Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean / Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

The exhibition “Sip my Ocean” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney presents the spectrum of Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s groundbreaking oeuvre in a solo show that spans her career from the early single-channel videos of the 1980s to her large-scale installations and recent immersive environments. “Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean” is the most comprehensive exhibition of her work ever to be staged in Australia. The show features works such as “I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986), “Ever is Over all” (1996), “Lobe of the Lung” (2009), “4th Floor to Mildness” (2016), “Pixelwald (Pixel Forest)” (2016), and “Your Room opposite the Opera” (2017). This video takes you on an exhibition walkthrough on the occasion of the opening night of the show on October 31, 2017. “Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney runs until February 18, 2018.

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean / Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. Opening Night, October 31, 2017.

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Over the past 30 years, Pipilotti Rist (b.1962) has achieved international acclaim as one of the pioneers of experimental video art and multimedia installations. Pipilotti Rist was born in Grabs, Rhine Valley, Switzerland, in 1962. The second of five children, her given name is Elisabeth Charlotte Rist. When she left home at 19 she began introducing herself as Pipilotti. This was a combination of her childhood nicknames – Lotti, from her second name, and Pippi, after the children’s book character Pippi Longstocking, known for her quirky character and extraordinary strength.

Rist studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and Basel School of Design. She rose to prominence in the mid-1980s and 1990s with her single-channel videos, including I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986) and Pickelporno (Pimple Porno) (1992). Her work Ever Is Over All (1997) was awarded the Premio 2000 for outstanding achievement at the Venice Biennale in 1997. In 2009 she was awarded the Joan Miró Prize by the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona for her outstanding creativity. For her first feature film, Pepperminta (2009), Rist won the Extraordinary Award from the President of the panel of judges of the sixth Seville European Film Festival in Spain, and in 2010 the Cutting the Edge Award from the Miami International European Film Festival. In 2012 Rist was awarded the Harper’s Bazaar China Art Prize; in 2013 the Zurich Festival Prize; and in 2014 the Prix Meret Oppenheim.

Recent solo exhibitions include “Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest” at the New Museum in New York, USA (2016), and “Pipilotti Rist: Your Saliva is my Diving Suit in the Ocean of Pain” at Kunthaus Zurich in Switzerland (2016).

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