Pipilotti Rist: Open My Glade Video

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 in Open My Glade, Projects, Video

Other Sights is pleased to present Open My Glade by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist. The artwork consists of a series of 9 one-minute videos inserted into the flow of outdoor advertising screens. The works sardonic humour and insights intrude on our encounter with urban social space and exert a powerful and sensual presence.

Originally commissioned in 2000 by the Public Art Fund as a presence within the electronic maze of Times Square in New York City, the artist is literally immersed in the corporate stream of images. Eyes fixed on the passersby, she viscerally examines the limits of the screens surface; her contorted face and makeup smears reveal a barrier to escape. Open My Glade disrupts our habitual ambivalence to a relentless consumer spectacle, instilling empathy; we cant help but watch.