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Plasma Lecture Series: Teresa Dillon, Listening to the “smart” city: A story about the inaudible

March 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

FREE and open to the public

Bio:  Teresa Dillon is an artist, researcher and Professor of City Futures at the School of Art and Design, UWE, Bristol.

Her performative, research and sound based work symbolically and critical examines the techno-civic systems, which affect and shape everyday life. The intention behind her work is to expose the conditions that order daily living by producing spaces, in which viable alternatives can be examined. Current work addresses repair cultures, free-to-use Urban Huts, sound re-enactments of the built environment and sound, noise and infrastructural literacies within “smart” city governance.

Since 2007 she has curated various independent and established art programmes. Including festivals OFFLOAD, Systems for Survival (2007) and UM: Experiments with Media (2008-2010), the N.I.P (new interfaces for performance) network (2007-2010) and the exhibition YOU MIGHT BE A DOG (2014). Since 2013 she has curated Urban Knights a series of talks and workshops, which provoke and promote practical approaches to urban governance and city living. In 2012, Teresa was the lead curator for HACK-THE-CITY, Science Gallery, Dublin and in 2016 curated the #make stream at Transmediale, Berlin.

Her background as a social and educational psychologist informs her work and previous academic research has focused on music and sound in therapeutic and learning contexts. Practically this led co-designing educational software for Futurelab (2003-2006) and for the BBC on Participate (2006-2009) with a specialist focus on environmental sensing, ethical development and open source software and structures. Between 2010-2016 projects continuing along this vein focused on community networks, home servers and open data with an emphasises on hardware control and design methodologies in which the user can always opt out or modify the tool according to their needs.

Teresa’s work has been exhibited widely across Europe and reviewed in Nature Magazine, Wire and BBC online. Her publications appear in various academic and artistic journals and books. A Humboldt Fellow between 2014-2016 at UdK and TU Berlin she carried out work on artistic processes to making the electromagnetic spectrum audible and its relation to the “smart” city.


March 13
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Media Study


112 Center for the Arts (Screening Room)