Associate Professor Michael Goldberg

BFA(Hons) (Cape Town) MFA(Hons) PhD (UNSW) GradDipHEd (Witw)
Associate Professor, Sculpture, Performance and Installation

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1082
Fax +61 2 9351 1199

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Biographical details

Michael Goldberg immigrated to Australia from South Africa in 1988 where he was one of the forerunners of the Resistance Art movement against Apartheid. He began teaching in Sydney in 1990 and lectured in the sculpture departments of the UNSW College of Fine Art and the UWS School of Art before coming to SCA in 1997.

At SCA he has held a number of senior positions, including Chair of Sculpture and Chair of the SCA Faculty Board. In 2012, he was selected to be the academic supervisor of the John Kaldor Postgraduate Scholarship, which will research the 26 Kaldor Public Art Projects since 1969.

Research interests

Early installations in Australia focused on historic colonial sites in the Sydney region. Site-specific solo and curatorial works were produced for the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Australian Museum and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. These projects critiqued curatorial convention and the politics of display in heritage locations. More recent national and international projects explored and critiqued global financial markets as contemporary modes of colonial hegemony. His performance/installations tracked the gestures and trajectories of capitalism, blurring the boundaries between art and financial speculation. Concurrent projects also reflected on the post 9-11 world and addressed subjects such as the War-on-Terror, fundamentalism and post-apocalyptic visions of society’s breakdown. Public Art is also a strong interest with consultancies and curatorial projects (on a more positive note) undertaken for the City of Sydney council. Research Papers are delivered regularly at international conferences such as the Australian and New Zealand Art Association, College Art Association (US), Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Comparative Media Studies (MIT, Boston) and the International Conference on the Arts (Sydney and Venice, Italy).

Teaching and supervision

Jason Christopher, PhD

Maddi Boyd, PhD

Jennifer Brown, PhD, Contemporary art practice that develops broader engagement

Alexander Catts, MFA

Clara Chow, MFA

Christine Simpson, MFA

Simon Yates, MFA

Current projects

Michael is currently working on a site-specific project for the b-side Multimedia Arts Festival in Portland UK. His project will create an interchange between the historical Paradise sandstone quarry in Pyrmont, which provided stone for many of Sydney's colonial-era buildings, and the limestone quarries of Portland which supplied stone for the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of 1666.

Michael has been awarded a grant from The University of Sydney Chancellor's Committee to curate The Fisher Library Art Project. The series of installations in the University of Sydney’s Fisher Library considers the functions of a library and explores the range of books available to readers and researchers, including the Rare Book Collection. The series, featuring staff, students and alumni of Sydney College of the Arts, looks at how contemporary art can encourage an appreciation of the printed page in an age of digital media.

Associations

College Art Association, USA

Awards and honours

2012, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
2009, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
2006, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
2001, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
1998, Australia Council for the Arts, Presentation and Promotion Grant
1997, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
1996, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
1993, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Development Grant

Selected publications & creative works

  • Toward a New World Order

    Toward a New World Order (2011)

  • Toward a New World Order

    Toward a New World Order (2011)

  • Catchingafallingknife

    Catchingafallingknife (2002)

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Journals

  • Goldberg, M. (2008). The Butterfly Effect: the natural history museum, visual art, and the suspension of disbelief. International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 1(1), 1-9.

Conferences

  • Goldberg, M. (2012). Unknown Unknowns: things we do not know we do not know. The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections Between Art, Science and Culture, Sydney: Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2012.
  • Goldberg, M. (2011). A Sort of Umbilical Relation: Capital Flows and the Scopic Portal of the Computer Screen. Media in Transition 7 Conference, Massachusetts: Institute of Technology in Cambrige.
  • Goldberg, M. (2011). Cracking the "Black Box": Experiments in Financial Capitalism. National Institute For Experimental Arts Conference, Sydney.
  • Goldberg, M. (2007). "The Democratised Image and the Déjà vu of Synthetic Photography". "Global Photographies: Histories: Theories: Practice", Dun Laoghaire, Rep. of Ireland: School of Creative Arts, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire.
  • Goldberg, M. (2007). Digital and Democratised Visuality. EVA London 2007 "Electronic Visualization and the Arts", London, UK: EVA Conferences International.
  • Goldberg, M. (2006). The Avatar of the Invisible Man. Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Caufield East, Melbourne: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Goldberg, M. (2005). 2005: The Poetics of Forgetting: exposing the underbelly of the historic house museum, The Poetics of Australian Space.

