Rebel Notion No. 9 – 0015 – Kelly Richardson Installation – Mariner 9 – Haunting Audio

Kelly Richardson's Mariner 9 Installation as part of Shine a Light
Kelly Richardson’s Mariner 9 Installation as part of Shine a Light

In February 2015, I visited the National Gallery in Ottawa.  At the exhibition called “Canadian Biennial 2014” I wandered into an installation by Kelly Richardson.   The sound that went along with the video installation filled the room.   I was spellbound.

From the following link:

“As part of Shine a Light, Kelly Richardson’s recently acquired large-scale video installation Mariner 9 will be presented in the Contemporary Art Galleries. Mariner 9 presents a 48 foot by 10 foot panoramic view of a Martian landscape set hundreds of years into the future, littered with the rusting remains from various missions to the planet. Despite its suggested abandoned state, several of the spacecraft continue to partially function, to do their intended jobs, to ultimately find signs of life, possibly transmitting the data back to no one.

Mariner 9 was created using scenery-generation software employed by the film and gaming industries in combination with technical data from NASA’s missions to Mars to produce a faithful artist’s rendering of Martian terrain, populated by the debris from centuries of exploration through real and imagined spacecraft in the centre of a dust storm”

Equipment Used:  Zoom H2 Recorder with Roland CS-10EM Binaural Microphones.