ADVICE WELL TAKEN
Dasha Ilina (in collaboration with Supisara Burapachaisri)
The Netherlands 2023
Installation with a collection of videos, publication, postcards
In this project, comprising a publication and a video, Ilina documents what she calls techlore – ‘folk knowledge’ on 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. For this project, Ilina collected folk tales of digital salvation: everyday stories of anthropomorphisation, hacking and corner-cutting. They show how ordinary people are doing what they can to assert control over technology. Dasha Ilina developed ADVICE WELL TAKEN during her EMAP residency at IMPAKT in May and June 2023, in collaboration with Supisara Burapachaisri.
This work was realised within the framework of a European Media Art Platform residency program at IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] with support from the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.
Dasha Ilina― Artist
Dasha Ilina is a Russian artist based in Paris. Through the employment of low-tech and DIY approaches, her work questions the desire to incorporate modern technology into our daily lives by highlighting the implications of actually doing so. Her practice engages the public in order to facilitate a space for the development of critical thought regarding social imperatives for care of oneself and others, privacy in the digital age, and the reflexive contemporary desire to turn to technology for answers. She 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. Ilina’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as Centre Pompidou (FR), MU Artspace (NL), Gaîté Lyrique (FR), Hartware Medienkunstverein Dortmund (DE), NeMe (CY), as well as various talks, workshops, and performances held internationally. She is also the co-director of NØ SCHOOL, a summer school that focuses on critical research around the social and environmental impacts of information and communication technologies.
Photo: Erica Jewell