“The New Museum presents the first New York survey of the work of Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist (b.1962). Over the past thirty years, Rist has achieved international renown as a pioneer of video art and multimedia installations. Her mesmerizing works envelop viewers in sensual, vibrantly colored kaleidoscopic projections that fuse the natural world with the technological sublime. Referring to her art as a “glorification of the wonder of evolution,” Rist maintains a deep sense of curiosity that pervades her explorations of physical and psychological experiences. Her works bring viewers into unexpected, all-consuming encounters with the textures, forms, and functions of the living universe around us.
Occupying the three main floors of the New Museum, “Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest” is the most comprehensive presentation of Rist’s work in New York to date. It includes work spanning the artist’s entire career, from her early single-channel videos of the 1980s, which explore the representation of the female body in popular culture, to her recent expansive video installations, which transform architectural spaces into massive dreamlike environments enhanced by hypnotic musical scores. Featuring a new installation created specifically for this presentation, the exhibition also reveals connections between the development of Rist’s art and the evolution of contemporary technologies. Ranging from the television monitor to the cinema screen, and from the intimacy of the smartphone to the communal experience of immersive images and soundscapes, this survey charts the ways in which Rist’s work fuses the biological with the electronic in the ecstasy of communication.” — New Museum
Open My Glade (Flatten), 2000 (still)
Single-channel video installation, silent, color; 9:07 min.
Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine.
Worry Will Vanish Horizon, 2014 (still). Two-channel video and sound installation, color, with carpet and white duvets; 10:25 min. Dimensions variable. Sound by Anders Guggisberg. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine.
(Entlastungen) Pipilottis Fehler ([Absolutions] Pipilotti’s Mistakes), 1988. Single-channel video, sound, color; 11:17 min. Sound by Hans Feigenwinter and Les Reines Prochaines. Courtesy the artist; Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York; videoart.ch; Hauser & Wirth; and Luhring Augustine.
I’m Not the Girl Who Misses Much, 1986 (still). Single-channel video, sound, color; 7:42 min
. Sound by Rist after “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” (1968) by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Courtesy the artist, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York, videoart.ch, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine.
Mercy Garden, 2014 (still). Two-channel video and sound installation, color, with carpet and sheepskin; 10:30 min. Dimensions variable. Sound by Heinz Rohrer. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine.
Mercy Garden, 2014. Two-channel video and sound installation, color, with carpet; 10:30 min. Dimensions variable. Sound by Heinz Rohrer. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine.
Pixelwald (Pixel Forest), 2016. Hanging LED light installation and media player; 20:55 min. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine.
To Mildness, 2016. Video and sound installation with two projections onto two amorphous screens hanging horizontally from the ceiling, single and double beds with pillows and covers, four projectors, two moving mirrors, four media players, audio system, black sprinkler net, curtain, carpet, wall paint, neon, 8:11 min / 8:11 min / 7:03 min / 6:19 min. © Pipilotti Rist. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine. Music and text by Soap&Skin/Anja Plaschg. Courtesy Flora Musikverlag and [PIAS] Recordings. Installation photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio.
“Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest” is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director
; Margot Norton, Associate Curator; and Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator.
Street view of Pipilotti Rist, Open My Glade (Flatten), 2000. © Pipilotti Rist. Photo: Maris Hutchinson. All images courtesy New Museum.