Pipilotti Rist

“You could lie on the floor and be completely losing yourself, time-wise and space-wise,” says curator Klaus Biesenbach of Pipilotti Rist‘s new video installation in the Museum of Modern Art‘s atrium. The installation, called Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters), was commissioned by MoMA and has been in the works for two years. Pour Your Body Out, which officially opened to the public on November 19th, turns the space into an engrossing environment of video, sound, and objects. As the title suggests, Rist intends to immerse viewers’ bodies in a spatially opulent experience. In the above behind-the-scenes video, the artist discusses working in MoMA’s imposing atrium.

Rist, who is based in Zurich, originally studied at the Institute of Applied Arts in Vienna and at the School of Design in Basel. She has taught at UCLA and has exhibited at international galleries and museums, among them the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, the Centre Pompidou, Hauser & Wirth, and Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum. She participated in the 2005 Venice Biennale and MoMA already owns one of her best known video installations, Ever is Over All (1997). Rist has also worked extensively with the experimental music group Les Reines Prochaines. Pour Your Body Out remains on view through February 2, 2009.