17+ Pipilotti Rist Quotes On Art, Artwork

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

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. — Pipilotti Rist

Fifty years ago, the spoken word reigned, but during the last fifty years, the power has gone over to pictures. — Pipilotti Rist

It will probably take several more generations before the female body can be considered a stand-in for the human body. — Pipilotti Rist

The smaller the group, the more trial and error and experimenting you can do. I do a lot of garbage. — Pipilotti Rist

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. — Pipilotti Rist

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. — Pipilotti Rist

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. — Pipilotti Rist

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. — Pipilotti Rist

I have no animals, unless you count my two kilos of bacteria. — Pipilotti Rist

It's impossible for artists to accept compliments. — Pipilotti Rist

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. — Pipilotti Rist

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. — Pipilotti Rist

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. — Pipilotti Rist

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. — Pipilotti Rist

Choosing a name is a self-fulfilling prophecy. — Pipilotti Rist

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. — Pipilotti Rist

Life Lessons by Pipilotti Rist

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  1. Pipilotti Rist's work encourages viewers to think about the world in new and unexpected ways, challenging traditional conceptions of beauty and art.
  2. Her work often uses bright colors and playful imagery to explore themes of femininity, technology, and the human body.
  3. Through her work, Rist encourages viewers to embrace their own unique perspectives and to think critically about the world around them.

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