Pipilotti Rist
7.46 min
Switzerland 1986

é─˙Rist's classic video takes on rock music with its own tools, pushing pop's repetitive strategies and representations of women to absurd lengths. Footage of the artist chanting the piece's title (a line adapted from The Beatles' song Happiness is a Warm Gun) is replayed at high and low speeds, with obscuring video effects, blurring into an almost painterly procession of images. Rist's manipulation renders her voice into a parody of female hysteria and her body into a grotesquely dancing doll. Through obsessive mimesis Rist exhausts any possible legibility of the words, only to finally deliver John Lennon singing the é─˛realé─˘ song.é─¨ (Electronic Arts Intermix)

Pipilotti Rist
(1962) Switzerland

Pipilotti Rist came to international attention with with visually lush video works and multimedia installations that explore female sexuality and media culture, remixing fantasy and the everyday. In the 1980s and '90s the Swiss-born Rist made a series of tapes in which she subverted the form of the music video to explore the female voice and body in pop cultural representations, merging rock music, electronic manipulation, and performance.


Pipilotti Rist I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much 1986 Čę courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

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