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Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist
b. 1962 in Grabs, Switzerland; based in Zurich

Work in exhibition
Evolutionary Training (Horikawa Worry Will Vanish), 2014/2015
Video audio installation
Two projections (one onto a futon and one up toward the ceiling) in an apartment in the Horikawa Housing Complex in Kyoto
3 min. 37 sec. and 12 min. 20 sec. (both looped)
Sound by Anders Guggisberg

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Pipilotti Rist entered the field of media art after studying at the Institute of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Basel School of Design and working in stage design for music groups. Especially in her earlier works, Rist uses the clichés imposed on women by our male-dominated society to expose their stereotypes and to affirm the negative aspects of femininity, creating works that provide strong encouragement for women. These works culminated in her video installation Ever is Over All, for which she was awarded the Premio 2000 Prize at the Venice Biennale (the work was shown for the first time in Japan in the Visions of the Body exhibition in 1999 at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto). Many of her recent works are large video installations that include furniture and daily objects as actual components, and her interest in exploring the principle of visual perception through abstract and decorative means and her focus on rich colors have grown sharper than ever over the years. Rist has stated in many interviews that “[she is] merely giving color back to the world, coming close to reality” (ART iT, 2009).
In her new installation in one room of the Horikawa Housing Complex, the enchantingly beautiful imagery of Rist’s video projections opens the door to a world where we are invited to engage in dialogues with our own buried memories and personal sense of time.

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    Pipilotti Rist, Evolutionary Training (Horikawa Worry Will Vanish), 2014/2015. Installation view at the Horikawa Housing Complex for Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine

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