Pipilotti Rist, 'I Packed the Postcard in My Suitcase'

· Wednesday December 14, 2011

Disclaimer: I have a Pipi crush. Ever since an ex-boyf’s mum gave me one of her books, I have been in love with the work and quirk of Pipilotti Rist. Pipi is a Swiss video artist famous for her screen works and installations featuring languid, techno-coloured landscapes, nubile nymphs and hypnotic soundtracks. In the '80s and '90s she was in an all-girl band called Les Reines Prochaines and her favourite number is 54.

Before the digital revolution, bullet-time and the Matrix, there was Pipi – messing with the space-time continuum and the medium of VHS, singing a chipmunk rendition of The Beatle’s 'Happiness is a Warm Gun'. Her 1986 'I’m Not the Girl Who Misses Much' was a seminal, proto-MTV generation piece o’ work, all blurry titties, analogue effects and grrrrl power.

If you like happiness, the colours pink, blue, yellow, red, orange and green and you have a heartbeat – do NOT go and see New Years Eve (the movie)! Instead, get a goodly dose of screen-based ‘pleasure principle’ at the first major Pipi-art survey in Australia, featuring a new commission that’s almost certain to technicolour your retinas. Lay back, bask in the big screens, let the pixels wash over and get erogenous.

IMAGES: Pipilotti Rist, Gravity be My Friend / Pipilotti Rist, I Couldn’t Agree with you More