Selected workshops

Worksession during «Dissiper la brume» at Tangible Cloud


organized by Tangible Cloud

hosted by Green Fabric, Brussels

21. - 24.06.2022


In her project BE? HERE? NOW? Dasha Ilina explores the nature of new forms of hybrid human existence in the technological age. The discourse on this topic tends to split into two opposing directions: the desire for total technological disengagement and the willingness to embrace the world of innovation unreservedly and naively. BE? HERE? NOW? starts from the emergence of mindfulness culture and the emphasis it places on a "presentness" of consciousness.

During this work session the participants were able to choose any medium they wanted to explore the idea of digital presence. After two days of work they produced: a pamphlet about a new cryptocurrency (JCOIN) associating the crypto craze to religious devotion, a poster with tips on maintenance of digital files in the style of Marie Kondo, a "zoom call" with different AI algorithms acting out their flaws, and a youtube reaction video to a Google data center visit in which the hosts debunked the myth of the existence of data centers (psst! they're not real!).


Becoming Cultish or Brochures for a Digitally (Tele-)Present World Workshop at AMRO


organized by Servus.at

hosted by afo architekturforum oberösterreich, Linz

17.06.2022


In her project BE? HERE? NOW? Dasha Ilina explores the nature of new forms of hybrid human existence in the technological age. The discourse on this topic tends to split into two opposing directions: the desire for total technological disengagement and the willingness to embrace the world of innovation unreservedly and naively. BE? HERE? NOW? starts from the emergence of mindfulness culture and the emphasis it places on a "presentness" of consciousness.

During this workshop you will be exploring the world of spiritual brochures. What are their strategies to bond with their audiences? What role do their distribution tactics play in their persuasiveness? In the first part of the workshop Dasha will share her current findings, and together, you will reflect on digitally mediated physicality and questions surrounding digital (tele-)presence. You are then invited to create a brochure of your own to spread the message about digital presence and its effects on modern day relationships.


The purpose of being here now: Work session at Kampnagel


organized by Kampnagel & Deichtorhallen Hamburg

hosted by Kampnagel

27.05.2022


Searching for volunteers: On-Site Work Session at Kampnagel with Dasha Ilina: The purpose of being here now.

During the work session you will be diving into the online world of motivational speakers and spiritualistic practitioners. What are their communicative strategies to bond with their audiences? How do their narratives translate to a digital space? And what does it mean to follow a spiritual practice online?

In the first part of the work session Dasha will share her current findings. Together, you will reflect on digitally mediated physicality and the questions surrounding digital (tele-)presence. In a physical exploration, you are invited to collaborate with Dasha by creating content for the project website: together, you will be writing and filming your own humorous video reenactment inspired by spiritual and motivational speeches. The result will become part of Dasha’s website collection and contribute to the overall research.


How does it feel to be here now?: Online work session


organized by Kampnagel & Deichtorhallen Hamburg

hosted by Kampnagel online

11.05.2022


"Be? Here? Now?" - the project currently in development as part of the THEHOST.IS Darsha Hewitt residency, questions our relationship with technology and what it means to really be present in the digital age. During this online work session you will become part of the project through recording a video for its website. You will be creating a psychic persona in order to give a psychic reading to your new client through a digital interface.


Center for Technological Pain at Studio 13/16, Centre Pompidou


organized by l'Institut Français

hosted by Studio 13/16 au Centre Pompidou

24.03.2021


Atelier « Solutions DIY aux Douleurs Technologiques », avec Dasha Ilina.

Avec cet atelier, Dasha Ilina vous invite à trouver des solutions Do It Yourself (DIY) aux problèmes de santé liés aux appareils technologiques. À chacun et chacune d’imaginer et de concevoir des objets drôles et créatifs.

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Workshop "DIY Solutions to Tech Pain" with Dasha Ilina.

With this workshop Dasha Ilina invites you to find DIY solutions to health problems related to technological devices. It's up to each and everyone to imagine and create funny and creative objects.


Valentines for relationships in the digital era at servus.at


supported & organized by servus.at

hosted by FLUT & Stadtwerkstatt

03.08.2021


The first iteration of the Center for Networked Intimacy workshop took place at FLUT and Stadtwerkstatt in Linz, Austria during a residency at servus.at.

