Coded Stories: Using Bar Codes to Preserve Mapuche Identity

My latest piece for WIRED Design is up.

Quick Response (QR) codes, those little black-and-white boxes of pixels that encode links and information, are popping up everywhere these days. Taking advantage of the codes’ ability to capture and obscure data, Los Angeles-based Chilean artist Guillermo Bert has found another creative use of QR technology — he’s using the bar codes to preserve the identity and traditions of the Mapuche, Chile’s largest indigenous population.

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