29 Apr –
25 Jun 2021

29 Apr –
25 Jun 2021

Thomas Zipp
Response to Transient and Steady State Flickering Stimuli 

Thomas Zipp
Response to Transient and Steady State Flickering Stimuli  

Thomas Zipp, RESPONSE TO TRANSIENT AND STEADY STATE FLICKERING STIMULI , (exhibition image). Courtesy Thomas Zipp

I´m trying to understand the larger social structures. Like psychophysical essays that attempt to make social behavior mathematically tangible: which triggers set things in motion? Which ideas can change a society

Thomas Zipp

Thomas Zipp, Blind Spot Testing Unit (Fig. A.), 2021. Courtesy the artist & Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin Photo: Roman März

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Thomas Zipp, Blind Spot Testing Unit (Funhouse), 2021. Courtesy the artist & Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin Photo: Roman März

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Thomas Zipp’s exhibition for Gallery Weekend 2021 is conceived as a space-specific overall experience that brings together works of different media such as painting, sculpture and performance in an installation in situ. Titled Response to Transient and Steady State Flickering Stimuli, Zipp once again addresses functions of the human perceptual apparatus in relation to mental processes, as well as scientific approaches to their exploration beyond the academic mainstream.

Zipp negotiates these often complex theoretical contexts by creating transformational images, objects, and situations that are as concise as they are multi-layered. On the one hand, they are based on a profound examination of the respective subject matter, and on the other hand, they are developed from a vocabulary that is all his own, rhizome-like, linking the most diverse aspects of art and cultural history with the subject matter, for which he is widely known as an artist.

A good insight into Zipp’s work, which now spans more than two decades, is provided by the recently published overview A 23, the public presentation of which will take place in the course of the exhibition.

Thomas Zipp, A.O.: Blue Mushroom, 2020. Courtesy the artist & Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin Photo: Roman März

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Thomas Zipp, A.B.: Time Distortion, 2015. Courtesy the artist & Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin Photo: Michael Brzezinski

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Thomas Zipp, A Primer of Higher Space (The Family of Men revisited). Installation view Kunsthalle Gießen, 2018. Courtesy the artist & Kunsthalle Gießen. Photo: Rolf K. Wegst

The photoreceptors are the first neural elements in the visual system, and an appreciation of their response characteristics can greatly assist our understanding of higher order neural processes. The extend to which photoreceptor activity can be monitored in primates by means of a nearly normal preparation will directly effect our ability to attain this goal. (It was in pursuit of such preparation that this study was undertaken.)

William S. Baron (Menlo Park)

Thomas Zipp. Courtesy Thomas Zipp. Photo: Pauline-Izumi Colin