Michelle Teran is an artist currently living and working in Toronto. Her work involves primarily mediated performances that address networking of the digital and the organic and deal with virtual place and space which involve different levels of collaboration. Her practice is divided between theatre and Live Art projects within internet spaces to live, mediated events within local spaces to somewhere inbetween. Technology is used to develop dynamic networking environments in which performance can take place.
Since completing studies in theatre and art at various centres including the Hospicio Cabaņas (in Guadalajara, Mexico), the Instituto de las Bellas Artes (in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) and the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, where she also spent one year in Florence, Italy with the off-campus programme, she has staged performances, installations, photographic works, given talks, organized exhibitions and events and created internet and site-specific works for national and international spaces. She has exhibited and presented in various locations including Gallery 103 (Saint Petersburg, Russia), PM Gallery (Zagreb, Croatia), Gallery Donauraum (Vienna, Austria), Interaccess Centre for Electronic Media Arts (Toronto, Canada), Mercer Union: a centre for contemporary art (Toronto, Canada), Meg Gallery (Toronto, Canada), Bergen Centre for Electronic Art (Bergen, Norway), Synagoga na Palmovce (Prague, CZ), AXIS Bureau voor de Kunsten V/M (Amsterdam) and Net Congestion Streaming Media Festival. Her work has been reviewed in C Magazine and Lola, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, CBC Radio, Bellissima (Amsterdam), Digital Art Source, Year01 and has given interviews for several local newspapers and radio stations in other countries.
Since 1997, she has been collaborating with Motherboard, an interdisciplinary performance company based in Oslo (http://www.notam.uio.no/motherboard/). Her current internet project "Grrls Meet in Different Ways Now" (http://chaos.wit.no/nelle/grrls) with Norwegian media artist Ellen Røed is an online, cross-media encounter that takes place in the process of collaboratively building a communal and mediated space. Michelle Teran is currently coordinating HWLA 2 - Airwaves, a 12 day worklab with 11 artists coming from Toronto, Berlin, Bergen, Amsterdam and Oslo that deals with multidiscliplinary collaborations within networked social spaces. The worklab is a co-production with The Banff Centre for the Arts and will take place in August 2001.