One of the Mexican street scenes that Seattleites can view as part of the Alternate Views exhibit

We’re fascinated with stories where the physical and digital worlds come together, and each day it seems there are more examples of it. Here’s another one that caught our attention today.

Seattle artist and photographer Kevin Wildermuth plans next month to install his art project — yellow placards displaying QR codes — on utility poles and storefronts in the Fremont and Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

Dubbed Alternate Views, users who use their smartphones to interact with the 47 placards will go on a virtual tour of street scenes juxtaposing photographs of Oaxaca, Mexico and Seattle.

We’ve reached out to Wildermuth for more details about the installation, and to learn what inspired him.

More from the Alternate Views Web site:

While traveling to various cities in Mexico Kevin became interested in how different, and yet similar, the everyday environment is to what he’s used to in the United States. This project invites the audience to look a bit more carefully at a familiar scene in their own environment and then to consider a photograph from a very different place. Sometimes the photo and the physical location share a very literal connection – the automobile and related businesses are ubiquitous in both cultures, for example. But other times the connection between the two is less obvious and a connection made because of an emotional resonance that the artist experienced in both places. Either way, the hope is that a thought-provoking, and hopefully enlightening experience is the result.

Wildermuth plans to discuss the project at the Fremont branch of the Seattle Public Library on July 2nd at 6:30-7:30 p.m. and at the Capitol Hill branch of the Seattle Public Library on July 5th from 6:30-7:30 PM

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  • 3l1t3est hak0r

    Sweet. I’m going to make duplicates placards, but my QR codes are going to go to porn sites and install viruses on your smart phone.

    QR codes aren’t safe. Would you click a link in an email when you didn’t know what web site you would be taken to? No.

  • ArtDem

    QR codes diminish technology’s ability to break social boundaries and democratize art (and other disciplines). The code’s information is only available to those who can afford smart phones, and therefore denies ‘lower classes’ accessing whatever knowledge it holds. Instant social hierarchy.

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