Yanai Toister is an artist and scholar. His recent work is devoted to re-conceptualizing photography within the broader contexts of media arts and computation.

(APT profile, academia.edu profile, Shenkar College faculty page)

 

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email: info [at] yanaitoister.com

+ Education & Academic Affiliations

2016 PhD, University of Sydney, Australia
(Dissertation title: Photography from the Turin Shroud to the Turing Machine)
2006 MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles
2004 Visiting scholar, University of California, Los Angeles
2001 BFA (cum laude), Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Since 2007 Senior Lecturer at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design & Art, Ramat Gan, Israel
(Multidisciplinary Art Dept. & Cultural Studies Dept.)
2008-2014 Lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (Photography Dept.)

+ Awards & Grants

2015 The ‘MakeItHappen’ Grant, The Shusterman Foundation
2012 Catalogue Publication Grant, Council for the Arts, Israel National Lottery
Catalogue Publication Grant, The Shpilman Institute of Photography (SIP)
The University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA)
2008 The Constantiner Photography Award for an Israeli Artist, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
2005 The Lovelace Merit Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles
The Young Artist Award, Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture
2004 Overseas Study Grant, America–Israel Cultural Foundation
2002 First Profile Grant, Council for the Arts, Israel National Lottery
The Sharett Award, America–Israel Cultural Foundation
Grant, The Fund for Video Art and Experimental Cinema in Israel
2000 The Sharett Award, America–Israel Cultural Foundation
Excellence Award, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

+ Academic Publications

Juried Scholarly Journal Publications
“The Politics and Poetics of the Shutter Release.” Mafteach Lexical Review of Political Thought. (upcoming)
“Why be a Photographic Image?.” Philosophy of Photography 5:2, 2015. 161-167.
“Beyond Object: Photography as Simulation.” The Bezalel Journal for Visual and Material Culture 1, 2014. (co-written w/ Romi Mikulinsky)
Conference Papers
2016 Artchitecture, Post-Photography and Quasi-Photography, Inter2016 Photography & Artchitecture, University of Navarra, Pamplona Spain (upcoming)
Shapes, Numbers and Algorithms: The Conditions for Abstract Art Today, xCoAx, University of Bergamo, Bergamo Italy (upcoming)
The Priviliges of the Quasi-Photographic Image, Transimage, Plymouth University, Plymouth UK (upcoming)
Why Be a Photographic Image?, Helsinki PhotoMedia, Aalto university, Helsinki, Finland
Photography after Photographs, After Post-Photography2, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia
 2015 Why Be a Photographic Image?, 21st Century Photography: Art, Philosophy, Technique, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, UK
Abstraction in the Age of Big Data, Digital Abstraction at the Interface between Electronic Media Arts and Data Visualization, Jacobs University, Bremen Germany (co-written w/ Romi Mikulinsky)
2014 After Vilém Flusser, Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University
Visual Culture between Obedience and Resistance, The Shenkar Forum, Cultural Studies Dept., Shenkar College of Engineering, Design & Art, Ramat Gan, Israel
2012 Photography Today, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

+ Exhibitions & Artistic Publications

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions:

2015 Circle1 Gallery, Berlin
2012 Blueprint, the Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai Industrial Park, Israel (catalogue)
The Keepers of Light, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Skeleton (with Nira Pereg), Beit Ha’ir, Tel Aviv
2009 The Constantiner Photography Award (with Naomi Leshem), Tel Aviv Museum of Art
2008 Whitespace (with Esther Ernst), Zurich
2007 Sandroni.Rey, Los Angeles, California
2006 Visible Color, Sandroni.Rey, Los Angeles, California
2005 Register of Facts, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv
2003 Jerusalem Syndrome (with Efrat Shalem), Artists’ Studios Gallery, Tel Aviv

