MASKING

MASKING is an experimental video by Joellyn Rock, created during the evolving pandemic of 2020-2021. The visual narrative draws from historical imagery of plague and pandemic masks, theatrical and ritual masques, protective masks designed for science and medical use, and…

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MASKING is an experimental video by Joellyn Rock, created during the evolving pandemic of 2020-2021. The visual narrative draws from historical imagery of plague and pandemic masks, theatrical and ritual masques, protective masks designed for science and medical use, and homespun mask-making rising to meet the supply demands of the Covid-19 crisis. MASKING uses a mix of zoom-remote and live-local interviews, a motley collection of audio/visual media marked by these scrappy times. Segments feature costume designer Sasha Howell of Zeitgeist Arts Mask Force, textile artist/designer, Kirsten Aune, and mixed-media artist/puppeteer, Mary Plaster. Philosophy Professors Dr. Alexis Elder and Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer thoughtfully consider the ethics and social justice issues raised by masking. Political Scientist, Dr. Jeremy Youde and Essentia Health’s Chief Well-Being Officer, Dr. Nancy Sudak help us think about public health attitudes during pandemics past and present. This work remixes colors and textures from public domain images, improvised dance by Kayla Schiltgen and Kristen Hylenski, and electronic music by JJ Sivak. MASKING is a messy search for a way to process the days we are living through.

Special thanks to many friends and family who contributed thoughts, creative work, and masked selfies to this project. MASKING is dedicated to life-long puppeteer Alice Wittig, whose wisdom and creativity at age 92 is astonishing.

Credits:

1_Intro / Mask Definition
Excerpt from: Metamorphoses / Of disease and disguise by Matthew Battles
Anthropostures / May 14, 2020
Read by Rob Wittig

Dance by Kayla Schiltgen and Kristen Hylenski
Music by JJ Sivak
Dance input Cathy Podeszwa
Videography by Vicky Lehman, Rob Wittig, Joellyn Rock

2_Making and Masks
Interview with Sasha Howell
Costume Designer and Maker
St. Scholastica Theatre
Zeitgeist Mask Force

3_Ethics and Masks
Interview with Dr. Alexis Elder
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Minnesota Duluth
Thomas Dorr video and tech support

4_Creativity and Masks
Interview with Kirsten Aune
Textile Artist and Designer
and Forestasia Aune
Aune Design Fashion Models
Forestasia Aune, Linnea Hinkle, Jess Himango, Tricia Ryan, Rosemary Guttormsson, Amanda Hunter, Mary Mathews (featuring her own apparel)

5_Public Health and Masks
Interviews :
Dr. Jeremy Youde
Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
University of Minnesota Duluth

Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Head, Department of Geography and Philosophy
Chair, Philosophy and Cognitive Science
University of Minnesota Duluth

Dr. Nancy Sudak
Chief Well-Being Officer
Director of Integrative Health
Essentia Health

Video interview of Dean Youde by
Dan Fitzpatrick, UMD MMADLab
Students in Art 2040 Digital Filmmaking

6_Social Justice and Masks
Interviews :
Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Head, Department of Geography and Philosophy
Chair, Philosophy and Cognitive Science
University of Minnesota Duluth

Dr. Alexis Elder
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Minnesota Duluth
Thomas Dorr video and tech support

7_Ritual and Masks
Interview: Mary Plaster
Mixed-Media Artist and Puppeteer
Duluth All Souls events
Crowd-sourced video by
Jason Fredrickson, Tate Huckstad, Eleanore Hunt, Tony Nowak, Daniel Benoit, Joellyn Rock, and many others
All Souls puppeteers, including Troy Rogers

8_Let’s Get Quarantined
Dance by Kayla Schiltgen and Kristen Hylenski
Dance input Cathy Podeszwa
Videography by Vicky Lehman, Rob Wittig, Joellyn Rock

Music by JJ Sivak
“Let’s Get Quarantined” / Absurd by J.J. / ALBUM 2021
Available on Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/album/absurd/1546894232
also on Spotify, Sound Cloud, iTunes

Kayla Schiltgen Dance
https://www.kaylaschiltgen.com / social media @kaylaschiltgen

Kirsten Aune Design
https://www.kirstenaune.com/

Mary Plaster Artist Website
http://maryplaster.com/

Images of creative work
by Sasha Howell, Kirsten Aune, and Mary Plaster used by permission of the artists

Public Domain Images from NIAID and NIH Image and Animation Galleries
Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / CDC / cdc.gov
Historic Images in Public Domain from Wikimedia

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