bandeau Berlin

In Berlin, the Mask Project will focus on the future of mask cultures. Artists are using new mediums, from street art to high tech robots. How can these new ways to make art push further the boundaries of mask cultures?

Saturday 1st March 2014

14:00 – 14:30 video program Network Awesome
14:30 – 15:00 video program Live from the FESTIMA
15:00 – 15:15 Introduction By the Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Berlin
15:15 – 16:00 presentation Alexis Bako – masks in Burkina Faso
16:00 – 17:00 open workshop The digital mask – create a virtual mask!
17:00 – 17:30 performance Moran Sanderovich & Inon Peres: Insight skin
17:30 – 18:00 video program Belio Magazine
18:00 – 18:30 open workshop The digital mask – create a virtual mask!
18:30 – 19:30 presentation Anklepants / Joshua Head – masks in electronic music / masks in cinema
19:30 – 20:00 video program Belio Magazine
20:00 – 21:00 presentation + performance Geso – masks in VJing
21:00 – 22:00 AV/DJ set Geso
22:00 – 23:00 concert Moussa Coulibaly
23:00 – … DJ set Rygen

PLATOON Kunsthalle
Schönhauser Allee 9
U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Free entry until 20:00 and then 3€ (free is you come with a mask!)

Artists & specialists

Geso, visual artist, Berlin

Geso (Pablo Iglesias Algora, Madrid 1977) is an active creative mind involved in different art and design fields. As graphic designer and art director for GeeOhDee studio, as publisher and curator (since 1999) for his main project: Belio, an art publishing house and organization who runs exhibitions, concerts, festivals, conferences and workshops. Pablo IA actually lives and works in Berlin.

Geso is the moniker he uses for his most personal work, specially focused in glitch and video art, live-video performances and urban interventions. His videos are a kind of visual journey through symbols and images extracted from reality in order to re-connect the viewer with a kind of ancient collective memory. In the last year he developed his visual work into live performance by using different masks, webcams and video effects.

His most recent shows include Krake Festival (Berlin, 2013), File Hipersonica (São Paulo 2013), Crazy Language Showcase at LunchMeat (Prague, 2013), “Color Invocation” performance at Knock Knock Who Is There (Berlin, 2013), Applied Sound Arts (Leipzig, 2013), We Love 8Bit Art Show (Berlin, 2013), CutOut Fest (Queretaro 2012) and Metro Sound – sound art festival (Madrid, 2011).

Joshua Head aka Anklepants,

For 15 years Joshua Head has been working as a Creature effects Technician Prosthetics / Animatronics, on film and television Projects in Australia and since 2010 uk and other parts of europe, on Film and television projects such as, Star Wars , Prometheus, Where the wild things are, and many more.

Joshua Head on Imdb :

Company Website :

Also a musician and current main project Anklepants , which relies heavily on software such as max msp , for manipulation of voice effects track parameters and animatronics via a custom microphone by the name of facé_control_wün. In this talk, the inner workings of the animatronic facé (mask) and associated hardware, software of the facé_control_wün microphone will be discussed and presented.

Anklepants website :

facé_control_wün microphone info :

Moussa Coulibaly

Moussa Coulibaly is a musician of Burkinabé traditional music. His musical style is largely influenced by pioneers of modern traditional music in Burkina Faso such as Mamadi Keita or Coulibaly brothers.

In his songs, Moussa Coulibaly mixes spirituality and societal problems. Hunger in Africa, diseases and education but also religion, respect for the elders, or the influence of dancing and singing on calming the soul. They are playing traditional African instruments such as the balafon ( wooden xylophone ), the ngoni (a kind of elongated lute) and djembe, accompanied by choirs and dance.‎

Alexis Bako,cultural attaché of the embassy of Burkina Faso in Berlin
Alexis Nangura Der Deyila Bako was born and raised in Réo, a village from the Sanguié province, in the center-west of Burkina Faso. This region is inhabited by the Nuna people, holders of one of the most ancient mask society of Burkina Faso. He grew up within the mask universe and has a deep knowledge about art and culture in West Africa.
He is taking part in the Mask Project // Berlin to testify of the mask culture in his village and share elements about mask cultures in Western Africa.

