Barkode's projects are not completely finished, but are framed by time, and are thus in a continuous development and inquiry in which the results are in flux.
Barkode works from a great interest in the functioning of systems and the influence of time in both dramaturgy and form of the work.
Systems that investigate, uncover and provide meaning to a particular balance or imbalance. The concept of time gives coherence, — Zeitgeist and/or Randomness. These studies try to focus on (re)defining existential values and tell micro-stories from a fragmented world.
Part of Barkode's working method is building and designing databases, diary series and encyclopaedias. These archives form a basis from which the work arises in editing, performance or screening.
Hardware and software play an intrinsic role in the development and realisation of the projects, as a set-of-tools or from an implementation of algorithms and AI to result into the so-called Freedom of the Machine but also as a theme in the curation of media arts projects.
Since 1998, Barkode has been developing media art such as audio and video performances, films and video artworks, installations, sound artworks, music compositions, radio and podcasts. Barkode Studio curates and produces interdisciplinary art and culture programs for festivals, museums and venues.
Depending on the nature and size of the project, we work with project managers, producers, designers, scientists, technicians, coders and hackers. This team works under the name Barkode Studio.
Barkode was founded and is led by audiovisual artist, curator and filmmaker
Martin de Korte