“Unseen Lights and Shadows – experimental film screening + performance from Japan”


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Date & Time: Saturday, 21 Dec 2013 @ 8pm
Admission by donation RM15

Experimental film screening and performance from Japan. Shinkan Tamaki from Japan will perform and present the screening programme in person!

Film Screening:


Kei Shichiri & Ryoji Suzuki / 16min

A Child Goes Burying Dead Insects (2009)

Rei Hayama / 12min

Generator (2012)

Makino Takashi / 20min

Passages (2013)

Shinkan Tamaki / 12min

with live improvised music by Reflex Reactions (YONG Yandsen & KOK Siew Wai)


Live Audio-visual Performances:

ULTRA spectrum / Shinkan Tamaki

WONG Eng Leong (video) and GOH Lee Kwang (music)

Film Synopsis:


A documentary that focuses on an installation called “Experience in Material No.51: DUBHOUSE” by architect Ryoji SUZUKI at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2010. Its original concept of capturing the darkness produced by architecture was dramatically altered by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11th, 2011. SHICHIRI begins by filming both the light and shadows produced by the works on display, and embeds SUZUKI’s drawings of the disaster-hit regions within them. Cinemas are architectural structures where darkness is inherent. Films that attempt to emerge from that darkness are a form of emitted light, and at the same time they could be seen as a type of prayer. This is a metafilm on the subject of light and darkness, as well as a response to a historical event.

“A Child Goes Burying Dead Insects”

A Child Goes Burying Dead Insects (Kodomo ga Mushi no Shigai wo Umeni Iku ) is the first film work by Rei Hayama. The repeated sequence of -one girl appears in the woods, buries dead insects and then leaves- was made without camera. With each duplicate repetition breaks the film images and fades its color. The girl in film was also performed by filmmaker herself. The film is structural but also has narrative.


The images reach realms beyond our comprehension as they transform and invite us into our own personal memories. Filled with uncertain yet overwhelmingly reminiscent images, the film opens up before our eyes. When the unfixed transformations of light eventually shift into aerial shots, images capable of mutual recognition, we are able to transcend ‘the body’ and ‘personal recollections’ into inter-personal memories that reach back into our ancestral imagination. We may be able to feel as living beings a part of our star for the first time if we recognize our ‘body’ as a small universe, realise our city as an enormous living body and ourselves as merely one cell.


The winds asked me to go on a journey.





“KLEX at QuadArt”

Venue: QuadArt
Date & Time:  25 October 2013 @ 8:00-9:30pm
Curator: Kok Siew Wai



“KLEX at Dasein Academy of Art”



Venue: Dasein Academy of Art
Date & Time:  23 July 2013 @ 3-4:30pm
Curator/Presenter: Kok Siew Wai
Performer: Yong Yandsen

This is a special KLEX program that consists of 10 videos from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and Hungry, literally or indirectly exploring the themes of nostalgia, recollection, memory and internal dialogues. Besides, there’ll be a short audio-visual performance by solo saxophonist Yong Yandsen, accompanying a video by Koji Tambata (Japan). Participating artists include Wong Eng Leong, Au Sow Yee, Satake Maki, Nakamura Akiko, Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen, Kok Siew Wai, June Kyu Park, Peter Lichter, Kamal Sabran and Choi Sai Ho.



“KLEX in Aliran Semasa {RearView Forward}: Confluence and Branching of Media Technology in recent Malaysian Art”



Date & Time: 22 June 2013 @ 2:30-4pm
Curator: Kok Siew Wai
Performer: Yong Yandsen

KLEX presents programme “See the Sound, Hear the Image” at the week-long new media art symposium, organized by the National Visual Arts Gallery Malaysia (BSVN), collaborated and supported by the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA), Multimedia University (MMU), University Science Malaysia (USM) and Kebun Rupa, Museum and Gallery Tuanku Fauziah (MGTF).

