Pipilotti Rist was born in 1962 in Grabs, Sankt Gallen, in Switzerland. Since her childhood she has been nicknamed Pipilotti. The name refers to the novel Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.Rist studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Vienna, through 1986. She later studied video at the School of Design (Schule für Gestaltung) in Basel, Switzerland. In 1997, her work was first featured in the Venice Biennial, where she was awarded the Premio 2000 Prize. . From 2002 to 2003, she was invited by Professor Paul McCarthy to teach at UCLA as a visiting faculty member. Pipilotti Rist currently lives with her common law partner Balz Roth, with whom she has a son, named Himalaya. Lives and works in Zurich and in the mountains of Switzerland, since 2004.
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.From 2005 to 2009, she worked on her first feature film, Pepperminta.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 sexual excitation. The fisheye camera moves over the bodies of a couple. The images are charged by intense colors, and are simultaneously strange, sensual, and ambiguous.
Ever is Over All (1997) shows in slow-motion a young woman walks along a city street, smashing the windows of parked cars with a large hammer in the shape of a tropical flower. At one point a police officer greets her. The audio video installation has been purchased by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.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.”
Pulfer, 1986 – 1988
Freestyle video / audio works and installations, since 1986
Freelancer as a grafic computer operator in different industrial video studios, 1987 – 1994
Member of the music band Les Reines Prochaines, concerts, performances and LP / CDs, 1988 – 1994
Visiting professor at UCLA, Los Angeles CA, 2002 – 2003
From 2005 – 2009 she worked on her first feature film, ‘Pepperminta’
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