Barcode Portait

This piece is a collaboration with barcode artist Scott Blake of Omaha, Nebraska. Scott Blake makes interactive portraits out of barcodes, illustrating how black-and-white data can come to resemble a personal connection. He creates convincing human expression out of symbols of commodity, depicting the strange relationship between who we are and what we consume.

Specially conceived for the solo show Little Fat Girl, Blake and Cochez collaborated on a 5 foot portrait of Cochez at 11 years of age using barcodes of foods that were personal childhood obsessions for her. The audience can curiously scan 30 different barcodes with a barcode scanner, and a computer will play a short stop motion animation corresponding to that food. People can also scan the barcodes with their smartphones and it will give more information about the product.

Barcode Maria Raquel Cochez, collaboration by Maria Raquel Cochez and Scott Blake, inkjet print on paper 58″ x 58″, scanner, 30 stop motion animations, 2012

 

Barcode Maria Raquel Cochez (installation), collaboration by Maria Raquel Cochez and Scott Blake, inkjet print on paper 58″ x 58″, scanner, 30 stop motion animations, 2012