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21 June 1962
|Education||Institute of Applied Arts, Schule für Gestaltung|
|Known for||Video art|
|Pepperminta, I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much, Pickleporno, Ever is Over All|
|Awards||Joan Miró Prize (2009)|
Pipilotti (Elisabeth) Rist (born 1962) is a visual artist. She is best known for creating experiential video art and installation art that often portrays self-portraits and singing. Her work is often described as surreal, intimate, abstract art, having a preoccupation with the female body. Her artwork is often categorized as feminist art. In a 2011 Guardian exhibition review article, Rist describes her feminism: "Politically," she says, "I am a feminist, but personally, I am not. For me, the image of a woman in my art does not stand just for women: she stands for all humans. I hope a young guy can take just as much from my art as any woman." 
Life and career
Pipilotti Rist was born Elisabeth Rist in Grabs in the Rhine Valley.  Her father is a doctor and her mother is a teacher. Since her childhood she has been nicknamed Pipilotti, after Astrid Lindgren’s character Pippi Longstocking.
Prior to studying art and film, Rist studied theoretical physics in Vienna for one semester. From 1982 to 1986 Rist studied commercial art, illustration, and photography at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Vienna. She later studied video at the School of Design (Schule für Gestaltung) in Basel, Switzerland. From 1988 through 1994, she was member of the music band and performance group Les Reines prochaines. In 1997, her work was first featured in the Venice Biennial, where she was awarded the Premio 2000 Prize. From 2002 to 2003, she was invited by Professor Paul McCarthy to teach at UCLA as a visiting faculty member. From Summer 2012 through to Summer 2013, Rist spent a sabbatical in Somerset.
Since 2004 Rist has lived in Zurich, Switzerland and a full list of her exhibitions and awards are available through her gallery representation, Hauser & Wirth. At Hauser & Wirth she is represented along side other widely known modern and contemporary women artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Lorna Simpson, and Eva Hesse.
During her studies Pipilotti Rist began making super 8 films. Her works generally last only a few minutes, borrowing from mass-media formats such as MTV and advertising, with alterations in their colors, speed, and sound. Her works generally treat issues related to gender, sexuality, and the human body.
In I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986) Rist dances before a camera in a black dress with uncovered breasts. The images are often monochromatic and fuzzy. Rists repeatedly sings "I'm not the girl who misses much," a reference to the first line of the song "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" by the Beatles. As the video approaches its end, the image becomes increasingly blue and fuzzy and the sound stops.
Rist achieved notoriety with Pickelporno (Pimple porno) (1992), a work about the female body and sexual excitation. The fisheye camera moves over the bodies of a couple. The images are charged by intense colors, and are simultaneously strange, sensual, and ambiguous.
Sip My Ocean (1996), a video projected as a mirrored reflection on two adjoining walls, shows a dreamlike series of images of a bikini-clad woman swimming underwater among sinking tea cups, televisions, and other domestic objects. It is accompanied by a soundtrack of Rist singing Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, occasionally punctuated by Rist's repeated shrieking of the lyrics “I don’t want to fall in love.”
Ever is Over All (1997) shows in slow-motion a young woman walking along a city street, smashing the windows of parked cars with a large hammer in the shape of a tropical flower. At one point a police officer greets her. The audio video installation has been purchased by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This work was later referenced in 2016 by Beyoncé in the film accompanying her album Lemonade.
Rist's nine video segments titled Open My Glade were played once every hour on a screen at Times Square in New York City, a project of the Messages to the Public program, which was founded in 1980.
Pour Your Body Out was a commissioned multimedia installation organized by Klaus Biesenbach and installed in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art in early 2009. In an interview with Phong Bui published in The Brooklyn Rail, Rist said she chose the atrium for the installation "because it reminds me of a church's interior where you’re constantly reminded that the spirit is good and the body is bad. This spirit goes up in space but the body remains on the ground. This piece is really about bringing those two differences together."
Rist's work is held in the permanent collections of museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco MoMA, and the Utrecht Centraal Museum.
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- 2014 - Baukoma Awards for Marketing and Architecture, Best Site Development 
- 2013 - Zurich Festival Price, Zürcher Festpiele 
- 2012 - Bazaar Art, International Artist of the Year, Hong Kong, China 
- 2011 – Best Architects 11 Award, best architects Award
- 2010 – Cutting the Edge Award, 27th Annual Miami International Film Festival
- 2009 – Best Exhibition Of Digital, Video, or Film: "Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters)" at Museum of Modern Art, New York. 26th annual awards, The International Association of Art Critics (AICA)
- 2009 – President of the Jury's EXTRAORDINARY AWARD (Nicolas Roeg), Seville European Film Festival '09
- 2009 – Joan Miró Prize, Barcelona
- 2007 – St. Galler Kulturpreis der St. Gallischen Kulturstiftung 
- 2006 – Guggenheim Museums Young Collector's Council Annual Artist's Ball honouring Pipilotti Rist 
- 2003 – 01 award and Honorary Professorship of the Universität der Künste, Berlin, 
- 1999 – Wolfgang Hahn Prize
- 1998 – Nomination for the Hugo Boss Prize
- 1997 – Renta Preis of the Kunsthalle Nürnberg, 
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