Pipilotti Rist

    Attributes

    • Female

    About the artist

    Lives and works in Los Angeles and Zurich
    1962: Was born in Rheintal
    1982-1986: Studies of commercial art, illustration and photography at the Institute of Applied Arts in Vienna

    Is a visual artist who works with video, film, and moving images which are often displayed as projections.

    During her studies Pipilotti Rist began making super 8 films. Her works generally last only a few minutes, and contained alterations in their colors, speed, and sound. Her works generally treat issues related to gender, sexuality, and the human body.

    In contrast to those of many other conceptual artists, her colorful and musical works transmit a sense of happiness and simplicity. Rist's work is regarded as feminist by some art critics. Her works are held by many important art collections worldwide.

    Rist achieved notoriety with Pickelporno (Pimple porno) (1992), a work about the female body and the sexual excitation. The fisheye camera moves over the bodies of a couple. The images are charged by intense colors, and are simultaneously

    Rist's nine video segments titled Open My Glade were played once every hour on a screen at Times Square in New York City, a project of the Messages to the Public program, which was founded in 1980.

    Pour Your Body Out was a commissioned multimedia installation organized by Klaus Biesenbach and installed in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art in early 2009. In an interview with Phong Bui published in The Brooklyn Rail, Rist said she chose the atrium for the installation "because it reminds me of a church’s interior where you’re constantly reminded that the spirit is good and the body is bad. This spirit goes up in space but the body remains on the ground. This piece is really about bringing those two differences together."