Vivienne is 11 and lives in NSW. On October 30 she went to the red carpet opening of Pipilotti Rist’s exhibition Sip My Ocean at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Until now, whenever someone said “mesmerising” or “entrancing”, I would automatically think of a galaxy in outer space. Now I think of Pipilotti Rist’s exhibition, Sip My Ocean.

300 kids and their parents were the first to see Pipilotti Rist's 'Sip My Ocean' at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney at the kids' opening on October 30, 2017. Photo: Daniel Boud

300 kids and their parents were the first to see Pipilotti Rist’s ‘Sip My Ocean’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney at the kids’ opening on October 30, 2017. Photo: Daniel Boud

A whole new world

As soon as you step through the doors of the Museum of Contemporary Art, you enter a whole new world: Pipilotti’s world.

The art is a mix of video installations and sculptures mixing vivid colours, and three-dimensional objects, with background music made for each room.

Pipilotti Rist with kids at the opening of her exhibition 'Sip My Ocean' at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney on October 30, 2017. Photo: Daniel Boud

Pipilotti Rist with kids at the opening of her exhibition ‘Sip My Ocean’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney on October 30, 2017. Photo: Daniel Boud

Lake of light

You enter one room, “‘Administrating Eternity”, through a portal of curtains.

It opens to another room, called “Fourth Floor To Mildness”, a darkened space filled with fairytale-like beds.

As you lie on the emerald-coloured cushions, you look up and see a lake-shaped screen.

If you glance at the screen quickly you see an array of moving colours, but if you study the movement you can see what’s happening.

But what it portrays is up to you and your imagination. The soothing background music makes the visceral visuals even more enchanting.

'4th Floor to Mildness', a 2016 installation by Pipilotti Rist unveiled on October 30, 2017 opening night of 'Sip My Ocean' exhibiting in the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney. Photo: MCA

‘4th Floor to Mildness’, a 2016 installation by Pipilotti Rist unveiled on October 30, 2017 opening night of ‘Sip My Ocean’ exhibiting in the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney. Photo: MCA

Playing house

Another portal of curtains leads you into a completely different experience: it’s set out like a house on one level, but without walls.

300 kids and their parents were the first to see Pipilotti Rist's 'Sip My Ocean' at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney at the kids' opening on October 30, 2017. Photo: Daniel Boud

300 kids and their parents were the first to see Pipilotti Rist’s ‘Sip My Ocean’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney at the kids’ opening on October 30, 2017. Photo: Daniel Boud

Small projectors are hidden in quirky places to make the room come alive.

There is a lounge, a study, a bedroom, a laundry, and a dining room, but they’re not your typical rooms.

The laundry is represented by a brightly illuminated chandelier of underwear, and the dining room is a table with a kaleidoscope of patterns projected on to it.

All of it invites you to pull up a chair and be mesmerised.

The best is last

The final room,”Pixel Forest”, was by far the best. Strands of crystal-like balls were suspended from the ceiling, luring me in deeper as they morphed from tangerine to hues of periwinkle blue. It was magical.

Sip My Ocean runs until February 18.

Read the interview with the artist, Pipilotti Rist.

'Pixel Forest' a 2016 work by Pipilotti Rist, on October 30, 2017, opening night of 'Sip My Ocean' exhibiting at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: MCA

‘Pixel Forest’ a 2016 work by Pipilotti Rist, on October 30, 2017, opening night of ‘Sip My Ocean’ exhibiting at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: MCA

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