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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 interrogate the political implications of practices of computation and social organisation in contemporary society. His work explores ways to understand how computation impacts upon our ways of acting and being the world. 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. This led to the exhibition Unrepresentable: A Séance for Pierre Méchain. Prior to this Tom attained a Master’s in Digital Media in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media for his visual arts practice-based work Chatter that explored the political implications of communications technology on the public sphere. He has a background in engineering and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCD. Tom is a member of the Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG), an art-research group at Trinity College Dublin. He has a background in engineering and holds degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCD and worked in sustainable engineering consultancy for more than ten years.

Selected Output


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

/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.