VIRTUAL BODIES // the world to come

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VIRTUAL BODIES // the world to come

December 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Curated by Julia Bruk

Saturday, December 7, 5 – 7 PM at the
National Museum of American Jewish History
as part of the nation’s first JEWISH NEW
Co-Sponsored by Penn Cinema and Media Studies Libations Courtesy of Cooper Spirits

VIRTUAL BODIES // the world to come opens the conversations about how digital spaces allow representations of ‘bodies’ to exist in an eternal state within them. This parallels to the idea of the Jewish concept of the afterlife “The World to Come” (Olam Haba) where the “animal” soul (Nefesh) becomes a “perfect,” eternal soul (Neshama). Featuring Jewish identifying artists, we step inside augmented Virtual Reality spaces, video art dichotomies, a social media powered interactive sculpture, and digitally created physical objects. These immersive experiences explore how permanence and eternity is represented through pixels and how we use these tools to create, augment, and revitalize experiences relating to the body and our senses.

Features works by seven established and emerging New Media artists:
Sarah Rothberg | Touching a Cactus | Interactive VR/Installation
LoVid | Video Taxidermy | Video Art/Installation
Jessica Segall | (un)common intimacy | Video Art
Eva Davidova | Global Mode | Interactive VR
Nimrod Shanit | Holy City VR | 360 VR
Peter Decherney | Torah Service | 360 VR
Julia Bruk | CUBOID.LIVE | Interactive Facebook installation
Multiple Artists | First Look: Artists’ VR

Watch the trailer here

Saturday Hours:
5 – 5:30 PM: Exhibition & Reception
5:30 – 6:15 PM: Keynote Address by Julia Bruk & Artist Panel Moderated by Peter Decherney 6:15 – 7 PM: Exhibition & Reception
7 – 8 PM: Exhibition open for additional hour
Sunday Hours:
Exhbition open from 12 – 6 PM

To attend VIRTUAL BODIES // the world to come, you must purchase a Saturday or Two-Day Pass to the Jewish New Media Festival. To learn more or to purchase your pass, visit
or call 215-545-4400.


December 7, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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