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The Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival

KLEX is an independent, grassroots international festival of experimental film, video art and music founded in Malaysia in 2010 by a cross-disciplinary group of artists. KLEX aims to serve as a platform to introduce contemporary experimental cinema and music from the region and worldwide to the Malaysian audience, as well as to introduce works from South East Asia and beyond to other parts of the world, to cultivate understanding, learning, friendship and exchange among local, regional and international experimental art communities.

 

KLEX has showcased experimental films, videos, music and performances from around the world from Asia, Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe and America. The festival features KLEX Open Programmes with works selected from the open call, and International Guest Programmes curated by invited international artist-curators. In KLEX 2014 and 2015, it featured the Berlinale Shorts Go Abroad programmes from the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. International guests, curators and artists that have attended KLEX festivals and its events include Silke Schmickl (France/Germany), Dieter Wieczorek, Michael Brynntrup (Germany), Phoebe Man Ching Ying (Hong Kong), Hiroaki Sato, Katsuyuki Hattori and Kotaro Tanaka (Japan), Mary Pansanga, Wuttin Chansataboot and Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa (Thailand), Richard Tuohy (Australia), Debora Bernagozzi and Jason Bernagozzi (USA). Leading up to the actual festival, KLEX organizes a series of events locally, including video screenings and music performances, at local colleges, art galleries and alternative venues such as Malaysian Content Pitching Centre, Findars Art Space, Lostgens Contemporary Art Space, Universiti Sarawak Malaysia, Southern University College, SEGi College, Sama-sama Guesthouse, New Era University College, Dasein Academy of Art, Linton University College and many more.

 

Besides the screening programmes, KLEX’s music and audio-visual performance programme has become essential to the festival since 2011 where it encourages cross-disciplinary and cross-regional collaboration and experimentation. In May 2014, KLEX launched its music and performance lab series Serious Play Improv Lab (SPIL) to facilitate collaborations among musicians and performers through improvisation. In 2015, KLEX has modified the official festival name to “Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival”. Local and international performers that have showcased in KLEX events include: Ng Chor Guan, Fairuz Sulaiman, Kamal Sabran, O.G, Goh Lee Kwang, Yong Yandsen, Yii Kah Hoe, Sudarshan Chandra Kumar, Joe Kidd, Farez Jinnah, Wong Yok Teng, Ian Han, Wong Eng Leong, Dharma (Singapore), SA (Singapore), Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore), Gerry Hemingway (USA), DJ Sniff (Japan), Otomo Yoshihide (Japan), Sachiko M (Japan), Katsura Yamauchi (Japan), Frank Gratkowski (Germany), Jaap Blonk (Netherlands), Bob Ostertag (USA), Paul Timings (New Zealand), Darren Moore (Australia), Brian O’ Reilly (USA/Singapore), Michael Edward Edgerton (USA), Jean-David Caillouët (France) and many more.

 

Since 2010, KLEX has collaborated with international friends in the experimental cinema and art community such as the La Lumière Collective (Canada), Griffith Film School (Australia), NengShengXing Factory (Taiwan), COPACOBANA Ghent City Festival (Belgium), AMNUA international Experimental Film & Video Forum (China), Asian Experimental Video Festival (Hong Kong), Festival International Signes de Nuit (France), Images Festival (Canada), Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (Thailand), OK Festival (Indonesia), ARKIPEL Documentary & Experimental Film Festival (Indonesia), Asian Artist’s Film & Video Forum (Korea), 14eme Festival du Cinéma Asiatque de Tours (France), Space Cell Handmade Film Lab (Korea), Nano Lab (Australia), Ilmin Museum of Art (Korea), Videoart Center Tokyo (Japan), Korean Society of Media Arts (Korea), Port Actif (Belgium), Director’s Lounge (Germany), HBK Film Forum-Braunschweig University of Art (Germany), Spread Video Project Second Aspect (SVP2), and more.