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The Unstitute is an online new media art laboratory dedicated to rethinking and re-asserting the experience of visual cultures in the early 21st Century, at a time which should rightly be considered crucial in an accelerating human culture dominated by capital, technology and globalisation. We begin from this premise: there is no reason to expect that the internet itself not be considered a medium of the artist.

Created as a new type of architecture within the internet, The Unstitute exists as a set of intensities on a line of flight, various windows of opportunity, sprawling rooms of archives in temporary structures, screening rooms, nomadic encampments and discontiguous blocks of content which orient and dis-orient. The resulting superstructure of The Unstitute is one which was intended from the outset as browser-based; the web is the only way in, and the only way out.

Most of the hidden structure of The Unstitute is a series of parallel ‘worlds’ or artificially constructed environments; labyrinthine web-fictions deposited by the original builders of this digital ‘coral reef’. These worlds themselves are multifaceted constructions which reflect the ultimate complexity of the superstructure, resulting in a fractal-nesting of worlds within worlds. These initial constructions branched out into further expansions and outposts, and soon a thriving community began to share the outgrowth, leading to the creation of the Participation Programme.

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Avant-Garde Literature Mill & Small Press

by Daniel O'Reilly




Hi, I'm Daniel O'Reilly - fiercely independent author, publisher and media artist living and writing in my mountainous retreat in northern Spain with my wife, daughter and sausage dog Dexter. Welcome to  [archipelago] - the Short Story Mill and Small Press producing avant-garde fiction for my Patrons on Patreon!

About the [archipelago]

I’ve been writing the stories that make up the[archipelago] since 2018, though I’ve been researching and designing the concept for considerably longer. In making the process publicly visible via both social media and literary situations in real life, and by encouraging dialogue to stimulate critical decision making on every aspect of the project - from the initial sketch of an idea to a physical, handmade book - I attempt to incorporate the hybrid social experience of contemporary life into the fabric of the project, right down to the way it is read. Patreon helps me get new fiction directly to my fans each and every fortnight, like a sandbox for surrealism where I can test out ideas, techniques and strategies with my patrons, and listen to their feedback. This material is later compiled, edited, printed, (even translated, when I’m feeling brave,) and finally stitched into handmade chapbooks and other literary ephemera currently being hawked directly to the public from my market stall, to be found in the various fairs I attend around northern Spain where I live and work. I've recently published short fiction in Tiny Spoon magazineWriter's Block magazine, the Bengaluru ReviewEverything in Aspic MagazineDefunkt MagazineChachalaca ReviewThe Room Journal of African Surrealism, and Black Flowers Literary Magazine, plus poetry and theory in the Cutbank Literary MagazineRoots-Routes Magazine and The Dawntreader Literary Journal, and I'm currently exploring other subversive forms of writing, including in performance and public exhibition.


In early 2022, I shall begin publishing to my Patrons exclusive chapters of my new novel “Los Disparates” - a folio of 21 stories inspired by the famous book of 21 engravings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) - which translates into English as "Follies".





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The Projection Room at The Unstitute was a strategic step towards altering the relationship between artist and audience via the medium of the Website. We began by creating a pseudo-space for showing experimental videos; works were selected on the basis of their ability to provoke interesting reactions or engagements with the viewer, whether in a positive or negative fashion.

Mechanically selected monthly screenings of videos submitted to The Unstitute by you.

Submissions are now CLOSED for this project.

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Located in courtyards of the Unstitute - inbetween spaces, between other structures, temporary or otherwise - is a network of diverse encampments serving any number of uses; political or otherwise. In these digital encampments you can see the building of a new archive.

Submissions are now CLOSED for this project.

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#Strategies is an online lab for writing at The Unstitute which offers a platform for writers to submit text which relates to strategic thought in contemporary creative practices; fictional, philosophical, autobiographical, theoretical, anarchical or otherwise. We especially welcome writing which stands in relation to the new paradigms/crises in technology, society, gender, race, knowledge and identity, and is willing to embrace them; AI, virtual worlds, generative or procedural writing, digital doppelgangers, micro-fiction, net-dérive or Twitter novel - it is precisely the hybrid which is the adaptation of the times.

Submissions are now CLOSED for this project.





The Unstitute forges new connections in anti-establishment thought and practise in its new interactive archive: [dis]Corporate Bodies. Individuals and groups are invited to create new works or select existing works which respond to the theme 'Under-Mining the Institution' - an activity which could involve plans, excavations, extractions, subversions, criticisms - by selecting an institution and actively mining the fabric upon which its 'institutional' structure rests.

Mechanically selected an/archive currently at The Unstitute, assembled from open submissions.

Submissions are now CLOSED for this project.




The Unstitute's unique virtual residency programme is a series of developmental projects which engage with and disengage from the mobile, shifting web-architecture of The Unstitute itself. Participants do not 'question the boundaries', (as per the rhetoric of the Art Institution,) but are instead encouraged to create boundaries, objections and impasses and furthermore affirm the movements afforded by this activity. The Unstitute is a memory palace.

Submissions are now CLOSED for this project




The Unstitute wants you, whoever and wherever you are, to participate in a new online project entitled Vidiot; a word-blend accidentally created by one of our manifesto-writing machines of ‘vidi’ & ‘idiot’, possibly meaning ‘simple video’.

Ongoing participation experiment at The Unstitute, open to submissions.


The Unstitute would like to ask you to send us your eyes. The Unstitute constructing itself a new wing out of your eyes, built on the architecture of watching. It will be a unique place you can go when you want everyone to look at you, or when you want to feel you are being watched - a sort of vulgar Panopticon for the internet.