The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment, 2010-2011
Mixed media installation (single channel 2D version)
Note: This is the video component only.
HD video projector, media player, USB stick, audio/video media file,
three specially fabricated foam chairs, wall applied text, two amplified speakers on tripods.
Duration: 22 minutes, 48 seconds
The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment is a declaration claiming the psychoactive event of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) as a “found performance” and as “the art experience par excellence.”
First the artist contextualizes and frames the “variable qualities and dimensions” of the work. This is followed by a list of attributes of the work of art, suggesting a comparison with other art (experiences) and showing compelling reasons why the power of The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment would not only be difficult to dismiss but forces a re-evaluation of the entire historical paradigm of what constitutes great art.
The artist’s “performance” takes place in an anechoic chamber that has been computer-generated. After unfolding an abstract origami-like object that turns out to be a table with forced perspective, the artist delivers the text while constructing a large molecular model of lysergic acid diethylamide which takes the time of delivery to complete. The entire work is performed backwards, including both movement and speech, which has then been reversed to “correct” it into a comprehensible form.
In front of the projected image are specially fabricated foam “chairs” based on the molecular diagram of LSD. Framing each seating area are a pair of speakers on tripods offering detailed hearing and adding to the performance-like presentation.
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