In “Masked Rituals” two fighters (Marcelo Daza and Yun Lee) engage in drills and rituals of protection before facing off in a fight to exhaustion navigating the lines between attraction and repulsion, intimacy and violence. Throughout the fight, the commentary gradually shifts from narration to generated text on capitalist masculinity, eventually melting into a cinematic soundtrack.
Yun Lee is a US born, Hong Kong raised artist and curator who mostly works with lecture-performances, sound, digital culture, and workshops. They are concerned with how our technologically filtered ways of seeing and hearing both limit and extend the ways we compose and define what it means to be human. Yun was not allowed to do any martial arts training as a child. As an adult, they fell in love with boxing and MMA and have been training for several years. Marcelo S. Daza is a multidisciplinary artist born in Chile in 1991, and currently based in Berlin. He works as a musician and sound/installation artist in Theatre/Performance collectives, dance companies, and as a soloist. As an artistic director, Marcelo has created different platforms for emerging artists, presenting works at festivals, theatres, digital platforms, and as well as street interventions. He has trained as a boxer for the past 3 years. His practice looks for shared sensorial experiences and to open space for artists who are not considered in Berlin’s networks.