Manchester Art Gallery QR Codes

Manchester Art Gallery is trialling QR codes in its Remembering Slavery: Revealing History display. From 1-29 March visitors will be able to use their mobile phones to retrieve specially designed web pages. The pages invite visitors to submit comments on six works on show, and listen to and read poems and comments on some of the objects. More information on the display here.

Julian Tomlin (a freelance consultant who is undertaking a review of machine-readable technologies in museums) has extended an open invitation to go to the Gallery on Mosley Street, Manchester on Saturday 1 March when there will be advisors on hand to offer guidance and discuss your thoughts on this emerging technology.

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Edible QR Code

The three chefs, Ferran Adrià of El Bulli in Girona, Spain, Thomas Keller of Per Se in New York and Seiji Yamamoto of Nihonryori Ryugin in Roppongi, Tokyo, all have at least two things in common (apart from badly designed websites).

Firstly these three are leading the revolution in science based cooking and secondly they all have restaurants that are virtually impossible to get into because they are so heavily booked.

They are experts in food science techniques like cryovacking (food is put into a plastic bag and vacuum packed under extreme pressure) and liquid nitrogen seems to be an essential in their kitchens.

However Seiji Yamamoto has excelled himself by silk-screening a bar code onto a plate using a paste of squid ink, red miso and poached egg yolk. This picture (from the Japan Times) shows a candy apple filled with nitrogen-frozen ice cream and the QR code on the plate is the url of the restaurant.

A candy apple on a plate with an edible QR code.

Here is the QR code in close-up courtesy of Chow.

Edible QR code on a plate.

QR Art at Abbey Maubuisson

Olga Kisseleva is an established Russian artist (with a Ph.D. from St Petersburg University). Her current exhibition at the Abbey Maubuisson, France features QR codes that lead the visitor to a large tag-sculpture, mosaic mirrors and black plates.

QR code in Olga Kisseleva's Mosaic Mirror

The QR code in this mosaic mirror (image via poptronics )when decoded reads “L’ideologie, c’est ce qui pense a votre place” which is a quotation from Jean-François Revel, one of the leading French philosophers of the 20th century. In English it translates as “The ideology is what you think”.

First QR Code in Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland have been advertising their Andy Warhol exhibition with a poster containing a QR code.

The code when viewed on a QR enabled mobile phone reads

National Galleries of Scotland poster

If you go to the site you will see this:

Bank of Scotland TotalART
Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol (c) Licensed by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc/ARS, New York and DACS London 2007

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There’s not much time left to see the Bank of Scotland totalArt:Andy Warhol exhibition. This fantastic experience closes on 7 October.

This is your chance to see the largest collection of Andy Warhol work ever exhibited in Scotland. Even now, twenty years after his death, Warhol continues to be one of the most prolific and contentious artists of the 20th century.

Tickets are available to buy at the National Galleries Complex or online at

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