Professor Teresa Dillon

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About me

I am an artist and researcher, whose practice is transdisciplinary and expansive.

Situated in urban spaces, I explore the lived entanglements of techno-civic systems. What I mean by this, 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, including the relationships we consciously or not foster with kin, companion landscapes and species.

In exploring such entanglements, I draw on a mixture of methodologies that are rooted in performative, site-based practices, including spoken word and sound; expanded set design; speculative design; low-fi media, maker and Do-It-Yourself cultures.

Inspired by Flux, process and landscape art, the Situationist and Arte Povera movements, Afrofuturism, indigenous cosmologies, music and street cultures to name but a few, my work often draws on what is present in the landscape or site including discarded, waste, scrap or abandoned materials, mixing this with everyday and obsolete soft- and hardware to create mashed up "scenarios" that are sprinkled with flesh and sweat and hopefully some humour.

This is combined with a process that draws theoretically and empirically on a number of rich academic seams including but not exclusive to Vygotskian approaches to social and educational psychology and thinking from the fields of feminist spatial and urban practices; software and surveillance studies; unconventional computing and media; network and infrastructure scholarship; critical geography, eco-critical thinking, climate and eco-psychology.

Thinking about how my work is made, its traces and footprints, underlying the choices I make in my practice and research is a question about imaginaries and alternatives to the extractive and pervasive, tangling's that "business-as-usual" modes of growth and accumulation perpetrate.

It is for this reason that my artistic practice has always centred on performance and sound as visceral, and direct, experiential mediums through which, I explore the sonic and technological histories of place and the situated, nature of frequencies and spectrum politics.

This thinking also underpins my work on healing and restorative futures under the framing of the Repair Acts [http://repairacts.net/] programme. Established in 2018, Repair Acts is an international and multidisciplinary network of people working on topics relating to repair, care and maintenance cultures. Broadly these cultures focus on applied, artistic, scholarly and civic practices, which deal with the care, upkeep, maintenance and reuse of objects, materials, buildings, systems and processes with a focus on repair economies, the ecological footprint of data and the Internet, as well as the care and maintenance and inheritance of a local community Internet network in Bristol [see links to the work, In Your Aerial].




Area of expertise

Current/ongoing themes: Survival; healing, care, repair and maintenance cultures with a focus on repair economies 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.

See the Repair Acts programme [repairacts.net] as a space for holding some of this work.

Other ongoing works include In Your Aerial (2019) a project in which the inheritance and heritage of a community Internet network is established; MTCD - A Visual Anthology of My Machine Life (2018) a solo performance that chronologies the machines in my life and AMHARC (2018) a sculptural work on hostile architectures, urban avian wildlife and surveillance, which forms part of trilogy of work on the machine as a witness to infectious and deviant agencies [see polarproduce.org for further details].

Since 2013, I host Urban Knights a public programme of talks and workshops that provokes and promotes practical approaches to urban governance and city living. The programme brings together people who are actively producing alternatives to our given city infrastructures, norms and perceptions [urbanknights.org]

Previous: Design and use of music technologies and sound in learning and therapeutic settings and the learning processes involved, when we make and collaborate with others outside of formal, institutional settings (e.g., DO-IT-WITH-OTHERS, informal peer-to-peer situations). 

Teaching: Modular leader on the MA in Creative Production; Guest lecturer in Fashion, Visual Cultures, Fine Art and Public Policy and Planning/Smart Cities.

Funding: Since joining UWE in Sept 2016: Principle Investigator on RepairActs, with Co-Investigator Professor Caitlin de Silvey, Exeter University (2018-2019). Co-I with Professor Jon Dovey on the South West Creative Technology Network. 6.5million (2018-2021)

PhD supervision:

Kate Rich : 1st Supervisor/Director of Studies

Kaajal Modi : 1st Supervisor/Director of Studies

Duncan Speakman : 2nd  supervisor

Richard Broomhall : 2nd   supervisor

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

 

 

 


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