Researcher, algorithm developer, and lecturer.
Studied humanities at Hebrew University and attained a Neuroscience Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University. Studies visual perception and information processing, in particular temporal and spatial aspects of attention orientation and eye movements.
Engages in data-based installations, and social activistm.
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 USA 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.
Ofri Cnaani is an artist and researcher who works across media and performance. Cnaani writes about data and coloniality, digital contested heritage, institutional practices in the algorithmic turn, and performance as a model to create critical technology. She is a visiting professor at the Institute of Visual Culture, TU Wien, Austria and a research fellow at the International Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam. Until recently Cnaani was an associate lecturer at the Visual Cultures Department, Goldsmiths, University of London. Cnaani’s work has appeared at Tate Britain, UK; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Inhotim Institute, Brazil; Israel Museum; Amos Rex Museum, Helsinki; Kiasma Museum, Helsinki; PS1/MoMA, NYC; BMW Guggenheim Lab, NYC; The Fisher Museum of Art, L.A.; Twister, Network of Lombardy Contemporary Art Museums, Italy; Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel; Moscow Biennial; The Kitchen, NYC; Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Arnolfini Foundation Museum, Bristol; Tel Aviv Museum; Prague Triennial, among others. Prior to her move to London, Cnaani was based in New York City, where she was a faculty at the School of Visual Arts’s Visual and Critical Studies. At SVA she also ran the "City as Site" program. Cnaani recently co-organized Choreographic Devices, a three-day chorographic symposium at ICA, London and is currently working on a project at the International Space Station (ISS).
graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, in 2014. Two years later, he received a Master of Design in Type and Media from The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Specialising in the field of multilingual type design and typography, Daniel joined independent Tel Aviv-based foundry Fontef in 2017.
Since 2018, Daniel has been teaching Typography and Lettering at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Among his typefaces is “Abraham אברהם إبراهيم”, released in 2017.
Dr. Naomi Meiri-Dann
Art historian and Visual Culture researcher.
Her realms of specialization range from Medieval Art (mainly Italian); Architecture of memory and commemoration (mainly in Israel); Interrelations between religious art and secular culture` and issues concerning encounters between “high” and popular cultures.
Naomi teaches at the Departments of Visual and Material Culture (including the B.A. program), as well as the Master in Policy and Theory of the Arts and the M.Des. Program in Visual Communication.