The KLEX programme consists of 15 short experimental videos exploring possibilities of music, sound and image. The selected works are from Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Poland, UK, France, Germany and USA. Participating artists are Au Sow Yee, Wong Eng Leong, Kamal Sabran, Mafarikha Akhir, Siew-wai Kok, Koji Tambata, Akiko Nakamura, June Kyu Park, Yoshida Haruka, Choi Sai Ho, Marcin Gizycici, Max Hattler, Jean-Michel Rolland, Marie Losier and Phillipp Artus.

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“From Remembering To Rising”


Venue: Sabah State Museum
Date & Time: 8 June 2013 @ 2:30-4pm
Curator: Kok Siew WaiKLEX program is touring to east Malaysia! “From Remembering To Rising” will be shown in the Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival 2013 on Saturday, 8 June, 2:30-4pm at the Sabah State Museum.

KLEX program is touring to east Malaysia! “From Remembering To Rising” will be shown in the Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival 2013 on Saturday, 8 June, 2:30-4pm at the Sabah State Museum.

This is a special KLEX program that consists of video works from Malaysia, Hungary, Japan and USA, literally or indirectly exploring the themes of nostalgia, recollection, memory and internal dialogues.

Featuring works from Akiko Nakamura, Alison Khor, Maki Satake, Wong Eng Leong, Kamal Sabran, Siew-wai Kok, Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen, Peter Litchter, June Kyu Park and Charles Fairbanks.

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Venue: SEGi College
Date & Time:  Thursday, 30 May 2013 @ 1-3pm
Curator & Presenter: Kok Siew Wai
Performer: Yong Yandsen

KLEX will present a screening programme consisting videos that explore the possibilities of music, sound and image. Sight and sound shares much vocabulary as an artistic language. It has been a long history that filmmakers and video artists collaborate with musicians to find an integrated expression in colour, rhythm, shapes and tones. This KLEX programme will feature video works from the KLEX archive that display interesting musical-visual relationships and experimentations.

Adding to the sound and sight experience beyond four frames, improvised saxophonist Yong Yandsen will present a short live performance, with the projection of a video by Koji Tambata (Japan), entitled “Whiteness in Darkness”. The footage of this video was shot in 2007 when Tambata first visited Kuala Lumpur and collaborated with Yandsen.




“Confront” at KOSMA, Korea

Venue: SungKyungKwan University, Seoul, Korea
Date & Time: 25 May 2013
Curator: Kok Siew Wai

KLEX is invited by the Korean Society of Media Arts (KOSMA), to present a programme in “we + media: 2013 KOSMA Spring Symposium” at SungKyungKwan University, Seoul, Korea. This special KLEX programme features selected works from the KLEX archive, including works from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand. Participating artists include Sharon Liu Sum Yu, Akiko Nakamura, Katsuyuki Hattori, Wong Eng Leong, Choi Sai Ho, Taiki Sakpisit, Koji Tambata, Alison Khor and Kok Siew Wai.



KLEX programme in Ghent, Belgium
Curator: KOK Siew-Wai

“Each of us is an independent individual, and yet we live in a community sharing a certain collective language, lifestyle and experience that is called “culture”. What does a collective culture tell us about the individuals inhabiting it? Is such label mere conformity? Do we understand each other perfectly just because we come from the same background, speaking the same language? How often do we feel terribly lonely in the community, being with the people that we are the most familiar with? A general certain “culture” is the cover of the book. In order to truly explore, one needs to patiently read through every single page with an open mind and an open heart…”

This KLEX program will be featured in “Video Art Attack!” at CAMPO Victoria in Ghent, Belgium. KLEX’s friends in Europe, check it out if you’re in town!

Featuring works from: Okui Lala, Jason Bernagozzi, Chan Seauhuvi, Alison Khor, Charlotte Lim Lay-Kuen, Kok Kai-Foong, Kok Siew-Wai, AU Sow-Yee, Wong Eng-Leong, Debora Bernagozzi.

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“Fuzzy Logic” by Findars & Soundmaker


Venue: Soundmaker (Penang) & Findars (KL)
Date & Time: 10 & 11 May 2013 @ 9pm

KLEX, Findars and SoundMaker co-organized 2 nights with audio-visual performances in 2 cities: Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Featuring musicians/artists from Malaysia, Japan and France. Koji Asano, Sautel Cago, Yii Kah Hoe, Yong Yandsen, Rainf Puah, Flica, Unii and Siew-wai Kok.


