DOUBLE BILL: SERIOUS PLAY IMPROV LAB (SPIL 005) + EXPERIMENTAL VIDEO SCREENINGIt’s a DOUBLE BILL! Friday, 19 Sept at FINDARS and Lostgens Contemporary Artspace with improvised music + experimental videos. Catch the video screening at 8pm @Lostgens, then come up for improvised music at 9:30pm @Findars!
It’s a DOUBLE BILL! Friday, 19 Sept at FINDARS and Lostgens Contemporary Artspace with improvised music + experimental videos. Catch the video screening at 8pm @Lostgens, then come up for improvised music at 9:30pm @Findars!
EXPERIMENTAL VIDEO SCREENING
8pm @ LostGen Artspace (3rd floor), donation welcome!
*please scroll down to see list of works and info
SERIOUS PLAY IMPROV LAB 005 (SPIL 005)
9:30pm @ FINDARS (4th floor), admission by suggested donation RM15
SPIL 005 Performers:
Chris Stalk – saxophones
Sudarshan Chandra Kumar – electronics/voice
KOK Siew-Wai – voice
YONG Yandsen – saxophones
EXPERIMENTAL VIDEOS SCREENING at 8PM @ Lostgens
LIST OF WORKS:
LOOK INSIDE THE GHOST MACHINE (2012)
Péter Lichter, Hungary, 4:30 min/sound
The early avant-garde filmmakers believed that the cinema had the function of a machine, made to generate pure feelings. The main part of this “machine” was the celluloid, which has disappeared nowadays: as with the flickering ghosts of it.
Yuri Pirondi & Ines von Bonhorst, UK, 9:55 min/sound
Emergencia is a performative video inspired by the allegory of Plato’s Cave of where a group prisoners that have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The prisoners watch shadows projected on the wall by people passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. They mistake illusions for reality, believe only shadows on the wall. One of the prisoners managed to free himself from the chains, and once out of the cave he had a terrible shock. Socrates narrated the light and new found freedom experienced by the prisoner, his first reaction to reality is pure astonishment, and fear of the unknown.
LIM Chee Yong, Malaysia/Taiwan, 9:44 min/sound
To illustrate the trapped condition, there are some pigs have been caged just by two walls and a gate. Each of us is often trapped in our blind spots, someone is pursuing money, love, and materials in their whole life, but we never really think of what is more important compare to those things. Time flies, when we are old, what would be the outcome if we never change our thought. Maybe I would like those pigs, whose are so eager to be run away from the system of society. Nevertheless, every pent-up emotions need to have a solution.
PRESSURE III (2013)
Rui WANG,China, 2:15 min/sound
It has always been a struggle trying to make my way through life. The unforeseeable future, changing environment, financial instability, and precarious relationships I hold seem to plague my mind at all times. The anxiety these issues cause build an emotional pressure inside of me. The video presented is an physical interpretation of this invisible pressure and the release I crave.
BETWEEN REGULARITY AND IRREGULARITY (2012)
Masahiro Tsutani, Japan, 7:50 min/sound
The filmmaker improvises and through a conversation with himself, he has a chaotic worldview evocative of the firing of nerve cells, clustering sounds of convulsiveness. Finely‐detailed images filled with light that have been synced to sound. Nature creates the glow of light and the beauty of a shape lying between regularity and irregularity. Sounds and images with a granular texture. These things grasp the depths of the brain.
GONG XI FA CAI, PART 2 (2012)
Andrew Stiff, Malaysia
Part two captures the colours and patterns that form the overall visual infrastructure of Mantin. The beauty of towns such as Mantin lies in its textures and colours. The colours are present in all festivals, including the New Year celebrations. As ‘modernisation’ grips Malaysia, and South east Asia, we are in danger of losing the heart of our towns and cities, as has been seen many times in the West.
GWAN GONG VS ALIEN (2011)
LEUNG Chung Man, Hong Kong, 16:00min/sound
Hong Kong people face a catastrophe they have never encountered—The aliens attack! Our Great Government soon sends the State secret weapon “Mech Lei Feng” against the alien invaders. Yet the aliens are too powerful, and Mech Lei Feng fails. At the last minute, the Emperor Gwan returns!
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
CHRISTOPHER “STALK” TURCHI played in his father’s orchestra at the young age of 16 and has long dabbled in funk, abstract hip hop and electro. He uses loops, tenor and soprano saxophones as well as the EWI (electronic wind instrument), and can often be found performing at No Black Tie.
SUDARSHAN CHANDRA KUMAR (°1987, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is a freelance graphic designer and video editor who uses his free time to make music. He is a member of HKPT, Takdir and Sorry. He also records and releases music as Sudarshan and Larry Clark. Sudarshan sings, plays the guitar and uses various electronic instruments to create a wholesome musical experience. Citing influences as eclectic as Queen, Enya and John Williams, it is understandable why his performances have a reputation of being an explosion of color and passion. With his signature Kaoss Pad 3s, Sudarshan embarks on using his well established skills of showmanship to bravely tackle the more traditional genres of abstracts, sexuality, gender roles of sexual stereotypes and still lives whilst retaining the quirky and queer style that has proved to be such a hit with the audience and critics.
KOK SIEW-WAI is a video artist and improvised vocalist. Siew-Wai has shown her videos and performed locally and internationally, participated in festivals such as Busan International Video Art Festival, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival, Choppa Eclectic Improvised Music Festival (Singapore) and more.
YONG YANDSEN is an improvised saxophonist. He is the woodwind player of Klangmutationen, where it has released albums through Utech Records (USA) and Dream Sheep (Italy). He has played at the Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival, Mosaic Festival Singapore, Choppa Eclectic Improvised Music Festival, Turn Around Free Jazz & Improvisation Festival amongst others. Yandsen has collaborated with musicians such as Goh Lee Kwang, Ng Chor-Guan, Thierry Monnier, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Damo Suzuki, Darren Moore, Brian O’ Reily and more. Yandsen’s debut LP of solo saxophone improvisation was released by Doubtful Sound (France) in 2013. Yandsen, together with Moore and O’Reily have formed an improvised trio called Game of Patience and have toured to Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.