Professor Teresa Dillon

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About me

Artist and researcher. 

Exploring the lived entanglements of techno-civic systems. What this means is that I am interested in how urban life is organised, permeated and shaped by technology and how this influences the ways in which we act. 

Currently much of this is focused on repair, care, maintenance and healing cultures. Specifically exploring place-based repair economies, histories and hertiages, storytelling and the role that ritual plays in shifting human, non-human and species subjectivities.

The type of art work I make is best decribed as an expanded spatial and performative practice, that is rooted in various media and material configurations, with an eye on what is present, as well as what is obsolete, discarded, wasted, scraped or abandoned.

Inspired by vibrant life forces, Flux, process and landscape art, the Situationist and Arte Povera movements, Afrofuturism, indigenous cosmologies, music, club, physcial theatre, open source, digital and street cultures to name but a few. 

Methodological also crossing into spoken word; poetry; incanations; sound; set design; speculative design; low-fi media, hacker, maker and Do-It-Yourself cultures. This is further grounded within a number of rich academic seams including but not exclusive to social constructivism; feminist theories; spatial theory; software and surveillance studies; unconventional computing; tactical media, network and infrastructure scholarship; critical geography, eco-critical thinking, new materialism, pluralism, climate and eco-psychology; socially engaged and ecological-centred art scholarship and practice.

Since 2013 directing Urban Hosts – a programme that explores alternative urban futures. In 2018 co-founded Repair Acts – a practice-based research programme that explores repair cultures and practices in a pluralistic and collective manner. Member of the collective Soft Agency. Co-founder of the sound-based research group Resonant Ecologies and regular contributor to No School, Never.

You can find out more about my art work, publications and current activities: here 

Instagram: @RepairActs 

Twitter: @TeresaHacks and @RepairActs

Instagram: @RepairActs

Area of expertise

Current/ongoing themes: Restorative Practices with a focus on survival; healing, care and maintenance cultures in particular repair economies (past, present and future) and restorative imaginaries; interspecies relationships; sonic histories and re-enactments of the build environment and the performance of such histories and folklores; data with an interest in digital rights, ethics, data commons and collectives and tax; civic surveillance; free and open source civic resources; urban commoning; hosting and hospitality.

Teaching: Modular leader on the MA in Creative Production (2016-19); Guest lecturer in BA Fashion, Visual Cultures, Fine Art and Public Policy and Planning/Smart Cities. Professional Module BA Graphics (2016-)

Funding: Since joining UWE in Sept 2016

Principle Investigator on RepairActs, with Co-Investigator Professor Caitlin de Silvey, Exeter University (2018-2019)
Principle Investigator, Internal UWE grant for Local Repair Economies Mapping, Bedminister, Bristol (2018-19)

Co-I with Professor Jon Dovey and many others on the South West Creative Technology Network (2018-2021)

Lead Artist, TALES OF CARE AND REPAIR, British Council COP 26, Creative Commission (2021) with Gambiologia, Brazil and Toxics Link, India

Lead Artist, Repair Acts, Ireland, Creative Ireland, Climate Action Grant with Dr. Alma Clavin, UCD (2021-2022)

PhD supervision: Welcome PhD applications (see areas of expertise and interest) and invites for external and internal examiner roles. 

Kate Rich: Feral MBA, 1st Supervisor/Director of Studies

Kaajal Modi: Eating With the Trouble, 1st Supervisor/Director of Studies

Constanza Dessain: Seeing Our Touch; Haptics, Temporalities and the Microcosmics of the Imprint, 1st Supervisor/Director of Studies 

Duncan Speakman (completed): Composing Entanglement: Temporal structure of audio augmented reality, 2nd  supervisor

Richard Broomhall: Histories of UnderSea Cables in the South West and their environmental impact and hertiage value (working topics), 2nd supervisor

Full list of art works and publications can be found here: Teresa Dillon and (publications only/requires registration)


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