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Michelle Teran – Your Revolution begins at Home


This exhibition presents the artistic results of Michelle Teran’s research project Future Guides: From Information to Home, carried out within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

Date: 4th-13th September, 2014
Location: USF Visningsrommet, Bergen, Norway
Opening: 4th September, 19.00
Link to USF Visningsrommet website

In the exhibition Your Revolution Begins at Home, Michelle Teran presents several artworks: Folgen, The Little Yellow House and Mortgaged Lives. Each work maps out a journey from information to the home. The exhibition is presented as a spatial installation which uses performance, installation, film and text in which different areas of the gallery function as storytelling stations.

This solo exhibition presents the final artistic results of Michelle Teran’s research project Future Guides: From Information to Home, carried out within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts (KHiB). Within her research project, she has considered different relationships generated through shifting perspectives and subjectivities that allow for multi-dimensional readings on the experience of dwelling which stem from an original source material, the online archive. This research has required a variety of different methods: archival study, mapping, image making, generation of texts, recorded interviews and field trips.

Each artwork revolves around the study of online archives generated within social media – YouTube video, blog post or photograph – which becomes the impetus for travel towards someone or something in which meaning emerges through the process of both observation and journey. The experience of this journey becomes the basis for each work, which is a retelling of the expedition. Michelle Teran uses strategies of movement and translation between language, appropriation of text and voice, the online and physical domain, mapping and storytelling, and different aesthetic forms, to perform various microhistories of individuals that speak about life in networked society and notions of home.

The exhibition will run from September 4th – 13th 2014, and will be accompanied by a program of live events throughout the week:

The film Mortgaged Lives is screened in the cinematek next door to the gallery
– Sunday 7th of September at 13:00 h
– Saturday 13th of September at 13:00 h
– Sunday 14th of September at 13:00 h
Duration film 42 mins.

In July 2013 in Madrid, a small group of women travel on a metro towards a home on the other side of the city, where they try to prevent the eviction of a young family. Reflecting on their personal lives, the women connect their individual experiences of eviction to those of others, which happens daily throughout the city. They become guides and urban storytellers, bringing their stories to the foreground to gain a larger understanding of the crisis.

Lecture/  performance of Folgen
– Thursday 4th of September at 20:00 h
– Friday 5th of September at 18:00 h
– Friday 12th of September at 18:00 h

Folgen, a 50-minute lecture performance, draws on the existing narratives of video makers found on YouTube to build a multi-layered media landscape of Berlin. Teran’s subjective approach, which weaves together mapping, literature and live performance, combines fragments of images and sound from YouTube videos with her own narration, using the traces video makers have left in the public sphere of the internet to follow people throughout the city.

Reading /performance of Rupture Sessions
Saturday 6th of September at 11:00 h. Duration appx. six hours including lunch break and coffee breaks.

Rupture Sessions is a staged reading from the transcripts of a series of group discussions that took place between a psychologist and four women living in Madrid, each who had experienced eviction. Performed by 5 women in Bergen, the translation and displacement of these transcripts bring personal experiences into more universal issues around social rupture and the disintegration of the home.