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It's Art: Resuscitated CPR Dolls & Dante's Divine Comedy

Today, The Creators Project presents Thomas Zipp's "Effects of Stimulus-Range and Anchor Value on Psychophysical Judgement (The Laerdal Rehearsals)."

by Emerson Rosenthal
Oct 17 2014, 11:05pm

Every now and then, The Creators Project comes across an artwork that surprises and delights us—every bit as much as it totally confuses us and otherwise has us begging for answers. This is art that defies conventions, challenges sensibilities, and breaks the walls down between around both critique and understanding. You might like it—you might not "get it." But we do. Turn on, take a deep breath, and just remember: it's art!

Today, we present German artist Thomas Zipp's September 5, 2014 performance / exhibition, Effects of Stimulus-Range and Anchor Value on Psychophysical Judgement (The Laerdal Rehearsals). In it, Resusci Anne CPR dolls were brought "back to life" to the recorded sounds of a performance of Dante's Divine Comedy.

From the Press Release:

Thomas Zipp has brought the exhibited dolls ‘back to life’ by making physiognomic, ‘anatomical’ interventions – the ‘opening’ of their eyes, for instance. As part of an opening performance, the dolls are stimulated and moved around the space like marionettes by various agents in uniform masks and sterile white clothing. The scenario is augmented with a series of paintings and collages in space, and live music lends it an element of the operatic, while the natural difference between the male and female voices is aligned using a vocoder, which modifies or ‘bends’ the gendered voices.

Below, performance documentation of Thomas Zipp's Effects of Stimulus-Range and Anchor Value on Psychophysical Judgement (The Laerdal Rehearsals), at Guido W. Baudach.

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Thomas Zipp's Effects of Stimulus-Range and Anchor Value on Psychophysical Judgement (The Laerdal Rehearsals) was on display from September 5 through October 18, 2014.

h/t Contemporary Art Daily

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