Desso carpet tiles have been integrated into an installation artwork in Australia by one of the world’s leading contemporary artists.

The exhibition, I Packed the Postcard in my Suitcase, by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist has just opened at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne.

Pipilotti Rist is regarded as one of the world’s top ten contemporary artists and has shown in major exhibitions, biennales and festivals around the world, including the Venice Biennale 2005 where she represented Switzerland.

A central area in the exhibition includes Desso carpet tiles, arranged as organic platforms for visitors to rest on and immerse themselves in Rist’s magical kaleidoscopes of light and colour being projected onto the walls and ceiling.

Rist’s exhibition is therefore not only about art, but about how interior spaces can be made to come alive, offering perspectives for architects and interior designers on the interaction of light and colour, and how each surface – walls, ceilings and floor – can be part of the design process.

Desso’s commitments to Cradle to Cradle principles of sustainability and the environmental also have a profound correlation with Rist’s organic and environmentally-focused artworks, which involve shifting perspectives on the four elements of earth, wind, water and fire.  

“Carpet is a uniquely versatile flooring material that can be soft, luxurious, colourful and practical – and all those elements play a part in Pipilotti Rist’s acclaimed exhibition,” said Ainsley Gibbon, managing director of the Gibbon Group, which distributes Desso carpets in Australasia.

  “This exhibition is all about redefining interior spaces and using light and colour to challenge our senses.  It also highlights the relevance of carpet in interior design, and how it can help to transform interior spaces in unexpected ways,” she said.

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is Australia’s leading contemporary art gallery.  I Packed the Postcard in my Suitcase, Rist’s first exhibition in Australia, is open to the public until 4th March 2012.