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Tom O'Dea

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Tom O’Dea is an artist who works with mixed-media sculpture and social practice to explore ways how different forms of knowledge impact upon our ways of acting and being the world. His work interrogates the political implications of knowledge production, practices of computation and organisation in contemporary society. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has curated work that examines technological materialities and the relationship between technology and society.

Tom completed a visual art practice-based PhD in TCD in 2019 for the exhibition Unrepresentable: A Séance for Pierre Méchain. He holds Master’s in Digital Media in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCD.

Tom is a lecturer in Sculpture and Expanded Practice at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. He co-chairs the Network Ecologies research theme at CONNECT - Ireland's SFI Centre for future networks at Trinity College. He is also a member of the Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG), an artist-research group and is one of the organisers of Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA).

Selected Output


/24 Department of Embedded Knowledge – Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven


4/24 Apocalypse Anxieties - Luan Gallery, Athlone, Ireland


12/23 Counter-Infrastructures: Art & Activism Symposium - NCAD Gallery, Dublin

10/23 DATA at Alternating Current – The Complex, Dublin

10/23 Tírdreacha/Krajobrazy/Landschaften/مناظر الطبیعة (w/ Soria Reilly, Robert Skrzyński, Hilde Wollenstein, Yousef Anastas & Ibrahim Owais) - Dublin Digital Radio, Radio Kapital (Warsaw), Cashmere Radio (Berlin), Radio AlHara (Bethlehem)

6/23 It's easier to talk about [platform capitalism] when having food together – Kunstverein am Rosa Luxembourg Plaz, Berlin


7/22 Two Channel Land (w/ Frank Sweeney) – Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry

3/22 Free Zone Transmissions (w/ Frank Sweeney) – Featuring: Jane Deasy, Colm Keady-Tabal, Dennis McNulty, Coilín O'Connell and Megan Hadfield, Dublin, Ireland


6/21 One Zero Society – Goethe-Institut – Online (Moving Image w/ Mathias Riechertt)


11/20 A fold in the map across which electrons jump – The Lab Gallery, Dublin

05/20 On Death Reading Group – Department of Ultimology – Online – (Guest Moderator)

03/20 Guest Lectures – Art & the Megacity, TCD; Art Practice as Research, Gradcam, TUDublin; Art & IoT, NCAD


06/19 ASCEND Artist Strategies for Engaging in Data Politics Workshop - NCAD, Ireland

06/19 A Séance for Pierre Méchain - Visual, Carlow, Ireland

05/19 Unrepresentable: A Séance for Pierre Méchain - Unit1A, TCD, Dublin

01/19 Natural Capital Panel Discussion - Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin


10/18 Matters of Facts - Grazer Kunstverein & Institut für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Graz, Austria

09/18 A Séance for Pierre Méchain - NCAD Gallery, Dublin


11/17 Self Portrait - National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

10/17 1967-2017 - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin


04/16 SAMS_001 - The Width of Air - NYU, Shanghai, China

02/16 MSMS_001 - The Width of Air - Carter Rd, Mumbai, India

01/16 Totem - Canary Wharf, London, UK


08/15 Drakaea - PifCamp, Soҫa, Slovenia

05/15 Materiality - University Gallery, NUIG, Galway, Ireland

04/15 Chatter - Annenberg Centre, PA, USA


11/14 Anthroposcene - Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland

05/14 HyBrasil - Inis Oirr, Ireland

04/14 Representations - Gallery 126, Galway, Ireland

07/13 Field - Galway Arts Festival, Ireland

04/13 Chatter - Lorg Presents, Galway, Ireland

09/12 Context Structure - The Market House, Monaghan, Ireland

Awards & Other

/23 - Curator of DATA at Alternating Current

/23 - Where Nobody Owns included in forthcoming publication by Bob Grey.

/23 - Participant - Commoning & Radical Care Symposium

/22 - Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary Award

/22 - Arts Council Agility Award

/22 - A Place of Exchange - Shortlisted for Ardgillan CC Public Art Commission curated by Jennie Guy

/20 - Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary Award

/18 - Recipient of Visual & Performing Arts Fund award for A Séance for Pierre Méchain.

/15 - Materiality was cofunded by NUIG, TCD, UCC & RIA.

/14 - Recipient of Visual & Performing Arts Fund award for Chatter.

/13 - Chatter - Selected for the Dublin Art & Technology Association showcase of emerging talent.