pipilotti rist: parasimpatico at fondazione nicola trussardi
pipilotti rist: parasimpatico at fondazione nicola trussardi pipilotti rist: parasimpatico at fondazione nicola trussardi
nov 14, 2011

pipilotti rist: parasimpatico at fondazione nicola trussardi

pipilotti rist: parasimpatico fondazione nicola trussardi cinema manzoni, milan on now until december 18th, 2011

pipilotti rist has created a multimedia installation at the cinema manzoni in milan; here, the first floor window becomes illuminated via colored gel filters image © designboom

for the fondazione nicola trussardi, swiss artist pipilotti rist has transformed the historic space of milan’s cinema manzoni with a new skin of imagery, creating an immersive experience of light, color, movement and sound that envelops visitors into the artist’s magical world.

the former movie theatre served as one of the most important venues for film in the major italian city for over fifty years before being closed to the public in 2006. with ‘parasimpatico’, pipilotti rist has injected the venue with a multimedia installation composed of some of her identifiable artistic memes: ethereality, floating visions, vibrant, psychedelic colors, and hypnotic soundtracks.

interior view of cinema manzoni during the exhibition image © designboom

a collection of new and old work, the exhibition is the artist’s first solo show in italy. presented by the fondazione nicola trussardi, and curated by massimiliano gioni (artisitic director of fondazione nicola trussardi) the show continues the fondazione’s concept of rediscovering forgotten places in the heart of milan, resuscitating them back to life through means of contemporary art.

at the cinema manzoni, pipilotti rist’s projections refer to the divisions of the nervous system that governs the body’s involuntary functions — such as digestion, relaxation, rest and energy storage — offering a surreal environment and a rare opportunity to experience the beauty of the historical structure.

pipilotti rist performs within the exhibition space images © designboom

‘parasimpatico’ has been conceived with the intention of trying to metamorphose the former cinema into a large, living creature, mingling cinema and television, hallucinations and high-definition images. pipilotti rist has lavishly decorated practically all aspects of the space, from the public lobby and grand staircase, to the auditorium and bar, to even the bathrooms, restoring the vibrancy of manzoni.

interior view from the first floor image © designboom

‘rain woman’ (I am called a plant) audio video installation projected on the cinema bar image © designboom

‘sip my ocean’ audio video installation by pipilotti rist image © designboom

‘sip my ocean’ audio video installation by pipilotti rist, on exhibition at cinema manzoni video © designboom

‘lobe of the lung’ audio video installation, projected on the ceiling of the cinema’s main entry staircase image © designboom

exploring human sexuality and media culture, the depicted images are in motion, fused with a provocative blend of fantasy and everyday life and transforming familiar subjects, themes and places into mental projections of desires and emotions, that can here be experienced both visually and physically. pipilotti rist combines these themes, presenting them in a sort of kaleidoscope of subjects, constantly changing.

‘I have always considered video to be the most wonderful repository for my fears, my desires, my subconscious, the pictures in my head. so I have never understood why these images have to be contained. when I close my eyes, my imagination roams free. in the same way 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

‘lobe of the lung’ audio video installation images © designboom

works are projected throughout the cinema space image © designboom

image © designboom

‘extremities (smooth smooth)’ audio video installation on the cinema ceiling with historical paintings image © designboom

‘open my glade’ (flatten) audio video installation in the main cinema hall image © designboom

‘open my glade’ (flatten) audio video installation (video stills) video © pipilotti rist, photographs of video © designboom

‘open my glade’ by pipilotti rist

pipilotti rist image © designboom

born in grabs, switzerland in 1962 as elisabeth charlotte rist, the artist adopted the unconventional name pipilotti, which combines lotti, a nickname for charlotte, with pippi longstocking, the astrid lindgren character with whom she strongly identified. she studied applied arts, illustration, photography and visual communication in vienna and basel, and founded the all-female rock band, les reines prochaines, with whom she created albums, concerts, videos and live performances. this background ultimately led her to take an artistic career that has seen her exhibit in some of the world’s leading art institutions most recently including: hayward gallery, london (2011); the museum of contemporary art, tokyo (2010); fundació joan miró, barcelona (2010); KIASMA, helsinki (2009); museum of modern art, new york (2008); and centre georges pompidou, paris (2007).

pipilotti rist has also participated in a number of prestigious contemporary art events such as the venice biennale (2011, 2005, 1999, 1997, 1993); the biennale of sydney (2010, 2008); the istanbul biennale (2007, 1999, 1997); the moscow biennale (2007); the shanghai biennale (2002); the berlin biennale (1998); the biennale de lyon (1997); and the são paulo biennial (1994). in 2009, pipilotti rist made her first full-length film ‘pepperminta’, presented the same year at the venice film festival, the seville european film festival, the miami international film festival, the international film festival rotterdam, and in 2010 at the sundance film festival. pipilotti rist currently lives and works in zurich and sommerset, switzerland.

massimiliano gioni (curator and artisitic director of fondazione nicola trussardi) and pipilotti rist image © designboom

cinema manzoni was designed by architect alziro bergonzo and opened its doors in 1950. it is part of an edifice conceived to house

shops and commercial venues on milan’s prestigious via manzoni, in the heart of the city. home to over 5000 square meters of surface area,

the interior is richly decorated and frescoed. the auditorium once sat an audience of 1400 people, showing only first-run films,

and was used as a site of important films such as michalengelo antonioni’s ‘story of a love affair’ (1950) and ‘the lady without camelias’ (1952).

in 1955 it was the first theatre in italy, and the third in the world to introduce cinerama, an innovative three-screen panoramic projection system,

making it one of the most remarkable cinemas in milan and the whole of italy for over fifty years, until its closing on september 26th, 2006.

‘cape cod chandelier’ with video projections at the entry hall of cinema manzoni image © designboom

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