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Born in Canada, Michelle Teran is an educator, practicing artist, and researcher. Her interests lie in socially engaged and site-specific art, transmedia storytelling, counter-cartographies, social movements, urbanism, feminist practices, critical pedagogy, and activism. Her multidisciplinary works span film, text, bookworks, performance, installation, public readings, online works, participatory events and interventions in public space. She received her philosophiae doctor (Ph.D.) in Artistic Research, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen.  “Future Guides: From Information to Home” is an artistic research project on following: how to practice and theorize following.

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.  She is part of the artist-group SYNSMASKINEN, which is an inquiry into 7 fields of contemporary political crisis. She is part of the Neighborhood Academy in Prinzessinnengarten, a self-organized open platform for urban and rural knowledge sharing, cultural practice and activism. Formerly she held the position of Associate Professor at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is practice-oriented Research Professor Social Practices at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. She lives and works between Rotterdam and Berlin.

A selection of her artistic works can be found on the Projects page.