Pipilotti Rist: Open My Glade
presented on the Bonnis Media CoreVision
dual outdoor screens located at the intersection of Robson and Granville Streets
February 13 – 22, 2009
every 3 minutes for 10 days
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 work’s 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 screen’s 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 can’t help but watch.
Colin Griffiths, curator
Other Sights gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council and the BC Arts Council.