Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

(Brooklyn, NY)Ariel Goldberg

The Photographer

The Photographer is a serialized performance that addresses how the world is taking and looking at pictures. Equipped with a cement podium, teleprompter, slide projector, and microphones, Goldberg performs as The Photographer, flanked by two flamboyant bodyguards. The piece rotates between three poetic forms: a warped newscast of mundane photographic events, a press conference on urgent problems in photography, and a slideshow of Goldberg’s photographs. Within these established forms, Goldberg will deliver new texts and images for each of the performances. The Photographer will become a watershed book of poetry and criticism upon the completion of this performance and installation.


Ariel Goldberg is a writer and artist. Goldberg has performed at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Small Press Traffic, The Berkeley Art Museum, and Headlands Center for the Arts. They received a 2012 Summer Theater Residency at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn. Their publications include Picture Cameras, (NoNo Press, 2010) and The Photographer Without a Camera (Trafficker Press, 2011), and The Estrangement Principle (excerpts in Aufgabe 11, 2012). Goldberg received a BFA in photography from New York University in 2005 and an MFA in poetry from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2009.