Place and Time in Digital Landscapes: Critical Jewish Resonance in Contemporary Israeli New-Media Art

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Reading landscape as a place in the spirit of Jewish thought is based on the premise that the specific digital landscape works I will consider here, made by artists that are past or present citizens of the state of Israel, express radical criticism of Zionist, national ideology that has become myth and canonical texts of Jewish thought in order to find a justification for the constitution of a national homeland in the "Land of Israel." The secular Zionist movement was conceived in opposition to Eastern European, Jewish orthodoxy, either by suppressing its significance or rebelling against its spiritual credo, or by conscripting Jewish thought to the ideological platform of building a new society in the ancient Land of Israel. "6 In this article I examine the question of space and place with respect to contemporary Israeli artists in whose works, discussed here as digital landscapes, I recognize traces of the problematic question of the philosophical figure of the wandering Jew, for whom concerns about space and text form the foundation of his being. The Israeli place [makom] is even more so, since from the start it was organized to a great extent by hawkish aspects, wars, struggles, occupation, transgressions (not only of the Land and its inhabitants, but also of the language, work, the desert)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-49
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Jewish Identities
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2009

Bibliographical note

Journal of Jewish Identities, 2,2 (2009) 21-49


  • Art -- Israel
  • Computer art
  • Ethics
  • Ideology
  • Internet
  • Israel
  • Landscapes in art
  • Media art
  • Metaphysics
  • Paints
  • Spirituality
  • Time in art


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