program 2022

Put Your Mask Back On

Johann Calderón
Johann Calderón is a german painter / media designer / video artist.
He studied Visual Communication at the HS Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf Germany with the main focus on Fine Arts, Video, Photography & Graphic Design. He lives and works in Córdoba, Argentina.
Nightsick (Experimental Short; B/W), German05 or the Dog and the small Prices (Experimental Short; B/W), Miseria (Experimental Short; B/W), Ovulation (Experimental Short Animation; B/W), Cleansing Process (Experimental Short; B/W), Carnations (Experimental Short Animation; Color), Between Borders (Short Documentary; Color), Three Drops of Water and a Dragonfly (Short Documentary, VideoArt, Color), Silver (Experimental Short Animation; Color), Simplon (Video Art; Color), A Day In The Life Of Frusnuggels Penk (Experimental / Video Art, Color), Put Your Mask Back On (Video Art; B/W & Color), Burn (Video Art, B/W & Color)
Exhibitions / Past Film Festivals:
Intervals Festival (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia), Barcelona Indie Filmmaker Festival (Barcelona, Spain), MicroActs – Artist Film Screening (London, United Kingdom), Non-Syntax Experimental Image Festival (Tokyo / Kyoto / Hakata-ku, Japan), Insomnia International Animation Film Festival (Moscow, Russia), Festival de Fenacir (Rio Verde, México), MUTA Festival Internacional de Apropiación Audiovisual (Lima, Peru), MalatestaShort Film Festival „All you can see“ (Cesena, Italy), Experimental Film Festival (Barcelona, Spain), Videotitlán Festival de Video (Callao, Peru), KinoDrome: International Motion Picture & Screenplay Festival (Cleveland / Ohio, United States), Experimental Superstars (Novi Sad, Serbia), Garofano Rosso Film Festival (Avezzano, Italy), Façade Video Festival (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Pune Short Film Festival (Pune, India), Make Art Not Fear (Porto, Portugal), ULTRAcinema Cine Experimental y de Found Footage (Tepoztlán, Mexico), Athens Digital Arts Festival | Tactus (Athens, Greece), Crossings Poetic International Film Festival (Milwaukee, United States), VASTLab Experimental (Los Angeles, United Sates), Intervalli Festival Cinema (Padova, Italy), International Moving Film Festival (Chorramschahr, Iran), MikroFAF – International Festival of DIY and Independent Short Film (Belgrade, Serbia), Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), Film Fest Kodama Environmental Short Film Festival (Glasgow, United Kingdom / Buenos Aires, Argentina), UNDER_the_RADAR (Vienna, Austria), XPRMNTL Anti-Film Festival (London, United Kingdom), Festival Transterritorial de Cine Underground (Buenos Aires / Tigre / Quilmes, Argentina, Medellin, Colombia), Interface Video Art Festival (Zagreb, Croatia), Le Prince International Film Festival (Caracas, Venezuela), Dante Sunset Film Fest (Cartagena, Colombia), Moinho Cine Fest (Porto, Portugal), ROFIFE Rotary International Short Film Festival (Bolu, Turkey), Fisura – International Festival of Experimental Film & Video (Mexico City, Mexico), Bizarrya Short Film Festival (Porto, Portugal), Esto Es Para Esto EIC – International Film Exhibition (Monterrey, Mexico), Sydney Underground Film Festival (Sydney, Australia), Black & White Festival Audiovisual (Porto, Portugal), Amsterdam Film eXperience (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Busho Short Film Festival (Budapest, Hungary), Independents‘ Film Festival (Tampa / Florida, United States), Peats Ridge Music and Arts Festival (Glenworth Valley, Australia), Bridge Fest Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada), ArtsFest Film Festival (Harrisburg / Pennsylvania, United States), Sound Experimental Film Festival (Laredo / Texas, United States), MUMIA World Underground Animation Festival (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), ABSTRACTA International Abstract Cinema Exhibition (Rome, Italy), Berlin Independent Film Festival (Berlin, Germany), Addis International Human Rights Film Festival (Addis Ababa / Ethiopia, Africa), Boom Festival Biennale (Idanha a Nova, Portugal), Moscow International Experimental Film Festival / Online (Moscow, Russia), Montreal Independent Film Festival / Online (Montreal, Canada), Light From Space “The Sun” Festival / Online (Chicago, United States), Hallucinea Film Festival / Online (Paris, France), Baveria3 Radio Music & Video Contest / Online (Munich, Germany), LoudSoulMusic Festival / Online (Belgrade, Serbia), Citric Signals Video Network „Micro“ / Online (Orlando / Florida, United States)
Audience Award for OVULATION (Bridge Fest Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada), Best Short Documentary for BETWEEN BORDERS (Berlin Independent Film Festival, Berlin, Germany), Second Place for SILVER (Category “Experimental – Sound or Image Driven“, KinoDrome – International Motion Picture & Screenplay Festival, Cleveland / Ohio, United States), BEST SOUND for SILVER (Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
“Put your Mask back on” is a 2:40 min minimalistic video art piece about child / human abuse.
The action lies hidden in the background. The mother often admonishes her daughter to put the mask back on. The viewer does not hear this; only the title is representative.
In contrast to this, only the ceiling fan of the house can be seen, which is turned upside down and thus performs a funny dance. The middle part is accompanied by distorted hula music and consequently proceeds with the absurdity of this situation.
During the video, the girl can be heard several times, saying: “There are everywhere dead frogs”.
The mother doesn’t respond to her words, she seems to reject seeing the frogs.
This is an allusion to the second plague in the story of Exodus:
“This is what the great LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will go up on you and your people and all your officials. — Exodus 8:1–4”