Visual Art

  • Goldberg, M. (2012). Austerity Voucher Issued by Europanova.co. In: Extremely Close Incredibly Slow. Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Vondelbunker, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Goldberg, M. (2011). Toward a New World Order. In: Toward a New World Order. Artspace. vacant lot: 56-58 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia.
  • Goldberg, M. (2009). La Fuerza del Deseo/La Fuerza de la Necesidad (The Force of Desire/The Force of Necessity). In: 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba. Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art. Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art building, Havana, Cuba.
  • Goldberg, M. (2009). Monument to the Nationalist Government. In: Strengths & Convictions: the life and times of the South African Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Goldberg, M. (2008). Strong language Some violence Adult themes. In: Strong language Some violence Adult themes. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.
  • Goldberg, M. (2005). 1. Genesis 2. Vault. In: The Butterfly Effect. The Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia.
  • Goldberg, M. (2005). Avatar. In: Disobedience. Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Goldberg, M. (2002). Catchingafallingknife. In: Catchingafallingknife. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.

Live Performance - Interarts

  • Goldberg, M. (2008). Remote Predictive Viewing. Banff, Alberta, Canada, Canada.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Goldberg, M. (2013). Shibboleth. Sydney, Australia: Fisher Library, the University of Sydney.
  • Goldberg, M. (2006). Glebe Point Road Public Art Project. Suburb of Glebe, Sydney, Australia: City of Sydney.
  • Goldberg, M. (2006). Many Voices/Merging Visions. Suburb of Glebe, Sydney, Australia: City of Sydney.
  • Goldberg, M. (2005). The Butterfly Effect. Sydney, Australia: the Australian Museum.

2013

  • Goldberg, M. (2013). Shibboleth. Sydney, Australia: Fisher Library, the University of Sydney.

2012

  • Goldberg, M. (2012). Austerity Voucher Issued by Europanova.co. In: Extremely Close Incredibly Slow. Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Vondelbunker, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Goldberg, M. (2012). Unknown Unknowns: things we do not know we do not know. The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections Between Art, Science and Culture, Sydney: Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2012.

2011

  • Goldberg, M. (2011). A Sort of Umbilical Relation: Capital Flows and the Scopic Portal of the Computer Screen. Media in Transition 7 Conference, Massachusetts: Institute of Technology in Cambrige.
  • Goldberg, M. (2011). Cracking the "Black Box": Experiments in Financial Capitalism. National Institute For Experimental Arts Conference, Sydney.
  • Goldberg, M. (2011). Toward a New World Order. In: Toward a New World Order. Artspace. vacant lot: 56-58 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia.

2009

  • Goldberg, M. (2009). La Fuerza del Deseo/La Fuerza de la Necesidad (The Force of Desire/The Force of Necessity). In: 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba. Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art. Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art building, Havana, Cuba.
  • Goldberg, M. (2009). Monument to the Nationalist Government. In: Strengths & Convictions: the life and times of the South African Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

2008

  • Goldberg, M. (2008). Remote Predictive Viewing. Banff, Alberta, Canada, Canada.
  • Goldberg, M. (2008). Strong language Some violence Adult themes. In: Strong language Some violence Adult themes. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.
  • Goldberg, M. (2008). The Butterfly Effect: the natural history museum, visual art, and the suspension of disbelief. International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 1(1), 1-9.

2007

  • Goldberg, M. (2007). "The Democratised Image and the Déjà vu of Synthetic Photography". "Global Photographies: Histories: Theories: Practice", Dun Laoghaire, Rep. of Ireland: School of Creative Arts, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire.
  • Goldberg, M. (2007). Digital and Democratised Visuality. EVA London 2007 "Electronic Visualization and the Arts", London, UK: EVA Conferences International.

2006

  • Goldberg, M. (2006). Glebe Point Road Public Art Project. Suburb of Glebe, Sydney, Australia: City of Sydney.
  • Goldberg, M. (2006). Many Voices/Merging Visions. Suburb of Glebe, Sydney, Australia: City of Sydney.
  • Goldberg, M. (2006). The Avatar of the Invisible Man. Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Caufield East, Melbourne: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand.

2005

  • Goldberg, M. (2005). 1. Genesis 2. Vault. In: The Butterfly Effect. The Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia.
  • Goldberg, M. (2005). 2005: The Poetics of Forgetting: exposing the underbelly of the historic house museum, The Poetics of Australian Space.
  • Goldberg, M. (2005). Avatar. In: Disobedience. Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Goldberg, M. (2005). The Butterfly Effect. Sydney, Australia: the Australian Museum.

2002

  • Goldberg, M. (2002). Catchingafallingknife. In: Catchingafallingknife. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.

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