The Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video and Music Festival (KLEX) is back with its seventh edition, KLEX 2016: SPARK to introduce contemporary experimental cinema and music from the region and worldwide to the Malaysian audience, as well as to introduce works from Southeast Asia to global audience.
Set to take place from 24th to 27th November 2016 at several artist-run independent art spaces such as Lostgens’ Contemporary Artspace, Findars and Next New Wave, the festival includes open programmes, international guest programmes, non-camera film workshop, as well as music and audio-visual performances.
The open programmes feature 39 experimental short films which have been shortlisted from 250 submissions from Malaysia, Austria, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, and others. The short films will be screened throughout the festival under three themes; Go Away Sorrow of the World, The Pursuit of Story and Rhythm of Life.
In addition, the festival has revealed the international line-up of artists and musicians for the music and audio-visual performances, including Asger Thomsen (Denmark), C-drÌk (Belgium/Germany), Charlotte Clermont (Canada), Dharma (Singapore), DJ Urine (France), Ikbal S. Lubys (Indonesia), Liu Fangyi (Taiwan), Nous perçons les oreilles (Canada), Paul Timings (New Zealand), Riar Rizaldi (Indonesia) and Yngel (Denmark); and local artists Goh Yen-Lin, Kok Siew-Wai, Sudarshan Chandra Kumar, Tey Beng Tze, Wong Yok Teng and Yong Yandsen.
On the other hand, the international guest programmes will showcase three German Programmes: two short film programmes from the Berlinale Spotlight of the prestigious 66th Berlin International Film Festival 2015, and one from Lowave; an American programme featuring works from Upstate New York artists; a South Korean programme with works from Seoul based-teaching artists; and a solo film screening by Taiwanese filmmaker Wu Tzu-an.
The festival also feature a non-camera film workshop which is limited to 15 participants that will teach on different ways to create or destroy images on 16mm film, with clear leader film and found footage, and without a camera.
Founded locally in 2010 by a cross-disciplinary group of artists, the independent, artist-run grassroots international festival of experimental film, video art and music also receives the support from the Goethe-Institut Malaysia, Next New Wave and the Korean Association of Film Educationa (KAFE).