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“Future Guides for Cities” public talk by seminar guest Michelle Teran

“Future Guides for Cities” public talk by seminar guest Michelle Teran at the Institut für angewandte Theaterwissenschaften Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen

January 16, 2013, 6 pm
Institut für angewandte Theaterwissenschaften Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen

The ever increasing proliferation of online information generated through digital mapping and social media platforms are creating new ways of seeing and exploring the world. In Future Guides for Cities, I explore the relation between the domain of online space and the domain of the city. Using a special subset of online video provided with specific geographic coordinates as source material, I build multi-threaded narratives that link together person, online video and the places they inhabit in the city. These narratives form a series of micro-histories on different individuals, of which my role as observer and storyteller is made explicit. Together these collections form a social map of the city, creating a container of stories within the streets and city neighborhoods. These works fall into hybrid genres–locative media, documentary, participatory and performance art–that depict life in the networked city.

In her talk Michelle Teran will introduce some methodologies and artistic projects that critically engages media, connectivity and perception in the city.

Michelle Teran is a Canadian-born artist whose practice explores media, performance and the urban environment. Currently she is a research fellow within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme at the Bergen Academy of Arts and Design, 2010-2013. In her research project “Future Guides for Cities” she proposes alternative ways to navigate through urban space. She is the winner of the Transmediale Award, 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 (Madrid). She lives and works between Bergen and Berlin.

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