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Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

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Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

Each summer, expect to find a blockbuster exhibition gracing the shores of our harbour one that delights the senses and sparks the imagination. Currently, gracing our shores this summer, is the exhibition, Sip my Ocean, by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

At an exhibition like this, you will find an eclectic mix of visitors, one that includes local and international visitors. With this being the much-acclaimed artist, Rist, whose name holds homage to Pippi Longstocking, you can expect to enter a world of fantastical video art, one that holds a resemblance to music videos.

Open since November 1, the exhibition is on display until February 18, with a week left until closing. An experimental artist working in video, multimedia, technology and installations, Rist's works explore her fascination with the video medium and her interest in nature and the human body. The exhibition showcases an oeuvre of Rist's works since her early days, to her current practice, where full-blown installation pieces mix reality with technology.

Expect to find yourself immersed in her works, as her art uses space to invite visitors into her world. In the corner, a projection of underwater scenes is displayed against the wall, where visitors are able to lay on the floor or sit with pillows. Here scenes of calm, glistening waters and coral life envelope the viewer, bearing resemblance to that of being in an aquarium and watching a close up of sea life.

Or walk through a display of hanging fabric, where bright projections of nature, animals and lights are captured. Find yourself in between the fabric, looking at the different projections on either side of you. Here you can play with shadows and silhouettes.

Administrating Eternity

Administrating Eternity

On this same notion of reflective surfaces and lights, another installation of Rist's that encourages visitors to walk through are the hanging lights, which become like bubbles of colour with a reflective surface.

Whilst the exhibition is an interplay between standing and sitting positions, expect to find yourself walking into rooms, where sofas are placed for you to view Rist's projection, as if you are in your own home. Keep an eye out for floors and windows that have been converted into screens. Expect to find bright projections of colour covering iconic landmarks, such as the Sydney Opera House. Or if you are bringing kids, find them playing with shadows on the floor.

Reflective Surfaces
Installation of Hanging Lights

There is something in this exhibition to captivate the mind of the young and the old. One of my favourite spaces in the exhibition was the room of hanging lights, which changed into various tones of colour from violets to red. Here you can walk through the installation, like much of the other works or you can choose to admire it from the sides.




With a week left until closing, find yourself indoors and away from the Sydney heat for some art at the MCA.
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Why? Swiss artist, Pipilotti Rist bringing video art down under
When: Until February 18
Phone: 9245 2400
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
Cost: $12-$22
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