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Since the Ancient Greeks used masks in ritual drama, cultureshave embraced masks for religion, circumstance, identity andhumour.Men may favour the Moretta mask, worn by women and kept inplace by a button held by the front teeth therefore restrictingthe opportunity to speakCircumstance gave birth to the Plague Doctor Mask longbeak to avoid contamination while dealing with the plague
With only 5 minutes I ve the more simple the mask the selected twoperiods in our history to more ambiguous and examineRenaissance Italy and the digital age contradictory the character
Masquerade wasn t about being somebodyelse, it was about being yourself withoutconsequence. - Alexander Pope
13th Century where masked men threwscented eggs at ladies, a practice shortlyprohibited
It then became an opportunity for thewealthy to escape social conventions andgossip, flirt, fraternise with those of a lowerstatus
While eliminating distinction, anonymity ledto perceived immorality and restrictions onuse
What would you say or do if you feared noconsequence?
The characters of Commedia Dell artetheatre were defined by their masks. Theywere not something to hide behind, in factthey required the actors to be moreoutrageous - Rodney Dangerfield
Mask did not limit physicality of the theatreor expressionTraits were unified across masks to amplifycertain characteristics nose, forehead
Il Dottore s mask is bulbous and exposesthe cheeks to be highlighted and reddenedPantalone long pointed nose
Zanni low eyebrows, wrinkled forehead,the larger the nose the stupider the ZanniArlecchino low forehead, crooked withevil intentions, small nose intelligentIl Capitano less mask to give large eyesfor the audience to see them open in fear
While scenarios were often improvised withinterjection of pre-determined lazzi(character s joke), you can take thecommedia characters and turn a traditionalplay into something completely different.
The contradiction of anonymity and privacyhas never been so prevalent. - William Astle
We choose an avatar as a way ofpersonifying our online presence, creatinga personal brand, creating an identifier.How often do you change your profileimages and why?
We use online as an opportunity to amplifyand mute our emotions.
We ve found a sneaky balance betweenanonymity and personalisation if youknow the person you can see how theavatar is similar but you couldn t identifysomeone specifically by their picture.
Despite the best efforts of a lot of peoplewe are discovering you can t pretend to besomeone you re not for too long becauseyour true identity will always come through