KLEX Programme III: THE FAMILIAR STRANGE
A Paradise of Children (2014) 3:00 min/sound
Noe Kidder, USA
This film explores my relationship with an imagined authority figure, possibly a teacher, a parental figure, or a god. In the absence of this authority, my self individuates for the first time. It is like waking up, seeing the world anew. I begin to dance the story of standing alone, shooting an arrow to pierce the heart of my beloved, and finally disappearing into the ground.
A formally and thematically complex hybrid of photographic and cinematic technique, the work was shot as a series of high-resolution still images using slow shutter speeds. This captured motion was then reconstructed as a video sequence by dissolving the images together, allowing me to author scenes where actions can be accentuated by being lengthened, shortened or even entirely deleted.
The work is composed of a series of near-expressionist sequences that explore notions of physical transformation and also endeavor to restore an uncanny mystery to human movement.
In trauma, there is fight or flight. And in its remembrance, there are missing fragments caught between memory, dream and reality. As the pieces integrate, they will fall apart. It is an attempt to reconstruct how the mind would piece the splinters together. We will look for the pieces or we will plunge into the abyss.
“Washing the Light” is my first experimental video in 2003. I tried to materialize light. Inspired by the festival theme, I re-edited my 1st video. I prepare a lot of things to add in it but in the end I took away a lot more and experienced the fact that less is more. The work has a new life and called “Touch the Moon” now.
The Light of Memory (2013) 9:00 min/sound
Winston LIEW Kher Cheng, Malaysia
A memory of the artist’s late grandfather, that has a special place deep down in his heart. Grandfather is no longer here, only light brings him back to the present. Far away, yet so close!
For Peace, Paradox contents a paradox story which appears to be “unpleasant”. It denotes messages that “peace is a state of mind” and world peace is and will be constructed by the inner peace of man kind from the individuals.
People are stuck in different situations in Hong Kong, both consciously and unconsciously, temporally or for an uncertain period of time. This movie, is like a stone in flowing river that take a deeper look at the hidden drama of daily life, that most people can easily missed in the fast pace of live.”
Kampung Hakka (2014) 5:30 min/sound
Andrew Stiff, Malaysia
In 2013, a local developer started bulldozing a part of Mantin Town, in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Within minutes there was a huge gathering of local residents. They were trying to stop the destruction of the heart of Mantin, an area called Kampung Hakka [Hakka Village]. This are of Mantin is over one hundred years old. It is a traditional area built from wood. The area has a very special quality. This film captures the spirit of the protest and also the quality of the kampung, that is still lived in; for now.
Through an imaginary one day journey in “Mengkerang ” (also an imaginary place reminiscence of a Utopian in The Southern Sea), the work tells a “fable story” constructed by people from different cultural background, ages and classes in Malaysia, with documents as well as video imageries gleaned from throughout the country, constructing an unusual narrative that wander between the real and beyond.