell / Mocksim

In response to the question “How do you describe your practice?”:

My mode of working involves firstly observation, gathering materials, objects, ideas, equations even, creating something I may have to accept as overwhelming and then distilling from that individual (effectively minimalist) works. Formal considerations are important in exhibiting: the intention is rarely to provide evidence of an entire process.

I can frame this work in a number of ways, for example in terms of medium or the arenas I know best: digital tools for simulation and animation or photography. Relating art to ‘skills’ in this way keeps a certain kind of ignorant critic at bay but clearly the techniques employed are not always fundamental, in fact expertise can be a barrier. Typically what emerge are short looping films or ritualistic performances presented in conjunction with selected collected objects.

Another way I structure my activity is in terms of the idea of Feedback Loops. Circuits of this type are seen as intelligent in that they self-regulate but can also implode, act stupidly and fail spectacularly. I am interested in the communicative flow between entities, between people too, mediated through things, and including what is reflected back. My work is fundamentally observational but also about prodding or tickling in order to upset the equilibrium in these looping relationships (I think).


Contra-Invention (An investigation into the photography of Britain's Traffic Wardens)

“Contra-Invention” (An investigation into the photography of Britain’s Traffic Wardens)

The artist gives a talk on his work at Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles

The artist gives a talk on his work at “Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles”

Mocksim’s Rearing

Mocksim’s “Rearing”