I recently stumbled upon a controversial conceptual artist named Scott Blake. While not much of his artwork is formed in code (besides some of the web based section such as this: http://www.barcodeart.com/artwork/netart/mouse/index.html), he makes interesting statements about pop culture, society, and technology. A recurring motif of his interactive art is his use of barcodes. He has made multiple portraits of celebrities out of barcodes that have relevance once scanned to the artwork or celebrity at large. For instance, the portrait below is of Andy Warhol and is made entirely out of Campbell’s soup barcodes. When a barcode is scanned, a separate screen shows which type of soup was selected and a virtual soup can is even poured into a bowl. The link to his website is here: http://www.barcodeart.com/artwork/index.html
The video on the home page is extremely interesting and demonstrates the style and range of Blake’s work.