Harvey Goldman, born in Chicago (Illinois), is a multidisciplinary artist. He has created works acclaimed by critics in the field of ceramics, of digital image and music. Goldman received his BFA from the University of Illinois and his MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He teaches digital media in the Department of Design at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where he currently is Chancellor Professor of Design. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation and the Council of Massachusetts (Humanities). His works are in numerous private and public collections including the Iota Center for Visual Music, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Everson Museum of Art, the Decordova Museum, the Currier Museum of Art and the Crocker Museum of Art. His works have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, as well as in the Netherlands, Austria, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Romania, Russia, South Africa and Turkey. Goldman’s work has been selected for the SIGGRAPH exhibition of digital art in 1995, 1997 and 2001. His interests include literature, all kinds of music and sound exploration, development of language and writing systems.
Sabinium, 2007, 8’50”
Sabinium is a short abstract animation based on the mythological tale of the foundation of Rome by Romulus and his followers, focused in particular on the “Rape of the Sabine Women.” The story of the Sabines in central Italy takes place in a time when the Roman Empire (led by Romulus) was in its formation phase. After a short period of time it was realized that the Empire would be exhausted in a generation or two because of the lack of women who could conceive and raise children. At first the Romans demanded women, but when their request was rejected they invited the people of Sabina to a ritual in honor of the god Neptune. Many of the tribes accepted and in the middle of the event the Romans surprised the guests by kidnapping the majority of the Sabines. After raping the women, Romulus ordered his men to treat them as goddesses. When the Sabine women were later returned to their men, they drove them back and chose to stay with the Romans. The Romans and the Sabines were reconciled and the city of Rome was able to continue on the path to greatness.
Conceived and produced by Ken Ueno and Harvey Goldman
Animation: Harvey Goldman Music: Ken Ueno