Michelle Handelman makes confrontational works that explore the sublime in its various forms of excess and nothingness. Her videos, performances, and public installations have shown at the Pompidou Centre, Paris; ICA, London; American Film Institute, Los Angeles; San Francisco MOMA; MIT List Visual Arts Center; Winterfilm Festival for Expanded Media; Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In Fall 2007 Handelman’s work was chosen by Bloomingdale’s for their Fall Art Campaign. Prior to moving to New York in 1999, Handelman directed the feature documentary BloodSisters (1998 Bravo award) and collaborated for several years with Monte Cazazza, pioneer of the Industrial music scene in San Francisco. She has performed in several Lynn Hershman-Leeson productions for ZDF and Arte Television and recent collaborations include work with Eric Werner, co-founder of Survival Research Laboratories and conceptual artist Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky.
Her 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 lives in Brooklyn and is an Associate Professor in the Film/Video Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.