The NFT (non-fungible token) art field is taking off in Israel. Last month, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art featured an exhibition titled “NFT> One of a Kinds.” Alongside discovering the 40 exhibited works of art, visitors were invited to scan a QR code that invited them to also experience the exhibition virtually on their phones with explanations on the different art pieces. A few days after the launching, three of the exhibiting designers secretly replaced the QR code with a different one, replacing the virtual works with a text complaining about the low cyber security measures the museum had allegedly employed.
The digital protest of the three designers touched on the very essence of NFT — digital files registered by an e-commerce network (blockchain). The idea is that the technology used to register these files of artworks enables reliable identification of the source, thereby rendering the artworks unique, with a distinct owner.