In her current work, Michelle has been looking at social rupture brought on by homelessness, focusing on the current housing and eviction crisis in Spain. This investigation is being carried out collaboratively, bringing together artistic, psychological and activist research to collect testimonial evidence of the psychosocial effects of eviction. This research has several anticipated outcomes and forms: publications, interviews, presentations, films, performance and political action through the development of new models for activism. Michelle’s presentation will cover different aspects of this ongoing collaboration; one being a feature-length film, “Mortgaged Lives” that is currently in production.
Michelle Teran is a Canadian-born artist whose practice critically engages media, connectivity and perception in the city. Her work encompasses various media–performance, installation, books and film–and repurposes 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, 2010-2014. She is the winner of 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 (Madrid). She currently lives and works between Bergen, Madrid and Berlin.