10.05.2013 (Friday, 9pm) – Soundmaker, Penang * Line up : as above excluding Flica

11.05.2013 (Saturday, 9pm) – Findars, Kuala Lumpur * Line up : as above excluding Rainf Puah

RM 15 (available at door)

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“Confront” at New Era College


Venue: New Era College
Date & Time: 24 April 2013 @ 3:30pm

KLEX will present a screening programme + a short audio-visual performance with live saxophone by Yong Yandsen at New Era College (Kajang), on 24 April at 3:30pm. Featuring works from Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Greece, USA and Malaysia, by Diego Castillo Briev, Sharon Liu Sum Yu, Akiko Nakamura, Alexei Dmitriev, Katsuyuki Hattori, Yiotis Vrantzas, Wong Eng Leong, Kok Siew-Wai, Choi Sai Ho, Charles Fairbanks, Koji Tambata.





“From Remembering To Rising”


Tuesday, 16th April 2013 @ 8pm
Southern University College (Johor), 2A Lecture Hall.

This is a special KLEX program that consists of video works from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan and USA, literally or indirectly exploring the themes of nostalgia, recollection, memory and internal dialogues. Besides, there’ll be a short audio-visual performance by solo saxophonist Yong Yandsen, accompanying a video by Koji Tambata (Japan).

“The human brain is the most fundamental agent of archiving. Like it or not, it records everything every single moment. After the recording, some materials are remained while others are discarded, and then some are twisted, created (out of the absence of a desired memory) and re-created (perhaps because it’s too painful?). Memories are stored in different forms: image, sound, smell… that eventually provokes emotions. What is “real”? What we “see”, or “experience”, or what we “remember”? Sometimes, the brain records a journey with rapidly changing images and sensations. In those split seconds, which image and sensation will remain in our consciousness and enforce new actions?”

Participating artists include Wong Eng Leong, Chew Win Chen (Okui Lala), Alison Khor, Satake Maki, Nakamura Akiko, Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen, Kok Siew Wai, Koji Tambata, June Kyu Park, Peter Lichter, Charles Fairbanks and Debora Bernagozzi.




“KLEX Malaysian Programme” in France

Venue: Médiathèque François Mitterrand, France
Date & Time: 8 April 2013, 8:30pm
Curator: Kok Siew-Wai, in collaboration with David Kidman and Marie-Hélène Breuil

A special KLEX programme featuring Malaysian works will be showing at the  “14eme Festival du Cinéma Asiatque de Tours” festival in France. The programme aims to provide a brief introduction to contemporary Malaysian filmmakers and video artists creating works with a touch of experimentation in Malaysia. Participating artists include WONG Eng-Leong, CHAN Seauhuvi, Okui Lala, THIAN Siew-Kim, Charlotte LIM Lay-Kuen, Niralji RAVISHANKER, KOK Siew-Wai, Alison KHOR, Mafa, Jack CHEONG and Alphonse CHERN.



“Filmvirus Wildtype :The Age of Anxiety Program”


Sunday, 17th March 2013 @ 8pm
Sama-sama Guesthouse, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia.

Filmvirus is loose group of Thai cinephiles, founded by Sonthaya Subyen via his screening of tons of film program in the 90’s, after a decade the audiences becoming friends and talk a lot about cinema expanding from Europe art cinema to experimental and to short films to Thai short films.

Filmvirus Wildtype is a program of short films that was selected by us the Thai cinephiles group who each year going to Thai short Film Festival staying through marathon round that screen every films that submitted to them 300 -400 short films yearly was ready to lost in a big current of shorts, so we try to help them.

“Wildtype” is not just another short film festival, it focuses on rescuing films that are overlooked, rejected, and unrecognized. Admittedly, these films are often unpolished and raw, yet they are full of adventurousness and sincerity – the exhilaration, the ennui, the bawdy humor, and the carefree attitude of these films make us realize the power of the cinematic medium. This medium that can now finally escape from the hands of professionals, film students, financial backers, studios, or experts. These films have now fallen from heaven into the hands of common people with the aid of new technology that makes cinematic equipments cheaper and easier to operate.

