Bar Code to Concentration Camp Morph
Digitally Morphed Photographs
Date: 1991–1993


"Bar Code to Concentration Camp Morph is a single work from a series of stills taken from the computer animation Taste of a Generation. As numbers morph into human faces and the mark of merchandise becomes the dress of affliction, the troubling association of commodification, concentration camps, and digital imaging emerges. The larger message speaks of the bar- coding of human life, the transformation of beings into numbers. But the upper part of the screen - the metamorphosis of numbers to faces - alludes in reverse to a specific condition of digital technology, which transforms images constituted in reality into bytes of information, rhyming with the death camps as it transforms life into a sequence of numbers".

—Noam Milgrom-Elcott