A new exhibition at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art will plunge audiences into the lush, colourful world of Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist. Exploring the intersections between the natural world, the human body and technology, Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Oceanwill present work from across the pioneering artist’s career, from her single-channel videos of the 1980s to her more recent audio-visual installations and environments.
Sydney audiences last saw Rist’s work at the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014, for which her video work Mercy Garden Retour Skinwas commissioned, and before that in her exhibition Art/Music: Rock, Pop, Technoat the MCA in 2001.
Pipilotti Rist, Gnade Donau Gnade (Mercy Danube Mercy),2014, installation view, Komm Schatz, wir stellen die Medien um & fangen nochmals von vorne an, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria, 2015, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine © the artist, photograph: Lisa Rastl.
For MCA Senior Curator Natasha Bullock, who curated this exhibition, the most arresting aspect of Rist’s work is its “joyous use of colour” and “the way that she’s able to incorporate the technology with the body and the universe – you know, the...