Three spaces: the interaction of physical, social, and virtual realities


The workshop «Three spaces: the interaction of physical, social, and virtual realities» is devoted to the way of modern life, its forms of thought and the realities in which it exists. The workshop will consist of a series of lectures and presentations on the influence of each of these three spaces on a person, their interaction, contradictions and inconsistencies. The workshop’s participants will, together with teachers Noam Lemelshtrich Latar, Michael Bogomolny, Gregory Asmolov and Alex Gekker, actively explore this topic and will try to answer how all three spaces can be used at once, what rules and laws are necessary for their effective interaction, and what happens when mismatches and gaps occur between what is happening in the physical and virtual realities.

Noam Lemelshtrich Latar is dean and founder of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications and Information, an Israeli bachelor-master program in communication, chairman of the Israel Communication Association, and member of Israel’s Press Council.

Michael Bogomolny is an architect working in design and construction of educational spaces, and teacher and founder of the Milhauz Institute for Media, Culture and Self-Identification.

Gregory Asmolov is a teacher of new information technology, portal editor as Runet Echo, researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and co-creator of the «HelpMap» for burn victims.

Alex Gekker is researcher of new media and digital culture at the University of Utrecht and works at Games for Health Europe, an organization that supports the use of games and game technology in medicine. He also works as a journalist for Israel’s largest news site, Ynet.

The workshop will go on for three days, with each day having its own theme. You can either choose a favorite, or participate in all.



September 5, New Media and Social Development Theory

11:00—12:30 Tools, concepts, structures and frameworks that communications students should study in order to understand how modern media-technology works / Noam Lemelshtrich Latar

13:00—14:30 Social networking, social objectives and cybernetics / Noam Lemelshtrich Latar

15:00—16:30 «FAQ» / Noam Lemelshtrich Latar, Gregory Asmolov, Alex Gekker


September 6, Identity, anonymity and the presence of man in the modern world

11:00—12:30 Artificial intelligence and the freedom of journalism / Noam Lemelshtrich Latar

13:00—14:30 «Anonymous» and new control structures in the air / Alex Gekker

15:00—16:30 Formation of a person’s identity in connection with the «places of memory» in the city and in virtual space / Michael Bogomolny


September 7, Location and awareness: the construction of social space

11:00—12:30 Virtual cards and social space / Gregory Asmolov

13:00—14:30 Orientation and Identification as fundamental coordinates for the creation of a space filled with meaning / Michael Bogomolny

15:00—18:00 Workshop «Urban Fabric: various dimensions of urban life, depth, mapping and communication between them»