25 February 2007

IsraelSeen.com Interview

Tzitzit flowing from the corners of a sukkah built by Alexenberg for Sky Art exhibition at BMW Museum, Munich

Chadesh Yameinu Kadama / Jewish Ideas Series from IsraelSeen.com, in cooperation with AHAVI the Association for Jewish Renewal in Israel, announces an interview with Prof. Menahem Alexenberg, one of the most prolific, profound, and deeply knowledgeable Jewish artists/thinkers/teachers of or our time.
Prof. Alexenberg’s teachings are of particular of interest to artists of all kinds, as well as people interested in creativity, Judaism, philosophy, and biology, in any possible combination. He begins our conversation with on the subject of tzitzit, ritual fringes that symbolize open ended systems. We also discuss his latest book, The Future of Art in the Digital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness, which leads to a conversation about the difference between the Hellenistic (Greek) concept of art and the Hebrew/Jewish concept, and what the words themselves teach us: omanut in Hebrew and art in its various permutations in European languages. He shares his conversations with the Lubavitcher Rebbe in relation to ideas on creativity of his philosophical counterpoint, the mitnaged Rav Soloveitchik.
This is a real treat. For me [Yoram Getzler] it confirmed the possibility of conversation as sensuous experience.
This interview can be found, heard and/or downloaded into your computer or iPod at http://www.israelseen.com/