Michelle Outram was born in Canberra, Australia in 1976. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the socio-political contexts of being human through utilising mediatised (audio, visual), live (performance/dance), spatial (installation) forms to create meaningful environments for audiences to experience.
Between 2001 and 2005, Michelle directed/facilitated performance installation group 'Shagging Julie', creating works for a diverse range of places (including galleries, theatres, public places and a caravan).
Since 2005, Michelle has focused on developing a practice working with audio and visual archival materials – utilising improvised choreographic performance to help bring the past into the present – allowing audiences to engage with history as 'living'. She has presented work in public places around Australia.
Michelle is currently developing work as a result a two-month Fellowship at the Centre for Scholarly and Archival Research, National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra (2007).
While she creates her own projects, collaborating with other artists from a range of disciplines as a performer, choreographer, sound artist and dramaturg is an important part of Michelle's practice.
Michelle holds a first class honours degree in Performance Studies from the University of Sydney and has been a sessional lecturer at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.