Site Specific Installations


Michael Goldberg creates site-responsive installations and sculpture that examine financial markets, global terrorism, and survivalism.


Dr Michael Goldberg

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Sydney College of the Arts

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Goldberg's early projects (1995–2000) examined Australia’s colonial period. Installations were located in heritage sites such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Tusculum House and Elizabeth Bay House, 1830s residence of the Colonial Secretary, Alexander Macleay. 'The Well Built Australian', a work produced for the AGNSW Project Space in 1999, critiqued the real estate development of the Sydney Harbour foreshore.From 2001 Goldberg began examining a long-standing interest in global capital markets and financial speculation. Several of his projects utilised direct engagement with the stock market. He addressed the War on Terror, and the consequent restrictions on airline travel in 'Strong Language, Some Violence, Adult Themes' (2008).Goldberg's curatorial projects such as 'Artists in the House!' (1997), produced for the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and 'Swelter' (1999/2000), at the Royal Botanic Gardens, featured installations by prominent Australian artists. The 'Butterfly Effect' (2005) responded to and interacted with the displays of the Australian Museum, the country’s oldest museum of natural history.Financial markets were again in focus with 'The Force of Desire/The Force of Necessity', Goldberg's project for the 2009 10th Havana Biennial. The installation/performance, incorporating two Havana artists, addressed the isolation of the Cuban economy from American speculative capital.Goldberg is also involved in public and community art, and has been involved in a number of curatorial and consultation commissions for the City of Sydney Council.

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sculpture, installation, performance, visual art, contemporary art, post-colonialism, curatorial practice, survivalism, globalism

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 535