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Pipilotti Rist

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Image: Open My Glade (Flat­ten), 2000, video instal­la­tion by Pip­i­lotti Rist (video still) © Pip­i­lotti Rist. Cour­tesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine 

Friday, March 26, 2021
8:00 pm


Virtual Event

This event will take place online - please see listing for information on how to attend.


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Swiss artist Pip­i­lotti Rist, a pio­neer of spa­tial video art, has been a cen­tral fig­ure within the inter­na­tional art scene since the mid-1980s. Rist’s career rise coin­cided with the vast tech­ni­cal advance­ments seen over the past four decades, a real­ity that Rist has responded to through play­ful explo­ration of new pos­si­bil­i­ties. Through large video pro­jec­tions and dig­i­tal manip­u­la­tion, she has devel­oped immer­sive, color vivid instal­la­tions. With her curi­ous and lav­ish record­ings of nature and her inves­tiga­tive edit­ing, Rist seeks to jus­tify the priv­i­leged posi­tion we are born with in nature, sim­ply by being human. Her instal­la­tions and exhi­bi­tion con­cepts are expan­sive, find­ing within the mind, senses, and body the pos­si­bil­ity for end­less dis­cov­ery and poet­i­cal inven­tion. For Rist, show­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity is a sign of strength on which she draws for inspi­ra­tion. As she her­self puts it, beside the energy-inten­sive explo­ration of the geo­graph­i­cal world, pic­tures, films, and sounds have been and are the spaces into which we can escape… The pro­jec­tor is the flamethrower, the space is the vor­tex and you are the pearl within.”

Rist has had count­less solo and group exhi­bi­tions, and video screen­ings world­wide. Her recent solo exhi­bi­tions Come On Honey… at Kun­sthalle Krems (2015); Your Saliva is My Div­ing Suit of the Ocean of Pain at Kun­sthaus Zürich (2016); Pixel For­est at New Museum New York (20162017) and Sip My Ocean’ at the Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Syd­ney (20172018) all resulted in record-break­ing atten­dance num­bers for each insti­tu­tion. Pip­i­lotti Rist: Big Heart­ed­ness, Be My Neigh­bor is the first West Coast sur­vey of the inter­na­tion­ally renowned Swiss media artist, on view dur­ing win­ter 2021 at LAMOCA.

In part­ner­ship with the Ann Arbor Film Festival.


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