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Custom QR codes in IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958 – 2011

February 23rd, 2012

IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958-2011
March 3 – August 12, 2012

If you visit IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958 – 2011, on the 4th floor of the AGO, you’ll notice a series of small square green and grey squares sprinkled liberally throughout the exhibition. These stickers are QR codes – scannable objects that will take you to a website or other piece of online content.  Eighteen custom-designed QR codes populate the exhibition in total, letting smartphone users watch, share and comment on videos, audio and behind-the-scenes content in the Wi-Fi enabled Gallery.

Around 45% of Canadian mobile users now have smartphones. This means that nearly half of you are coming to the Gallery with a huge amount of technology sitting in your pocket that you can use to learn more about the art you see on display. Scan a code and you will be able to learn more about the piece of art next to it. From archival photos to videos of IAIN BAXTER&’s eco art van, each code is an opportunity to get under the skin of this fascinating and prolific Canadian contemporary artist.

This blog post also contains a complete list of the codes found in the exhibition and the URLs so you can continue to explore and learn once you get home.

For scanning QR codes we recommend Qrafter for iPhone and Barcode Scanner for Android. For all other cellphones please visit your app store.


Some things you can see when you scan a QR code in IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958 – 2011

A video of N.E. Thing Co.’s inflated works (a cloud and a flower) in the group exhibition Sculpture ’67 outside Toronto City Hall in 1967. http://j.mp/zGoA09

A video of vacuum formed and bagged works in the exhibition “Gas, Plastic & Bagged Works” at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 1966. http://j.mp/x9VpHe

A video of Iain Baxter using food items to create sculptural art works in the exhibition Food for Thought at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff in 1987.  http://j.mp/xipBQf

A video of Monopoly with Real Money performed in the Toronto-Dominion Bank branch at York University in 1973. http://j.mp/wSbJhT

A series of N.E. Thing Co. advertisements broadcasted over the radio in 1970. http://j.mp/Afw2M5

A photograph of Iain Baxter conducting field studies in the Raft River Range, Idaho in 1958. http://j.mp/ynvys7

A page from Iain Baxter’s notebook outlining how to make byobu screens. http://j.mp/xDej8K

Pages from a photo book Iain Baxter published in 1979 titled “Vancouver Beauty Spots.” http://j.mp/yWpB35

A photograph of the interior of Eye Scream. http://j.mp/yzfZXq\

A photograph of the exterior of the N.E. Professional Photographic Display Lab and the site where Eye Scream was later built http://j.mp/xCyOXn

A video about the IAIN BAXTER& ECOARTVAN, which travelled to elementary schools and libraries in Toronto in 2010 to raise awareness about environmental issues. http://j.mp/y4qfxs

A photograph of Iain Baxter’s first light box work from 1965. http://j.mp/wrJUGG

A photograph of an ACT certificate. http://j.mp/AybO7K

IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958 – 2011 is open at the Art Gallery of Ontario from March 03 – August 12, 2012