Teresa Dillon is an artist and researcher whose work symbolically and critically examines the techno-civic systems that affect and shape everyday urban life.
Taking the built environment and the physical materiality of infrastructures in city spaces, her performance- and sound-based work draws on personal accounts, observations, and archival material, to reflect and speculate on histories of infrastructural installation, urban governance, and the socio-ecological impact of our contemporary "smart" cities.
Over the last 15 years, her research has contributed to policy thinking on open data, and she has written on the role of open source within art and education, repair, surveillance histories, and urban wildlife; sound, noise, and the electromagnetic spectrum, infrastructural literacy, and the urban commons.
In 2012 she was the lead curator for HACK-THE-CITY at the Science Gallery, Dublin, and in 2016 she curated the Anxious to Make stream at transmediale. Since 2013 she 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. Her work has been commissioned and exhibited widely in Europe and reviewed in Nature Magazine, Wire, Creators, and BBC online. She is currently Professor of City Futures at the School of Art and Design, UWE Bristol.