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BIO
Mel Alexenberg is an artist who creates artworks at the interface between art, science, technology, and culture. His artworks explore interrelationships between digital age art and Jewish consciousness, space-time systems and electronic technologies, participatory art and community, high tech and high touch experiences, and responsive art in cyberspace and real space. He pioneered in using computers to make art in the 1960’s when he was a doctoral student at New York University. His artworks exploring digital technologies and global systems are in the collections of more than forty museums worldwide.

Alexenberg is Council member of the Wolf Foundation that awards the Wolf Prizes to distinguished artists and scientists. He is also head of the School of the Arts at Emuna College in Jerusalem, Israel, and was professor of art and education at Columbia University, Bar Ilan University, and Ariel University, head of the art department at Pratt Institute, research fellow at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, and dean of visual arts at New World School of the Arts in Miami.

He is the author of the books: 'The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness' (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press, 2011), 'Dialogic Art in a Digital World: Judaism and Contemporary Art' (in Hebrew), 'Aesthetic Experience in Creative Process', 'Light and Sight', and with Otto Piene, 'LightsOROT: Spiritual Dimensions of the Electronic Age'. He is Editor of 'Educating Artists for the Future: Learning at the Intersections of Art, Science, Technology, and Culture' (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press, 2008), former Art Editor of 'The Visual Computer: International Journal of Computer Graphics', and author of numerous papers.

He is writing a new book 'How to Photograph God: Bible Blog your Life' and co-editing 'Zionist Artists in a Networked World.'

Born and educated in New York, Alexenberg earned degrees at Queens College, Yeshiva University, and New York University (interdisciplinary doctorate in art, science, and psychology). He lives with his wife, artist Miriam Benjamin, in Ra'anana, Israel, where they enjoy their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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New Book: The Future of Art in a Postdigtal Age


My new book is out!  It explores the impact of Rhizome on postdigital art.  Below is the text from the back cover of the book:
In The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press, 2011) artist and educator Mel Alexenberg offers a vision of a postdigital future that reveals a paradigm shift from the Hellenistic to the Hebraic roots of western culture. The author surveys new art forms emerging from a postdigital age that address the humanization of digital technologies. He ventures beyond the digital to explore postdigital perspectives rising from creative encounters among art, science, technology, and human consciousness. The interrelationships between these perspectives demonstrate the confluence between postdigital art and the dynamic, open-ended Jewish structure of consciousness. Alexenberg’s pioneering artwork – a fusion of spiritual and technological realms – exemplifies the theoretical thesis of this investigation into interactive and collaborative forms that imaginatively envisage the vast potential of art in a postdigital future.
“This Hebraic-postmodern quest is for a dialogue midway on Jacob’s ladder where man and God, artist and society, and artwork and viewer/participant engage in ongoing commentary.” – Prof. Randall Rhodes, Chairman, Department of Visual Art, Frostburg State University, Maryland, USA
“Mel Alexenberg, a very sophisticated artist and scholar of much experience in the complex playing field of art-science-technology, addresses the rarely asked question: How does the ‘media magic’ communicate content?” – Prof. Otto Piene, Director Emeritus, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
“This is a wonderful and important book.” Dr. Ron Burnett, President, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada
“The author succeeds in opening a unique channel to the universe of present and future art in a highly original and inspiring way.” Prof. Michael Bielicky, Director, Institute for Postdigital Narratives, University of Art and Design / ZKM Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
“This book is simply a must read analysis for anyone interested in where we and the visual arts are going in our future.” Dr. Moshe Dror, President, World Network of Religious Futurists, and Israel Coordinator, World Future Society 

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Torah Tweets: A Postdigital Biblical Commentary as a Blogart Narrative


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OPPORTUNITY

Zionist Artists in a Networked World


Deadline:
Sat Oct 30, 2010 00:00

Call to Artists: Write an essay about yourself and your artwork for a new book
ZIONIST ARTISTS IN A NETWORKED WORLD / אמנים ציונים בעולם מרושת
The book will be an anthology of essays, each exploring one artist's life and work in relation to Zionism in our networked world of ubiquitous digital technologies. It will be published in both English and Hebrew editions. See details on submitting your essay at http://zionistartists.blogspot.com.


EVENT

Photograph God


Dates:
Sun Mar 07, 2010 00:00 - Sun Mar 07, 2010

Location:
United States of America

Photograph God: Kabbalah through a Creative Lens
Scot Kaplan and Sarah Weinstock, curators of the Wayne and Geraldine Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery at the Marion Campus of The Ohio State University, invited me to show my interactive artblog Photograph God in the Searching for God exhibition in 2010. In the 20th century, when my paintings and prints were in exhibitions, I had to arrange to transport them there by truck, train, or plane. Since it was too expensive to transport and insure my large acrylic painting from Tel Aviv to Prague for my 2004 Cyberangels: Aesthetic Peace Plan for the Middle East exhibition, I e-mailed the Prague museum curator a photograph of it that was then digitally printed out on canvas in Prague at the same size as the original. For the Ohio State exhibition, I did not need to ship the artwork from Israel to Ohio nor even e-mail it. Since my Photograph God artblog had been living and growing in cyberspace for four years and can be accessed by anyone from anywhere, the exhibition curator only had to google “photograph god” to find it the first of a list of over six million sites. One click of the mouse and it was there for the taking.