Pipilotti Rist

I‘m Not The Girl Who Misses Much


Werk - I‘m Not The Girl Who Misses Much
Artist / Artist group
Pipilotti Rist
I‘m Not The Girl Who Misses Much
video, Analog video
Material / Technique
Betacam SP, color, stereo
Dimensions / Duration
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien

»I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much« is one of Pipilotti Rist's earliest videos. It was made during the first year of her studies.

The quickly edited, partially blurred, shaky, and amateurish-looking camera image shows Rist in a black dress with a plunging neckline and lips made up in red. Rist dances and repeats the verse: "I'm not the girl who misses much." After about three minutes, the first verse of the Beatles song »Happiness is a Warm Gun« by John Lennon begins: "She's not a girl who misses much...". Lennon used this line to describe his partner, the artist Yoko Ono.

Pipilotti Rist emphasized in 2016 that the video was created at a time when television was still heavily dominated by state broadcasters. She attributes the video's success to the fact that viewers had the feeling that here members of the public were suddenly were creating television shows themselves. She cites her interest in hysteria as a second important point: "I glorify hysterical actions. They are powerful gestures, a form of resistance when one is in a weak position. Hysteria is at the same time a falling apart into many pieces, an ecstasy, and a personal exorcism.“

Christine Ross, „Fantasy and distraction: an interview with Pipilotti Rist“, in: »Afterimage«, vol. 28, no. 3, November/December 2000, p.8

Author: Margit Rosen

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