Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish

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Mar 12 2023 - Sep 4 2023

The MFAH continues its series of grand-scale, immersive presentations with Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish. This special experience brings together two works from the Museum’s collections: Pixel Forest, an installation of thousands of hanging LED lights; and Worry Will Vanish, a video projection that takes viewers on a dreamlike journey through the natural landscape, the human body, and the heavens. The presentation transforms the vast, central gallery of Cullinan Hall into a cosmic destination.​

Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist has been among contemporary art’s chief innovators since the mid-1980s. Her work pushes the boundaries between video and the built environment, exploiting new technologies to create installations that fuse the natural world with the electronic sublime. Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish also demonstrates Rist’s profound engagement in what it means to be human in the cosmic cycle of generation and regeneration.

• Pixel Forest comprises 3,000 LED lights encased in resin spheres and suspended from the ceiling on cables. Each light is controlled by a signal so that the “forest” is constantly changing. Visitors can stroll throughout this environment, which Rist describes as “a digital image that has exploded in space.”

• Worry Will Vanish takes viewers into a fantastic dreamscape where the body and nature become one. The video footage is immediately enchanting, and the soundtrack heightens the aura of wonderstruck celebration. Visitors are invited to recline on pillows and lose themselves in Rist’s cosmos.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

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