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PIPILOTTI RIST (STZ)

Pipilotti Rist born in Grabs in the Swiss Rhine Valley, 1962. Studies of commercial art, illustration and photography at the Institute of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, 1982 – 1986. Studies of audio visual communications (video) at the School of Design in Basel, Switzerland, Professor René 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’.
Lives and works in Zurich and in the mountains of Switzerland, since 2004.
(From Hauser&Wirt)

Ever is Over All, 2:45, 1997

Rist positively describes the negative aspects of femininity, which have been rejected by women themselves. She articulates her ideas with weightless images of love, death, everyday life, and fiction. Her unique style is a product of the pliant, sensual relationship between music and video art. Rist is also a band member and has designed the stage sets. Her video installation inspires body awareness in the audience as a totally new experience, different from large video clips shown on a huge screen. In Ever Is Over All, a young woman in a light blue dress merrily walks along the street with a huge, colorful, long-stemmed tropical flower in her hand. She smashes the flower into the windows of parked cars as she passes them. The combination of violent urban fantasy, romantic music, and destructive sound suggests the birth of a sophisticated visual language, expressing the direct, realistic senses of the MTV generation.
(From Medien Kuntz Netz)