Binary Code (white) is a signed screen print made by the renowned French street artist Invader in 2008. The print comes in an edition size of 50 and shows a faded maze-like pattern composed of white and black squares. The faded nature of the colours makes the print seem old however the use of pixelated squares and their arrangement which is reminiscent of a barcode is very modern. The print looks like a bar code and resonates with the 8-bit visual register of arcade games.
When looked at closely it is apparent that some of Invader’s famous alien characters are hiding amongst the chaotic composition of black squares. This print awards close attention as the alien characters can be easily missed and overshadowed by the patterns that surround them. The aliens depicted in the print are inspired by the popular arcade game, Space Invaders, which was produced by Japanese game manufacturer Taito in 1978.
Space Invaders has had a profound impact on Invader’s artistic career. Invader has made a variety of prints inspired by Space Invaders and depicting various characters from the game. Invader has also produced thousands of mosaics of aliens which can be spotted all over the world in bustling cities from Rome to Sao Paulo. Invader is arguably best known for this installation project, the Space Invaders project which he started in 1998 and involves the artist travelling all over the world to adorn the streets of the cities he visits with mosaics of aliens.