The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age (Book)

From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness - Second Edition

In The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age, 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. 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, 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 envisages the vast potential of art in a postdigital future.

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Mel Alexenberg is head of the School of the Arts at Emuna College in Jerusalem. He is an artist, educator, writer, and blogger working at the interface between art, science, technology, and culture. His artworks can be seen at www.melalexenberg.com. They explore interrelationships between the post-digital age and Jewish consciousness, space-time systems and electronic technologies, participatory art and community values, responsive art in cyberspace and real space, and blogart and wikiart.

His artworks exploring digital technologies and global systems are in the collections of more than forty museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Jewish Museum in Prague, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Alexenberg  was professor at Columbia University, Bar Ilan University, and Ariel University, head of Emunah College School of the Arts in Jerusalem,  head of the art department at Pratt Institute, dean of visual arts at New World School of the Arts in Miami, and research fellow at MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies.



He is the author of the books: Through a Bible Lens: Bibliical Insights for Smartphone Photography and Socail Media (HarperCollins), Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life, The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness (Intellect), Educating Artists for the Future: Learning at the Intersections of Art, Science, Technology, and Culture (Intellect), The Future of Art in a Digital Age (Intellect),  Dialogic Art in a Digital World: Four Essays on 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).

He has contributed chapters to the books: Inter/sections/Inter/actions: Art Education in a Digital Visual Culture, Interdisciplinary Art Education: Building Bridges to Connect Disciplines and Cultures, Semiotics of Visual Culture: Sights, Signs, and Significance, and Community Connections: Intergenerational Links in Art Education, Routledge Handbook of Digital Writing and Rhetoric.

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.

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