Michelle Teran is a Canadian-born artist whose practice explores media, performance and the urban environment. Her work critically engages media, connectivity and perception in the city. Her performances and installations repurpose the language of surveillance, cartography and social networks to construct unique scenarios that call conventional power and social relations into question. Currently she is a research fellow within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme at the Bergen Academy of Arts and Design, 2010-2013. 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.
Michelle Teran is currently research fellow at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHIB) where she is carrying out post-graduate studies within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme, from 2010-2014. In her research project “Future Guides for Cities” she proposes alternative ways to navigate through urban space. She investigates the relationship between online video archives and city and examines the notion of guide, as a person, map or a method. By exploiting the locative data which accompanies each video when it is put online, she uses locations and authors of various YouTube videos produced in cities to explore methods for creating multi-threaded narratives that demonstrate possible links between each inhabitant’s stories and paths through the city and with the world wide web.
A selection of her artistic works can be found on a separate artistic projects page.
Mortgaged Lives: feature-length film based on the Spanish housing crisis and fight for the right to housing (in production)
folgen: lecture performance about following.
Urban Takes Helsinki: narrative documentary about personal online archives and city spaces.
The Little Yellow House: a story about a little yellow house and the person who lives inside it. installation (in production)
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