Colby Richardson is a media artist and experimental filmmaker currently based in Toronto ON, Canada. Driven by a fascination with underused media technologies and by the way we interact with and value the technology at our disposal, Richardson’s work examines the artistic capabilities of tools and devices often unconsidered and dismissed.


Composition for PowerPoint

x3 video projectors / x3 speakers / x3 iMac / Microsoft PowerPoint / 20 min / 3-channel video / 3-channel audio

Multichannel A/V Performance

Composition for Powerpoint is a 3-channel expanded cinema performance that uses Microsoft PowerPoint to animate both light and sound. At times playful, at times self-referencing, and at times brutally structuralist, Richardson re-examines the familiar tools and motifs of a PowerPoint presentation as a catalyst for new experimental animation. Utilizing slide transitions, flow charts, built-in textures and sound effects as building blocks to construct audio-video sequences. Richardson approaches the commonplace office software as a complex single-frame animation program, troubleshooting becomes performance, as technical limitations are glorified and re-examined as formal opportunities. With Composition for PowerPoint Richardson’s traditional approach to reappropriating analog video editing systems is lifted from the nostalgia of the video-era and placed within the familiarity of the ubiquitous Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.

WATCH: Composition for PowerPoint Vertical Edition (for smartphones only)

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