Teresa Dillon is an artist and researcher.

Contact: teresa dot dillon at polarproduce dot org

Twitter: @TeresaHacks

Next UP:

event: Urban Knights: Next 13th March, Bristol

publication: Working the break point: maintenance, repair and failure in art, Screen City Journal

publication: Hospitality and Ownership of Spaces. In: Manach Laëtitia and Pop Susa (eds). Creativity in Urban Context, FutureDiverCities


My work symbolically and critically examines the techno-civic systems, which affect and shape everyday urban and civic life.

The performances I make often draw on the histories of infrastructural installation and technological change. For example working with the built environment (military and factory sites, night clubs) and the physical materiality of infrastructures (cameras, antennas, time tables, routes, noise data). I connect personal accounts, with observations and archival material, to create sonic reenactments and techno folklores that reflect and speculate on the interpersonal, sociopolitical and environmental impact of our contemporary digital lives and ’smart‘ track-and-trace environments.

Since 2007 I have been working with the idea of the OFFLOAD as a metaphor for degrowth, survival and repair.

Academically I have a special interest in and written on the following: contemporary art practices in city contexts with a particular focus on practices which relate to governance, surveillance; sound and noise; infrastructural literacies, hospitality and interspecies behaviour.

These topics are also reflected in the curatorial programmes, which I have directed. Such as in 2012, I curated HACK-THE-CITY for the Science Gallery in Dublin and in 2013 established: urbanknights.org  – a programme of talks and workshops, which provoke and promote practical approaches to urban governance, city living and civic wellbeing. Between 2014-2016,  I has a Humboldt Fellow at UdK and TU Berlin where I carried out research on artistic practices that make audible the electromagnetic spectrum and how such practices disrupt concepts of the ’seamless interface‘ in cities. Prior to that my academic research focused on music within learning, collaboration, healing and medicine and the role of pervasive and location-based media in artistic and environmental sensing contexts.

Since 2016, I hold the post of Professor of City Futures at the School of Art and Design, UWE Bristol, through which I have established the Repair Acts Network.



2017 Are You Still Watching? Arnolfini, Bristol, Festival of the Future City

2016 Under New Moons, We Stand Strong, Peacock Visual Arts Centre & Seventeen, Aberdeen (SCT)



2018 MTCD – A Visual Anthology of My Machine Life, Transmediale, Face Value, Berlin

2017, whereveryoufindit.net, Online exhibition

2015-2016, Opimilk, Human Factor, DRIVE, Volkswagen Group Forum, Berlin (DE)

2015-2016 Opimilk, Materia Prima, LABoral, Gijón (SP)

2014 YOU MIGHT BE A DOG, LEAP, Berlin (DE)

2013-2015 Opimilk, Projekt Genesis, Ars Electronica, Futurelab, Linz (AT)

2012 HACK-THE-CITY, Science Gallery, Dublin (IRL)

2009 EME3, Collapse, CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), Barcelona (SP)

2008 N.I.P., O Espaço do Tempo, (PT)

2008 Spike Island Studio Open Studios, Bristol, (UK)

2007 ‘AY AHALI! / Setting a Setting / Letting a Setting Go’, Can Altay, Spike Island, (UK)

2006 Brunel 200, Bristol, (UK)

2005 Star Radio, National Museum of Cardiff, Cardiff, (WAL)

2005 Creative Bristol, (UK)

2003 Experimentica 03, G39 Gallery/Chapter Arts, Cardiff, (WAL)

2002 Locws Festival 2, Swansea, (WAL)



2013-ongoing Urban Knights, Berlin, Bristol, Dublin, Vienna, Aberdeen

2016 #make stream, transmediale, Berlin (DE)

2016 STATE, The Sentimental Machine, Berlin (DE)

2014 YOU MIGHT BE A DOG, LEAP, Berlin (DE)

2012 HACK-THE-CITY, Science Gallery, Dublin (IRL)

2008-11 UM Festival, Lisbon, Oporto, Dublin (PT & IRL)

2007 OFFLOAD: Systems for Survival, Bristol (UK)



2015 Helsinki Design Week (FI)

2014 Museum Quartier 21 with Artistic Bokeh, Vienna, (AT)

2009 Pop-Up Landscapes, Transformations Project, IPI, Mação, (PT)

2009 Hangar, Barcelona, (SP)

2008 Finnish Institute Art Grant and FRAME/HIAP (FI)

2008 O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo, N.I.P., (New Interfaces for Performance), (PT)

2007 STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music), N.I.P. (New Interfaces for Performance), Amsterdam, (NL)



2016- Professor of City Futures, University of West England, Bristol, (UK)

2014-2016 Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow, Technische Universität & Universität der Künste, Berlin, (DE)

