Friday, 29 May 2009

Interview with Pipilotti Rist on "I Drink Your Bath Water"

1. First of all, we would like to ask you where the story that you tell in your movie comes from.
I want to treat the body as a landscape. Our body is an environment itself.
2. With regard to the topic that was given to you, which aspect struck you the most? Are there ways in which you were already addressing it in your work?
If we consider us as an organic piece on earth we would often treat the environment differently, more tenderly and cautiously.
 3. Human rights are real, something you can feel on your skin, and not something abstract. In a film, the artist and director – just like the poet – creates a personal universe that is drawn from his or her own life in one way or another. Can you help us understand the link between your short film and the experiences that led you to make it?
I’m very short sighted, so I’m able to see all the structure of the skin close up. That influences my camera work. A wrinkle becomes a valley and a belly bottom a pool. We are ephemeral organisms but we have the tendency wanting to be a slick car. My film should help us to accept that we are rather similar to a wet worm.
 4. We think that culture in general and cinema in particular can help people to better understand the importance of human rights in their own lives. What do you want to provoke in the wider public with your film?
Knowledge and art can enlighten people and make them think democratically and makes them less vulnerable to power misuse. I want to contribute a centimetre to that tendency.
 5. In most of the films created for this project, we see signs of clashes deriving from cultural diversity or caused by limitations imposed on individuals that curtail their freedom in different ways. What do you think is the reason for that?
Missing education and knowledge provokes intolerance, fear (and closed borders and missing assimilation)
 6. Now let’s talk a bit about you. Who is Pipilotti Rist?
She likes red beets a lot. Her focus are video/audio installations. She tries to be very friendly but is a somewhat autistic person. She likes machines and children. Her opinion is: art’s task is to contribute to evolution, to encourage the mind, to guarantee a detached view of social changes, to conjure up positive energies, to create sensuousness, to reconcile reason and instinct, to research possibilities and to destroy clichés and prejudices.

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