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Dr. Yael Eylat van-Essen

How have the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art taken the opportunity to rethink their mission.

My research activity includes both theory and practice. I completed undergraduate studies at the Art Department of the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design, and I have a Master’s degree from the Art faculty of Tel-Aviv University (2004). My PhD thesis, entitled “The Museum as a Hybrid Space – Between the Virtual and the Real”, was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Freddie Rokem at Tel-Aviv University and approved in 2011. For the last two years I have been curator of the Research Gallery of the Master’s Program at the Design Faculty at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) and also work as an independent curator. Most of the exhibitions I curate are located at the intersection of art/design, science and technology, which is my academic field of specialization.

Currently, I am nearing the completion of a book based on my PhD dissertation. The book will suggest seeing many of the changes taking place in contemporary museums as a result of paradigmatic cultural shifts deriving from the use of new technologies. The book offers a critical reading of the institution of the museum based on the analysis of basic related concepts and investigation of the meanings derived from them in the digital era. It suggests viewing the new museums as hybrid spaces in which the real and the virtual converge into one another in a way that cannot be re-separated. The theoretical spectrum in which this research takes place varies from art and museal culture history to new media theories, critical theories and philosophy. The research explores many museums around the world and in Israel and refers to the architecture as well as to the exhibitions presented and their design.

My current research, which will be an additional section in this book, is dedicated to the two main museums in Israel: the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In this research, I analyze the ways these museums, which have recently gone through massive architectural and personnel changes, have taken the opportunity to rethink their mission.

At present I teach at the Design Faculty of the Holon Institute of Technology, and at the interdisciplinary Master’s Program of the Art Faculty at Tel Aviv University.

Selected Publications

Textbooks

  • Van Essen Eylat, Yael. (ed.). Digital Culture, Virtuality, Society and Information. Tel-Aviv, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 (Heb.)


Chapters in Books and Catalogues

  • Van Essen Eylat, Yael. (ed.). “Digital Culture, an Introduction”. Digital Culture, Virtuality, Society and Information. Tel-Aviv, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 Tel Aviv, pp. 25-67. (Heb.)
  • Van Essen Eylat, Yael. “Syrian People Know Their Way”. in Van Essen Eylat, Yael, Levi, K. Dror. (eds.). Exhibition Catalogue – Syrian People Know Their Way. The Research Gallery, Design Faculty. HIT in Collaboration with Dayan Center for Middle East and Africa Studies, Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv, 2013. pp. 19-34. (Heb.)
  • Eylat Van-Essen. Yael.. “The Image as a Networked Interface: The Textualization of the
  • Photographic Image”, in Rubinstein D. Golding J and Fisher A. (eds.) On the Verge of Photography. Birmingham: Birmingham University Press, 2013. 251-275. (Eng.)
  • Van Essen Eylat, Yael. “Photography and the New Mechanisms of Visuality”. in Haikin Naama (ed.), Exhibition Catalogue – Lot’s Wife. The Open Museum of Photography, Tel Hai Industrial Park. Tel Hai, 2013. pp. 116-128. (Eng.)
  • Van Essen Eylat, Yael. “The Cartography of the Unseen”. In Van Essen Eylat, Yael, Levi, K. Dror. (eds.). Exhibition Catalog – The Cartography of the Unseen. The Research Gallery, Design Faculty. HIT. Tel Aviv, 2013. pp. 11-47. (Heb.)


Selected Exhibitions as Curator:

  • Boaz Tal – Homage, HIT Research Gallery, 2012.
  • Syrian People Know Their Way. HIT Research Gallery, 2013.
  • The Cartography of the Unseen. HIT Research Gallery, 2013.
  • IL(L)-Machine. Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria. 2013.
  • Not yet, Already, Architecture and Animation. HIT Research Gallery, 2013.
  • Art, Science and Technology – Israeli Perspective. Kiev, Ukraina. 2014.