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Mark O’Connell creates short films whose fluid collages of imagery and sound draw on movies, memory, chance and sensuality. His work abandons traditional narrative in order to explore the possibilities that arise from the juxtaposition, as well as the rhythms and textures, of images and sound.
O’Connell lives in Seattle, where his past work has been sponsored by Washington’s Artist’s Trust organization, the Seattle Arts Commission, the King County Arts Commission and 4 Culture. Abroad, his work has earned showings at the European Media Arts Festival, in Osnabrueck; Videoex, in Zurich; the Melbourne Underground Film Festival; the Impakt Festival, in Amsterdam; Netslag, in Stockholm; Enter Multimediale, in Prague; and Dublin’s Darklight Digital Film Festival. It has also been presented at screenings in Japan, Thailand and China. He’s recently concentrated his efforts on image acquisition, i.e. shooting. He received a BA in Philosophy from Occidental College and an MFA in Photography from the University of Washington.