He speaks French fairly fluently,
and Japanese with Japanese, but can't read or write. Functionally
illiterate, as are most foreign artists in Japan.
One of the more elusive Canadian artists in Tokyo, Michael
Goldberg works in ephemeral media, mostly video. By his
own choice. Not as ephemeral as dance perhaps, which may
be why dancers enjoy his videos of them. After. During,
they usually think the camera gets in the way of communicating
with the audience. Ballet dancers have strict rules, tripod
at the back of the hall, a hair placed vertically across
the lens, etc. They are the most ephemeral of all. Performance
artists, on the other hand, are probably the most documented
artists on earth.
Most of Mr. Goldberg's personal videos are documentary
style. Feature documentaries got great reviews, but lost
him a lot of money. A few installation pieces use video
delay to place the visitors back in time. Chroma key also
places them in a different space. He cannot afford to do
many of these. Every time he takes on a major exhibition,
either of his own, or producing for others, he loses the
ability to take on paying work. Perhaps that's why he's
Mr. Goldberg wrote this himself, so it's hard to say which
parts you should believe and which to ignore.