October 31, 2002

Don't Try this at Home, Jackass!

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In 2001, Martin Creed’s installation, “The Lights Going On and Off,” won 20,000 pounds and Britain’s Turner Prize. Critics of the project were known to comment that “it’s just a bunch of lights going on and off in an empty room,” while advocates of the decision said the exact same thing (perhaps with a different inflection). Whatever philosophical ruminations or evocations can come from this sort of presentation, the simple fact of the matter when viewing this in a museum is that “these are some lights