Micheál O’Connell/Mocksim has exhibited widely for a decade at locations such as The Whitechapel in London, the online world Second Life and a campsite in Venice. More recently, in 2011 Martin Parr invited him to show one series Contra-Invention at Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles and he was subsequently nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012. O’Connell is also engaged in a practice-led research at the University of Sussex linked to the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and the School of Infomatics. His interests include feedback loop theory, cybernetics, in critiquing confidence in these arenas as well as focusing on the comedic aspects of human existence, stupidity and error. He lectures on the MA in Digital Media Art and mentors at the University of Brighton and in Photography at Sussex and in the past developed successful courses in Digital Media and Games Design. His practice involves reappropriation, (mild) hacking, the use of past knowledge and specialism in certain fields of mathematical modelling/computer simulation.