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Description - Pipilotti Rist by Richard Brautigan

Pipilotti Rist is among the world's best-known artists working with video. Her multi-screen installations have a dream-like quality as, for example, a beautiful young woman (the artist herself) cavorts in fantastic seascapes or surreal jungles. This monograph explores the artist and her work. It features: a discussion of Rist's work in relation to notions of Utopia; an examination of Rist's innovation in video technology in the creation of a new female image; an exploration of the psychoanalytical implications of one video work, "Absolutions" ("Pipilotti's Mistakes") (1988); "Artist's Choice", for which the artist has selected two selections from the poet Anne Sexton and novelist Richard Brautigan; and "Artist's Writings" - Rist's descriptions of her dreams, highly influential in the realization of her imagery, are set alongside a homage to video pioneer Nam June Paik.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714839653
ISBN-10: 0714839655
Format: Paperback
(290mm x 250mm x 18mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Brautigan

Peggy Phelan (Survey) is among the world's best-known contemporary feminist theorists, who has written extensively on contemporary visual arts and performance. Phelan is Professor of performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Hans Ulrich Obrist (Interview) is a curator and critic, among the contributors to the first edition of cream (1998). He runs the 'Migrateurs' programme at ARC, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and was the curator (with Hou Hanru) of 'Cities on the Move', a survey of contemporary art from the far east on view at The Hayward Gallery, London, the Wiener Secession, Vienna (and tour, 1997-99). Elizabeth Bronfen (Focus), is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich. A specialist in 19th and 20th-century literature, she has also written articles in the areas of gender studies, psychoanalysis, film, cultural theory and art. Her most recent publication is The Knotted Subject: Hysteria and Its Discontents (Princeton University Press, 1998). For her Artist's Choice Rist has selected poems by American poet Anne Sexton, exploring the roles of a woman, and a short story by American experimental novelist Richard Brautigan. Pipilotti Rist has written of the influence of her dreams in the creation of her images, and also pays homage to the legendary pioneer of video art from the 1960s, On Kawara, who first examined the nature of the 'life in the box' (the TV monitor) and left a lasting legacy on artists of Rist's generation.

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