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KLEX 2013 : “Metamorphosis”

The 4th Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival

KLEX 2013: “Metamorphosis”

22-24 November 2013


Ancient myth predicted a closure of some sort in our human stories for a point in time not too long ago. We know only so much. Nature is beyond our imagination. Who knows what will happen tomorrow? Is there a tomorrow? We anticipate, retrospect, and we wait. Quietly yet extensively gathering massive energy. Awaiting the dawn. And then, it happens. Now, we are here, you and me, all of us. And this, is the tomorrow.”


Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival (KLEX), an artist-run, grassroots international festival of experimental cinema, is back with its fourth edition, “KLEX 2013: Metamorphosis”, which is set to run from 22-24 November 2013.


The main festival venue is The Annexe (Central Market) on the weekend of 22-24 November where screening programmes, Q&A sessions with curators, and audio-visual performances will be held.


KLEX 2013 has received over 150 submissions from our open call, including works from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA and more.  From these submissions, the curatorial committee of James Lee, Chong Keat Aun & Kok Siew Wai has selected 35 short videos to create 3 KLEX Open Programmes.


In addition to the open call programmes, the festival will showcase 4 screening programmes from invited guest curators, including a special programme from the Festival International Signes de Nuit, curated by Dieter Wieczorek (Germany/France); a programme from the Filmvirus collective, curated by Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa (Thailand); and “Media/Art Kitchen: Japan-ASEAN Single Channel Screenings”, a collaborative 2-programme effort between Charmaine Toh (Singapore) and Okamura Keiko (Japan). All curators and/or representatives of the guest programmes will attend the festival in person.


This year, we also have an exciting line-up for the audio-visual performance programme on the nights of 22nd & 23rd. Participating local and international video artists, sound artists, and musicians include Andra McCartney (Canada), Chong Keat Aun, Yii Kah Hoe, Goh Lee Kwang, Wong Eng Leong, Game of Patience with Brian O’Reilly (USA), Darren Moore (Australia) & Yong Yandsen, Black Zenith, Koji Asano (Japan) & HKPT with Azzief Khaliq, Sudarshan & Christophe “Stalk” Turchi, and Jean-David Caillouët & Florian Antier (France).

Finally, a couple of artist workshops will be conducted with our special guests this year, including two exclusive film workshops by Dieter Wieczorek for students at New Era University College and Multimedia University. Canadian sound artist & scholar, Professor Andra McCartney, will conduct a soundwalk workshop that is open to the public. This soundwalk will include a group walk, reflective discussions, and individual or small group walks throughout the historical Jalan Sultan area. Prof. McCartney will also give an artist’s talk on her works in sound art. KLEX 2013 curator and community art worker Chong Keat Aun will facilitate the workshop. Interested individuals can email us to register by 15 November 2013: info@klexfilmfest.com


Come join us for a venture in experimental sight and sounds from around the world, right here in K.L.!





KLEX is a fully independent, artist-run grassroots international festival of experimental cinema founded in Malaysia in 2010. KLEX aims to serve as a platform to introduce contemporary experimental cinema from the region and worldwide to the Malaysian audience and to cultivate understanding, learning, friendship and exchange among local, regional and international experimental cinema communities. In light of the recent ascendency of independent filmmaking – in terms of recognition abroad and appreciation locally, it is timely to also explore the boundaries of cinematic art form – experimental and avant-garde cinema, which is still considered new to the Malaysian public, in both making and appreciation.


KLEX has showcased experimental films and videos from around the world – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Colombia, Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Australia, USA, Egypt and more. The festival features KLEX Programmes with works selected from an open call, and Invited Guest Programmes curated by invited international curators/artists.  International guests, curators, and artists that have attended KLEX festivals & events include Michael Brynntrup (Germany), Phoebe Man Ching Ying (Hong Kong), Hiroaki Sato, Katsuyuki Hattori & Kotaro Tanaka (Tokyo, Japan), Mary Pansanga, Wuttin Chansataboot (Thailand), Richard Tuohy (Australia), Debora Bernagozzi (USA) and Jason Bernagozzi (USA). Leading up to the actual festival, KLEX organizes a series of events, including video screenings and audio-visual performances, at local colleges, art galleries and alternative venues such as Findars, Southern University College, SEGi College, Sama-sama Guesthouse, New Era University College, Dasein Academy of Art and more.


Since 2010, KLEX has collaborated with international friends in the experimental cinema community such as the Images Festival (Canada), Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (Thailand), OK Festival (Indonesia), 14eme Festival du Cinéma Asiatque de Tours (France), Director’s Lounge (Germany), HBK Film Forum – Braunschweig University of Art (Germany), KOSMA-Korean Society of Media Arts (Korea), Ghent-based artist collective Port Actif (Belgium) and Tokyo-based artist collective Spread Video Project Second Aspect (SVP2) (Japan).


Organizers:                        KLEX; SiCKL (artist collective)

Email address:                  info@klexfilmfest.com

Festival Websites:           www.klexfilmfest.com / https://www.facebook.com/klexfilmfest

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