The Future of Art in a Digital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness
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This book develops the thesis that the transition from premodernism 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 will be illustrated with photographs.
students organization at MIT and organizer of a conference on computers and Judaism, was available for consulting with the artists. Zalman Schachter, the spiritual leader of the Jewish Renewal movement and professor at Temple University who learned Torah in Dharamsala with the Dalai Lama28 learned with the artists. Josef Wosk, a congregational rabbi in Massachusetts and graduate of both the rabbinical school of Yeshiva University and Harvard Divinity School, not only learned with the artists, but
since it was too physically demanding and time-consuming. After the front and sides of the thrones were fully clad in ceramics, the two-ton thrones were transported to the park site by a large tow truck, lifted up by a crane, and installed at their Art-Digital Age.qxd 7/7/06 8:18 am Page 29 INTRODUCTION – POSTMODERN PARADIGM SHIFT | permanent sites along the shoreline walkway of Margaret Pace Park. Standing tall made the unfinished rear of the throne backs accessible. Two of the students
obscures the brushstrokes that indicate the process of painting, Van Gogh’s vigorous brushstrokes are indexical documentation of applying impasto paint with a paintbrush. He made his brushstrokes, evidence of process, an integral part of his artistic statement. Although indexical signs are felt strongly in Van Gogh’s paintings, he continued to maintain iconicity in them. The full abandonment of the icon in painting and its replacement with pure index occurred most powerfully in action painting. A
pour water over the right. Then with the right hand pour water over the left. Follow this procedure until water has been poured over each hand three times.39 Real time electronic transmission of events provides the greatest potential for creating identic digital art. Artists have the potential of employing such technologies as live television broadcasts, teleconferencing, and web cam image distribution. As part of my Four Wings of America collaboration with artist Miriam Benjamin, we created the
stripes are parallel to call attention to the multiple paths of the twelve Israelite tribes, each representing different personality traits and alternative viewpoints. I photographed the spontaneous groupings of men in striped shawls as they gathered around the Torah scroll to kiss it as it was carried from the ark to the reading table. It brought to mind the herds of zebras in a National Geographic film I had seen. The zebras gathered together for protection. However, when a zebra was about to