Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist has been a pioneer of video art and multimedia installation for more than thirty years. Her immersive, psychedelic dreamscapes and prismatic projections surround viewers in sensual landscapes that blend the natural and technological worlds.

From now until January 22; New York’s New Museum presents the first survey of Rist’s kaleidoscopic work in the Big Apple. Hosted across the three main floors of the SANAA-designed institution, ‘Pixel Forest’ forms a comprehensive presentation of the artist’s work to date, featuring pieces that span her entire career.

Before even entering the New Museum, visitors encounter Pipilotti Rist’s ‘Open My Glade (Flatten)’ projected across the building’s façade. The video installation depicts a humourously distorted, makeup-smeared Rist flattening her face against a glass screen, seemingly trying to break through the barrier between the digital and physical spaces. The same projection is also being screened on sixty synchronized electronic billboards in Times Square from 11:57 p.m. to midnight every night throughout January.

The project forms part of Midnight Moment — a monthly presentation by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and Times Square Arts.

With curation overseen by New Museum’s Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni, the exhibition spans videos from the 1980s, to more recent film environments — chronologically tracing the artist’s expressive and expansive career.   

The exhibition embodies the curiosity that drives Pipilotti Rist’s ongoing exploration of physical and psychological experiences. Inside the museum, visitors encounter a range of textures and forms sourced from the living universe, surrounding them within an immersive dimension of virtual projections and kaleidoscopic landscapes.