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DIGITAL

MASKS

Dates:  March 10, April 5 - 3:00pm GMT

Location: Instagram & Website

Description

"Digital masks are often used in Insta and Facebook stories. Beauty filters, distorting or downright fanciful filters, they allow you to stage yourself on the networks and develop autofiction. They recall the primary function of the mask: to conceal its identity in a subversive way, but also its spiritual vocation by allowing contact with another dimension or metaphysical entities. Nani$ôka masks are tools for acting in the digital space, proposing rituals to be shared. Their publication implies from the outset the pooling and dissemination of the artistic gesture in digital space. They invite us to re-enchant our network practices.

 

"Once upon a time, there was a biological cataclysm that shook the earth and the cosmos. Digital entities taught some living beings a new way of relating. Firefox was born Phoenix, then transformed into a firebird and finally became Fire Fox. It guides beings moving in the digital space. It masters Wireless Fidelity (WIFI: Wirelless Fidelity), a form of social energy, magic, manaa. This very long range connection mode allows Fire Fox to move around the world at the speed of the waves. On its way, it crosses human beings and accompanies their quests".

 

In this time of pandemic, digital is more than ever at the heart of our lives. It allows us to continue to be together, to communicate with our loved ones, to circulate our ideas. It is hard to imagine doing without it. The evidence is there: a large part of humanity lives in digital worlds and our devices are becoming an extension of our bodies. Yet, during the confinement, something fundamental is missing: conviviality, the physical presence of others.

 

Nani$ôka group reinjects spirituality and poetry to the digital world and thinks about rituals to get in touch with its entities. From these practices, legends emerge and stories are invented. These speculative fictions propose to rethink our present and to question our relationship to worlds in the digital age. There are few symbolic discourses to apprehend the digital space and the entities that populate it. 

 

Since this reflection, Nani$ôka groupe has been composing "Digital Masks" to navigate between physical and digital space.

 

We created our first digital masks in 2019 during a residency in Zagreb, Croatia. We use the software Spark AR, edited by Facebook. It allows us to produce masks that can be published on Instagram and Facebook. Insta masks are often used in stories. Beauty filters, distorting filters or outright fantasy filters, the masks allow you to stage yourself on the networks and to elaborate an autofiction. They recall the primary function of the mask: to conceal one's identity in a subversive way, but also its spiritual vocation by allowing contact with another dimension or metaphysical entities. Nani$ôka masks are tools for acting in the digital space, proposing rituals to be shared. Their publication implies from the outset the pooling and dissemination of the artistic gesture in digital space. They invite us to re-enchant our network practices.

 

During the Afropixel #8 residency, each artist will be invited to think about the elements of a mask, its history, its legend and its action. We will create the mask with him/her by videoconference. Then he will be able to film himself with his mask and send us these images. We will make video capsules for each mask, showing its realisation, its history and its use. The masks can be published on the artist's insta account, that of Nani$ôka and Ker Thiossane during the afropixel festival. The videos will be published at the end of the residency, on the afropixel website and on our respective networks. The masks will thus be able to circulate in the digital space, inviting us to continue this collective narration. 

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Masks

COLLECTIF NANI$OKA

Nani$ôka Groupe is an artist collective founded in 2016.

 

Nani$ôka is composed of two Japanese words, Nani 何 and Sôka そつか that we are used to hear in animated manga. An infinite loop of questions and understandings. A perpetual search.

 

In the manner of a music label, each artist keeps an autonomous personal practice. We use the collective form as a means of emulation and enrichment of our practices. 

 

We have common axes of reflection which allow us to create events.

punctually on behalf of the collective. On these occasions, we combine our practices in order to arrive at a common proposal. The group format is also a political positioning that allows us to exist in an artistic context where competition is often privileged over cooperation.

 

Our main lines of research can be summarised as follows:

- The festival as a political and artistic space, to be done in concert.

- Spirituality and digital space. Rhythms and Rites of Homo Numéricus.

How can we think of forms and symbols of contemporary spirituality that take into account digital space as well as physical space? How to make them into situated cosmogonies?

 

We create events that attempt to break down the artist/audience boundary. To do so, we build spaces adapted to these events: a place to host a particular rite. We also invest the digital space like painters, exploring a range of software.

 

We also seek to ensure that our forms invite community, to develop an attention to others. This is why we question the Concert format in the sense of "doing together".

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SEUMBOY

REAL NAME

Seumboy Vrainom: € is an activist above ground. Not uprooted but well above ground, like certain plants cultivated in the colonial agronomy garden near Paris between 1902 and 1965. He tries to develop a spiritual and political approach to digital space through performances and videos.

