Do humans dream of online connection ?

dasha ilina

Broderie à la
main illustrant des interactions sociales déconnectées

“Do Humans Dream of Online Connection?” questions our everyday intimate relationships to objects in a time of heightened dissociation between physical proximity and emotional intimacy.

The object unites the hard surfaces of technological interfaces with the fragility of delicate hand embroidery. Through using the somewhat outdated craft of embroidery and by highlighting the effort involved in its production, the object intends to strip the normally sleek experience of the smartphone as a tool considered only for its ability to serve a purpose, hiding the labour manifested through its usage.

The work points out a progression in capitalist production by employing a tedious, monotonous physical task to question what in a contemporary Eurocentric context has been considered our most marketable resource. Namely personal time and attention being increasingly injected in the global economy by use of smart technology facilitating constant connectedness (and the increased capitalization of previously ‘free’ time).

Due then to the increased dependence on technology as a means of maintaining human connection as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic consequent lockdowns, business has crept further into the mundane world of the individual, consuming what was previously unreachable.

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Dasha Ilina (RU)

Dasha Ilina is a Russian techno-critical artist based in Paris, France. Through the employment of low tech and DIY approaches her work highlights the nebulous relationship between our desire to incorporate modern technologies into our daily lives and proposed social imperatives for care of oneself and others. Her practice engages the public in order to facilitate a space for the development of critical thought regarding our modern day relationships, 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. 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.

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Avec le support de Mains d’Oeuvres à Saint-Ouen et l’inspiration de Klio Krajewska