2012-2013 Course Coordinator & Lecturer, Idea Translation Lab (HACK THE CITY & Synthetic Biology), Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin in partnership with Harvard University & Le Laboratoire, Paris, (FR)

2009 Media Art Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, (PT)

2007-2009 Lecturer & MA Supervisor, Arts, Culture, Education MA, Department of Education, Cambridge University,  (UK)

2004-2006 Visiting Lecturer, Bristol University

2001-2003 Psychology Tutor, The Open University, Summer School, (UK)

2002 Visiting Lecturer, Sheffield University, Psychology Department, (UK)

2001-2003 Psychology Tutor, The Open University, Summer School, (UK)

2000-2003 PhD Researcher (social and educational psychology), The Open University, (UK)

1999-2000 Research Assistant, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, (SCT)

1998-1999 MA Researcher (psychology), Glasgow University, (SCT)



2014 Producer on Superglue by Danja Vasiliev, Joscha Jaeger & Michael Zeder with zerbamine & VERBALVISUAL supported by WORM, Greenhost

2006-2009 Wireframe Designer and educational researcher for BBC on Participate and Participate Schools

2003-2006 Co-designer, theorist and researcher on various experimental and emerging educational tech Futurelab, Bristol



2017 Aesthetics of Repair (Migratory Art), Panel at Screen City Biennial, Stavanger, (NO)

2017 Sound of the Breakdown, Keynote at International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology, Dundalk, (IRL)

2017 Listening to the ’smart‘ city: A story about the inaudible, Invited artist talk, University at Buffalo, PLASMA (US)

2016 Various, Transmediale, Berlin (DE)

2015 Superglue, stART Symposium, EU Commission, Brussels (BE)

2013 Artistic Practices within Cities, Invited Speaker, EcoCity World Summit, Nantes (FR)

2013 Rogue Troopers Panel and Synthetic Scenarios & Stories Workshop, ISEA, Sydney (AU)

2013 Network Utopias with Danja Vasiliev, Fine Arts School, Oporto & The University of Coimbra (PT)

2012 StudioLab Symposium, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, (AU)

2012 Ignite, Science Gallery, Dublin (IRL)

2011 ‚NOISE‘ at DATA 47, Dublin Art Technology Association (IRL)

2010 Launch of Interfereze Journal of Sound Cultures, Science Gallery, Dublin (IRL)

2010 Artist Lecture, Toronto School of Art & 7a11d Performance Festival, Toranto (CA)

2010 Keynote Presentation, Gear Festival (PT)

2009 Pop-Up Landscapes, Leeds Festival of Design Activism, Leeds (UK)

2008 It’s all about the position baby! Art, Mediated by Technology Virtual Platform, Amsterdam, Art, Mediated by Technology (NL)

2007  Trust and Interdependency, Pixelache Festival, Helsinki (FI)



2016 Scotland Year of Architecture, Peacock Art Centre Commission

2016 Cutting Room and Phoenix Leicester Commission

2014-2016 Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow, TU & UdK, Berlin

2012 IDI Design Awards, HACK-THE-CITY, Science Gallery, Dublin (Catalog)

2011 Irish Internet Association Award for The Open Data Challenge, NDRC, Dublin

2009 Pop-Up Landscapes Commission, IPI, Mação, (PT)

2008 DGArtes, Direcção-Geral das Artes/MC, Ministério da Cultura, (PT)

2007 Keys Commission, Arnolfini & Knowle West Media Centre, (UK)

2007 Gulbenkian Grant, (UK) and (PT)

2006 Brunel 200 Commission, (UK)

2006 Artist Bursary, James Martin Institute, Oxford (UK)

2005 Star Radio Commission, (WAL)

2005 DTI, Department of Trade and Industry, Art and Technology Grant (UK)

2005 Creative Bristol Commission, Bristol, (UK)

2002 Locws Festival Commission (WAL)

2000-2004 PhD Scholarship Grant, The Open University, (UK)



2016 Under New Moons, We Stand Strong, by Silvia Casini, Furtherfield

2012 What do you want your city to be? Review HACK-THE-CITY, Idea Lab by Davin O’Dwyer, Irish Times

2012 Cities: Metropolitan mash-up, Review of HACK-THE-CITY by Antony King in Nature

2007 BBC Online Come Outside

2005 BBC Online MEASC Review



2016 ISEA, International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Conference Reviewer

2013-16 CoAx  International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics, Conference Reviewer

2013-15 NIME  New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Conference Reviewer

2014 Transmediale Flusser Residency, Jury Member

2007-09 IJME  International Journal of Music Education, Editorial Board

2007-09 BJME British Journal of Music Education, Editorial Board

2006-08 ISME  International Society for Music Education  (Web adviser)