A Figment Of The Imagination is an open-ended experiment with visual and technological poetry by artists Omer & Tal Golan.

Children often use narratives or pretend play in order to exercise their imagination. When children develop fantasy they play at two levels: first, they use role playing to act out what they have developed with their imagination, and at the second level they play again with their make-believe situation by acting as if what they have developed is an actual reality that already exists in narrative myth. Adults tend to rely on their senses and spend less time at the realm of the imagination.

Tal & Omer capture the viewer’s imagination by presenting imaginary creatures in an imaginary space, playing with the deformation of perception of human bodies that over time evolve and renew. Losing their humanity in the process of abstraction. At the end, new life forms are revealed within a new world that surprises the eyes, minds and hearts of the viewers. By observing this gradual process of metamorphosis, the artists wish to reveal the visitors’ behavior adjusted to the new situation.

Tal & Omer strive for unique aesthetic qualities that echo the visual feel and futuristic attributes of their distorted figments of their minds, inevitably defining the way the subjects (characters) present themselves in an almost theatrical exhibitionism. They (who is they? The viewers/participants) become both performers and viewers altogether that are physically and emotionally affected by the visual transformation that is forced on their twisted naked bodies.

Tal & Omer write custom programs experimenting with different techniques of visual transformation through digital fabrication, transforming their ideas to visual reality.

The exhibition will include works in three mediums: still photographs, video artworks, and new-media installations that will reflect the viewer’s transformed images in real time.

ABOUT OMTA

OMTA (founded 2002) represents the artistic collaboration of Israeli born, international multimedia artists Tal & Omer Golan. OMTA has exhibited in the US and abroad including shows at ArtZond Festival of Conceptual & Tendetiuos Art in Russia; The Hive NYC Art Space, and De-construkt Projekts in Brooklyn; and a permanent display at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem. OMTA are associate members of the Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology and are current contributors to university new media arts curriculums in Hong Kong, at the University of West Sydney, Tel Aviv University, and Bezalel Academy. Among other notable collaborations, the artists have worked in cooperation with Google and have completed commissioned work for Art-Link (Google Campus, Tel Aviv) and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The united duo specializes in the intersection of fine art and technology through highly visual presentations of interactive media. As forerunners in innovative research, OMTA creates artistic displays that encourage viewer participation in order to conduct studies regarding human interaction, digital mediation, and social awareness.