make-up house




2022-2023

San Gimigniano
Am Wasswerk 22F
Lichetenberg,
10365 Berlin






The make-up house is all surface. Sheets of corrugated metal folded to create a sheltering space, the house is open to the elements, with a small area to inhabit—just enough space to put on some make-up. Equipped with a small desk, a mirror and a selection of cosmetics, special guests are invited to propose and make a maquillage for the house. Each of these is applied temporarily to the facade. Simultaneously a person can make up their own face in a similar fashion. The recurring events are ephemeral, lasting from a day to a few weeks. The house lives the life of a surface, existing by making spark appearances.


session one Josée Gensollen
session two Karl Holmqvist
session three Sam Chermayeff Office
session four Jean-Pascal Flavien
session five Karisma Ekeh and Chimaobi Alaike
session six Natalie Czech


session one 





Oct. 2022

eye liner





with Shantala Chandel
& Moritz Heuberger
applying make-up in the house






For the first public appearance of the make-up house collector Josée Gensollen transposed the make-up she frequently wears to the house.

session two





Dec. 2022

facade tape paint face



[photo] valentin wedde
[photo] studio flavien





For the second public appearance of the make-up house Karl Holmqvist created a facade tape paint face on the house.
  

EYE HAVE GOTTA USE WORDS // EYE SPY // EYES

Inside the house Karl selected six words from which the public invited to choose to tape on their face and become their own poem:

BAD / MAD / SAD // GOOD / MOOD / HOOD // TAPE YOUR FACE


Karl was reading 'MAKE-UP’, ‘LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO’, ‘MEMORIES EQUAL ENEMIES'

session three





Feb. 2023

hearth out



[photo] valentin wedde
[photo] studio flavien






For the third public appearance of the make-up house Sam Chermayeff Office created practical make-up for the house titled hearth out. Inside the house the public was invited to tattoo their face with fire and the hearth.


session four





Apr. 2023

sexuality line



[photo] valentin wedde
[photo] studio flavien





For the fourth public appearance of the make-up house a winding sexuality line is passing through the house as make-up. Drinking from the line, mixing with red or green syrup, people could make-up their insides.

session five





May 2023

AH uh Oh YeAh



[photo] valentin wedde





For the fifth public appearance Karisma Ekeh with Chimaobi Alaike performed AH uh Oh YeAh as make-up for the house.

session six





Sep. 2023

response / response




[photo] studio flavien









For the sixth make-up session, Natalie Czech responded with a work titled Response / Response.

    The series titled Response / Response is a photographic and collaborative work that invites writers, Rindon Johnson and Hanne Lippard to respond to existing poems. The photos are polyptychs in the form of glyphs or patterns. The two ends of the pencils motifs, one writing, one erasing accompany the rewriting gesture of the textual response.