Paul O’ Neill’s For Ruth & Violette plays with poetry and encryption to subvert networked communications infrastructures. Based on a code-poem used by intelligence operatives in the Second World War, the piece harnesses alternative uses of the video conferencing platform Zoom to engage with the complex history of obfuscation in relation to covert broadcasting methods. The title of the project is in reference to the origins of the poem and the lives encoded within it.
‘Commissioned as part of the Zoom Obscura project, led by Creative Informatics on behalf of the Institute for Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh and funded by the Human Data Interaction Network Plus (HDI Network +), supported by Creative Informatics’
Paul O’ Neill is an artist and researcher based in Dublin, Ireland. His practice and research are concerned with the implications of our collective dependency on networked technologies and infrastructures. He has recently presented and exhibited his work at various cultural institutions and events including Science Gallery Dublin (2021), InSpace Gallery, Edinburgh (2021) and Ars Electronica Festival (2020).