Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Pipilotti Rist - Eyeball Massage - Exhibition at The Hayward Gallery

Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist creates videos and installations that invite us to look at the world through new eyes.

Music features alongside delicous and colourful imagery in Rist's videos. As an artist she focuses on the fallout of the mistakes which camera's and technology often make - boldly taking them into her work.

The result on the larger screens has a dreamlike quality. She takes ordinary imagery from nature and intercepts the speed and colour creating a feast for the eyes. In the second room there are floating veils of fabric with sheep projected onto them, however it feels like you are watching nature for the very first time. There are many effects over the top of these films - I wasn't quite sure  how that worked at first, then as you move throught the entire exhibition, (which is vast) it seems to sit well. 

The very very small projections within handbags and conical shells, which are placed regally on cushioned plinths, are intriguing. The sound calls you to look inside.
A VERY small screen embedded in the floor and another huge box in which you are invited to place your head through holes to watch a film 'I Notice Everything' is doing exactly what Rist set out to do - make us view film differently. Throughout the entire exhibition this is what happens from sitting on headless human shape cushions to standing up, your head in a box, to kneeling to see the smallest film screen ever, to peering into objects. I found this exhibition fresh and very light / beautiful and on many levels alot of fun. 

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