For Fondation Beyeler’s annual Summer Nights Gala, Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist has created an installation entitled Tender Roundelay, which consists of 23 kaleidoscopic projections that will shine down from the ceiling on 46 round tables within the gallery space. The work immersed guests within a monumental video installation, using footage taken from the artist’s inexhaustible archive of visual material. The four-hour film includes motifs from nature, the human figure and historic dining rooms. It is choreographed to change through the courses of the dinner as guests are invited to sit, eat, talk, stand and recline while encountering a new world of colour and sensual experience.
Following the events created by Marina Abramovic and Maurizio Cattelan, the installation is now open to the public for the third time. Pipilotti Rist commented, “My work ‘Tender Roundelay’ is a research project and experiment about how, and if, the moving electronic image can also unite people when often it rather separates us or forces a group to look in only one direction. This question has interested me for a long time, while the sun is our biggest projector and our eyes are blood driven cameras.”
In the near future, Pipilotti Rist’s installation Tender Roundelay will be publicly exhibited as part of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme at the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood.
In November 2017, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (Australia), opens the exhibition Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean, which presents the spectrum of Rist’s groundbreaking practice, from her early single-channel videos of the 1980s to her large-scale audio-visual installations and recent immersive environments (VernissageTV will cover the event).
Pipilotti Rist: Tender Roundelay / Fondation Beyeler, September 17, 2017.
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