Guillermo Bert: Encoded Textiles

Guillermo Bert: Encoded Textiles explores the latest generation of bar codes (QR codes), their capacity to hold 200 times more information than traditional bar codes, and the graphic similarities between the bar codes and the textiles of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. A Los Angeles-based artist who was born in Chile, Bert uses high-tech software and industrial processes to transcribe the stories, poems, and narratives of six influential leaders of indigenous communities into QR codes, which are then re-created into tapestries by weavers from those communities.

Click here to view these QR codes and read their embedded text.

This exhibition is supported by Orrin Addis, Karen and Ted Coyne, Michael Weber, Carrie Adrian, and the PMCA Board of Directors.