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Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage

Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage, 28 September 2011 – 8 January 2012, Hayward Gallery. Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist is acclaimed for her innovative video installations. This exhibition, her first survey show in the UK, presented single-channel videos, sculptures, photographs, wallpapers and video installations spanning her entire career, from the mid-1980s to the present day. 

The human body is central to Rist’s work. Recognising that gallery visitors usually behave in certain set ways, she deliberately disrupts these ‘viewing rituals’ and influences the physical movement of people in relation to her works by projecting images that can only be seen by walking over them, lying down or kneeling. 

In Eyeball Massage, Rist’s works were projected onto the floor and ceiling as well as onto walls, floating screens and objects. Videos were hidden within objects; there were works within works and motifs that migrated from one work to another, while a few works escaped the exhibition space entirely, appearing in unexpected places.

The exhibition included two works specially created for the Hayward Gallery: Administrating Eternity (2011) a vast, immersive artwork that Rist describes as ‘a forest of light’, and Hiplights Or Enlighted Hips (2011), an extraordinary outdoor light work created from hundreds of pairs of underpants.

Eyeball Massage was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring a visual essay specially created by the artist and texts by Konrad Bitterli, ElisabethBronfen, Chrissie Iles, Stefanie Müller and Hayward Gallery Chief Curator Stephanie Rosenthal.

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Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage, 28 September 2011 – 8 January 2012, Hayward Gallery. 

Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist is acclaimed for her innovative video installations. This exhibition, her first survey show in the UK, presented single-channel videos, sculptures, photographs, wallpapers and video installations spanning her entire career, from the mid-1980s to the present day. 

The human body is central to Rist’s work. Recognising that gallery visitors usually behave in certain set ways, she deliberately disrupts these ‘viewing rituals’ and influences the physical movement of people in relation to her works by projecting images that can only be seen by walking over them, lying down or kneeling. 

In Eyeball Massage, Rist’s works were projected onto the floor and ceiling as well as onto walls, floating screens and objects. Videos were hidden within objects; there were works within works and motifs that migrated from one work to another, while a few works escaped the exhibition space entirely, appearing in unexpected places.

The exhibition included two works specially created for the Hayward Gallery: 'Administrating Eternity' (2011) a vast, immersive artwork that Rist describes as ‘a forest of light’, and 'Hiplights Or Enlighted Hips' (2011), an extraordinary outdoor light work created from hundreds of pairs of underpants.

Eyeball Massage was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring a visual essay specially created by the artist and texts by Konrad Bitterli, ElisabethBronfen, Chrissie Iles, Stefanie Müller and Hayward Gallery Chief Curator Stephanie Rosenthal.

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