Some films in this program are made by high school students who use a camera for the first time in his/her life. Some films are made by ordinary people who have never had any film education before. Some films are made just to entertain the family of the directors. Some films are even made to teach moral lessons to the audience. These films represent voices of people who are often overlooked or who are often allowed to speak in stereotypes. They record personal and intimate reality that reflects contemporary sociopolitical situation truthfully and with utmost immediacy. They allow us to experience different kind of aesthetics and teach us new ways to experience the same old world.

Filmvirus Wildtype : The Age of Anxiety Program

This program focusing on two things – experimental films and politics.

Passing Through the Night (Wattanapume Laisuwanchai/2012) 13 mins
Escape From Phopraya(Paisit Panpreuksachart) 9 mins
The Pob’s House (Ukrit Sa-nguanhai/2011) 15 mins
Damaged Air (Nok Paksanavin/2013)11 mins
The Age of Anxiety (Taiki Sakpisit/2013)14 mins

Passing Through the Night (2012) 13 mins
Wattanapume Laisuwanchai
Trailer : http://vimeo.com/38692050

Sometimes the pain suffered by a loved one seems inexplicable. All we can do is face it, without avoiding or ignoring that fragile pain. We must be spectators, accepting it as part of life. In this film I have tried, as a son, to record my memories and pay homage to my mother in the hope that it will free my tormented soul. A very beauttiful piece and well cradt of obsevinr the traces of life , the traces of histpry that left a mark on us in our skinfoldes or eyelids start from the body of the mother fly to the abandon room in the sunlight and the time that gradually broke. This film was selected into Venice Film Festival.

Escape From Phopraya (2008) 9 mins
Paisit Panpreuksachart

Many people know Phaisit as one of the most important soundmen in Thai independent film industry. He worked with many great directors, including Kongdej Jaturanrasmee, Sivaroj Kongsakul, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. His conversation with Apichatpong while they were traveling together on an island is presented in the film Thirdworld (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 1998, 17 min).

Phaisit also makes his own films (or videos, as he prefers to call them), and his styles and methods are very interesting. Many scenes in Phaisit’s films originate from scenes in our daily lives. He captures some images from the real world, and then juxtaposes these images in the film without embellishment. Many images in his films come from casual video recording, secretly recorded footage in long shot, or a swift pan of the camera in front of something. There are also some images which Phaisit deliberately shot according to the plan, but many of these images are images of empty, dilapidated buildings, junkyards, pools of black water, food markets, dirty stains, and any unpleasant images which we may see every day but haven’t paid attention to. All of these images gain new meanings in Phaisit’s films, and he doesn’t even need to narrate a coherent story to support these meanings. He doesn’t have to create an expensive set or scene in his films. What he does is tell one or two actors to walk into some real places and respond to the situations. This is because the main thing in Phaisit’s films is the imagination of the viewers. In Phaisit’s films, ordinary images in our lives become images in a story narrated by our own imagination, using the title of each film as a clue.

Most of Phaisit’s films neither require him to shoot much new footage nor rely on professional actors. Scenes in his films come from the recording of real people, pedestrians on the streets, his friends and family. What he does is carry a camera around, capturing images of real things that he encounters, and then puts these images together with imagination, transforming these mundane images into exciting events in weird stories. The clues in the titles of the films and the careful juxtaposition of the images turn ordinary places we see on the screen into a land of wonder.

The Pob’s House (2011) 15 mins
Ukrit Sa-nguanhai

The Pob’s House shows the working of the film crew. The film crew also talk to the villagers who act in this film, asking the villagers if they understand or not that the fictional story in this film is meant to show “structural violence.”

Ukrit has directed at least four short films: Microwave Man (2010, 23min), The Pob’s House (2010, 15min), Ghosts in the Classroom (2011), and Celestial Space (2012, 28min), which is his masterpiece. His films always dealing with the screen ond off-screensapce ,actually the audiences itself what we see and what we not see ,because the gaze of ourself reflect nothing but us , the way we perceived the event , not the event it self.

