Being anonymous seems simple; you want to hide your real identity. How about anonymity for an entire group, to be used as a statement?
To collectively deny another party your identity can be empowering when all participants choose to have the same identity, or lack thereof, rather than just hide their true self.
For Anonymous, their disguise of choice is the mask from the movie V for Vendetta; a stylized representation of Guy Fawkes. In this film the mask is used to give the people of London the opportunity to rise up against an oppressive regime and collectively ignore the yellow-coded curfew alert.
This monday, The Independent wrote about the government of The Kingdom of Bahrain that banned the import of said Guy Fawkes masks, penalized with arrest. This is a bit of a petty move on part of the government of Bahrain but as The Independent states:
“Sadly, though, it is but a mask. And the thing about a masks is, you can print them, paint them or draw them yourself.”
However, in order to do so it is necessary that these masks are still identical to each other, otherwise the power of this collective anonymity is lost.
There are a few papercraft projects online but they are always a printed version of the plastic mask and I was interested in a more digital looking form, making it clear the eventually worn mask came from a downloaded file. I decided to alter an existing ‘thing’ on the social platform for DIY objects into the likeness of V for Vendetta’s protagonist.
Such an alteration could jumpstart a new collective identity for the entire movement, born out of solidarity.
I’m working on a traceable fold-out that can be cut or milled from plastic so you can easily multiply a number of masks with plain paper and a pen.
Will post that here and on Thingiverse when done.
+ Article on The Independent
+ Linked there by The New Aesthetic
+ The mask I uploaded to Thingiverse