October 26, 2016—January 15, 2017
A survey dedicated to three-decade long career of a pioneer video installation artist is an ambitious project to embark on. New Museum’s Pixel Forest is billed as the most extensive representation of Pipilotti Rist’s career in the U.S. Swiss artist’s immersive hallucinatory video installations, often times projected at grand scales to cover entire interiors, gloriously blend technological means and phantasmagoric fluxes of color. Inviting the audience to lounge and be a part of whimsical and engaging universe, Rist’s video projections are known to draw the attention of many across the globe.
One of the earliest practitioners of video art from a feminist perspective, Rist has always pushed the limits of physical expression in New Media. From her iconic 1986 video I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much, in which she deconstructs a Beatles song in her own gestures, to her highly acclaimed 2008 MoMA project Pour Your Body Out, for which the museum’s Atrium evolved into an imaginary land, Rist has over the years kept her finger on the pulse of contemporary art. This overdue survey arrives just on time to do the justice. Curated by Massimo Gioni, Margot Norton, and Helga Cristoffersen, Pixel Forest invites museum-goers to an unorthodox artistic stimuli.