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All the Knowledge in Age UK
2016
video, curtains
10mins

All the Knowledge in Age Concern

The structure has been made from all the floral curtains bought from the Dean Forest Hospice shop throughout the two-month-long Blackrock residency, and the video features all the non-fiction books bought on a single trip to Age Concern.

The video takes the non-fiction made available to the general public – books filled with knowledge that is technical, educational or entertaining – and wilfully misinterprets it. It exaggerates how information that finds its way out of corporate laboratories, university research programmes and other specialist environments into the public realm is, by necessity, simplified and generalised. And yet the video’s narrator – a neologism who wishes to enter the language it is studying – learns from these books not utilitarian wisdom, but the contradictions and blind alleys that constitute modernity, that make it so difficult to ‘know’ anything at all.


The Harris Garulatrix

2016
shoe, audio
14 mins, 20 secs.

The Harris Garulatrix


A recording of a monologue plays through a hidden speaker, as if the shoe itself were speaking – a talking head. The garulatrix is a scold and a gossip, imparting vicious observations about the other artworks in the show, and insulting the viewer while she’s at it.

Commissioned by Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston.
Voice performed by Rosie Thomson.
Exhibited in 'Nothing Happens, Twice'
6 February – 4 June 2016
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston


The Forgotten Waterbearer
2015
Video
15 mins
A fairy tale, with a strong gender-politics undertow, is related using found footage, written and filmed intertitles, and audio montaged from several sources. It merges ideas of plumbing – as industrial and domestic conduits for water and oil – with the human body and the channels of deep time.

Divining the Title of a PhD

Matt Rogers & Sally O'Reilly
2013
Video
4 mins, 30 secs
A satirical take on the increasing specialisation within knowledge economies. The postcodes of the filmed locations also reveal something about the processes involved in naming streets.

Hands Up!: a manual
2011
Video
20 mins

Do I Really Look Like That?
Colin Perry & Sally O'Reilly
2011
Video
40 mins.
A montage of portrayals of fictional artists in television programmes (not film). Clips have been categorised and arranged to emphasise a taxonomy of preconceptions, which includes the pretentious, the impenetrably absurd, the conniving and the psychotically deranged.

For the Curious
2010
Video
10 mins.
A found footage video essay discussing the pros and cons of curiosity.