Future of Art in a Digital Age

From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness

Mel Alexenberg

Future of Art in a Digital Age
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Mel Alexenberg

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187 pages | 6-3/4 x 9 | © 2006
Paper $21.50 ISBN: 9781841502069 Published August 2006

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.

Contents
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction – Postmodern Paradigm Shift : From Hellenistic to Hebraic
Consciousness

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum
Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum
Hebraic Consciousness and Postmodernism
Roots and Globalization
Down-to-Earth Spirituality
Multiple Perspectives
Talmud and the Internet
Engaging the Bible in a Playful Spirit
Intergenerational Collaboration in Polycultural Art
 
1 Semiotic Perspectives – Redefining Art in a Digital Age
From Representational to Presentational Art
Iconic Art: Resemblance
Symbolic Art: Consensus
Indexic Art: Documentation
Identic Art: Being
Prioric Art: Proposing
Dialogic Art: Interacting
 
2 Morphological Perspectives – Space-Time Structures of Visual Culture
Latent Structure and Transformative Processes
Alternative Perspectives
Mythological Perspective
Logical Perspective
Ecological Perspective
Origins of Ecological Perspective in Science
Origins of Ecological Perspective in Modern Art
From Deconstruction to Reconstruction
Morphological Analysis of Visual Culture: Biblical Fringes
Art as Visual Midrash: Four Wings of America
Sky Art: From Munich to the Tzin Wilderness 
 
3 Kabbalistic Perspectives – Creative Process in Art and Science
Spiritual Bits and Bytes
Biblical Roots of Kabbalah
Ten Sephirot of Creative Process
Digitized Homage to Rembrandt
Cyberangels and AT&T
Creativity in Art and Science
Pathways to Beauty 
 
4 Halakhic Perspectives – Creating a Beautiful Life
Beyond Religion and Science
Lessons from 9/11: Choose Life not Death
Tower of Babel: Disastrous Creativity
Eruv at Sodom: Honoring Human Diversity
Beautifying Actions: Adding Light to the World
LightsOROT at MIT: Learning Torah Through Art
Responsive Art in a Digital Age 
 
 
Index
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