The Paleontology of Chris Wildrick Is Overrated: Dinosaur Duo, performed 2008-present at multiple occasions in Ithaca and Syracuse, NY, including a preschool, multiple elementary school classes from kindergarten to 4th grade, a high school class, students from the University of West Virginia, and random adults. Exhibited at the Redhouse and XL Projects, Syracuse, NY and the Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY.


As a follow-up to Skin & Bones, where he asked people to draw the exterior of dinosaurs on top of drawings of dinosaur skeletons, Chris here asks people to draw any two dinosaurs interacting.

These drawings were analyzed for morphological tendencies, the nature of the dinosaurs' interaction, and the choice of which dinosaurs were represented. Part of the interest here was still just to see how people would draw dinosaurs. The real focus, however, was to see how they interacted with each other--were they violent? Playful? Surreal? Did these relationships change depending on the species? And, as with many other projects, do these imagined interactions say more about us than they do about dinosaurs?


Documentation:

The drawings and analysis were collected into a book (seen above) featuring a 30' fold-out chart!:

Please note that this book is unusually large (20MB).

See this page, which collects all the paleontology books, for more photographs of the book.

(Chris recommends that you view the book PDFs on Acrobat, and that under View > Page Display, you select "Two-Up Continuous" and "Show Cover Page During Two-Up" for the full book experience. "Two-Up Continuous" shows the both the left- and right-hand pages in a spread together on your screen. "Show Cover Page During Two-Up" makes the first page of the book show as a single page on the right-hand side, thus making sure that all the following pages are shown in their correct pairings, like pages 2 and 3, pages 4 and 5, etc. Doing this will ensure that you see the book the way Chris designed it, with various visual and informational relationships existing between the left- and right-hand pages.)

 

A small selection of the drawings can also be seen here (although the book is recommended for its complete set of the pictures):

 

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