…is an artist and short-film maker whose work frequently appears on the international film festival circuit. OReilly’s digital animations are at turns absurd, violent, poetic and humorous, but always with a compelling narrative drive, even within vignettes that last just a few seconds. Aesthetically, OReilly's work plays with the limitations of and errors within his medium. As the artist has stated: “New technology always creates a crisis of representation. It was the same for painting – when cameras came along, painting became a lot more abstract quite suddenly. The great realisation was how much you could show by displaying so little, and the same is true with animation, there’s a huge spectrum of emotion through this basic toolkit”.
…was launched in 2003 by its then fifteen-year-old creator as an imageboard website originally intended as a destination to discuss Japanese comics. All posts are anonymous and appear in reverse chronology. It is famous for popularising such memes as lolcats, Rickrolling and "Chocolate Rain”. The website spans the spectrum from the spurious and surreal to the militant, with the community renowned for instigating some of the largest known DDoS attacks; as the Washington Post explains, “the site's users have managed to pull off some of the highest-profile collective actions in the history of the Internet.” 4chan was fundamental in the establishment of hacktivist group Anonymous.