No Drama House (built in 2009), April 2011
at Gallery Giti Nourbakhsch’s courtyard, Berlin
photo © WFW
No Drama House by French artist JEAN-PASCAL FLAVIEN is a narrow construction built on two levels, the first floor being only accessible through an external ladder. FLAVIEN himself has obviously invented multiple uses for the house which involve long periods of stay: to sleep in the house, to work in the house or to welcome friends there – he, for example, invited the artist MATT MULLICAN for breakfast. To live in this house has to become a game of inventing new ways to use each situation. The artist insists on this word ‘situation’ and refers to a house that can be taken to pieces in the American film ‘One Week’, realised by BUSTER KEATON and EDWARD F. CLINE in 1920. The house creates situations, not dramas, and if the roof happens to be upside down or if it rains inside, everyone starts dancing. – by VANESSA DESCLAUX
JEAN-PASCAL FLAVIEN is a Berlin-based artist who combines architectural experiment, book publishing and performance with other media, such as video, drawing, installation and sculpture. His performance and publishing projects are mostly done in collaboration with the artist and writer JULIEN BISMUTH. No Drama House, and his practice in general, raise the questions of the aesthetics of existence and the nature of happiness in relation to art.
No Drama House is occupying Gallery Giti Nourbakhsch’s courtyard in Berlin since 2009.