Video

Off The Top Of The Head

John Watt

1978, 30:00 minutes, B&W /colour, English

TAPECODE 158.16

Video installation "Scientific Research Bureau of Canada (S.R.B.C.) - Off The Top Of The Head -" is presented in a board room atmosphere with projection screen at the head of a conference table. File folders are found on the table containing information pertinent to the bureau and Dr. Greig's philosophies and speculations on art and science. Seven 5' x 7' murals outline the philosophy of the bureau hang on the walls.

Dr. Wilson Greig, president and research scientist of the (S.R.B.C.) is the monitor sitting with you, speaking to you. It is one person's uninterrupted flow of thought.

Teleconference, remote camera, monitor, projection screen, microphone, conference table, files/portfolios, "Analytical Philosophical Programming", "Art in Space", "Solar Thermal Power Pod", "Tonic Substance Control Act", "Solar Heating Program", Utilization of Waste for Animal Feed", Arctic Offshore Oil Spill", videotape "Off The Top Of The Head".

Installation of (S.R.B.C.) Off The Top Of The Head: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham England, 1981, and the Center For Art Tapes, Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada 1978.

Off The Top Of The Head is one of several videotapes made with Dr. Wilson Greig and is available as a single channel video.

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