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Michelle Handelman


Michelle Handelman is a multimedia artist working with video, performance, and digital media.

Working in the tradition of feminist body artist who use their bodies not just as makers of the work, but as agents of the work, Handelman states, "My work can be described by theorist, Helene Cixous' ideas of Visceral Feminism: aggressively traversing the corporeal landscape in it's various forms of excess and undress, while simultaneously giving it up for the viewer in an overflow of visual and psychological sensations."

Handelman moved to New York from San Francisco, having her first one-person show at the Cristinerose Gallery (Feb. 2000) and subsequent shows at Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery and Exit Art.

She is a recipient of the NYSCA individual artists program grants 2004; her work has shown internationally including the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris; The Institute of Contemporary Art, London; and the American Film Institute. Los Angeles.

Handelman's feature documentary on the San Francisco leatherdyke scene BloodSisters, winner of the 1999 Bravo Award, continues to play around the world and her recent collaboration with Paul Miller AKA DJ Spooky "DJ Spooky vs. WebSpinstress M", an animated look at the pecking order of the art world is currently on the festival circuit.

Past collaborations include working with the Industrial music artist Monte Cazazza; performing in Lynn Hershman-Leeson's productions, Twists in the Cord and Virtual Love for ZDF and Arte Television; and composing music for Jon Moritsugu's ITVS production, Terminal USA.

Handelman's fiction and critical writing appears in Inappropriate Behaviour (Serpents Tail, London), Apocalypse Culture (Feral House Press, Los Angeles), Herotica 3 edited by Susie Bright (Plume Books, SF) and several publications including Filmmaker Magazine and Indiewire.com.

She currently enjoys teaching in the Media Studies department of The New School University .