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Masks of the World

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 12, 2021

This is an excerpt from a short film called Beyond Noh that cycles through 3,475 different masks from around the world — ceremonial masks, costume masks, gas masks, N95 masks, catcher’s masks, etc. The film is by Patrick Smith (I featured his video Gun Shop a few years back), who told Colossal:

To me, masks are an interesting way to view humanity. It seems to me that every culture in the history of the world has participated in some form of mask making, whether it’s for performance, ritual, protest, or utility.

Compilations like this will always remind me of this clip art movie from 2006 and, of course, Noah Kalina’s Everyday. The full film is available to Smith’s paying members on YouTube. (via colossal)