The Paleontology of Chris Wildrick Is Overrated: Talk the Talk, interactive performance, 2006-present; performed at several locations including White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO; the Combined Faculty Exhibition at SIUC; Grace Space's Satellite Show; the Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY; a preschool in Syracuse, NY; and the Redhouse, Syracuse, NY. Exhibited in installation form at the Redhouse and the Museum of the Earth, 2009 and 2010.


Chris asked people to make the sounds they thought certain dinosaur species would have made, then took their picture while they made their sounds.

Like Walk the Walk, this is a more experiential project, based on impressions, than a statistical set of data.

It shows the full range of sounds people imagine they might have made, from "roarrrrrrr" to the most sophisticated, complex harmonies. What is amazing is how much effort and thought the participants put into making their sounds; clearly they tailored their sounds very specifically for their chosen dinosaurs. When dinosaurs are portrayed in live media, their sounds are perhaps the least creative aspects of their recreation; these versions show that the average person's imagination is not so limited.


Documentation:

The best, most consistent, way to experience this project is to download this powerpoint show (please note: it is ~30MB), which is the same as the one that was used in the installation version of the project (as seen in the photo above-right):

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If for whatever reason you can't or don't want to download the powerpoint, these three webpages also show the complete collection of participants and their sounds. You can click or move your mouse over each person's image to hear the sounds of the dinosaurs they were channeling. Some browsers work better than others for this effect: Safari, Navigator, and probably Explorer will work best for this; on Firefox and Opera you will have to click instead of merely moving your mouse over the images, and the sound will open in its own window. If you get on a page and it immediately goes to a blank page and plays back an audio track, just hit the back button on your browser to see the full set of photos.

 

You can also download the poster, seen above-left, which describes the project in greater detail:

 

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