Media Arts Program

Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.

$10 general, $8 students/seniors, $5 members

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KLEX screening & concert featuring Siew-Wai Kok

Hallwalls is excited to welcome the return of Siew-wai Kok for a special evening featuring a screening followed by a live concert performance collaboration with:

Siew-wai Kok - voice
Justin Von Strasberg - snare drum
Bill Sack - guitar
Katie Weissman - cello

The Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival (KLEX) is an artist-run grassroots international festival of experimental film, video art and music founded in Malaysia in 2010, by a cross-disciplinary group of artists. With an independent spirit and enthusiasm, KLEX aims to serve as a platform to introduce contemporary experimental film, video, and music from the region and worldwide to the Malaysian audience, as well as introducing 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 - Asia, Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and USA. With the dedication of its tiny yet strong festival committee, the festival has been running for the 10th consecutive year.

"We are taught to experience the world first through senses, and then try to comprehend it through the intellect and reasoning. To understand the world through geographical, social and political context is undoubtedly limited, as it is only what we can see externally. It is only part of the truth. The most essential is always hidden and unseen, rooted internally. This program consists of works about the explorations and reflections of physical places as well as the inner psyche, featuring works from Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and Belgium. The works adopt various styles such as video diary, experimental music video, abstract graphics and experimental documentary. They have been screened in previous versions of KLEX Festival and KLEX special programs." - Siew-wai Kok

From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, KOK Siew-Wai started out as a video artist, and now an improvised vocalist and artist-organizer. She received her B.A. in Media Study at University at Buffalo, and M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts at Alfred University (USA). She has shown her works, curatorial video programs and performed in Asia, Europe, Canada and USA, including allEars Improvised Music Festival (Norway), CTM Festival (Germany), Asian Meeting Festival (Japan), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands), Les Rencontres Internationales (France), Singapore International Film Festival and many more. Siew-Wai has a deep passion for the experimental and improvisational arts. She is the co-founder and director of the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival (KLEX) since 2010.


4:55 min/sound
Andrew Stiff, Malaysia

This video is an exploration of hand painted sunblinds in Alor Setar, Kedah. We are naturally drawn to patterns and order, and even disorder that is presented through a structured or ordered space or medium. It is because of this we see the world sequentially, even though events and communication do not happen sequentially. Using the theme of pulse, the motion of the blinds swaying in the evening breeze, is fractured into a series of cut edits that balance nonlinear disorder against the linear order of color and context.

4:45 min/sound
Kezzardrix and dj sniff, Japan

The musical composition was made from extracting various voice samples from Japanese vocal performer Makigami Koichi. These sound generated

(?)'S GAZE (2016)
4:48 min/silent
Chloe Yap Mun-Ee, Malaysia

An attempt to create an intimate examination on the implications of gender roles and identity in a relationship. In order to understand the meaning of masculinity and femininity, dominance and submission, objectification, trust, and love; the couple tried letting go of all reservations and allowed themselves to truly be vulnerable with each other, hopefully in the process forget the existence of the camera. It is a test of shooting a film, and a test of exploring issues in a romantic relationship.

BABEL (2011)
3:50 mins/sound
Pauline Despi, Philippines

Employing cinematic techniques, animation, and choreography, building machinery, slowly progressing its way to the top and eventually failing. Babel loops at 3:52 to complete a cycle of building and rebuilding. The video is done in collaboration with Pauline's husband, Ivan Despi; Pablo Galleries; Dear Prudence; and Yves SJ.

8:12 min/sound
Masahiro Tsutani, Japan

This is the second film in the series, 'Between Regularity and Irregularity'. This work continues to focus on the fluctuations and changes of sounds, tone qualities, movement of particles, and forms. With regard to movements of particles, it uses movements triggered by living organisms such as the structures and cells in the brains of mice, as well as particles and lines in non-living things.

SEMALU (2013)
18:40 min/sound
Jimmy Hendrickx, Belgium/Malaysia

"Semalu" means sensitive plant in Malay. The film is a cinematic portrait of the children of Cheras, a suburb in Kuala Lumpur, where it has been in a transitional period of modernization for years. With its stunning visuals and meditative rhythm, the sympathetic filmmaker attempts to seek for beauty and spirituality in this unlikely urban area covered with waste and construction sites, trying to seek for a playground and a peaceful place for these urban children.

6:15 min/sound
Ye Mimi, Taiwan

This experimental music video is based on a poem that both satirizes and celebrates local culture in Taiwan. "Hail the Bodhisattva of Collected Junk," the title of both the song and the poem, is a play on the Buddhist phrase "Hail the Bodhisattva Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy." The poem refers to local junk vendors, who repeatedly call out "sell them to me" as they walk from neighborhood to neighborhood looking for unwanted household items, typically scrap metal, tools and electronics.

Hallwalls Music Program is made possible through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and a generous grant from the Cullen Foundation.