Pipilotti Rist – Spear to Heaven

The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul has invited Pipilotti Rist for its Black Box media art series. For the second time, the museum has invited an internationally-renowned artist for its Black Box media art project series. The guest is none other than Swiss video-maker Pipilotti Rist, whose intense and colour-charged audio-visual pieces are marking the exhibition space in a subtler way than we might have expected.

Titled Spear to Heaven, the installation comprises a four-channel video projection over a series of translucent drapes, arranged across the dark room. The usually psychedelic imagery of the artist thus becomes even more layered and complex, bringing the usual overlapping – a staple in Rist’s aesthetic – outside into the physical space of the museum. The artwork will stay on show until 16 September.

Pipilotti Rist was born in 1962 in GrabsSankt Gallen, in Switzerland.Since her childhood she has been nicknamed Pipilotti. The name refers to the novel Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. She 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 1988 through 1994, she was member of the music band and performance group Les Reines Prochaines. From 2002 to 2003, she was invited by Professor Paul McCarthy to teach at UCLA as a visiting faculty member.

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 gendersexuality, and the human body. In contrast to those of many other conceptual artists, 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.

 Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Selected by Ingrid Melano

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