Moran Sanderovich & Inon Peres: Insight skin ~ Performance

Moran Sanderovich is visual and performance artist based in Berlin. She has recently exhibited at Gallery Sprechsaal in Berlin, and in 2013 her work was presented in the Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg (Denmark) and the Gihoitegaard Gallery in Copenhagen. She was also part of the show “Warp & Woof” curatedby Adi Liraz and Dieuwke Boersma. Her most recent interventions include performances at the Holocaust Memorial of the murdered Jewish population of Europe, during the Month of Performance Art in Berlin, also at “Urban Art Clash” in Platoon Kunstalle Berlin.

Moran won the “Jerusalem Mayor’s Award” for Excellence and Artistic Achievement (IL) in 2008, the “Best Show” award for “Human Nature” at Fist Festival, Belgrad (SRB) in 2006, and also won a scholarship from the “America-Israel” Foundation (IL) in 2003-2004.

“Insight skin” deals with the way trauma transforms a body, its behaviour and shape. This performance investigates the boundaries culture places on women, their sexuality and shape, thereby dictating what they may hide or reveal.

Insight skin aims to alter the perspective of what is shown outwards vis-a-vie what is hidden and supressed. It challenges the boundary between inside and outside and the implications of each. It reshapes the body, while no longer treating the skin as a boundary. Within Insight skin, an alternative body is created, one to which the terms “disability” and “imperfection” are irrelevant. A body, which naturally produces its own movements and way of being. The transformation undergone by the body in the course of the performance is an expression of supressed interior conflics and past encounters with reality.


Rygen could have become a marvellous cook, a comics villain or even a professional greeter, but he missed it! If at least someone had kept him from buying two turntables and a device equivalent to a hand blender (though for mixing music) back in 1999, he might have reached stardom in any of those three. Stubborn as a mule, he insisted in developing skills as a disc jockey, though it’s hard to figure out what for.

They say it’s not an easy task to catalog this guy’s music selections when it’s party time. Is that really true? Well, one thing is certain: from his first gigs till the present day, Rygen has always been passionate about presenting people with music which is new to them. You’ll easily find him involved with a group of outlaws named “Enlarge Your Audio” and he was also part of the portuguese djs & promoters collective “Da Providers”.

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Video programs

Live from the FESTIMA

The FESTIMA: International Festival of Masks and Arts of Dédougou is the largest cultural event dedicated to defending and promoting the traditional culture of African mask. Created in 1996, the 12th edition of FESTIMA will be held from February 24th to March 2nd 2014, it will be devoted to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The festival shows the living mask cultures of 45 societies, coming from Burkina Faso, Benin, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Mali, Togo and Senegal. Thanks to the dances and parades of the FESTIMA, Dédougou is the main focus point for the diffusion of mask cultures on the African continent.

The FESTIMA is organized by the Association for the Protection of Masks (ASAMA), a non-profit association, accredited by UNESCO for Intangible Cultural Heritage. Its board includes administrators from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali.

Video program by Belio Magazine

Belio is an experimental art and design project. Within the realms of this initiative, there is space for all kinds of innovative projects: from the publication of a magazine (printed or on-line), to organising presentation parties, concerts, experimental festivals, exhibitions and artistic performances… but far from limiting these realms, Belio is open to all kinds of artistic colaborations or projects. In this sense, Belio is a group of artists, graphic designers, musicians and DJs who join their efforts in order to present to the public a new kind of culture: different, bizzare… extreme. It is a group where anyone can create and develop his/her own projects in colaboration with the rest of the group.

It was founded in 1999 by Pablo and Javier Iglesias Algora, and apart of many books and magazines published, they organized Decibelio Festival back in 2005 and 2006, big art and design shows like Energías Renovadas, X10 – the 2000 effect generation and Monztaaah from outer space, in collaboration with spanish art centers and the local councils of Madrid, Zaragoza, Elche, etc.

Video program by Network Awesome

Broadcast TV has changed for the worse and isn’t getting any better – we offer something different. Network Awesome mines the resources of YouTube to bring you treasures vast and plentiful, packaged and gift-wrapped in an easier-to-watch format.  Unlike regular TV, this will not melt your brain. Instead, it causes you to re-think what TV can and should offer you.

Network Awesome is a real TV network located online.  It’s free, it’s not full of junk and it broadcasts new shows each day.  We also produce original content focusing on music, fitness, the internet, and culture – but that’s coming soon.

Our archives are stand-alone repositories of media, available anytime and are, like, totally social so you can share it with your friends. Root around in there! You’ll be amazed at what you find.

Multimedia installation

Mask by Arnaud Iprex, Videos by Arnaud Iprex, Catherine Jeanrichard, Geso and Ilan Katin.