Since 2015, Aleks Slota has described his working process with the term ‘extreme lucidity,’ applying this philosophy to works of performance and sound art. Extreme lucidity is a way of working that distills the artistic idea to its core, creating projects that are clear in their intention and precise in their execution, relying on minimal actions and few materials to express their goal. Slota’s practice addresses the themes of public persona, systemic and interpersonal violence, and internalized and externalized power structures. These themes are confronted in his works about religious intolerance, internet anonymity, substance abuse, family history, loneliness, hedonism, linguistics, nationalism, state surveillance, sexuality, migration, the artist’s ego, among others.
The work often creates situations that test the audience performer barrier, seeking an intimate engagement with the public while at the same time playing with an uncomfortable and awkward atmosphere. This push and pull of emotions creates a tension where truth and lies exist comfortably, leaving the audience to decide their comfort level and desired depth of engagement.