Department of Visual and Material Culture
המחלקה לתרבות חזותית וחומרית
قسم الثقافة البصرية والمادة
Ory Bartal is the head of the Department of Visual and Material Culture in Bezalel – Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Bartal is a Japanologist focusing on contemporary Japanese design including industrial and fashion design as well as manga and visual communication. Bartal completed his M.B.A. in the Department of International Business Administration at the Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo in a joint project with the Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S.A. He then studied advanced studies toward M. Des. in the Industrial Design department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. He completed his Ph.D. at the School of Cultural Studies at the University of Tel Aviv, specializing in contemporary visual culture. His book “Postmodern Advertising in Japan: Seduction, Persuasion and the Tokyo Art Directors Club” was published in 2015. The book deals with Japanese advertising, the connection between aesthetics and contemporary consumer culture and the blur boundaries between branding and art. His second book “Critical Design in Japan: Material Culture, Luxury and the Avant-Garde” published in 2020. This book presents the post-war designers that made decisions and created artifacts that radically altered and reshaped the course of Japanese design history. The book shows how their avant-garde design involves an encounter between postmodern aesthetics, critical theory, and new economic rules operating as a critical sociopolitical agent.
Shanit Adam / Designer
Graduated from Bezalel Academy (Jewelry and Fashion department), and the Royal College of Art (Fashion department), specializing in footwear and accessories. Studied professional practices at London's Cordwainers LCF College.
In Her Designer/Maker Studio she creates as an independent brand, based on the principles of slow design, manufacturing locally long-lasting products. Co-founder of the Jerusalem Design Cooperative, a studio and home for a group of designers from various fields, working to promote initiatives and projects in the field of design in the city. Teaches in the Department of Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy, lives in Jerusalem with her partner and two daughters.
Dr. Shir Aloni Yaari is an art historian specialising in modern and contemporary art. Her research focuses on theories and representations of the body, trauma and memory, on feminist art and thought, and on the dialogue between aesthetics and psychoanalysis. After completing a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Shir continued teaching and leading an MA programme at the Courtauld. She has since worked as a curator at the Israel Museum, while teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Levinsky College of Education. She currently teaches in the Department of Visual and Material Culture at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.
Dr. Lior Alperovitch is a lecturer on the 20th-century history of Europe and the Jewish people, who specializes in the history of the Holocaust and its commemoration in Israel, visual representation of the Holocaust, and halakhic rulings and religious observance during the Holocaust. He completed the bulk of his academic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the departments of history, Jewish history, Jewish thought, and international relations. He holds two master’s degrees – one in history and the other in Jewish thought – and a doctorate in history. His doctoral dissertation examined the relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany and their impact on Holocaust commemoration in Israel during the first two decades of the State. He conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Research at the University of Haifa. Lior is the head of the Center for Visualization of Holocaust Research at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and teaches in the department of visual and material culture
Dr. Roni Amir received her Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2009. She currently teaches in Bezalel and has been the head of the Academic Department at Emuna Ephrata – Academic College of Education for Art since 1996. Dr. Amir is an archaeologist and historian by training, who specializes in ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman She teaches courses in History of Art, Ancient Architecture, Mythologies and Archetypes as well as Visual Art. The author has published articles about Ancient Synagogues, ceramics from varied archeological sites, and Roman and Byzantine mosaics.
Asher Arnon is a professor of creative arts at the Bezalel Art and Design Academy in Jerusalem, Israel. He has degrees in graphic design (B.Des) from Bezalel Academy, an MA degree in architecture and urban culture from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain and a PhD degree in audiovisual installation art from the Music Technology and Innovation – Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2) at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. He also studied in the jazz department of the Rimon School of Jazz & Contemporary Music in Israel.
Based on his interdisciplinary background, Asher’s creative work spans a wide range of commercial and artistic projects in diverse formats comprising printed and digital media, urban design and installations. In recent years, his practical and theoretical research focuses on synergetic interrelations between image and music and the notion of ‘place’, emphasising the experience-interpretation continuum manifested by orientation through spatial-visual-sonic artefacts.
An art historian, specializing in modernism, postmodernism and contemporary art; senior lecturer at the Department of Visual and Material culture in Bezalel.
Dr. Aronov's research interests include avant-garde art, interrelations between cultures, social and political aspects of art. He focuses on artistic expressions of eschatological conceptions, of utopias and dystopias in modern and contemporary art.
Dr. Aronov received his MA degree in art history from the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, Russia, and his Ph.D. in the history of modern art from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He authored two books on the art of Vasily Kandinsky, the pioneer of abstract painting, articles in catalogs for exhibitions and professional journals on the avant-garde art.
