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On 25, Sep 2012 | In | By selene


The interactive installation Lipstuck invites the viewer to use an engineered lipstick to `scratch´ through a video loop where a filmically hysterical woman applies and re-applies her make-up in an endless loop. Lipstuck‘s video sequence shows the artist acting out `La Toilette´. After emerging from the bathtub, she puts on faces in front of the mirror and becomes fixed in the repeated motions of making herself up. This ritual culminates with her returning to the tub in tears – only to emerge again: stuck in an endless loop.

Lipstuck‘s synchronous video and sound editing produces a musical loop, which the viewer/user can scratch through in real-time, frame by frame. The sensuality of the fetishized lipstick-control and video scenes compels the viewer/user to exploit the intimacy of the scene as he manipulates the loop, amplifying the pitch of the hysterical ritual.

The observations of discreet viewers watching the user‘s implication in the voyeuristic interaction makes for humorous meta-commentary.