Michael Goldberg
Michael Goldberg is an artist, curator and academic, born in South Africa, and living in Sydney Australia since 1988. Projects between 1995-2000 examined Australia’'s colonial period with site-specific installations in historic locations. These included the Royal Botanic Gardens and Elizabeth Bay House, 1830s residence of the Colonial Secretary. The projects presented alternative views of political and historical issues, those often ignored by conventional museology.

From 2001 projects explored global financial markets and speculation as neo-colonial constructs. Produced for the sesqui-centenary of the discovery of gold in Australia, the performance/installation 'NCM open/high/low/close' reflected the international commodity market, turning the walls of the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery into huge graphs representing the price of gold and the share price of Australia’'s major gold producer, the Newcrest Mining Company.

In 2003, $50,000 was borrowed from a group of financial speculators to trade on the stock market. In the performance/installation, 'catchingafallingknife.com', shares were bought and sold in global media giant, News Corporation.

Precognition and psychic divination of the stock market became the focus in 'Remote Predictive Viewing' (2008), a performance staged for the Art of Management and Organization Conference at the Banff Centre, Canada.

More recent installation projects explored anxieties emerging from the media distribution of images of global terrorism. Avatar (2005), used an off-the-shelf Microsoft flight simulation computer program to depict a ‘9/11’ scenario for downtown Sydney. The restriction on global mobility in the era of the '‘War on Terror'’ was addressed in 'STRONG LANGUAGE, SOME VIOLENCE, ADULT THEMES' (2008).

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 a number of prominent Australian artists. 'The Butterfly Effect' (2005), also included installations interpreting and interacting 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', a project for the 10th Havana Biennial in 2009. The installation and performance incorporating two Havana artists considered the isolation of the Cuban economy from speculative U.S. capital.

Michael Goldberg is a Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Sculpture, Performance and Installation studio at The University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts.

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