The subtitle of the workshop - Valentines for relationships in the digital era - gave a clue towards the activity that the audience took part in during the workshop. During the 3 hour workshop the participants followed a presentation that introduced the notion of "ambient awareness" - a key term for the creation of the postcards, as it refers to knowing about another's actions, thoughts and experiences without having to be near the person physically, and without specifically requesting such information. Following the presentation the participants reflected on a recipient of the card - a person they are ambiently aware of - and went on to create the physical cards while recording a personalized audio message to the person they've fallen out of touch with.

This workshop was made possible with the financial and emotional support of servus.at


Center for Technological Pain at Pixelache, Helsinki


organized by Pixelache Festival

hosted by Oodi Library

11.06.2021


The workshop is focused on creating DIY objects against health problems that arise from technology, using materials you can find in your own home. It’s so cheap and easy, even five year olds can do it! If you have ever experienced eye dryness from staring at a screen for too long or neck pain from looking down at your phone too much, this workshop is for you!


Center for Technological Pain at 1M Sotto La Metro, Rome


organized by 1M Sotto La Metro

hosted by Fusolab 2.0

22.05.2021


Objects for disrupting digital technology

Objects for disrupting digital technology is a workshop focused on creating DIY objects against the health problems that come with technology, using materials you can find at home or in the office. It's so inexpensive and easy, even five-year-olds can do it! During this workshop, you will think critically about the impact the devices we use every day have on our bodies, both physically and mentally, while working with your hands to create an ingenious solution to the problems we encounter.

If you've ever experienced dry eyes from staring at a screen for too long or neck pain from looking too low at your phone, this workshop is for you!


Center for Technological Pain at Mapping Festival, Geneva


organized by Mapping Festival

hosted online

22.11.2020


Solutions Against Tech Pain

Let’s meet online to participate to Dasha Ilina’s workshop “DIY solutions against tech-pain”. The workshop is open to all levels including children! To participate, all you have to do is prepare some materials at home in advance to make your object: cardboard, sponges, glue, tape, scissors, pencil and paper. If you have ever experienced eye dryness from staring at a screen for too long or neck pain from looking down at your phone, this workshop is for you!


Center for Technological Pain at Control Shift, ONLINE


organized by Control Shift

hosted online

03.10.2020


DIY Solutions to End Tech Pain

DIY Solutions to End Tech Pain was a workshop focused on imagining DIY objects against health problems that arise from technology, using materials you can find in your own home. This workshop took place online, and the main focus was sketching and conceptualizing the various low-tech solutions, in order to create a discussion around the impact technology has on our physical and mental health. Participants explored designing around their experiences of eye dryness from staring at a screen for too long or neck pain from looking down at your phone too much.

Co-produced with Knowle West Media Centre and KWMC: The Factory


Center for Technological Pain at Control Shift, Bristol


organized by Control Shift

hosted by Knowle West Media Centre and KWMC: The Factory

03.10.2020


DIY Solutions to End Tech Pain

DIY Solutions to End Tech Pain was a workshop focused on imagining DIY objects against health problems that arise from technology, using materials you can find in your own home. This workshop took place online, and the main focus was sketching and conceptualizing the various low-tech solutions, in order to create a discussion around the impact technology has on our physical and mental health. Participants explored designing around their experiences of eye dryness from staring at a screen for too long or neck pain from looking down at your phone too much.

Co-produced with Knowle West Media Centre and KWMC: The Factory


Choose Your Own Quarantine Workshop, Kleine Humboldt Galerie, Online


organized by Kleine Humboldt Galerie

hosted by Something in Between Project Space

06.07.2020


Earlier in June, Kleine Humboldt Galerie had the honor to present “Choose Your Own Quarantine”, a text-based game by artists Dasha Ilina and Sofia Haines on KONTINUUM. Out of their own quarantines, they collaborated on this witty online game, exploring realities and futures that range from far-fetched dystopias to storylines that hit really close to home. Now they want to share their methods of writing with you!

During the Choose Your Own Quarantine workshop the participants, together with the two creators of the game, will envisage new scenarios to be added to the online game. Fully developed branches of the game will exist online and the participants will be able to leave the workshop with their own stories to share with their community. The goal of this workshop is to activate the social imaginaries of the group, through writing and critical thinking, while speculating on the futures and (re-)written histories that lie ahead.


