Teresa Dillon

Teresa Dillon

Teresa Dillon is an artist and researcher whose work practically, symbolical and critically examines the techno-civic systems that affect and shape everyday urban life. Taking the built environment and the materiality of infrastructures in city spaces as the backdrop, her performance- and sound-based work draws on the lived experience, human and non-human accounts, archival material, the poetic and empirical as a means through which to tell situated stories of entangled urban living. Dillon’s research and thinking has contributed to policy on open data, and she has written widely on topics including the role of open source within art and education; care, repair and maintenance practices and economies; surveillance histories and urban wildlife; sound, noise and the electromagnetic spectrum; DIY computer networking; infrastructural literacy and the urban commons; grief and environmental loss. In 2007 she curated OFFLOAD: Systems for Survival and in 2012 she was the lead curator for HACK-THE-CITY at the Science Gallery, Dublin, and the Anxious to Make stream at transmediale (2016). Since 2013, Dillon has been hosting urbanknights.org—a program of talks and workshops that provoke and promote practical approaches to urban governance, city living, and civic wellbeing. Dillon’s work has been commissioned and exhibited widely in Europe and reviewed in Nature Magazine, Wire, Creators, and BBC online. Dillon is currently Professor of City Futures at the School of Art and Design, UWE Bristol, where she leads on the Repair Acts program.

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