The Erudition
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2010 | high definition, triple-channel (single channel), 16:9 widescreen video installation

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Kelly Richardson: The Erudition
By Shannon Anderson (Canadian Art Magazine review)
The Last Frontier: Natural Histories
by Adam O'Rielly (Canadian Art Magazine review)
The Last Frontier
by Sue Carter Flinn (Akimblog review)
Whyte: The world rendered as an alien landscape
by Murray Whyte (Toronto Star review)
zingmagazine Interview: Kelly Richardson
Interview with Devon Dikeou (zingmagazine)

Supported by:
Southern Alberta Art Gallery Artist Residency Program

Mining the aesthetics of cinema and science fiction, The Erudition presents a lunar-esque looking landscape with what appears to be an unlikely monument or proposal, consisting of holographic trees blowing in fictional wind. Is this slightly malfunctioning display a forgotten site for proposed colonization? Better yet, is this some kind of alien artwork?

"Richardson’s contribution to the genre is both a technical virtuosity and a nerdy ambivalence that doesn’t critique our mediated world so much as take it as a given. As trees flicker and crackle in and out of frame, there’s a sense of a very distant future trying, in its techno-sterile way, to recreate virtually something it never actually knew. Richardson produces a future-world that was, now not so much remembered as stored in the dull chill of a multi-terabyte hard-drive: gone, forgotten, but forever clickable." Murray Whyte, Toronto Star