Damaged Air (2013) 11 mins
Nok Paksanavin

This film is about the air , The air that not belong to us. As we know that in the past 7 years Thailand heading to the big conflict a we face the coup , the protests the massacre everything still not clear until today and this is the way the director portray his uneasy , uncomfortable into screen

Nok Paksanavin actually working as a doctor , but he can do more than healing a patients by healing himself through arts . He wrinting poets and ahort stories that was well recieved when it published ,and he also making films . His experimental films always full of anger cover with stillness or discontinued picture that leading us to deep interpretation .We cansee it as a political things but furthermore he portray his own anger , his own beauty on his gazing ,the tenderness ,sadness and madness his personal gaze on things

The Age of Anxiety (2013) 14 mins
Taiki Sakpisit

To experience Taiki’s films is like to cross into a new kind of space and time. Any images we see on the screen and any sound we hear from the films don’t convey the usual meanings any more. It is as if these images and sound have traveled from another planet, and they don’t need our interpretation. These images and sounds don’t communicate under our symbolic order, but they have slipped away from that order and now belong to another world or another dimension. The world of Taiki’s films may look like our world, but things in that world don’t carry the same meanings. This is the world which exists behind the eyes of the director and in the heads of the viewers. Viewers can experience an extreme joy from these films by constructing their own stories out of these moving images, which may appear disconnected from one another. Viewers can have great fun trying to find the relationship between some scenes, or the relationship between this sound and that word in the film, etc. At the end of the films, each viewer will have his own fragments of a story inside his head, and the story in each viewer’s head may not correspond to what Taiki originally thought at all, but that is the fun and the joy of seeing this kind of films. The Age of Anxiety dealing with Thai old films, as his previous work Fon-Har -Fai old Thai fairytale neatly cut frame by frame to portray the chaos at the end of the history of Thailand.

More info about Thai directors and their films here :




Date & Time: 20 & 22 February 2013, 8pm @ MAPKL

2 KLEX Screening Programmes
Curator: Kok Siew Wai
Short Note on Programmes:

There’s no longer a place to hide and pretend. It strikes us in our faces, and we must deal with it. A confrontation is unavoidable. It’s like walking on the tight rope, facing truth. Unpredictability. But if you believe, miracle happens. Before the rain, nature quietly gathers massive energy. Bit by bit. Awaiting a true cleansing. On the eve of change, the moment to be remembered shall be witnessed. Let’s meet in that beautiful rain after a long dry season… See you there!

These two KLEX programmes feature works from Canada, Colombia, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Thailand & USA.

Date & Time: Wednesday 20 Feb, 8pm @ Outdoor Stage, MAPKL

Run time: 42 minutes

Cielo (2010) 3:35 min
Diego Castillo Briev, Colombia – “Cielo”, is the latest in a series of three videos called “En tránsito” that took place during a period of time where every situation, required an embodied and emotional displacement. This series refers to phenomenologicals situations where we encounter events that deserve to be remembered.


The Hunter (2012) 1:00 min
Carlos Llavata, Spain – An oniric communicative and anti-boring performance that wishes to highlight one of the main conceptual paranoia nowadays: the rabbit world and its possibilities in our XXI century, its imaginary world endangered and its potential in this XXI century: magic, sex, cartoons, rabbit’s foot key ring, or just the basic ingredient in Valencia’s paella. My efforts in the project intend to deduce, envision and if possible neutralize that pornographic advance and preserve that conceptual multivision of the so wonderful “rabbit’s world” to which we have so much to recognize, and investigate the interrelationship among its various potential aspects.


Hermeneutics (2012) 3:15 min
Alexei Dmitriev, Russia – This piece is a visual illustration of what hermeneutics is. With the cunning use of WWII footage it makes you believe that you are watching a proper war film. When you already expect the usual archive movie routine — everything changes. And you find yourself watching a completely different film.


