The digital devices in our lives have become more “user-friendly” than ever and are now closer to us, both physically and emotionally, enabling us to have truly intimate relations with them. In the upcoming gallery talk, the first of two, we will discuss the exhibited works, the devices we use and how we communicate with them, how they reflect us, and how we reflect ourselves through them. Among other things, we will attempt to understand how we comprehend ourselves through data-driven digital entities, what can be learned from the failures inherent in the interaction with non-human others, and whether there is still room for human contact not quantified through digital processes?
Dr. Neta Alexander is a faculty member in the Film and Media Studies Program in Colgate University, New York. She completed her doctorate in NYU’s Cinema Studies Department, investigating how digital media redesigns users’ sense of time. Her articles have been published in various academic publications, including JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Film Quarterly, and Flow Journal. Concurrent to her academic research, focusing on technology and failure, she has spent over a decade as a culture editorial writer working for the “Haaretz” newspaper, extensively covering areas of culture and new media. Her first book – “Failure” – is a collaboration with the Indian anthropologist Arjun Appadurai and will be released next fall by Polity Books.
Dr Romy Mikolinsky, head of the Bezalel Academy industrial design master’s program, is a researcher, lecturer, and author. Her doctoral dissertation focused on memory, trauma, and photography, and was completed in Toronto University English literature department, where she taught visual culture. In the past, she has worked in many art and content initiatives in Israel and abroad. She was the co-founder and director of the Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP), and has consulted for many organizations, local authorities, and municipalities on disseminating digital technology and innovation processes. Her research topics include digital culture and algorithmic art, the future of literature and reading, and design-driven innovation.
Dr. Eran Fisher, senior lecturer in the Open University’s Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, is a researcher investigating the varied social aspects of digital technology.