1962 · Switzerland
Pipilotti Rist is a leading figure in the world of video installations who has shaken the landscape by incorporating a bold advertising aesthetic in her work.
Conceptual to the very core of her video installations, Rist emphasizes the experiential and the sensual in her work to the point that it is as if the viewer becomes immersed in the atmospheres she creates. She often explores the imagery of women – sometimes herself – spliced into sequences that could be seen as assuming a quasi-feminist stance. For Rist, however, this reliance on the female form is more of a statement on the human experience.
Born in Switzerland as Elizabeth Rist, she eventually took the professional name “Pipilotti” as a mash-up of the classic character, Pippi Longstocking, and her own youthful nickname of Lotti. She attended the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna during the 1980s and developed her characteristic style with there. She has continued to push the bounds of such installation work in recently noted commissions, such as her Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters) (2008) for New York’s Museum of Modern art and in doing so has garnered accolades such as the Joan Mirò Prize (2009).