Make-Up is a self-organised project space and Verein based on Papierstraße 11.
The former joinery workshop on Papierstraße now houses atelier spaces for artists and researchers, a sound studio, an event space, a wood workshop, an outside kitchen with a wood-fired oven, a courtyard with a garden and a stage, a rooftop with a sauna pod, a terrace, and a warm kitchen that brings us all together. Everything in this space was gradually built by Make-Up’s current members and extended network, based on our interest, energy, and needs. More than a venue, we strive to be an accessible platform for other independent initiatives and projects who struggle to find space or venue opportunities in Berlin.
The former joinery workshop is rented from Kryolan, the professional make-up factory next door, whose business lends our space its name and whose willingness grants us a temporary space for action. Like many project spaces, we have found an affordable but precarious niche to work in, a classical “Zwischennutzung” before our landlords change their plans for Papierstraße 11.
Ruderal ecologies is a term, coined by German ecologists after the Second World War, that refers to ecologies that spontaneously inhabit disturbed environments: the spaces alongside train tracks or roads, wastelands, or rubble. The plants that grow there are often viewed as undesired or unwelcome, and must respond flexibly to the availability of changing resources.
In response to the theme and provocations for the 2022 Project Space Festival, we intend to consider our own ruderal practices as a project space occupying an impermanent location outside the ring. Whilst it is possible to define ourselves geographically and politically against centralised cultural institutions and interests, it feels more urgent to explore how we inhabit, survive and grow structures away from a system that does not see us.
Using our impermanent, decentralised and ‘in-between’ location on the Wedding and Reinickendorf border as the inspiration for this festival, we will offer 2 workshops run by members of the project space that will take place alongside an accompanying exhibition and open house.
Notes on Accessibility and Infection Control :
Seating : There will be seating for the workshops, performance and installations (in the courtyard there is a wooden stage and there will be individual chairs. On the terrace and in the vacant lot, there will be individual chairs and rugs to sit on )
Age Groups : all age groups during the afternoon (from 15h - 20h), and from 20h onwards will be 18+ only (there will be nudity during the performance)
Languages : English, German
Other Languages : Our workshop leaders are happy to translate during the workshop (and explain in both German and English). Our installations will use German language with English subtitles as part of the video work and the performance will involve English speech.
Wheelchair users | Strollers : will be able to access part of the building and courtyard, toilet not accessible; we are able to help people over the step who have wheelchairs and prams so the main space is accessible for one installation and the performance, unfortunately the other installation is in a basement and not accessible
Deaf or Hearing impaired people : will be unable to join the workshops but are welcome to the exhibition and the performance
Neurodiversity : There will be a designated quiet space with seating during the day for people who might need it during the workshops and the exhibition.
Blind people : not accessible
Other announcements : We will have a clearly marked Awareness person available throughout the day, who will be able to support people if they require assistance.
Unfortunately as our space is a non-commercial project space in a non-permanent location, we are unable to provide many accessibility requirements (that should be present). We are also unfortunately financially unable to provide a sign language interpreter. However, we will be using this questionnaire to bring up these topics as a group and how we can make our events more accessible in the future, and appreciate the accountability.
Disinfectants are available. There is a mask obligation.