Swiss artist Pipilotti RIst has been making thought-provoking video art since the 1980s. Over summer, the MCA offers the first comprehensive overview of her work to be shown in Australia, as part of the Sydney International Art Series—a must for lovers of contemporary art residing in or visiting Sydney.
Rist is concerned with the junctures between biology, psyche and technology, using new media to explore our increasingly intimate engagement with technology as it advances in form and function. Her earliest installations used single-channel video; in the 1990s she began experimenting with dual-channel projections, then moved on to employ three-dimensional spaces in their entirety, providing audiences with vivid, immersive and often transporting experiences.
This survey occupies the MCA’s third floor and parts of the second floor with works intended to be viewed in a particular sequence. Those familiar with Rist may have encountered some of these works previously; along with the early projections Sip my Ocean and Ever is Over All, they include Das Zimmer (The Room), Lobe of the Lung, Administrating Eternity and the more recent 4th Floor to Mildness and Pixelforest Mutterplatte. Whether this is a first or repeat acquaintance, to stroll, sit and lounge at extended leisure will ensure a mesmerising visit.
Sip my Ocean continues until 18 February 2018. Purchase tickets at the MCA or online.