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016 Mondo Digitale Media Arts Festival, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
2014 The Sceptical Image, The University of Sydney Gallery, Sydney Australia (catalogue)
Foreigners Among Us, Beit Hagefen Art Gallery, Arab-Jewish Culture Center, Haifa, Israel (catalogue)
Double Exposure, Shpilman Institute for Photography, Tel Aviv (catalogue)
Restart, Litvak Gallery, Tel Aviv
2013 Lot’s Wife: The Photographic Gaze, the Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai Industrial Park, Israel (catalogue)
2012 Affective Turns, Pepin Moore Gallery, Los Angeles
2011 The Second Strike, 3rd Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art, Israel (catalogue)
Photography from the Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
2666, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
2010 Di Goldene Keyt, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
A Red Pieta, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Timing 2010, Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, Bat Yam, Israel (catalogue)
Pleated Blinds, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva, Israel (catalogue)
2009 Pre-Press, Har-El Printers and Publishers, Tel Aviv
The World is a Tissue of Lies, Kunsthalle Luzern, Switzerland
The Rings of Saturn, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
Dreary Structures, Dreamy Structures, Ashdod Art Museum, Monart Center, Ashdod, Israel
2008 Sandroni.Rey, Los Angeles, California
People and Places, SECCA, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Depletion, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (catalogue)
Personal Landscapes, American University Museum, Washington DC (catalogue)
BJCEM, XII Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Puglia, Italy (catalogue)
Ten Year Anniversary, Sandroni.Rey, Los Angeles, California
Additions: Architecture along a Continuum, the Israeli pavilion, the 11th International Architecture Biennale, Venice (catalogue)
Obsessions, Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris
When It’s a Photograph, Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California (catalogue)
2007 Cable Release, HaMidrasha Gallery, Tel Aviv
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, California
Distinctive Messengers, House of Campari, Los Angeles, California
Moods and Modes in Israeli Photography: Works from the Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (catalogue)
A House Is Not a Home, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York
The Rear, 1st Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel (catalogue)
Close to Home, d&a Gallery, Tel Aviv
2006 The Young Artist Award Winners Exhibition, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (catalogue)
Humanscape: Painting, Sculpture and Photography from the Israel Phoenix Collection, Ashdod Art Museum, Monart Center, Ashdod, Israel
Studio City, Pescali & Sprovieri Gallery, London
Technologized Bodies/Embodied Technologies, Art Interactive, Cambridge, Maine
Supersonic, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Collisions & Pileups, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
10 of the Best, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv
Wanderland, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany (catalogue)
2005 fresh stART, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2004 Pets, Time for Art Gallery, Tel Aviv
Alphabet, traveling exhibition, Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle, Sweden; Kristinehamns Konstmuseum, Kristinehamn, Sweden; Trondhjems Kunstforening, Trondhjem, Norway
Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv
2003 First Profile, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (catalogue)
Artic 5, the Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan, Israel
2002 Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv
The Video Program, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Artic 4, the Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv University
Omanut Ha’aretz, Reading Power Station, Tel Aviv
At Home, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv
2001 Re-Thinking, Bonner Cinematheque and Ifa Gallery, Bonn Germany
Artic 3, the Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv University
2000 Site, Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv
Medi@terra, Fournos Center for Digital Culture, Athens

Curated Exhibitions:

2015 Auswandern/Einwandern (Emigrate/Immigrate), Circle1 Gallery, Berlin
2012 The City Show, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2009 The Light Show, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

Written Publications (curatorial, exhibition catalogues)

“We Have Never Been Analogue,” in Di Stefano, John, Fairskye, Merilyn, Macarthur, David, eds. The Sceptical Image. Exh. Cat. Sydney: The University of Sydney, 2014
“The Lineage of Light: Photography Beyond the Visible Spectrum” (co-authored with Elad Mentovich and Romi Mikulinsky). Conveyor Magazine 5: Spectra/ Spectrum, 2013.
“The City Show,” in The City Show. Exh. cat. Tel Aviv: Center for Contemporary Art, 2012.
“New Seeing, Old Vision,” in Luma: Modern Photography in the First Half of the 20th Century from the Collection of the Shpilman Institute for Photography, ed. Aya Lurie. Exh. cat. Tel Aviv: The Shpilman Institute for Photography, 2012.
“The Light Show,” in The Light Show. Exh. cat. Tel Aviv: Center for Contemporary Art, 2009.
“Perfect Opaqueness,” in Personal Landscapes. Exh. cat. Washington DC: American University Museum, 2008.
“Perfect Opaqueness.” Studio Israeli Art Magazine 170 (August-September 2007)
“Perfect Opaqueness,” in Wanderland. Exh. cat. Krefeld: Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2006.

Selected Artist-Talks:

2016 Mibact (Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo), Rome, Italy
2014 The Image in Question Conference, The University of Sydney, Australia
The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2013 SHAPE Forum, Philosophy Dept., The University of Sydney, Australia
The Open Museum, Tel Hai Insustrial Park, Israel
2012 SHAPE Forum, Philosophy Dept., The University of Sydney, Australia
Masters program, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Tel Aviv
2011 Architecture Dept., Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Philosophy Dept., Tel Aviv University
Art History Dept., Tel Aviv University
The Beit Berl College of Art, Israel
2009 The Beit Berl College of Art, Israel
2008 Otis College of Art and design, Los Angeles, California
2007 The Beit Berl College of Art, Israel
The Hadassah College of Art, Jerusalem
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California
2004 PAIDEIA, The European Institute for Jewish Studies, Stockholm

Artworks in Public Collections:

Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel
The Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai Industrial Park, Israel
The Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP), Tel Aviv
The Israeli Parlamaint (The Knesset), Jerusalem
Beit Ha’ir Museum for Urban Culture, Tel Aviv
Bank Leumi, Israel
Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Los Angeles
The Lehman Brothers Corporate Art Collection, New York
ORS Israel
The Israel Phoenix Insurance Company
The Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Israel