The Open University of Israel

Dr. Hava Aldouby

 Dr. Hava Aldouby

  Department of Literature, Language and the Arts

Updated: October 2018


Tel:  972-9-7781581
Fax: 972-9-7780671


Born:  Israel


2002 – 2008

PhD, Summa cum Laude
Allan Bronfman Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the Humanities
Department of Art History
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (accepted Feb. 2009)

1996 – 2000

Department of Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


BA, Magna cum laude. Art History and Theater Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Graphic design. Tel-Hai College


Post Doctoral Fellowship

2013 – 2014

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, I-CORE Center of Research
Excellence - ‘Da’at Hamakom’, Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World
Research project: ‘Medium, Body, Place: Digital Moving-Image Aesthetics, as Related to Contemporary Jewish Experience’


Areas of Interest


Academic Positions

October 2014 –

The Open University, Lecturer

2014 – 2016

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, I-CORE Center of Research
Excellence - ‘Da’at Hamakom
, Research Fellow

2002 – 2015

Hebrew University of Jerusalem:
2010-2015 School of the Arts at the Humanities, teaching associate
2002-2009 Department of Theater Studies, teaching associate

2011 – 2014

Bar Ilan University, Department of Comparative Literature, teaching associate

2010 – 2013

Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, teaching associate

2002 – 2011

Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, teaching associate

2003 – 2004

The Open University, group instructor


Awards and Scholarships

Vigevani Research Project Prize, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2014; with Prof. Amir Amedi, Hebrew University, and Prof. Vittorio Gallese, Università degli studi di Parma)

Israel Science Foundation Publication Grant in the Humanities (2012)

Allan Bronfman Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2009)


Academic Activities

(In chronological order)

Initiator and organizer, international academic symposium: “Media and the Arts – Interfaces, Challenges and New Insights”
The Open University of Israel, 23 November 2016

Initiator and member of organizing committee, academic symposium: "Moving Image Art in the Age of Gaming", Jerusalem Film Festival, Hansen House, 9 July 2015 (in Hebrew)

Initiator and member of organizing committee, international academic symposium: “Haptic Visuality in Video-Art: Neuroscience in Dialogue with Art Theory and Aesthetics”, Hebrew University, collaboration between School of the Arts and Safra Brain Research Center, 9-10 April 2014

Member of organizing committee, international academic symposium: “Autonomy and Anatomy of the Moving Image”, in collaboration with Jerusalem Cinématheque, Bezalel College of Art and Design, and Hebrew University, School of the Arts, 7-9 July 2013

Initiator and member of organizing committee, international academic symposium: "Federico Fellini, Between Life and Fantasy", School of the Arts and Department of Latin American and Romance Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 3-4 April 2011

Selected Curatorial Activities

August 2016 -           Artistic Director, Open University Gallery, Ra'anana

July-August 2015    Curator, "Archaeology in Reverse: Phil Solomon", Mamuta at Hansen House, Jerusalem

July 2015                   Curator, "The Secret Garden": 5 Experimental films by Phil Solomon, Jerusalem Film Festival



Other Curatorial Positions

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2000-2001     Assistant curator, department of prints and drawings
1998-2000     Freelance associate curator


Books and Monographs

Federico Fellini: Painting in Film, Painting on Film. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013

Shifting Interfaces: Presence and Relationality in New Media arts of the Early 21st Century. Edited volume, forthcoming Leuven University Press, 2019.

In preparation: Old Masters in the Moving Mirror: Painting(s) in Contemporary Video Art


Chapters in Books

"Fellini's Visual Style(s): A Phenomenological Account", in Frank Burke and Marguerite Waller, eds., Wiley Blackwell Companion to Fellini. Forthcoming 2019.

