The Butterfly Effect was produced for the Australian Museum in January 2005. It was the third in series of installation projects that Michael Goldberg has curated in sites of historic significance in Sydney. The exhibition, featuring sculpture, video, audio and interactive computer works, comprised the contributions of 13 artists: Brook Andrew, Tom Arthur, Michele Barker, Leon Cmielewski, Jackie Dunn, Michael Goldberg, Joan Grounds, David Haines, Nigel Helyer, Joyce Hinterding, Anna Munster, Josephine Starrs, and Louise Weaver. The Australian Museum, founded in 1827, is the country’s oldest museum. This was its first exhibition on this scale involving artists responding to and intervening in its displays. The paper deals with the inclusion of artists in the curatorial strategies of ‘non-art’ institutions such as ethnographic and natural history museums, and public responses to the presence of art in these venues. The relationship between art and science is central to the paper’s theme, and the subject is teased out through a description of The Butterfly Effect project and its relationship to the host institution.
|Keywords:||Visual Art, Natural History Museum, Intervention Art, Curatorial Strategy, Public Response, The Butterfly Effect|
Senior Lecturer, Sculpture, Performance and Installation, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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