MSK04 is a 10-second excerpt from Jakob Dwight’s 4:45 minute video of the same name. As part of the Autonomous Prism collection, the work takes the form of a glitchy animation and is derived from a piece of found video artefact, which is manipulated by an algorithm into imagery which can be described as coagulated lines and colours or visual noise. The work examines the idea and form of the mask together with the decontextualisation of African artefacts via museums and early Modernists as in Picasso's Les Desmoiselles D'Avignon and looks at the mask as a catalyst for bringing together two worlds.

Dwight’s aleatoric “mask-form generator” has yielded thousands of unique and near-unique masks thus far. The artist calls each of the masks an analysand - referencing a wider conversation about the composition and interactions of one undergoing psychoanalysis.

The Autonomous Prism is featured in the group exhibition Disguise: Masks and Global African Art on view at Brooklyn Museum from April to September 2016.


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