PhD COFA, MFA(Hons) COFA, GradDipHEd Witwatersrand, BFA(Hons) Cape Town
Senior Lecturer, Sculpture
Chair, Faculty Board
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. Currently he is 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 twenty-six Kaldor Public Art Projects since 1969.
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).
Glebe Point Road Public Art Project, City of Sydney, Australia, 2006 - 2012
Europanova, Vondelbunker, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2012
Toward a New Word Order, Artspace, Sydney, Australia, 2011
Monument to the Nationalist Party, Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, Norway, 2010
The Force of Desire/The Force of Necessity, 10th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba, 2009
Remote Predictive Viewing, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, 2008
Strong Language, Some Violence, Adult Themes, Artspace, Sydney, Australia, 2008
Many Voices/Merging Visions, Community Art Project, City of Sydney, Australia, 2006
The Butterfly Effect, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia, 2005
The Force of Desire/The Force of Necessity: art and real politik in an age of the efficient market, Australian and New Zealand Art Association, Sydney, Australia, 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, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, 2012
The Hypermobilization of Money: How the marketplace became a marketscape, Extremely Close and Incredibly Slow conference, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2012
Cracking Open the Black Box: Art, Capital Flows and the Efficient Market, Honourable Mention: Art & Education New York, Art and Deregulation, Papers Prize, 2011
Cracking Open the Black Box: Art, Capital Flows and the Efficient Market, National Institute of Experimental Art, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia, 2011
A Sort of Umbilical Relation: The Scopic Portal of the Computer Screen, 7th Media in Transition conference, Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA, 2011
Crossing the Divide: The Artist as Curator, 5th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Sydney, Australia, 2010
The Force of Desire/The Force of Necessity: On participating in the Tenth Havana Biennial, 4th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Venice, Italy, 2009
The Ghost in the Machine: Synthetic Photography and its Mnemonic Resonance, 97th Annual College Arts Association Conference, Los Angeles, USA, 2009
The Butterfly Effect: The natural history museum, visual art and the suspension of disbelief, The Inclusive Museum, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2008
Digital and Democratized Visuality, Electronic Visualization and the Visual Arts Conference, London College of Communication, London, UK, 2007
The Democratised Image and the Déjà vu of Synthetic Photography, Global Photographies: Histories/Theories/Practice Conference, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland, 2007
Adam Adelpour, MFA
Maddi Boyd, PhD
Jennifer Brown, PhD, ‘Contemporary art practice that develops broader engagement'
Alexander Catts, MFA
Clara Chow, MFA
Celia Morgan, PhD, 'An appraisal of the unknowing in the public sphere'
Twana Sivan, MFA
Amanda Williams, MFA, 'Everything is emptyness'
Gianni Wise, PhD
Awards & Grants
2012, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work
2009, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work
2006, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work
2001, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work
1998, Australia Council for the Arts, Presentation and Promotion
1997, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work
1996, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work
1993, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Development
College Art Association, USA
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