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HV $ VH

HV $ VH is an apprentice alchemist who attempts to transmute

emotions and interactions between people, using visual waves and

sound. He builds pictorial and sound spaces through painting and music.

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LORIS

GASMARAN

Loris Gasmaran is an apprentice geomancer. He's been trying since

the ground, to bring out three-dimensional artefacts (figures) (.elles)

whose meaning can be interpreted by combining mathematics and

the history of forms.

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Shivay La Multiple teaches reason the language of dreams and combines different mediums to create her own symbolic system. Shivay La Multiple's worlds are never fixed, they are protean, constantly in motion and in perpetual mutation. Her research is composed of several layers made of numerous threads and knots, mirroring the present time, leaving, like a carpet, traces of the past between the threads of the weft and suggesting the possibilities of the future.

SHIVAY

THE MULTIPLE

Camille Varenne makes documentary films that explore new feminist and decolonial practices, new emancipatory languages, new political subjectivities. Anchored in reality, the characters in his films develop liberating autofictions.

CAMILLE

VARENNE

RESIDENTS

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MOSES

TOGO

MALI

Graduated from the Bamako Conservatory (Mali) in multimedia section and from the Fresnoy-Studio national des arts contemporains (France). Moïse Togo has been passionate about art from a young age, he began his university studies in 2010 at the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences of Bamako-Mali. Then, his artistic ambitions lead him to the conservatory of Bamako then to Fresnoy. His work questions the evolution of African belief in a modern, virtual world; new technology and the social conditions of being. He became known as a director with his film "GWACOULOU" which won the grand jury prize of Dakar-court 2020. The plasticity of his work varies from one production to another because his approach consists of experimentation in order to create other cinematographic writings. Currently, he lives and works in Roubaix in France.

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ARMIN

KANE

SENEGAL

Multidisciplinary artist, Armin touches as well, painting, sculpture, patchwork, assemblage, installation and video. His plastic work generally questions the

behavior of people who are looking for landmarks / haunts in the face of changes.

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He has participated in artistic residencies in Dakar, Brussels, Madrid, Mali .... as well as national and international exhibitions in Dakar, St Louis, Amsterdam, Rennes,

Casablanca, Berlin, Istanbul, Italy, Manchester, Quito, Ecuador, Fez,

Casablanca, Namur, Italy ....

He participated in workshops at IRAVM (Regional Institute of Visual Art of Martinique) as part of the digital wind rose and in theoretical and practical workshops on the educational suitcase and interactive art at KER

THIOSSANE in Dakar

Selected at the 8th Dakar Biennale (Dak'Art 2008), he is part of the “State of

L3 ”. He is also a founding member of "Studio KAKATAR", a structure which is active in the field of production and realization of animated films.

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Animator, since 2005, at the expression workshop of the psychiatric clinic Moussa DIOP of the CHNU of Fann in Dakar for interned patients (art therapy), Armin is also an external speaker at the child psychiatry unit `` Ker Xaleyi '' of the same structure.

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He has been working since 2015 in a project of `` artistic research laboratory in the city '' in

Dakar and Brussels on the theme of '' COMMON PLACE ''.

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DAO

SADA

Burkina Faso

After a school and technical training course in the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire and in Burkina Faso, Sada DAO embarked on scenography in 1998 to become one of the most confirmed African scenographers. Founder and former official artistic director of Face-O-Scéno, he works as a full-time scenographer and dreams of opening a scenography school in Burkina Faso.

Sada DAO asserts its identity as a committed African artist, without denying interbreeding, other languages ​​and aesthetics. He seeks to place his stage design approach at the very start of the African continent, as an art and technique inherent in the live shows that are practiced there.

In 2008, he was nominated Best Scenographer of the Grand Prix du Théâtre d'Afrique Francophone, for the course of Face-O-Scéno. In 2009, he was selected for the nominations for the Critics' Prize in Scenography in Belgium, for the creation, “Un homme est un homme”, directed by René GEORGES and Salifou KIENTEGA.

In 2014, he created the show “Nabi-Bila” in Ouagadougou, which will be performed in France in two different departments in 2019. His project is to develop this creation and bring it to life on several continents.

In 2016 he won the Lompolo prize for best scenographer in Burkina Faso

He continued his research and training work by obtaining in September 2019 a Higher National Diploma in Plastic Expression at the Ecole Supérieure d'Arts de Clermont-Ferrand (ESACM).