- Kandinsky’s Quest: A Study in the Artist’s Personal Symbolism 1866-1907. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006.
- "Kandinsky the Spiritual Wanderer", in Kandinskij, The Wandering Knight: On His Journey Towards Abstraction, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia; Mudec, Museo delle Culture, Milan, 2017.
- "Kazimir Malevich: Experiments in Suprematist Poetry", Toronto Slavic Quarterly (University of Toronto), no. 47 (Winter 2014), pp. 323-344
- "The Pictorial Trans-rationalism of Kazimir Malevich". Aurora: The Journal of the History of Art (DePaul University, Chicago), vol. VIII. (2007), pp. 38-83.
Nurit Bar-Shai is an interdisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of art, science and technology. Her research and artistic practice look into microbial social networks and communication systems, collective collaboration, emergence, in vitro ecology and biomaterial fabrications. As an activist and educator working with biological systems, she conducts experiments through creative collaborative inquiries and addresses the ethics and the emerging practices of Do-It-Yourself biology and Citizen-Science. Bar-Shai is the co-founder of Genspace NYC, community biotech lab in Brooklyn, NY, where she founded and directed the Arts and Culture program. Bar-Shai developed collaborative STEAM projects including the NYC Biome Map. She is a contributor to the Leonardo ebook: Meta-Life: Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts. She is the co-curator of the BioArt exhibition Cut/Paste/Grow and the co-organizer of Nodes & Networks, NYC. Her work is included and featured on the cover of the MoMA book BioDesign: Nature, Science, Creativity, and the Princeton book Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science, and the Spiritual. Her artwork was commissioned by Turbulence.org, won a Prix Ars Electronica and included in the collection of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University.
My name is Venus Bargouth. I earned my BA, MA and PhD in English literature at the Hebrew University, where I currently teach. I am mostly interested in 18th-century British Romantic literature, with an emphasis on the works of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I love these authors because of their focus on the individual’s subjective experience and their attempt to capture in words the essence of human suffering. Moreover, defining the language of poetry as the language spoken by the lower orders of society, and portraying the lives of the rustic poor, Wordsworth and Coleridge brought literature closer to the cognition of ordinary people like you and me.
I believe in the power of education and in its ability to eradicate ignorance and thus reform society. Therefore, since the age of 18, I have devoted my time to teaching. I have taught various subjects to various populations and age groups in various places. I have also prepared students for the Tawjihi, Bagrut and Psychometric examinations. However, what I enjoy the most is teaching English language and literature, my fields of specialty. The way I see it, languages manipulate our thoughts, shaping our culture and identity. Literature, which is rendered in language, is a key to understanding how people think and behave. I have chosen to teach these subjects as I believe that once you master English, you master not only the language of academia but also the international language necessary for communication around the world. What I aim at is widening my students’ horizon and facilitating their integration in a newly emerging global community.
Multidisciplinary designer, researcher and lecturer with an independent studio specializing in product design.
Lecturer in the Master’s program in Industrial Design, the Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design and the Bachelor's degree in Material Culture.
Maya graduated Cum Laude(M.des) in social design from Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands and (B.des) Industrial Design from Shankar.
As part of her studio, she works in and around product design for companies, industry, foundations, cultural institutions and ventures including the Hebrew University, the Wolf Foundation, and Keter Group. At the same time, she strives to develop personal research and collaborative work that explore how technology mechanisms like 3D scan and 3D printing transform contemporary cultural and social narratives and redefine our relationship with nature. In this context, her works have been exhibited in a variety of exhibitions, including "First Body. Second Nature" at the Israeli Art and Design Biennial at the Israel Museum 2020, "Extreme" at the Holon Design Museum 2020, "The Reservation" Jerusalem Design Week 2019, "Cloud Points" at the Manofim Festival 2019 and "Natural Technology" at Benyamini contemporary ceramics center 2018.
Prof. Avner Ben-Zaken is a historian of science who focuses on the question how science transverses cultural boundaries? He is the author of three book and dozens of articles. In Bezalel, Ben-Zaken teaches seminars on the "Visualization of Science" and on the "Material Culture of Science", in which he challenges and undermines the cultural boundaries between the textual culture of science and the visual culture of arts.
Dr. Itzhak Benyamini teaches at Bar-Ilan University and at Bezalel Academy. He is editor of Resling publishing. Authored the following books in Hebrew: What Does the Man Want? (2003), Paul and the Birth of the Sons' Community (2007), Lacan's Discourse (2009), The Laughter of Abraham (2011), and Subject-Screen (2018); in English: Narcissist Universalism (2012), A Critical Theology of Genesis (2016).
