KLEX 2019: “0 1 Zero One”

6-8th December 2019

Venues: RAW Art Space, The Saxophone Store


Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival (KLEX), the artist-rungrassroots international festival of experimental cinema and music, is excited to present you the 10th edition of the festival, KLEX 2019: 0 1 Zero One. It will take place on 6-8th December 2019 , at RAW Art Space and The Saxophone Store (Level 2 & Level 4). Thefestival features both film and music programmes. Opening Night is on Friday, 6th December, at The Saxophone Store (Level 2), with a reception and a free filmscreening.

KLEX Open Programmes will show 30 experimental shorts selected from the world wide open call; International Guest Programmes will be presented by invited curators, artists or representatives from Australia, Canada and Germany; and the music programme will feature 37 musicians and artists from Asia, Australia, Europe and USA. We would like to express our gratitude to the Goethe-Institut Malaysia and the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur for their generous support.

The 10th festival theme is 0 1 Zero One. The 0 and 1 are binary codes; of nothingness and of existence; of a recurrent life cycle that begins, ends, and begins again. KLEX acknowledges this cycle of existence that is supported solely by artists and volunteers, serving as an important platform in South East Asia that introduces contemporary experimental cinema and improvised music, from the region and worldwide, to the Malaysian audience.



Out of 180 submissions received from Malaysia and around the world via the open call in April, the film curatorial team has selected 30 works to be screened in three different programmes, namely: Realness 101, Nature’s Binary, and Me Myself Are Yours. The selected works ranges from abstract graphics, animation, image-sound experimentation, to experimental documentary and manipulated narratives.




KLEX 2019 will feature international film programmes by invited curators/artists from Australia, Canada and Germany, 30 works will be screened in this section. The SHORT

EXPORT programme of German short films is a cooperation between AG Kurzfilm,German Films, Goethe-Institut Lyon, KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg, and the International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand.

Canadian filmmaker and film curator Scott Miller Berry will be presenting two programmes: The Silk Road of Pop (2013, dir Sameer Farooq), a feature documentary based on the music scene within the embattled Uyghur Muslim community, and a short film compilation by re:assemblage collective that reflects upon notions of loss through profound personal explorations of personal and/or political disintegration.

Montréal is part of a joint/exchange project between Montréal- based Festival Accès Asieand KLEX, where Montréal-based film curator Fabrizio Gilardino and festival director Khosro Berahmandi, will present a short film programme from six Montréal-based Asian-Canadian artists.

Australian experimental filmmakers, Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, are back to KLEX for the third time, presenting their original 16mm films! They will also do a film projection performance. This will be a rare treat for the local audience!



This year, we have a great line-up of 37 local and international musicians, composers and artists, including prominent figures in the contemporary avant-garde and new music scene: composer, percussionist and sound artist Burkhard Beins (Germany), award-winning, cross-genre composer, musician and producer Otomo Yoshihide (Japan), instrument maker and musician Wukir Suryadi (Indonesia, from Senyawa); together with COFFEE FAITH, Dissonant, Mahamboro (Indonesia); Dino, Li Na-shao, Liu Fangyi, Jyun-Ao Caesar, Lala Reich, Bei Shan Q Nan, I-Chun Shen (Taiwan); Flagio, Yoshinori Motoki (Japan); The Assembly Line, Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore); Dharma (Malaysia/Singapore), Dirk Johan Stromberg (USA/Singapore); Dianna Barrie, Richard Tuohy, Josten Myburgh (Australia); Rick Countryman (USA), POÈMES ÉLECTRONIQUES (France/USA), PGR (Italy), Brian Chu (Hong Kong), Christian Meaas Svendsen (Norway); and our very own KL-based music improvisers Chong Ping Wei, Chow JunYi, Goh Yen-Lin, Kok Siew Wai, Max Riefer (Germany/Malaysia), Rastko Lazić (Denmark/Malaysia), Yii Kah Hoe and Yong Yandsen.


Admission By Suggested Donation:

Opening Night Film Screening: Free admission

Film Screenings: RM10/public, RM8/student, per screening Music & Performances: RM30/public, RM25/student, per night *No reservation needed, first come first serve!


Festival Venues:

The Saxophone Store – Level 2: No. 6, 2nd Floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

The Saxophone Store – Level 4: No. 6, 4th Floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

RAW Art Space: No. 8, 4th Floor, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.klexfestival.com

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