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Marianna & Daniel O'Reilly

We dig tunnels.

There is no overarching plan for this superstructure known as The Unstitute, but we know there must be enough ways for us to get out quickly when the need for escape arises. Sure, this edifice takes on all the characteristics of a labyrinth, and it is uncertain who is trapped and who the trapper, but these concerns merely reinforce the idea that the plan must be going well, whatever it is. And though it might seem unlikely to go to such extreme effort to encounter the primordial fear of being trapped - a fear most underrated for its influence within the corridors and back-alleys of society - we are quite content to enmesh our efforts within such base fear. To be sure, we are never satisfied that the labyrinth has reached its state of perfection, inasmuch as each new improvement reveals at least a dozen new weaknesses which must be counteracted on the instant, strategic alterations are hastily drawn-up, construction begins afresh, new weaknesses and blind spots are revealed, plans are abandoned - and yet oftentimes it is these unfinished avenues that constitutes the greatest confusion for the intruder and thus the greatest pleasure for us. Indeed, there is no way to achieve a full satisfaction that the perfect escape should be at all possible, for one can only know such things when a situation of escape is needful, and even then one should hardly be content that the escape plan is perfect, for one cannot presume the intruder to act according to our script. And anyway, satisfaction is hardly our object. The escape itself is a by-product, an excuse for the architecture of escape.


collected works by The Unstitute


curatorial projects by The Unstitute

Marianna's CV



'Accions Per Tornar A Casa', Civic Centre El Coll La Bruguera, Barcelona, Spain Catalogue

'Dones de la Història, Històries de Dones', 11a mostra D'Art En Femení, CC Torre LLobeta, Barcelona, Spain


'International Exhibition of Surrealism', Cairo, Egypt

'D-Construction Inaugural Video Screening', Grosso Modo Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel


'Invisible Geographies', 20th Edition of FLEFF Film Festival, Ithaca College, New York, USA


'Denial as the Leading Principle', Lodge222 Cinema, Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Video Installation in conjunction with Fermenting Feminism publication (curated by Lauren Fournier, in collaboration with Ida Bencke and Dea Antonsen of the LAE), Broken Dimanche Press/Büro BDP, Berlin, Germany

Fermenting Feminism Exhibition, Front/Space in Kansas City, Missouri, USA (Curated by Lauren Fournier and S.E. Nash)

Video Screening in conjunction with Fermenting Feminism publication, (curated by Lauren Fournier, in collaboration with Ida Bencke and Dea Antonsen of the LAE) Meter, Copenhagen, Denmark


'31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film and Video Festival', Milwaukee, USA
'(Dis)Connected Forms: Narratives on the Fractured Self’ Conference Video Screening curated by Dawn Woolley, Hull, UK


'Urban Explorers Festival', Dordrecht, The Netherlands
'Beep Bop Boop'(curated by Leah Brown and Peter Symons), FATVillage Projects, Lauderdale, Florida, USA


'The Noise Project' 99 Gallery, West Queen West Triangle, 99 Sudbury street, Toronto, Canada
'Noise Intercepted' Online Project, curated by Labspace Studio, Toronto, Canada
'Now and After' International Video Art Festival, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia
'Cologne OFF Moving Image Awards', Sattal, India
'EQUATIONS Artist Moving Image Festival' (curated by TOOL BANK) London, UK
'Video Art Collective', Chartier Gallery, Connecticut, USA
'Social Interventions', Garage 4141 Gallery, San Diego, USA


'Serial Box Film Festival' University of Missouri, USA
'Supposedium' Underground Symposium of Electronic Arts, Albuquerue, USA
'Classifieds' SIA Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
'exDox Film Festival' Cologne OFF, touring around the World
'Westworld' Xero, Kline & Coma, London
'Artbyte' Crocus Gallery, Nottingham
'Inside Is Not The Opposite Of Outside' Bronx Art Space, New York
'Construction Gallery Video Screening' Construction Gallery, London
'Construction Gallery Writers’ Room Residency', (curated by Post Artists), London
'jar'man' CutBank Magazine Media Series, University of Montana, USA CutBank


