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A Really Great Idea

Hacked brain wave sensor, toy wooden chair, shelf with lightbulb, various electronics, performer thinking
2014

A Really Great Idea is a humorous conceptual performance/installation work, inspired by early Conceptual Art, that literally makes the thinking of the artist visible. Using a hacked brain wave sensor toy, John Slepian uses only his thoughts to fade on and off a lightbulb positioned over his head. In form, the piece refers to much of the highly influential performance and video work of the mid-1960s-1970s in which simple actions undertaken by the artists were structured in order to make a piece (Bruce Nauman, Marina Abromović and Ulay, Tehching Hsieh) and/or the idea alone was the piece (Lawrence Weiner,Yoko Ono). How would, or could, work like this function in our age of instant technological gratification? A Really Great Idea is an absurdist proposal for a contemporary technological “art of ideas.”

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