Each year, Aurora Picture Show honors an artist who has exhibited extraordinary originality in the field of moving image art. The honoree of the 18th annual Aurora Award is acclaimed Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist, who will be in attendance for the evening’s cocktails, dinner, screening, and award presentation. She will be presented a unique award created in appreciation by Houston artist JooYoung Choi. This special event both promotes awareness of non-traditional media arts and supports Aurora’s year-round programs.
About the Artist:
“I want to create spaces for video art that rethink the very nature of the medium itself. I want to discover new ways of configuring the world, both the world outside and the world within.” -Pipilotti Rist
Pipilotti Rist’s immersive video installations fill our eyes with kaleidoscopic color and movement, and our minds with new experiences of space and time. Rist’s work is brave, innovative, and mesmerizing–from landmark works such as Sip My Ocean (1996) in which she humorously sings/screams to Chris Isaak’s song “Wicked Game” amidst a rhythmic weave of imagery and Ever Is Over All (1997) in which she smashes windows with a large flower wand opposite vibrant fluttering blooms, to her more recent Pixelwald (2016) in which thousands of computer controlled LED lights suspended in cast resin orbs glitter throughout the magical space. One can appreciate Rist’s work simply for its sheer beauty, or dive deeper into her extraordinary navigation of ideas about vulnerability, strength, ambivalences between reasons and instincts in sex, relationships, Feminism and society. Rist's works have been exhibited widely at museums and festivals throughout Europe, Japan, and the US, including her fantastic, recent solo exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, “Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish.”
Left: Pipilotti Rist, Pixel Forest, 2015. Installation view 'Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, 2017. © Pipilotti Rist. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine, New York. Photo: Anna Kucera
Center: Pipilotti Rist, Ever Is Over All, 1997. Audio/video installation (still). © Pipilotti Rist; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and Hauser & Wirth.
Right: Pipilotti Rist, Open My Glade (Flatten), 2000. Video installation (still). Commissioned by the Public Art Fund. © Pipilotti Rist; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and Hauser & Wirth.