Tamar Berger, Senior Lecturer, The Department of Architecture, the Urban Design Master's Degree Program, Oman - the Heredi Extension and the Visual & Material Culture Department. Teaches and writes on issues of space, space and culture, urbanity and modernity in general in the Israel context. Her books: "Dionysus at Dizengof Centre" (Hakibbutz Hameuchad), "Issues in the Theory of Space" (The Open University), "In the Space Between World and Toy" (Resling) and "Autotopia" (Hakibbutz Hameuchad). More articles, essays and travelogues at www.tamarberger.com.
Roi Boshi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art Department at Tel Aviv University. M.A. From The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University (Summa cum laude). B.F.A. from the Photography Department of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.
He is a lecturer at Department of Visual and Material Culture at Bezalel, lecturing on the history and theory of photography.
Exhibitions curator, lecturer and writer on various artistic subjects. Lectures In Bezalel about the History of Ceramics. Worked for 20 years in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem mostly as an curator of interactive exhibitions at The Ruth Youth Wing. Works as a free lancer mainly as curator of Israeli History exhibitions. Selected exhibitions: Dosh, A Caricaturist 1921 - 2000, Eretz Israel Museum, Ramat Aviv, 2006, Childhood paintings of Israeli Artists, Ramat Gan's Art Museum, 2015, Visitors center of the National Archives, 2019. Today curates The Knesset (parliament) Museum and the permanent exhibition of the State Comptroller and Ombudsman in Jerusalem.
Curator, lecturer, and researcher. Her fields of research include culture theory, art theory and history, curatorial studie. Bulgaru lectures at Bezalel, HIT (Holon Institute of Technology), the Kibbutzim College of Education Technology and the Arts, and at Oranim college.
From 2007 and on, curated exhibitions in public and private institutions, amongst them the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Artists' Studios in Jerusalem. Bulgaru has served as curator at the Haifa Museum of Art, MoBY (Museums of Bat Yam) and the Shpilman Institute of Photography.
Bulgaru has graduated from "Hamidrasha" School of Art, Beit Berl College, and earned a Master's degree and Ph.D. at Bar Ilan University's Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies. Her doctoral dissertation explored photography in relation to memory, tourism, history, and the Sublime. Bulgaru has attended various conferences in Israel and abroad and her essays appeared in various catalogs.
I am the English coordinator at Bezalel and the Haredi branch of Bezalel and have been teaching at Bezalel since 2014.Before that I was the vice- principal of a Jerusalem High School. All my working life, 38 years, I have been teaching English as a foreign language.
I came on Aliyah in 1984 from England and am married with 4 children. My eldest daughter graduated from the architecture department at Bezalel in 2018 and my youngest daughter will start studying at Bezalel this coming year. I have always had a passionate interest in art and design and have attended many history of art courses at the Israel Museum. In my free time, I love visiting art and design museums and collecting catalogues from exhibitions that I have seen.
My first degree was in Psychology and Statistics from the University of Salford, Manchester and my second degree in Educational Psychology from The Hebrew University. I have also completed a teacher training course in English as a Foreign Language.
I am looking forward to welcoming three new lecturers to the English Unit and to the challenge of redesigning all the English courses so that they will be in line with the new CEFR European regulations.
Illustrator, lecturer and curator, artistic editor and comic book artist, engages in writing that expresses childhood motifs significantly. Lecturer in the Department of Screen Arts, and the Department of Visual and Material Culture.
Farber is a graduate of the Visual Communication Department at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, an award winner and a Sharet Foundation scholarship in undergraduate studies. His final project, which dealt with grotesque illustrations of political figures, was purchased shortly thereafter and formed the basis for the first season of “The Harzufim”, the first Israeli political satire program whose protagonists were puppets, and aired on Channel 2. He also received an excellence scholarship in graduate studies in screenwriting at Tel Aviv University.
He illustrated children's books and in many magazines. He initiated and edited the bestselling "Still Optimistic - Artists Painting Dudu Geva", published by Zamora-Pavilion, and curated the accompanying exhibition at the Holon Institute of Technology Gallery, with 120 illustrators and one Dudu Geva. He has also curated and exhibited in numerous exhibitions.
He has won numerous awards, including the Rabinowitz Foundation for the Arts, the Lottery Council for Culture and the Arts, and a prize and first place at the Illustration Week in Tel Aviv. In recent years, he has edit, illustrated, and published the graphic trilogy "Isaac's Notebooks", based on the diary of his late grandfather.
Gai Farchi is a scholar of literature and cultural studies. He currently works on the material turn in the humanities, examining how objects, trash, memory and nostalgia are dealt with in literature through the lens of ecocriticism and posthumanist theory. His doctoral dissertation discusses posthumanism in contemporary literature in French. His work has been published in international journals such as French Forum and French Studies.
