The masked arts of Indonesia are thousands of years old. They are commonly referred to as wayang topeng (wayang: shadow or puppet; topeng: mask). It is believed that wayang topeng originated from tribal death rites, where masked dancers were considered the interpreters of the gods.
In the lowest rungs of Javanese society a unique manifestation of these masked traditions can be found. Its practitioners are performers, but they are not merely entertainers. Their aim is not simply to amuse. Their ambition is to be respected, to be honored, to be successful. They have embarked on a path they know will lead to a higher state, to an honorable and noble position.
As part of Peripheral Intuitions’ two-week residency, filmmakers Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy will present “MASKED MONKEYS AND SPIRIT ANARCHY” under the name OJOBOCA. Come for the screening, but stay for the live performance to enter the trance of an ancient rite.
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Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy are filmmakers based in Berlin. They work together under the moniker OJOBOCA. They have presented their films and performances in a wide variety of venues and festivals worldwide, among them the Wexner Center for the Arts, Vienna Film Museum, HKW, Künstverein München, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Berlin Film Festival, Visions du Réel, RIDM, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival. Dornieden and González Monroy are members of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.
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