The Future of Art in a Digital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness

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Intellect Books, 2006 - Art - 187 pages
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This work develops the thesis that the transition from pre-modernism to postmodernism in art of the digital age represents a paradigm shift from the Hellenistic to the Hebraic roots of Western culture.

Semiotic and morphological analysis of art and visual culture demonstrate the contemporary confluence between the deep structure of Hebraic consciousness and new directions in art that arise along the interface between scientific inquiry, digital technologies, and multicultural expressions.

Complementing these two analytic methodologies, alternative methodologies of kabbalah and halakhah provide postmodern methods for extending into digital age art forms. Exemplary artworks are described in the text and illustrated with photographs.


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Alexenberg does a fantastic job embodying the core tenets of physics, Kabbalah, Torah within Hebraic thought and how it relates, connects, and influences as well as communicates the intricate harmony ... Read full review


From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness
1 Semiotic Perspectives Redefining Art in a Digital Age
2 Morphological Perspectives SpaceTime Structures of Visual Culture
3 Kabbalistic Perspectives Creative Process in Art and Science
4 Halakhic Perspectives Creating a Beautiful Life
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Page 11 - May the same wonder-working Deity, who long since delivering the Hebrews from their Egyptian oppressors planted them in the promised land— whose providential agency has lately been conspicuous in establishing these United States as an independent nation— still continue to water them with the dews of Heaven and to make the inhabitants of every denomination participate in the temporal and spiritual blessings of that people whose God is Jehovah.
Page 15 - Go forth from your native land and from your father's house to the land that I will show you.

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Mel Alexenberg is an artist, educator, writer, and blogger working at the interface between art, science, technology, culture, and Jewish thought and experience. His artworks explore interrelationships between the networked world and spirituality, postdigital art and Jewish consciousness, space-time systems and electronic technologies, and participatory art and community values. His artworks are in the collections of more than forty museums worldwide. Alexenberg was professor of art and education at Columbia University, head of the art department at Pratt Institute, dean at New World School of the Arts in Miami, and research fellow at MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. In Israel, he is professor emeritus of art and Jewish thought at Ariel University, head of Emunah College School of the Arts, and former professor at Bar-Ilan University and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. He is the author of the books: The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness and Educating Artists for the Future (both published by Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press), Dialogic Art in a Digital World: Judaism and Contemporary Art (in Hebrew), Aesthetic Experience in Creative Process (Bar-Ilan University Press), and with Otto Piene, LightsOROT: Spiritual Dimensions of the Electronic Age (MIT and Yeshiva University Museum). Born and educated in New York, Alexenberg earned degrees at Queens College, Yeshiva University, and New York University. He lives with his wife, artist Miriam Benjamin, in Ra'anana, Israel.

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