Louise is a lecturer in the School of Information and Communication Studies.
Louise teaches and researches within the areas of archives and records, media art history and audiovisual preservation, obsolete media, digitisation and histories of Australian experimental art with a focus on experimental film. Louise completed a doctoral thesis in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra in 2021. Her doctoral thesis explored items that evade meaningful digitisation and the role of use in ensuring their long term transmission. It focused on a case of 1970s expanded cinema, a little-known practice in media art. It found that use behaves like growth rings, building around the work in response to its current situation but without changing what lies within it. Before joining CSU in 2020,
Louise worked for over a decade at the National Archives of Australia in government information and audiovisual preservation. She was a records manager at the Australian National Maritime Museum and worked as a consultant archivist for small arts organisations in Sydney. Louise’s work in arts community archives extends to her practice and research in media art where she works predominantly with found and obsolete moving image materials like old super 8 and 16mm film.
ArtsACT Homefront grant Kambah People’s Map, Diary Film and Digital Super 8 project $6700
Centre for Creative and Cultural Research HDR grant 2016 $1500
Australian Postgraduate Award 2016 and 2017
ArtsACT grant 2013 Expanded Cinema and Malcolm Le Grice’s Horror Film $7000
University of Canberra Pitch for Funds 2016
Australian Society of Archivists Margaret Jennings Award 2013
Louise’s research focuses on things we can’t readily digitise and how to make them persist. In the artistic collaboration Teaching and Learning Cinema, she has explored re-enactment of media art performance from the 1970s, expanded cinema. This forms the basis of her PhD.
Louise uses practice-led research methods, combining her archives expertise with her practice as a media artist to look at problems for preserving and using ephemeral heritage. Her most recent project worked with artist Lynn Loo on making instructions for a media art performance.
Currently, Subject Coordinator for:
Other teaching areas include audiovisual archives, records and archives and our foundation information studies subjects.
Curham, L. (2017). Performing Digital Multiple Perspectives on a Living Archive. Archives and Manuscripts, 45(2), 167–169.
Curham L. (2016). ‘Caring for Live Art That Eludes Digital Preservation’. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation, 266–67. Bern, Switzerland: Swiss National Library.
Ihlein, L & Curham, L. (2015). ‘Reaching Through To the Object: Re-Enacting Malcolm Le Grice’s Horror Film 1’. Performance Matters 1 (1-2): 24–40.
Curham, L & Gamble, R. (2008). ‘Moving Image’ and ‘Sound’. Keeping Archives (3rd ed.), Bettington et al (eds.) Australia: Australian Society of Archivists.
NON-TRADITIONAL RESEARCH OUTPUTS
Curham L & Loo L. (2019) Stand-in Lab, PhotoAccess, CBR, 16mm film, digital prints, live performance, 15 June to 13 Jul.
Curham L & Griswold E. (2019) Dots and Loops Festival of New Music, Brisbane.
Curham L & Cairncross B. (2019) in Extra! Extra! organised by Lucas Ihlein, in the 50 Years of Kaldor Public Art Projects exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW.
Curham, L & Di Centa, D. (2018). ‘In a Bone Way’, Dance on the Edge, Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra.
Bullock O, Curham L, Florance C. (2016). Tracer. Performance for haiku, prepared screens and super 8 film. Canberra: You Are Here Festival.
Curham, L. (2015). dLux Media Arts Significance Assessment Report. Sydney: dLux Media Arts.
Curham L. (2015). A film of one's own [archive fever] solo exhibition, PhotoAccess, Canberra, super 8 film to digital prints and digital video, 22 Oct - 17 Nov.
TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS
Curham L. (2019). The Wisdom Travels With the Object, Archives in the Digital Age symposium for the launch of the Kaldor Digital Archives, Art Gallery of NSW.
Curham L. (2019). Having Opinions in Digital Preservation, Australasia Preserves talks series, online.
Curham L. (2019). Creative Knowledge Management, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Festival of Creativity, Canberra.
Curham L. (2017). Tending the archive: ritual as preservation; enfolding preservation into use; and preservation as a community enabler through the case study of (Wo)Man With Mirror, a re-enactment of a 1970s artwork. Shock of the New, Australasian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials joint SIG symposium, Melbourne.
Curham, L. (2017). When the record performs. Australian Society of Archivists’ annual conference, Melbourne.
Curham L. (2016). Tending the Archive. Australasian Association for the Digital Humanities conference, 20 June, Hobart.
Curham L. (2016). ‘Re-enactment practitioners’ chat’, convenor and presenter. Westspace, Melbourne July.
Curham L. (2016). The filmmaker is present. Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association conference, July.
Curham L. (2016). Observing the re-enactment. Scenes of the Real symposium, Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney, July.
Curham L. (2016). Expressive Instructions for Re-enactment. AAANZ conference 'The Work of Art', Canberra.
Curham L and Jolly M. (2016). Convenors 'In the Footsteps of Others' panels for AAANZ conference 'The Work of Art', Canberra.
Ihlein L & Curham L. (2015). Tending the Archive, Australian Society of Archivists conference, Hobart, 20 Aug.
Curham, L. (2015). Tending the Archive, talk to National Archives of Australia, Government Information Assurance and Policy branch professional update seminar 8 October.
Ihlein L & Curham L. (2015). Panel convenors ‘Re-enactment / Repetition / Reiteration / Re-performance as embodied research', Art Association of Australia & NZ (AAANZ) Conference, QAGOMA, Brisbane 25 Nov.
Curham L, Hanisch J. (2014). Towards improved metrics for information management. InForum, Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia conference, Adelaide.