SCOTT SPENCER CREATES PUBLIC POETRY WITH QR CODES

by Miryam Muller in


When you see the black and white blocky pattern of a QR code sitting on a new film poster or staring out at you from the back of a magazine, do you immediately grab your phone to access the wonders that lie in wait? No, not many of us do. But if you saw an anamorphic code stretched out in the street before you, would you be inclined to find out what it might reveal?

Artist Scott Spencer has created a series of AR artworks for the Overlap festival taking place across Liverpool that can be unveiled via anamorphic QR codes. The codes will be dotted around various locations in the city, so anyone who chances upon them can take a picture to reveal a “playful collage, remixing personal and social histories to create poetic juxtapositions in real contexts across the city.” Sounds intriguing, so we fired off a few questions to the artist to find out more.

The Creators Project: The event you’re doing is described as Augmented Poetry. How is it going to work? Scott Spencer: The poem is read by using the camera on your smartphone. By pointing your camera at a marker the text will appear on your smartphone’s screen. The markers will be on the sides of buildings and pavements around Liverpool city centre and the AR text will become street furniture or appendages to objects in the environment. I’ve used the necessity to be present in a location and that the poem is spread over various plots in an area to formulate the text.

Read the complete interview at The Creators Project.