Pipilotti Rist was born on June 21, 1962 in Rheintal, Switzerland.
She likes red beets a lot. Her focus is video/audio installations because there is room in them for everything (painting, technology, language, music, movement, lousy, flowing pictures, poetry, commotion, premonition of death, sex and friendliness) - like in a compact handbag. Her opinon is: Arts task is to contribute to evolution, to encourage the mind, to guarantee a detached view of social changes, to conjure up positive energies, to create sensuousness, to reconcile reason and instinct, to research possibilities and to destroy clichés and prejudices.
Rist's works have been exhibited widely at museums and festivals throughout Europe, Japan and the US, including the biennials in Sao Paulo, Venice, Istanbul, the Caribbean and Santa Fe. In 2000 the Public Art fund NY commission Open My Glade, was shown on the screen in Times Square. Pipilotti Rist's multimedia video works such as, I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986)‚ Yoghurt on Skin, Velvet on TV (1995)‚ Sip My Ocean (1996), and Remake of the Weekend (1998), blur the boundaries between visual art and popular culture and explore the unfamiliar in the everyday. Her lush, seductive images recruit the idiom of commercial advertising and music videos to create a highly individual artistic language informed by her past in a music band and as a set designer.
Recent solo presentations of her work include 'À la belle étoile', Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); 'Gravity Be My Friend', Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall (2007); 'YuYu', MIMOCA Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (2008); 'Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Metres)', MoMA, New York (2008 – 2009); and 'Elixir: the Video Organism of Pipilotti Rist', Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2009), which traveled to KIASMA Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Paço das Artes and MIS Museu da Imagem e do Som, Sao Paulo (2009). The Museum Langmatt, ‘Schliessen Sie mir das Kleid, Danke!’ (cur. Rudolf Velhagen), Baden, Switzerland (2010) and the Fundació Joan Miró & Centre Cultura Caixa Girona Fontana d’Or, ‘Pipilotti Rist. Partit amistós – sentiments electrónics’ (cur. Martina Millà), Barcelona / Girona, Spain (2010). She was awarded the Joan Mirò Prize in 2009 for her unique creative activity and her outstanding contribution to the current artistic scene.
in 2009 She released her first feature film entitled Pepperminta, the story of an "anarchist of the imagination" who lives according to her own rules. www.pepperminta.ch/en. The film was screened at film festivals and theatres around the world.