Louise Curham is a film maker/visual artist/archivist. Working predominantly with found and obsolete moving image materials, Louise’s work addresses the givens of cinema – its fixed relationships between projection, audience and image. Originally from NZ, she lived a decade each in Melbourne and Sydney before a move to Canberra in 2009. She works in film performance, installation, experimental film and the re-enactment of live art.
Her first training was in film (VCA 1993), followed by an MFA focusing on film installation (COFA 2004). Louise also works as an archivist (she is currently on leave from National Archives in Canberra) and one of her key projects is re-enacting Expanded Cinema works from the 1970s in the artist/archivist collaboration Teaching and Learning Cinema with Lucas Ihlein.
Louise makes handmade and hand processed super 8 and 16mm films, used most often as ‘fragments’ in live performance. She has long standing relationships making film performances with composers and musicians, and in the last five years, she has collaborated in the gallery with Jo Law (Wollongong) on projects using handmade films to explore ‘slow’ moving image.