QR code encoder used to challenge censorship

Artists battle many different challenges. One major challenge that artists have been struggling with for many years is censorship, a battle that threatens the creative brain. Most artists thrive on the ability to challenge and stretch the viewer’s tolerance. When the challenge becomes trying to display your art after the tolerance of a viewer has been stretched to its limit the creative brain has to come up with a plan.

One artist had to deal with this very issue. A photographer who specializes in nudes was invited to hang a piece of his work in a show featured at the city hall. It became apparent that this photograph, that showed a nude woman submersed in a creek, was not tolerated by viewers. The powers that be decided to remove the photograph from the show. They contacted the artist asking him if he had any other work that was less “naked”.

And there the challenge started. He was given an opportunity to make a statement. Not wanting to sacrifice the photograph, or to keep it in its original form the artist came up with the idea to use a QR code as a lope hole. He used a qr code encoder to translate his work into a digital form and then hung the result in place of the material deemed offensive.

QR codes being a way to store and deliver large amounts of information at once were an interesting way to combine art and technology. QR codes are a technology that is growing in popularity. More and more they are being used as an innovative way to communicate with the constantly moving viewer.

By creating a QR code the photographer was able to display the code and have it link directly to the photograph in its original form. On the wall at city hall the viewer see a framed large scale QR code, and when scanned the viewer’s smart phone would display the art work and all its glory. 

City hall gladly displayed the piece thinking it better than the original, technically still displaying the same piece as before. This is an original way of not only finding a loop hole but combining art and technology.