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Pipilotti Rist: Your Brain to Me, My Brain to You

Exhibition

Your Brain to Me, My Brain to You is a new large-scale, site-specific installation by internationally renowned Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist. The immersive video installation is the artist’s first in the Middle East.

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Please note: This exhibition contains flashing lights that may cause discomfort and/or trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy and other conditions with sensitivity to light.                                    

Curated by Tom Eccles and Bouthayna Baltaji, the installation invites visitors to embark on a journey of self-discovery through a multisensory experience that inspires introspection and awe. Your Brain to Me, My Brain to You symbolises humanity’s collective unconscious and the power of the mind.

A key feature of the installation is the “pixels” that comprise 12,000 LED lights strung on cables throughout the gallery for visitors to navigate. Representing neurons, constantly firing and communicating with each other, the pulsing resin-encased bulbs have been programmed in choreography with a soundscape and video installation featuring abstract footage of Qatar’s landscapes.

As they make their way through the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to turn off their personal devices and prepare to experience the journey fully, shifting their focus towards activating different senses.

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This work is both a collective and individual experience. We want to understand what is happening inside the brain of the other, and culture is the main way to try to understand each other beyond language.

Pipilotti Rist

Two people looking at artwork by Pipilotti Rist of hanging lights in green and orange.

Photo: Ali Al Anssari, courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

Visitors of all ages are sure to be captivated by Pipilotti Rist’s dazzling artwork .

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

A gallery display at the National Museum of Qatar of hanging lights in pink, purple and red.

Photo: Ali Al Anssari, courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

Woman admiring light display at the National Museum of Qatar.

Photo: Ali Al Anssari, courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

Artist Acknowledgments

Pipilotti Rist works with a lovely team of specialists, some of whom she has collaborated with for many years. The project lead and designer of Your Brain to Me, My Brain to You is Kaori Kuwabara, a light designer based in Zurich. She has developed the prototype, the technical concept of the work and is responsible for programming, production and installation. In the studio in Zurich, Nike Dreyer, and Dave Lang are steering the boat, and on the video side Danielle Küchler Flores and Victoria Holdt are a professional joy to work with.