When I close my eyes, my imagination roams free. In the same way I want to create spaces for video art that rethink the very nature of the medium itself. I want to discover new ways of configuring the world, both the world outside and the world within— Pipilotti Rist
The most surprising Pipilotti Rist quotes that will inspire your inner self
Fifty years ago, the spoken word reigned, but during the last fifty years, the power has gone over to pictures.
First I did animation films, when I was young, in time-lapse.
And then in the '80s I went directly to video. The main reason for that was that I could control all the steps.
It will probably take several more generations before the female body can be considered a stand-in for the human body.
The smaller the group, the more trial and error and experimenting you can do. I do a lot of garbage.
Every work is completely different. Sometimes the music is first, sometimes it's parallel, and sometimes the music is after. There's no rule. Music goes differently to your emotions. With music you can create different spaces and feelings easier than you can with the visual - maybe not easier, but in a way, it's more seductive.
Should one be for or against pornography? I prefer to propose images of sexuality rather than to analyze the pros and the cons of pornography. Women are interested in erotics and sexuality, so I want to use my energy to propose images about that.
I did not go to art school thinking that I was an artist;
I went there mainly doing stage sets for bands. I considered my work more as an applied art for musicians, not as art in and for itself.
Women are less interested in watching two people having sex than in understanding how and what these people are feeling when they are having sex. If you kiss someone, you want to know what the other person is feeling. So I want to find pictures that express what the other feels.
I have no animals, unless you count my two kilos of bacteria.
It's impossible for artists to accept compliments.
The main reason for civilization is that life is more comfortable.
In a way, houses are there to protect us from rain, cold, and heat; cars are there to overcome distances. Culture is the exception. Music, art, and all of the different cultural expressions are not going in that direction. They're not about comfort; they're about understanding each other.
That is an annoying side of democracy.
The pendulum falls often in the extreme, and then we have to bring it back. It's never stable; it's a permanent discussion about finding a way back.
Sexuality, eroticism and desire are important for all of us.
But that is also the contradiction. How can we speak about pictures and, for example, say no to this way of representing a woman's body? It's also a camera-and-object problem, of who is really guiding the camera.
I'm always in awe of and respect humans for their ability to plan, but sometimes, good intentions are lost along the way. And often the way becomes the goal.
Choosing a name is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I want to try to come away from that one directional, clear rectangular form.
It's not used because it's the most beautiful form; it's just the practical thing. That's why our TVs are rectangles. Even in modern architecture, they want us to believe, "That's the nicest, most beautiful thing." I love modern architecture, but actually it's that they cannot afford amorphous shapes or ornaments.