'London Underground Film Festival', UK
'39th Festival of Nations'(Jury commended for 'The Double'), Ebensee, Austria
'Walthamstow International Film Festival', London
'Waterpieces Contemporary Art and Video Art Festival', Riga, Latvia
'Screen 4: Solo feature' (June/July) CologneOFF Solo
'Plat du Jour' (curated by Ottica TV), Streaming Festival, The Hague
'About the human condition' Streaming Festival
'Hefty Thigh Festival', Davis, California, USA
'Cologne OFF 2011 selection', Arad Art Museum, Romania
'Propeller Island Television', Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
'In Unrealty', Keuruu Museum, Keuruu, Finland
'CologneOFF 2011' as part of Delhi International Arts Festival, New Delhi, India


'Pixxelpoint New Media Art Festival', Nova Gorica, Slovenia
'Streaming Festival' Edition 5 Streaming Festival
'Dr. Spin's Propaganda Machine Event', Goodman Library, Napa, California, USA
'In Time Exhibition', University of the Arts, London, UK
'Mediations Biennale: Erased Walls', ConcentArt, Berlin, Germany
'New Media, Sex and Culture in the 21st Century', Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA
'Peckham Free Film Festival', London, UK
'Fundada Artists' Film Festival', Halifax, UK
'CologneOFF VI', Cologne Online Video Festival CologneOff
'Act Art 8 Censored', Film and Performance Event, London
'The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture', Windsor, UK
'Ark Festival', Cardiff, UK
'Freedom Sparks Video Festival', Visual Voice Gallery, Montreal, Canada
'AVI Video Festival', Podgorica, Montenegro
'Self-Imaging Festival', Cologne Video Channel, Germany
'Crosstalk Video Art Festival', Budapest, Hungary
'The Pursuit of Happiness Project', Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, Poland
'Davis Feminist Film Festival', University of California, Davis, USA
'700IS Reindeerland Film Festival: Stills Show', Reykjavik, Iceland
'Tampere Film Festival: Film Market and Video Library', Finland
'Danger: An Exhibition', The Rag Factory, London
'OtticaTV Screening' , Bankside Centre, London
'Video is The Only Constant ', Screening at Corsica Studios, London


'Alternative Film and Video Festival', Belgrade, Serbia
'Voyeur', Whitechapel Gallery, London Whitechapel
'Streaming Festival' 4th Edition, Isfth Foundation Project, Holland Streaming festival
'CologneOFF V', Cologne Online Film Festival CologneOff
'Season 10' Outcasting Online Video Channel Outcasting
'Spining Tongues', Rotoreliefs, London
'Frieze Projects: Open Call 2009', Frieze Art Fair, London
'Anastrophic Monday', Streaming Festival for Audio-Visual Art, Holland
'Angel Moving Image Festival', Candid Arts Trust, London
'Kiss Me Miss Me 15 Minute Factory', The Rag Factory, London
'ArtsFest', The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
'37 Festival der Nationen', Ebensee, Austria
'Clear As Mud ...You Are Here', Hackney Wicked Festival, London Clear As Mud
'Home Video Night', Gallery Primo Alonso, London
'The Hub Film Night' 24/7 Theatre Festival, Manchester
'Lumen Evolution Media Arts Festival', Leeds
'Bacon Screen Project', London
'Season 7', Outcasting Online Video Channel Outcasting
‘Underground City’ Film Screening, Divus, London
‘Zemos98’ Audio-Visual Festival, Seville, Spain
‘Ottica TV’ Screening, Bankside Centre, London
‘Another Roadside Attraction Gallery’ Screening, Griffin, London
‘Rotoreliefs Film Screening’, Vibe Bar, London


