On the leading edge: KLEX fest rolls out 10th version

Would it not be honest to say that one by no means is aware of precisely what to anticipate on the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Movie, Video and Music Competition (KLEX)? Maybe the one factor that’s fixed right here is change, flux and good little surprises.

From the identify of this artist-run grassroots worldwide competition, newcomers can take a stab at what to anticipate right here.

However there’s absolutely no substitute for experiencing it in particular person.

For example, we all know that Australian experimental filmmakers Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, again at KLEX for the third time, can be presenting their authentic 16mm movies.

“Richard and Dianna are very smitten by preserving the historical past of celluloid movies. This can be a uncommon deal with for the Malaysian viewers as celluloid movies nearly don’t exist within the eyes of most of the people right here,” says competition founder Kok Siew Wai.

However it’s onerous to think about what the movie is about when all you understand is that it consists of footage from a trailer for an Indonesian propaganda movie from the early 1980s. Ask extra, and you can be instructed that this footage “melts right into a soup of chemigrammed perforations”.

Chemi-what? Experimental, you say?

That is simply one of many 60 quick movies that can be proven at this 12 months’s KLEX, which runs from Dec 6-Eight at Uncooked Arts House and The Saxophone Retailer in KL.

Out of those 60 shorts, 30 had been chosen from the KLEX open name in April. The works, chosen from a complete of 180 submissions, vary from animation, summary graphics, image-sound experimentation and manipulated narratives.

The opposite 30 movies can be screened on the Worldwide Visitor Programmes the place invited curators/artists from Australia, Canada and Germany will showcase their work.

A scene from Silk Road Of Pop, a documentary directed by Sameer Farooq that captures the challenges of a minority group in China and the role of music in the community. Photo: Sameer FarooqA scene from Silk Highway Of Pop, a documentary directed by Sameer Farooq that captures the challenges of a minority group in China and the function of music locally. Picture: Sameer Farooq

From Canadian filmmaker Scott Miller Berry, take a look at The Silk Highway Of Pop, a function documentary based mostly on the music scene inside a minority group in China, and a brief movie compilation by “re:assemblage collective” that displays on the notion of loss.

Montreal-based movie curator Fabrizio Gilardino and Competition Acces Asie director Khosro Berahmandi will present quick movie programme by six Montreal-based Asian-Canadian artists.

It is usually below this phase the place Tuohy and Barrie can be presenting a movie projection efficiency.

That is the 10th version of KLEX and its theme this 12 months – “Zero 1 Zero One” – displays this.

“It’s a direct reference to KLEX’s historical past, as a solely artist-and volunteer-run competition that has been operating for the 10th consecutive 12 months, serving as an necessary platform in South-East Asia that helps and introduces modern experimental cinema and improvised music from the area and worldwide, to the Malaysian viewers. Then we began to consider the idea behind ‘1’ and ‘0’. ‘0’ is of nothing, however every part begins from nothing. ‘1’ is the place one thing begins off: after ‘1’, all issues develop and turn into limitless prospects,” says Kok.

On a conceptual degree, she provides, “Zero 1” could be interpreted as binary codes; of nothingness and of existence; of a recurrent life cycle such because the cycle of seasons.

This 12 months’s KLEX can have 37 musicians/performers, a record-breaking feat for this competition which began with simply seven in its first version in 2011.

All of the native musicians on this 12 months’s competition have participated in KLEX earlier than, whereas a number of from overseas are new. Returning names embody Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore), Dirk Johan Stromberg (US), Liu Fangyi (Taiwan) and Josten Myburgh (Australia).

A video still from Christine Negus's 'Our Home'. Photo: Christine NegusA video nonetheless from Christine Negus’s ‘Our House’. Picture: Christine NegusIn earlier years, Kok has referred to KLEX because the “enjoyable little DIY competition with high quality” and she or he nonetheless stands by it.

“We’re nonetheless modest when it comes to monetary help and services, and all the committee workforce have been volunteers for the reason that first competition. All of us are artists – whether or not visible, video/sound or musicians – and our type of administration is totally different from corporate-run festivals. We respect artists. In reality, we’re considered one of them. Maybe that is the widespread floor that make many like-minded artists eager on collaborating within the competition. The artists additionally search for real content material and I believe that KLEX provides that,” says Kok.

KLEX movie programmes have toured to the USA this 12 months, exhibiting at a few universities and a up to date artwork centre. In September, Kok offered a KLEX programme on the 33rd Picture Discussion board Competition in Tokyo, one of many necessary experimental movie festivals in Asia.

In December, one other KLEX programme is scheduled to indicate in Perth, Australia.

Kuala Lumpur Experimental Movie, Video and Music Competition (KLEX) is on from Dec 6-8, at Uncooked Artwork House (No. 8) and The Saxophone Retailer (No. 6), 4th Ground, Jalan Panggong in Kuala Lumpur. Tickets are by advised donation of RM10 (movie screenings) and RM30 (music and performances). Pupil costs out there. Opening night time movie screening is free admission.

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