Micheál O’Connell

Artist, Teaching Fellow in Media Practice (Photography), University of Sussex

Micheál is an artist and teaches at Sussex School of Media Film and Music. His practice is often carried out under the moniker Mocksim. His series Contra-Invention – of appropriated traffic wardens’ evidential photographs – was selected for Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, 2011, nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, 2012, and part of From Here On, Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona in 2013. The catalogue had initially been included in Martin Parr’s Best Books. Since then he has carried out many similar exercises and interventions. His recently completed doctoral project (Art as ‘Artficial Stupidity’) discusses these strategies of interaction with everyday functional processes, including misuse, lampooning and tinkering with technological systems. His teaching interests and experience includes photography practices and theory, art and design, digital media and technology art.

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