‘Videologia’, 5th International Festival of Audio-Visual Arts, Volgograd, Russia
‘Cor-10 Audiovisual Forum’, Coruna, Spain
‘Videophile Festival’, Phoenix Arts Association, Brighton, UK
‘Lab Theatre Collective Scratch Night’ Deptford, London
‘Optica Festival 2008’ (nominated for Best Independent Film Award), Gijon, Spain
‘Playing in Urban Spaces’ Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds, UK
‘Art Within’ Geborgenkamers, The Hague, The Netherlands
‘Art Infinitum’, Incubator Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
‘Pantheon International Xperimental Film Festival 7.0’, Nicosia, Cyprus
‘Hackney Wicked’, Performance intervention/installation, Hackney, London
‘Outcasting 04’, Outcasting online video art project, Cardiff, Wales
‘Come Out and Play’, Apexart, New York
‘Wolstenholme Screenings’, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool, UK
‘Another Roadside Attraction’ (Screening of ‘Ehamine’) July, London
‘Ayaz’s Palace’ (one person show), Shed and a Half Gallery, London


‘Making Love to my Ego’, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
‘Draw Drawing’, London Biennale, The Foundry, London
‘Another Product at Cornerhouse’, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester


'Insomnia', Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower, London
'Area 10 and The Maid Collective', Peckham, London


'Peep Show', Ancoats Art Studios, Manchester
'Clear As Mud Acoustics', APT Gallery, Deptford, London
'Failsafe', APT gallery, Deptford, London


'Apartment', Luxury apartment, Manchester
'XTCGAGA', Century Gallery, Hackney, London


'We Are Relentless', The Custard Factory, Birmingham
'A4 Versus Letter', R K. Burt Gallery, Southwark, London
'Siege Engine', Hoxton jubilee, Shoreditch, London
'Clear as Mud', Century Gallery, Hackney, London
'MDK' or 'Devil-Dog in Tinseltown', Chelsea College of Art, London

Published Works



The Margate Bookie Zine


Tiny Spoon magazine

Writer's Block magazine


The Room: Magazine of the African and Middle East Surrealist Group

Everything in Aspic Magazine - Issue 2, November

Chachalaca Review - Summer Edition

Black Flowers Magazine - June Edition

Defunkt Magazine - June Edition

Art in Quarantine 2020 - Volume 4

Bengaluru Review


January Edition Invisible Geographies

20th Edition of FLEFF Film Festival, Ithaca College, New York, USA


Roots - Routes Magazine of Visual Cultures

'Fermenting Feminism' Front/Space in Kansas City, Missouri, USA (Curated by Lauren Fournier and S.E. Nash)



2016: Auroville Radio Station, Auroville International Township, Tamil Nadu, India 2016

2012: 'Construction Gallery Writers’ Room Residency', (curated by Post Artists), London



1999-2002 Royal Academy Schools, MA Fine Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
1996-1999 First Class BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK
1991-1994 Saint-Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia

2001- 2002 Chelsea College of Arts, MA Fine Art, London UK
1998-2001 First Class BA (Hons) Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, UK

Awards and Commissions


2008 Candidate for Optica Award for Independent Artists Film, Optica Festival, Spain
2007 Celeste Art Prize, London
2003 Nominated for Beck’s Futures, ICA London (as Clear As Mud Collective)
2002 Red Mansion Art Prize, The London Institute
2002 Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac Award, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2002 Liverhulme Trust Award, Unilever
2001 Rail Europe Travel Award and Commission, Eurostar HQ, London
1999/02 Wingate Scholarship, Wingate Foundation
1996 Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award, Royal Society of Painters

Readings & Interviews


2022 ‘GroundWork Dialogues Symposium’ GroundWork Gallery, King's Lynn, UK
2008 ‘Playing in Urban Spaces’ Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds
2006 ‘Psychoanalysis and Art’ Panel discussion, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2006 ‘Presiding Spirits’, South Bank Centre, London
2004 ‘The Lungfish’ APT Gallery, London