Elisabeth Charlotte "Pipilotti" Rist
(born June 21, 1962)
is a visual artist who works with video, film, and moving images which are often displayed as projections.
Rist was born Elisabeth Charlotte in 1962 in Grabs, Sankt Gallen, in Switzerland. Her father is a doctor and her mother is a teacher.Since her childhood she has been nicknamed Pipilotti. The name refers to the novel Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.
Rist studied commercial art, illustration, and photography at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Vienna, through 1986. She later studied video at the School of Design (Schule für Gestaltung) in Basel, Switzerland. From 1988 through 1994, she was member of the music band and performance group Les Reines prochaines. In 1997, her work was first featured in the Venice Biennial, where she was awarded the Premio 2000 Prize. From 2002 to 2003, she was invited by Professor Paul McCarthy to teach at UCLA as a visiting faculty member. From Summer 2012 through to Summer 2013, Rist spent a sabbatical in Somerset.
Pipilotti Rist currently lives with her common law partner Balz Roth, with whom she has a son, named Himalaya.
From 2005 to 2009, she worked on her first feature film, Pepperminta.