Barcode Mail Art

Barcodes. They are everywhere, but surprisingly not used that often in mail art. 

When I received this piece of Barcode mail art (named 'Variation on a barcode Op. 99') thanks to Dean, Artist in Seine, I wanted to post it in the IUOMA Barcode Mail Art group. However... I couldn't find any Barcode group!.. That's why and how this group started here.

You can post your received or sent Barcode Mail Art here if you wish, too.

Update 11 February 2016: Also colour test print art is welcomed!

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Latest Activity: Feb 9

Discussion Forum

Barcode mail art

Started by maha. Last reply by maha Aug 23, 2017. 1 Reply

The site has cool bare code

Q: Barcodes on envelopes?

Started by Terri Jones. Last reply by Terri Jones Apr 4, 2017. 2 Replies

A quick question: doesn't the postal system make you cover up all barcodes that don't have to do with the actual shipping (like tracking) to be acceptable?I read on the USPS site that you must cover…Continue

Tags: rules, regulations, usps, question, barcodes

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Comment by Heleen de Vaan on August 8, 2016 at 3:25pm
Additional inside information: these are (barcoded) Crown Jewels!
(furthermore still mysterious to me)
Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 20, 2016 at 11:21pm

Is it Barcode Mail Art?

I think so! Because:

- it shows bars
- the message is mystery to me, so it must be a code
- it  has been created by one of the biggest  Bar Code Artists I know.

So: thank you Dean! This 3D-Bars-code mail art traveled amazing well through the postal systems!

(you sent it from overseas - temporary Artist in Thames instead of Artist in Seine?!)

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 20, 2016 at 11:07pm

That is beautiful, Dean! Thank you for sharing. So sorry to hear the sad news. 

Comment by Dean aka Artist in Seine on July 19, 2016 at 11:06am

Barcode Teacher by Susan McAllister.  Her contribution to the movement. (15 June 2013)

Comment by Dean aka Artist in Seine on July 4, 2016 at 2:07pm

On June 26, 1974, at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio, a single pack of chewing gum became the first retail product sold with the help of a barcode & scanner.  A date we should celebrate ever year from now on.

From Heleen de Vann

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on June 27, 2016 at 9:04pm

Barcodes accompanied by kind messages, and more. Although either USPS or PostNL seems to have taken off some barcodes (and more) during the journey!?!... That's all in the mail art game!..

Great barcode mail art by MC van Helmond. 

Thank you very much, MC!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on June 27, 2016 at 8:53pm

That's an awesome piece of bar code network art!

Thank you for sharing, Ruud!

Comment by Ruud Janssen on June 20, 2016 at 7:20am

Roger Avau
" Barre- barres"
Exhibition & Project by Metallic Roger Avau
Exhibition : August 19th - Sept. 28 1985
Place : Le Salon d' Art - 1060 Bxl
Documentation / Poster ( detail )
T.A.C. 42.292 Guy Bleus Archives :
Roger Metallic Avau / Aerosol / V. Wynants /
Belgium : # 000 111
Comment by Heleen de Vaan on June 6, 2016 at 11:00pm

Colour test print / color bar art by FinnBadger:Also published there.

Thank you very much, FinnBadger!

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 6, 2016 at 8:51am

from someone with InSeine vision:

was in the Tower of Babel exhibit by Mr. Colori.


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