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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday Titillation

There is always someone complaining about offensive art and because there is no uniform definition of offensive, artists are censored, museums are shut down  by city officials, and churches form picket lines.

"Do you have anything non-naked to display?"

A very clever artist found a way to publicly  present his nude photo after it had been banned.  He used a QRC.  QRCs (Quick Response Codes), in case you didn't know, are those black and white pixilated squares that are appearing on real estate signs, print advertising and almost everywhere nowadays.  Just aim your smartphone at the QRC and it takes you to the Internet where you can find more information.

In this case, the artist enlarged a QRC and hung it in the gallery.  Some people thought it was abstract art, but smart people with smart phones realized it was a QRC and were able to view his photo of a nude women lying in a stream with breast exposed.

Of course, the city powers that be eventually figured things out and are now contemplating imposing  new rules for displaying art.


white rabbit said...

I'm confused!!!

But at least I do know that nowhere in any body of human rights law, national or international, is there a human right not to be offended.

That is because it does not exist! :D

Catch Her in the Wry said...

white: Because we don't have many ancient nude statues and oil paintings like the Europeans, government and church officials are appalled by nudity in art in the US. So they ban it.

After his nude photo was banned from public display, the clever artist put an enlarged QRC on display in place of the banned photo. When people aimed their smartphones at the QRC they could see his nude photograph quite clearly via the Internet. For a while, confused government officials thought it was only abstract art. Does that make it clearer?

I think this artist deserves an award for finding a way to continue "offending" government censorship.

Tom said...

Clever move by he artist -- damn, wish I had a smart phone.