Artist Mel Alexenberg makes the Bible come alive in the age of smartphones and social media by creating a global tribute to Rembrandt on the 350th anniversary of his death on 4 October 1669.
On 4 October 2019, he sent his Rembrandt inspired cyberangels on a flight from the Land of Israel into thirty art museums on five continents as a digital age expression of the biblical passage on Jacob’s dream: “A ladder was standing on the ground, its top reaching up towards heaven as divine angels were going up and down on it.” (Genesis 28:12) All these museums including have artworks from Alexenberg’s “Digital Homage to Rembrandt” series in their collections.
Cyberangels fly off the cover of Alexenberg’s highly acclaimed book We see them spiraling up from a NASA satellite photograph of Israel as they emerge from a smartphone screen. .
Alexenberg’s experience as an art professor at Columbia University and research fellow at MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies gives him the conceptual and technological tools to create digital events for the “Year of Rembrandt.” His teaching Jewish thought at Bar-Ilan and Ariel universities in Israel enhances the spiritual power of the events.
Alexenberg first set a cyberangel on a global flight on Rembrandt’s 320th yahrzeit. On the morning of October 4, 1989, it ascended from the AT&T building in New York and flew to Amsterdam to Jerusalem to Tokyo to Los Angeles, returning to New York after five hours. Since its crossed all time zones, it flew into tomorrow arriving in Tokyo in the morning of October 5th and back into yesterday reaching Los Angeles on October 4th. Cyberangels reshape our concepts of time and space.
|Mel Alexenberg dressed as Rembrandt’s friend Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel in Rembrandt House Museum|