I have been passionate about languages most of my life and I enjoy learning languages no less than teaching them. Searching for the most efficient language acquisition methods has become my personal and professional endeavor and an ordeal for my students. I have been polishing my skills over the last 10 years teaching English and Russian as a foreign language both individually and in groups, in person and online.
After moving to Israel in 2017 I started serving as a language teacher at LinguaCom – a private language center where I worked with students who had learning disabilities – and later at Global One where I got to teach the employees of the Bank of Israel, E&Y, HP, etc. Two years later I joined the world of academia and I am now delivering English courses to the students of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the students of Art and Design at Bezalel.
I hold an MA in International Relations with the State Linguistic University ‘N. A. Dobrolyubov’. Soon after graduation I decided to change my field and started teaching, continuously acquiring pedagogical skills by means of self-education, peer learning and multiple online courses.
I consider non-verbal communication as fascinating as languages which explains my second life-long passion – dancing. I am also into all things psychological.
Lecturer and researcher in the field of Cinema and Television Studies. Tomer teaches at the Department of Visual and Material Culture at Bezalel as well as at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University. Her research is concerned on the ties between cinema, technology and music. Her work is primarily focused on phenomenological experiences of viewing and listening in popular culture: from music channels to professional wrestling, between the classical Hollywood Musical and the Historical Epic film, as well as reflexive and cinephilic practices in cinema and on the internet. She has completed her Master’s Thesis titled “The Period Film Musical as an Experience of Saturated Historicity” at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University. She is a graduate the Screen Based Arts Department at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.
Design researcher and lecturer in the Bachelor and Masters programs at Bezalel since 2011.
Founder of the "Studio for thinking" and "The Classroom" -a design-teaching research lab.
Specializes in conceptual consultation to artists and designers, and in curating writing for the art and design exhibitions.
Author of "The Book of Yoel Hoffmann"(March 2020, Resling Pub. Tel Aviv). Published articles in research periodicals and anthologies.
A silversmith and jewelry designer, creating both conceptual and commercial jewelry, displaying at exhibitions and biennales in Israel and around the world.
Holding a Ph.D. degree and an M.A. degree Summa cum laude in Hebrew literature from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev; an M.Des., Summa cum laude from Bezalel and a B.A., Cum laude in interdisciplinary Art from Tel Aviv University.
Iddo Ginat is an architect, historian, and co-curator of the Israeli Pavilion for the Venice Biennale Architecture 2021.
Iddo graduated with a BArch. from Bezalel Academy, and holds a master's degree in Design Studies from Harvard University, where he focused on theoretical research in architecture, and among other things initiated an exhibition and seminar on architecture and kibbutz planning. Upon his return to Israel, he began his doctoral studies at Tel Aviv University, and until recently served as director of the architecture digital archives for in the Visual Culture Project of the Israel National Library.
Iddo’s architectural research includes specialization in the history of design and curatorial exhibitions; Architectural avant-garde in the 20th century; And the link between multidimensional design and pedagogy and education.
Among other initiatives, he is currently conducting research with Professor Zvi Efrat for an exhibition on the unprecedented work of architect Richard Kaufman, who was the first architect of the Zionist Organization, and planned the first moshavim and kibbutzim.
His doctoral dissertation at the Cohn Institute of History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University deals with the question of representing the Zionist space in international exhibitions during the British Mandate.
Designer, artist and lecturer.
Owns a fashion and jewelry design studio, presenting in Israel and around the world.
Senior Lecturer in the Jewelry and Fashion Department and Visual and Material Culture Department.
Goren is an outstanding graduate of the Jewelry and Fashion Department at Bezalel.
Goren worked as a head designer in Paris (2004-2008) and presented in six fashion weeks.
Finished his doctoral studies at the Sorbonne in Paris (2013)
Established his studio (2009) and since then has been developing material and design research that combines a variety of disciplines.
The main challenge is to combine and connect material technologies used in jewelry and metalwork with clothing and textile technologies, in order to allow each material to integrate organically into the other material, creating a single unit with a new and unique material identity.
Goren participates in exhibitions in Israel and around the world.
participated in the first biennial of design and art (2020) at the Eretz Israel Museum. Presented a solo exhibition at the “Periscope” Gallery (2019) Tel Aviv. Tow group exhibitions at the CICA Museum (2019) in South Korea. At the Judaica Biennale in Jerusalem (2018) at a group exhibition at the Islamic Museum (2018) Jerusalem. And Paris Fashion Week (2016).