The Easel

Pipilotti Rist

Rist started off making video backdrops for local bands in Vienna. Decades later she has an international reputation in video art and multimedia installations. Some critics struggle to adapt their usual critical vocabulary to video. For the above writer, whose stomping ground is 20th century music, it’s easy. As for Risi, there is no issue: “[V]ideo has a very painterly quality”. Samples of her work are here.