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    Barcode Marilyn Monroe


    by Scott_Blake

    This is my Barcode Marilyn Monroe portrait made with 1,944 barcodes. I used the UPC barcodes from DVDs of the 22 films in which the actress appeared.

    There is a video projector behind the print, so when a barcode is scanned, the projector highlights a precise column of barcodes.

    Each time a barcode is scanned, the video monitor plays a short clip from corresponding Marilyn Monroe films. Scan a barcode and Marilyn Monroe opens a door; scan another barcode and she closes a door. This looping technique links all of her films, seamlessly shifting from black and white to color.

    I offset the barcode tiles in the portrait to add a wiggle in the mosaic inspired by the paintings of Gerhard Richter. The visual pattern accents Monroe's curly hair and round checks, and is also used to reference her curvy body.

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