Star (2011) 8:00 min
Choi Sai Ho, Hong Kong – CHOI uses a different method to treat the news. His work “Star” is like a collage of news, banners and sound of demonstration of the “protecting the historic sites – Star Ferry Pier and Queen’s Pier” event. The rhythm is so intense and the work shows the violence of the news event.


Square Dance Hypnotist (2011) 17:10 min
Allan Brown, Canada – A community square dance is performed in a perpetually changing loop that repeatedly revolves upon itself while the audio swings from train station announcements to a tragic tale of despair between a fugitive in a stolen police car and a police dispatcher. A film that oscillates between the isolation of outlaw individualism and the search for the self within community.


The First Rain (2012) 8:15 min
Koji Tambata, Japan/Thailand – This work is coming after my video project ‘Music Works’ and ‘Pre-Music Consciousness’ and is much more personal in a certain sense. One of intentions is juxtaposing images to get organic movements and reach the final result with process of it. Fragments taken from everyday life is going to reach some kind of reality eventually. In this time living in Thailand is one of influential aspects and the title, The First Rain is named by being witness of crucial moment of something. And here will be coming beautiful raining season after beautiful long dry season…


Date & Time: Friday 22 Feb, 8pm @ Black Box, MAPKL

Run time: 48 minutes

Phone Call From Cairo (2012) 4:55 min
Yiotis Vrantzas, Greece – “Phone Call from Cairo” is made by material shot in Cairo one year before the Tahrir rebellion using a small photo camera. Although the situation in Egypt did not seem to be good, my friend used to believe that the Egyptian people was far from revolting. After two years I had to make this phone call to my friend and face the challenge to compose my pictures from Cairo.


Within Within (2011) 3:30 min
Sharon Liu Sum Yu, Hong Kong – There are many things we cannot choose in life, no one can choose their parents. You have to learn to love them before knowing them.


Iso (2011) 3:11 min
Katsuyuki Hattori, Japan – 50 means “many” in Japanese language and sometimes

pronounced “iso”. The earth have shaken, city system have frozen, a safety myth have fallen, and economic Godzilla appeared by the earthquake. I have to face the monster, but in what way?

Mist (2012) 3:50 min
Wong Eng Leong, Malaysia – A nation that is seemingly well-developed and peaceful, shattered by a mere demonstration of the people’s will. Why is the people’s democracy incarcerated? When those in power fail to address the rights of the people, should the people not contemplate and decide for our future? We only hope for our voices to be heard.


Re-Banho (Wash-Herd) (2010) 11:25 min
Tales Frey, Portugal – The original name of this work is “Re-banho” (Portuguese), which means “wash again”. It also means “herd”. Two ideas in one word. Nietzche said that the “morality in Europe today is herd animal morality”. Nietsche’s words continue to reverberate. This work expresses how the Christian morality creates shame and guilt over freedom of the subject. This action is performed by six people who wash their bodies in front of a church. The bodies are not revealed. Everyone washes his/her own body while clothed.


Morning (2011) 3:00 min
Kok Siew Wai, Malaysia – In the morning, very loud dogs’ barking woke me up. I walked up to the window and saw a very unlikely scene, not the usual morning breezes and birds chirping. I quickly took out a camera and pressed “record”. Reality is blunt, straightforward, and intense. All is part of nature.


The Men (2010) 3:15 min
Charles Fairbanks, USA – The Men documents the fighter’s perspective in submission wrestling: an immersive experience between intimacy and violence.


A Ripe Volcano (2010) 15:00 min
Taiki Skpisit, Thailand – A Ripe Volcano is an allegorical revelation where Bangkok becomes a site of mental eruption of emotionally devastated land during the heights of terrors, primal fears, trauma, and the darkness of time.






“Sama-Sama KLEX 2013”

Thursday 24th January 2013 @ 8pm


KLEX kicks off 2013 with an exciting event at Sama-sama Guesthouse in Melaka!

A screening program with experimental videos selected from the KLEX archive consisting works from Malaysia, Austria, Czech Republic, Russia, Spain & USA. Works exploring themes such as memory, existence, syntax and internal dialogues and possibilities in visual and sonic experience.

Follows by improvised music performance by Yong Yandsen (saxophone).