Dear Miss: did you visit the Tel Aviv museum lately and participate in solving an art-enigma riddle? You might have won a big price, a work of art worth one-hundred-thousand New Israeli Shekels (NIS).
After three and a half months—during which approximately 50 thousand visitors tried to solve the riddle that was exhibited at the museum—the riddle was finally solved. One of the visitors succeeded and she won a work of art worth one-hundred-thousand NIS. However, the new riddle that arose was ‘who is this visitor?’
The riddle was exhibited as a tribute to the Tel Aviv Museum’s 80thanniversary. The quiz-master Dan Chamizer, the artist Dany Caravan, the museum’s curator Doron Lori’a and the multi-media artist Tal and Omer Golan jointly created the riddle. Among the clues, the riddle writer hid three of the 80 figures who starred in the museum’s history from its establishment and until today and who greatly contributed to its success and achievements. Thousands of potential riddle solvers stood in front of the riddle exhibition in the museum and tried to reveal the three hidden figures. Afterwards, they submitted their answers to the museum, along with their photo and name, through the exhibition camera. Every week, a clue was given to the visitors and yesterday, at the end of the initiative, the ‘answers box’ was opened; it was finally revealed who was the first one to solve the riddle. The person in question is a female visitor, who did have her photo taken, but for some reason did not state her details.
Now the museum is trying to find out who she is. The woman’s photo was published this morning on the museum’s website and the riddle-solver is requested to contact the museum to receive her prize: a miniature bronze copy of the Triptych, a work of art by Dany Caravan.
The quiz-master Dan Chamizer said that this type of riddle is the first of its kind in the world in which the screen showing the riddle also photographs the riddle-solver.
omta: OMTA are Tal & Omer Golan, contemporary new-media and visual artists duo. OMTA have exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in festivals, galleries and museums worldwide. Many of their artworks were commissioned by private collectors and institutions, like the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Bank Leumi in Israel. OMTA are presently living in NYC and are immersed in generating multiple forms of digital arts, while exploring innovative and transformative ideas in art, technology and society.