Archive: Issue No. 64, December 2002

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Insomnia Project


www.planb.tv/insomnia

"You will never sleep soundly again," warned Osama Bin Laden after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. Using this warning as the starting point for his project, Mexican artist Gustavo Artigas has created a website offering insights into insomnia and other sleeping disorders. Artigas, a resident artist at Johannesburg's Bag Factory in 2002, created the project for exhibition in New York but met with a less than salutary response. Find out why on the site, or simply request a postcard or sticker with the warning written in Arabic. Send your address to: great_disasters@hotmail.com

www.barcodeart.com

"I am interested in exposing what goes into the commercialisation of individuals," says computer artist Scott Blake. "Bar code art explores the process of making art with information and technology. The bar code represents automation, efficiency, and commodities. It is the universal icon for the computer revolution." Blake's bar code project was initiated in November 1998 when he began experimenting with procedural ways of reproducing halftone printing techniques on his computer. "I was trying to break down an image into small incremental units much in the same way that a digital printer breaks down an image into a manageable dot pattern." Since its inception, the project has taken on many different forms, both on and off the computer. Blake has produced videos, paintings, gallery installations, and has even had his work reproduced on the rear cover of Canada's esteemed Adbusters magazine. You can participate in this project by visiting the section entitled Barcode Yourself.

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