Bar Code Noise (2001)

Bar Code Noise is made using a collection of small animated GIF files containing random numbers and bars with varying frame rates. This net.art piece is about the power and comfort of consumerism. It generates a chaotic spray of bar codes to fuel our desires to want more stuff. The bar codes flicker like an electronic fire built to keep our eyes interested and brain warm. The amount of bar codes can grow to overwhelm the viewer with a flood of possible products. I am interested in technology both in the market place and also in art. This piece is a response to critics of digital art that write about limits of prepackaged software. The black and white ticking bars mimic the binary data making the art itself possible. This Internet based artwork functions as a digital landscape of the World Wide Web. It portrays the exchange of commodities that ...

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Bar Code Noise is made using a collection of small animated GIF files containing random numbers and bars with varying frame rates. This net.art piece is about the power and comfort of consumerism. It generates a chaotic spray of bar codes to fuel our desires to want more stuff. The bar codes flicker like an electronic fire built to keep our eyes interested and brain warm. The amount of bar codes can grow to overwhelm the viewer with a flood of possible products. I am interested in technology both in the market place and also in art. This piece is a response to critics of digital art that write about limits of prepackaged software. The black and white ticking bars mimic the binary data making the art itself possible. This Internet based artwork functions as a digital landscape of the World Wide Web. It portrays the exchange of commodities that supports the net.

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