Choose Your Own Quarantine Workshop, Shelter Festival, Online


organized by Shelter Festival

hosted online

14.06.2020


In his most recent Mute article, Benedict Seymour argues that the COVID-19 virus is a time machine, using the way the UK government has handled the pandemic as an example. However, while most imagine a time machine serving as a transport to a future utopia, Seymour says this particular time machine is regressive, not progressive: "they [time machines] effect a rapid leap backward – even if this retrogression is absolutely novel." If COVID-19 is a regressive time machine, then the game Choose Your Own Quarantine is a doorway in it, offering a glance at the multitudinous timelines this time machine proposes as destinations. Choose Your Own Quarantine is a web-based game that reflects the uncertainty of the current situation at large by showing the ways in which we attempt to reconcile our unexpected present with our unknown future. The user is presented with a scenario that initially follows the real timeline of COVID-19 development, but as the game goes on, users will notice that the options become increasingly speculative and fictitious. The various outcomes of the game are intended to raise questions as to which values, practices, and cultures will ultimately be enduring, and which may become outdated remnants of the pre-pandemic world. The online game can be perceived as a final product; however, the research and thinking that went into imagining the various post-quarantine scenarios is no less important than the game itself.


Center for Technological Pain at Art Meets Radical Openness, Online


organized by Art Meets Radical Openness 2020

hosted online

22.05.2020


DIY Solutions to Hack Contemporary Technologies

DIY Solutions to Hack Contemporary Technologies is a workshop focused on imagining DIY objects against health problems that arise from technology, using materials you can find in your own home. This workshop will be taking place online, so it’s main focus will be sketching and conceptualizing the various low-tech solutions, in order to create a discussion around the impact technology has on our physical and mental health.

If you have ever experienced eye dryness from staring at a screen for too long or neck pain from looking down at your phone too much, this workshop is for you!

workshop outline:
presentation of the project Center for Technological Pain and of the specific workshop (20 min)
discussion of the tech pain experienced on an individual level (20-30 min)
brainstorming + sketching out ideas of possible objects + suggestions on how to realize the objects (20-30 min)

Total duration: 1-1.5 hours


Center for Technological Pain at Stereolux, Nantes


organized by Stereolux

hosted by Stereolux

12.12.2019


Solutions DIY pour détourner le numérique

Un atelier pour créer des solutions DIY afin de pouvoir tromper les appareils technologiques. Cet atelier stimulera la réflexion critique sur les questions de surveillance et guidera les participants dans leur réflexion sur la manière dont nous partageons nos données personnelles. C’est à vous d’imaginer et de concevoir des objets créatifs qui permettent de tromper les nouvelles technologies.

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DIY solutions to subvert the digital

A workshop to create DIY solutions to be able to trick technological devices. This workshop will stimulate critical thinking about surveillance issues and guide participants in thinking about how we share our personal data. It's up to you to imagine and design creative objects that can trick new technologies.


Center for Technological Pain at Hackers and Designers, Amsterdam


organized by Hackers and Designers

hosted by Maker's Lab UvA

17.07.2019


Tech Pain Solutions

Tech Pain Solutions was a workshop focused on creating DIY objects against health problems that arise from technology, using materials you can find in your own home. It’s so cheap and easy, even five year olds can do it (and they have). If you have ever experienced eye dryness from staring at a screen for too long or neck pain from looking down at your phone too much, this workshop is for you!

For this workshop we were introduced by Loes to the Makers Lab of the University of Amsterdam! You could take your prototypes to the next level with laser cuting, 3D printing and more...


Center for Technological Pain at Meta Marathon, Düsseldorf


organized by Meta Marathon

hosted by NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

15.03.2019


Solutions to Health Problems, Tech Companies Don’t Want You to Know About

Solutions to Health Problems, Tech Companies Don’t Want You to Know About was a workshop focused on creating DIY objects against health problems that arise from technology, using materials you can find in your own home. It’s so cheap and easy, even five year olds can do it (and they have). If you have ever experienced eye dryness from staring at a screen for too long or neck pain from looking down at your phone too much, this workshop is for you!