Michelle Teran claims a hybrid practice that links political and social involvement to contemporary art actions. She critically engages media, connectivity and perception in the city, utilizing the language of surveillance, cartography and social networks. She incorporates strategies of translation and contemporary archiving practices within social media. Her multidisciplinary works span film, text, performance, installation, online works, participatory events and interventions in public space. She completed her doctoral studies at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHIB) where she has been carrying out her research within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme (practice-based PhD).
She has participated in conferences, performances, exhibitions and events in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, such as the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Transmediale Festival (Berlin), Ars Electronica (Linz), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung), Museum Folkwang (Essen), Manchester Contemporary Art Gallery, Media Façades Festival (Helsinki), Mediations Biennale (Poznan), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Santiago), Today Art Museum (Bejing), Screen City Festival (Stavanger), Museum of Contemporary Art (Roskilde) Telemuseet (Oslo), Arco International Art Fair (Madrid), Tensta Konstall (Stockholm), Sonar Festival (Barcelona), ISEA, CCCB/MACBA (Barcelona), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), BEAP (Perth), Mois Multi Festival (Quebec City), and Mediacity (Seoul).
She has given lectures, led workshops and masterclasses in academic institutions, such as Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Bauhaus Universität, Willem de Kooning academie, Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Parsons Paris, Dance Unlimited, Vivalab and Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts, where she worked with students coming from media and visual art, interactive design, dance and theatre.
She is the winner of several awards, including the Transmediale Award (2010), the Turku2011 Digital Media & Art Grand Prix Award, Prix Ars Electronica honorary mention (2005, 2010) and the Vida 8.0 Art & Artificial Life International Competition. Currently she is developing a series of works that examine crisis subjectivities within the scope of recent (post-2011) political movements. She is part of the artist-group SYNSMASKINEN, which is an inquiry into 7 fields of contemporary political crisis. Born in Canada, she currently resides in Berlin.
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A selection of her artistic works can be found on the artistic projects page.