Born in Canada, Michelle Teran claims a hybrid practice that links political and social involvement to contemporary art actions. She critically engages media, connectivity and perception in the city, utilizing the language of surveillance, cartography and social networks. She incorporates strategies of translation and contemporary archiving practices within social media. Her multidisciplinary works span film, text, performance, installation, online works, participatory events and interventions in public space. She completed her doctoral studies at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHIB) where she has been carrying out her research within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme (practice-based PhD). 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.
As an educator, she led seminars, workshops and master classes to both Bachelor's and Master's students (Fine Arts, Media Arts, Media Design, Dance, and Theatre) at different institutions throughout Europe. She taught at Parsons Paris, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Bauhaus Universität (Weimer), Willem de Kooning Academy and Dance Unlimited (Amsterdam). She has an international profile, participating 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 Konsthall (Stockholm), Sonar Festival (Barcelona), ISEA, CCCB/MACBA (Barcelona), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), BEAP (Perth), Mois Multi Festival (Quebec City), and Mediacity (Seoul). Her work was featured in several notable publications, "An Aesthesia of Networks: Conjunctive Experience in Art and Technology" and "Walking and Mapping: Artists as Cartographers," both put out by MIT Press, "Art + Science Now," by Thames & Hudson and "Why When Where and How?" by AVEdition.
Her involvement in several large-scale research projects includes: SYNSMASKINEN, a two-year project at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and supported by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, the Microhistories project, funded by the Swedish Research Council, Re:place, an artistic research project initiated by Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHIB) in association with Oslo Academy of Art (KHIO) and The Grieg Academy (Griegakademiet) and The Connected! Programme, produced at Waag Society and funded by the Netherlands Culture Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (HGIS Cultuurprogramma).
She is currently Associate Professor at the Trondheim Academy of Art and Design. She lives between Berlin and Trondheim.