Artist Alex Tsander has created a piece of artwork about Nottingham-based arms company Heckler & Koch. The North Somerset-based artist is exhibiting a series of images incorporating QR codes – two-dimensional bar codes. One of the images depicts a young woman holding a H&K rifle. When decoded, the QR code in the picture yields the address of a page on the website of War Resisters’ International, which contains information about the unethical nature of H&K’s business.
This is not the first time that Heckler & Koch has appeared in contemporary art. Earlier this year, German artist Johannes Kreidler released a video showing music generated by corporate stock charts during the global financial crisis. A jolly tune generated by H&K’s stock chart showed the company in the ascendant even as other stocks tumbled, thanks in part to the arms company’s contracts with the forces illegally occupying Iraq.
You can see Alex Tsander’s QR code artwork at the Amoeba bar in Bristol throughout October 2009.