Show ran from 9/1/2006 to 9/30/2006
“Barcode + Sound,” installation
Barcode + Sound, is the continuation of one of Mae Leong’s previous works, Eternal Identity, in which barcodes served as a departure for an exploration of the boundary between digitalization and human identity. In this work, Leong furthers her direction and uses barcodes to reveal the culture of consumerism and globalization. All the barcodes were obtained from the packages of consumer products she encountered every day, but only a few of them originated locally because most products are imported from overseas. The installation also incorporates sound that is edited particularly for this work. It mimics the sound produced when the barcode is being laser-scanned.