Staying on my art kick I came across a somewhat controversial subject having to do with QR codes, art, and art censorship. When a photographer finds his or her specialization, you shouldn’t try to force them to create something other than what they want to and are able to create. Jeff Crawford focuses on nude photography and is good at it. He however had to find a way to avoid his art being censored. After being invited to contribute in the first place. He submitted a piece called “Emersion” to the Fredericton Arts Alliance’s Artists-In-Residence summer production. The photo featured a nude woman, nudes being Crawford’s specialization you would think that would be expected and acceptable. The photo was only available for viewing for one day before being taken down by city officials because of some complaints. The cultural development officer said that there are guidelines regarding what is and isn’t acceptable to display, and apparently anything that any age groups, cultures, etc, could find offensive counts as unacceptable.
After the photo was removed Crawford was asked to submit a new, different piece for the exhibit. He was asked for something “non-naked” that could be displayed. The nude photographer was asked to submit something not nude. Why? Because apparently people are offended by the human body. After fuming briefly Crawford did make a new submission to the exhibit. He created a QR code in a simple frame. Some people thought it was a type of abstract work of art, but some knew better. The QR code when scanned by those who knew what it was, would bring you to the original image… boob and all.
Now, don’t think Crawford tricked the city officials that banned the original image in the first place, that isn’t actually the case, they just don’t consider QR codes offensive (who would?) and decided to leave it up for display.
I don’t know what will come out of all this, but it was interesting to me. I guess one thing is that the city official who talked about the guidelines decided to write something down formally, so that people will know in the future what is or isn’t “acceptable.”
Anywho… opinions? Whether you do or don’t think that Crawford’s censorship was warranted, do you think using a QR code as a means of directing people to the original image is clever or sneaky?