Text topic: Mask and Masking
Text author: Бојана Шкорц
From a psychological point of view, the relation between a mask and the masked can have developmental and creative potentials. To wear a mask does not necessarily mean that one has given up one’s authenticity. A mask could become an entrance to the open space between a sign and the signed, a dynamic space in which to build one’s identity – to be who you are not or to become who you are. It is a space for play, art, improvisation and learning. The ideas of Jung, Laing, Bohm, Washburn, Vygotsky and others are discussed regarding their understanding of the sign-signed relation. Alienation is seen as an ontological gap between a sign and the signed, a mask and the face behind it. A change in scientific paradigm initiated by quantum physics is discussed from the position of transpersonal psychology, where a sign and the signed (a mask and the masked) could be seen as events in multidimensional orders.