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Bal Masqué: EMAP Closing Party at Ars Electronica, organized by IMPAKT

FLOW Architecture (IT), Andrius Arutiunian (NL), Andrej Boleslavský (CZ), Adam Donovan (AU) & Katrin Hochschuh (DE), Mark Farid (GB), Moritz Simon Geist (DE), Sophie Hoyle (GB), Karen Lancel (NL) and Hermen Maat (NL), Kasia Molga (PL/UK), Margherita Pevere (IT), Quimera Rosa (FR), Silvia Rosani (GB), Birk Schmithüsen (DE), uh513 (María Castellanos & Alberto Valverde) (ES)

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Join us for a unique closing party of Ars Electronica 2021, on 11 September 2021! The Bal Masqué is a virtual club night: a corona-proof merger of an online dance battle, a digital masked ball and a multitude of individual VJ-set. You are all invited to wear your most crazy digital or real masks and party with us. Because of the pandemic, we now live, meet, work, celebrate and breathe online, and the ZOOM virtual background and Snap Camera mask options have become the new way to give flavor to our digital existence.

The Bal Masqué explores these new virtual environments as places for creativity, shared experiences, identity building, collectivity and fun. Zoom allows you to blur your background or import a new stationary image. But you can also make your own virtual backgrounds, import your own video compilations and even perform live coding and VJ sets in it. If you combine it with Snap Camera and Lens Studio, you can add your own masks or adapt and play with existing masks. To help you unleash your creativity we are organizing two workshops: Face and Body Filters (9 September) and VJ-ing on Zoom (10 September). The battles are the highlights of the Bal Masqué, in which three participants at a time show off their best virtual backgrounds and mask and compete for the prize for the most exceptional performance. But don’t take it all too seriously. The main purpose of the Bal Masqué and the battles is to have some online fun. And if you feel a bit shy, you can also join the party completely anonymously behind your mask as part of the audience.

Get inspired with teasers from previous Bal Masqué at IMPAKT: https://vimeo.com/521956461/27c99d8f47.
To participate as an audience member or battle participant, register at: https://forms.gle/zVjT7vXQTpPcrwwL8.

IMPAKT: IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] is a media arts organization based in Utrecht and founded in 1988. We present critical and creative views on contemporary media culture and arts, in an interdisciplinary context. Our aim is to identify urgent issues in our digital and transglobal culture, by focusing on the relationship between society, media, technology and arts. Throughout the year, we organize activities online and at our venue at Lange Nieuwstraat 4, including exhibitions, screenings, presentations, panels and the yearly IMPAKT Festival. The upcoming IMPAKT Festival 2021 Modern Love takes place from 3-7 November. Co-curated by Katerina Gregos, it explores the state of love and romantic relations in the age of the Internet, dating apps and social media.
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