“Tightrope Walking on the Threshold of Virtual Reality: Phil Solomon’s Filmmaking in Grand Theft Auto”, in Ruthie Abeliovich and Edwin Seroussi, eds., Borderlines: Essays on artistic and conceptual practices of mapping places. Forthcoming 2017

“Courting Absence, Restoring Presence: Ori Gersht and the Moving Image”, in Hava Aldouby, David Chandler, Al Miner and Mae Petra-Wong, Ori Gersht: History Reflecting. Boston: MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) Publications, 2014

“Re-framing the Still Life: Ekphrasis in Contemporary Video Art”, accepted for publication, Edward Payne and Lauren Barnes, eds., Copies and Translations: Re-Placing the Original. Forthcoming


Reference Articles

“'The physical anxiety of the form itself': A Haptic Reading of Phil Solomon’s Experimental Films”. Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind 10:1 (2016), 86–113

“Virtual Reality Turns Biological: The Case of David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ”, in Roy Ascott, Margarete Jahrmann, and Espen Gangvik (eds.), Making Reality Really Real; Consciousness Reframed. Proceedings of 11th Annual International Research Conference, Consciousness Reframed: Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era (Trondheim Electronic Arts Center, November 4-6 2010), 17-19

“Miniature Tombstones from the Cyprus Detention Camps, 1946-49”,
            Ars Judaica 3 (April 2007), 91-100

“L’immaginario visivo di Federico Fellini”, Fellini Amarcord 2 (November 2005), 36-48 (translated and reprinted from Harvest 47:2)

“A Jungian Approach to Federico Fellini’s Visual Imagery”, Harvest – Journal for Jungian Studies 47:2 (London: Karnac Books, 2001), 96-118



Papers at Scientific Conferences

"Experimental Filmmakers Going Digital: Ken Jacobs, Ernie Gehr, Phil Solomon", NECS European Network for Cinema and Media Studies. 27-29 June 2018, Amsterdam University.

"Shifting Sands: Sand as Medium in Israeli New Media Art". Media Art History: Re-Trace 2017. 23-25 November 2017, Danube University Krems, Austria.

"'Screen-deep': Contemporary Video Art, Haptic Arousal, and Presence". NECS European Network for Cinema and Media Studies. 29 June – 1 July, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3.

“’Moving Pictures’: A Neurohaptic Investigation of Contemporary Video Art”. Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, Cornell University, 1-4 June 2016

“Diasporic Skins: A Somatocultural Exploration of the 56th Venice Biennial”. Association of Art Historians 42nd Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 7-9 April 2016 

“Filmmaking on the Streets of Grand Theft Auto: Phil Solomon”. College Art Association 104th Annual Conference, Washington DC, 3-6 February 2016

“Filmmaking on the Streets of Grand Theft Auto”, ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art), 14-18 August 2015, Vancouver, Canada (accepted, declined participation)

Experimental Cinema Enters the Worlds of Gaming: Considering Phil Solomon’s Recent Works”, Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2014 conference, Seattle, Washington, 19-23 March 2014

“The Body Restored in Celluloid: Phil Solomon’s Psalm Series (1999-2002)”, World Congress of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University, 28 July- 1 August 2013

“Haptic Pleasures of the Moving Image: Texture and Tactility in Contemporary Moving Image Art”, London Film and Media Symposium, University of London, 27-29 June 2013 (accepted, declined participation)
"Re-Framing the Still Life: Ekphrasis in Contemporary Video Art, the Case of Ori Gersht and Sam Taylor Wood", 38th Association of Art Historians Conference, 29-31 March 2012, Milton Keynes, UK
"Is Painting Still in the Picture? The Return of Painting in New Media Art and Aesthetics", Rendering the Visible, Georgia State University, Atlanta, 10-11 February 2011

"David Cronenberg's eXistenZ and the Flesh of Virtual Reality", 11th International Conference Consciousness Reframed, "Making Reality Really Real", TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre, in cooperation with the Planetary Collegium at the University of Plymouth, England. Trondheim, Norway, 4-6 November 2010

"Art History Meets the Moving Pictures: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Fellini's Cinematic Discourse", E·X·P·E·R·T·I·S·E: Media Specificity and Interdisciplinarity, Tel Aviv University, 31 May – 4 June 2009

"Miniature Tombstones from the Cyprus Detention Camps: A Creative Response to Obstructed Processes of Mourning in Holocaust Survivors", Women and the Holocaust: Creativity and the Arts in the Holocaust – A Gendered Perspective, Beit Berl College, 26-28 October, 2009

“Jungian Imagery in Fellini’s Graphic and Cinematic Oeuvre”, Felliniana, University of Washington, Seattle, 28 October-1 November 2003