We live in times of crises and failing economic systems. No wonder that questions of change are recurrent. Protest culture is having a revival.
Every revolution has its icons. Nowadays, we see the mask show up. Wearing a mask is a carnivalesque strategy. Carnival is a ritual, temporarily dismantling social and political regimes, suspending norms and values. But after this limited period of allowed disorder and change, the order is restored.
So the question arises: does the current wave of protests serve as an illusion of carnival? Or have we forgotten the function of carnival? Have we forgotten that the purpose of the ritual is to remember?
To Each His Own Mask is a challenging artistic documentary by filmmaker and visual artist Tine Guns, linked to her installation Perpetual Moment of Pause that was exhibited at Netwerk Aalst, LhGWR in The Hague and OSTRALE in Dresden.
The sound design proces was an intense collaboration with Tine. She experimented with looping found footage while editing with Karel De Cock. It took some effort and focus to produce extra tracks and sound that delivered the certain drive that we needed. At the same time, the sound shouldn’t get too close to the beautiful music tracks by CHVE and SYNDROME. A lot of ping-pong work did the job in the end.
written and directed by TINE GUNS, produced by ANIMAL TANK, sound design and mix by RUBEN NACHTERGAELE, music by CHVE & SYNDROME, editor KAREL DE COCK & TINE GUNS, co-produced by ARGOS, CENTRE FOR ART & MEDIA NETWERK / CENTRUM VOOR HEDENDAAGSE KUNST and VZW 10191, with the support of: FLANDERS AUDIOVISUAL FUND, TAX SHELTER OF THE BELGIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FLANDERS FILM FUNDING