Of art
and technology
9—19 May '24
Braga, Portugal

Advice Well Taken

Dasha Ilina

gnration (Galeria zero)

Free admission

Dasha Ilina documents what she calls techlore – “folk knowledge” about the complex and opaque functionalities of the modern technologies that surround us. The artist touches on issues affecting our data and privacy, the shortcuts we use to fix our devices and the explanations we find for technological mysteries. In this project, which consists of a publication and a video, Ilina has collected “folk tales” of digital salvation: everyday stories of anthropomorphisation, hacking and corner-cutting. These stories show how ordinary people do what they can to assert control over technology.  

This work was developed in 2023 as part of a European Media Art Platform (EMAP) residency at IMPAKT in Utrecht (Netherlands) in collaboration with the artist and designer Supisara Burapachaisri. 

Dasha Ilina
Dasha Ilina is a Russian techno-critical artist based in Paris, France. Through the employment of low-tech and DIY approaches, her work questions the desire to incorporate modern technology into our daily lives. Her practice engages the public in order to facilitate a space for the development of critical thought about the social imperatives of caring for oneself and others, privacy in the digital age, and the reflexive contemporary urge to turn to technology for answers.  

Ilina is the founder of the Center for Technological Pain, a project that proposes DIY solutions to health problems caused by digital technologies for which she has received an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria). Her work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), MU Hybrid Art House (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and Hartware Medienkunstverein Dortmund (Germany). 

Advice Well Taken

EMAP – European Media Art Platform is a project co-funded by the european union through the Creative Europe Programme. 

This work is supported by IF Export 2024 from the Institut Français, Paris, and the Mais França program from the Institut Français of Portugal.