Details of Barcode Cinema stickers; Photo credit (left): Carolyn Kuang, The Local East Village/The New York Times; Photo credit (right): Kristin Lucas, "Dinner and a Movie", Little Italy

Barcode Cinema, 2010

Barcode Cinema is a collaborative project of Kristin Lucas and Lee Montgomery.

During Conflux Festival New York 2010, city dwellers were invited on a tour of the geographic locations of geotagged images in the vicinity of the festival's neighborhoods (East Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, Washington Square). Each Barcode Cinema site featured a custom-designed 2D barcode sticker that an image. With the use of a web-enabled camera phone and a free downloadable application that turns a mobile phone into a barcode scanner, festival goers were able to interact with barcode stickers at several Barcode Cinema sites to access locative media. Image sonifications of geotagged images played back as movies on mobile phones at locations discovered from Lucas and Montgomery's research of the communal landscape constructed by Google, Flicker and Picasa, among others. Participants were able to hear a sonic interpretation of the surveiled imagery of the space they accessed.

Lucas and Montgomery are working under the umbrella title of Barcode Cinema to produce works at the intersection of art, technology, and the urban environment.

View the Barcode Cinema movies on YouTube.