{A satirical TED Talk, inspired by Dostoevsky and given by a 10-year-old}

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In "The Thought Leader" by Liz Magic Laser, 10-year-old Alex Ammerman gives a TED Talk that ponders the "dark chasm of meaninglessness." Photo: Courtesy of Liz Magic Laser In “The Thought Leader,” a satire create by artist Liz Magic Laser, 10-year-old Alex Ammerman gives a TED Talk that ponders the “dark chasm of meaninglessness.” And he does it perfectly. Photo: Courtesy of Various Small Fires, Los Angeles

On the surface, the talk is “TED-like”: the round red carpet, the well-rehearsed speaker, the shadowy audience, the headset mic.

But quickly, discordant elements begin to register: the strange parenthetical markings on the floor, the inappropriate audience responses, the fact that the speaker himself is a 10-year-old boy.

Welcome to “The Thought Leader,” a satire on media spectacle and mindless optimism created by artist Liz Magic Laser for her solo exhibition at the Los Angeles gallery Various Small Fires. In “The Thought Leader,” Laser plays with the impact of delivering a bleak message in the TED Talk format.

See, in watching talks, Laser noticed a theme — a…

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