The solely artist and volunteer-run, grassroots international festival of experimental film, video art and music, KLEX – Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival, is back with its 10th edition! KLEX 2019: ZERO ONE 0 1, will take place from 6-8 December 2019, at The Saxophone Store (Level 2 & Level 4), and RAW Art Space, spaces run independently by artists. The festival includes KLEX Open Programmes, International Guest Programmes and Music Performances.

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.

KLEX 2019 is made possible with the gracious support from Goethe-Institut Malaysia and Japan Foundation Asia Centre, and other organisations that support our international guests. Come join us for our 10th birthday celebration! And please spread the word and bring your fantastic friends along!

OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY, 6 December, 7:30pm
@ The Saxophone Store (Level 2)
with light refreshment & opening film screening for free!

In her performative exhibition INSIDE OUT Isabelle Schad shows choreographic sculptures that are experienced in their powerfully sensuous moving forms. Her work situates itself between dance and visual art, draws on her ongoing fascination with Aikido-Zen, community building, and her long-term collaboration with visual artist and philosopher Laurent Goldring. With subtle exactness, the performers form bodies and movement into sculptures which define their own space and evolve a contemplative quality. INSIDE OUT is conceived to be re-created anew for each venue and will be seen for the first time with this unique constellation of dancers coming from Europe and Southeast Asia.

Performers: Claudia Tomasi (Italy), Przemek Kamiński (Poland), Naïma Ferré (France), Josh Marcy (Indonesia), Noutnapha Soydala (Laos), Vidura Amranand (Thailand), Nguyen Thanh Chung (Vietnam), Nicole Primero (Philippines), Gebbvelle Ray Selga (Philippines), Jereh Leung (Singapore), and Lau Beh Chin (Malaysia).
Artistic Assistance; Claudia Tomasi (Italy)
Music: Damir Simunovic (Croatia)
Lighting: Emma Juliard (France)

Friday 15 Nov, Saturday 16 Nov & Sunday 17 Nov
White Box, MAP Publika

Tickets by donation at the door:
RM35 regular
RM20 students/seniors/concession
Group discount: 4 student entries for RM70 (RM17.50 each)

Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to stand and move around during the performance.

Event page photo by D. Hartwig

Jointly Organized by Goethe-Institut, Rimbun Dahan

Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Venue Supported by MAP Publika/UEMS Sunrise
Special Thanks to the Embassy of the Republic of France in Malaysia.


Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers present the first retrospective of Kara Walker’s video works at Sprüth Magers, London.
Film has long played a crucial role in Kara Walker’s groundbreaking artistic practice. Eight of Walker’s films highlight her diverse approach to filmmaking, signature use of silhouettes, and insightful handling of space, sound and time to expose profound and enduring historical traumas andnarratives. The exhibition will also include an array of artefacts that shed light on Walker’s process as she conceives of and composes her films.
Shot lists, handwritten notes, cut-and-pasted lines of text, sketches and puppets are interspersed with the artist’s moving images, deepening our understanding of her films and her expansive practice of unforgettable work across mediums. 
The concept of the exhibition has been formulated for many years by Hilton Als, who himself has known Walker for several years. The exhibition moves from the earliest film, from 2004, entitled Testimony: Narrative of a Negress Burdened by Good Intentions, to later works such as Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi’s Blue Tale, 2011.

Opening concurrently to this exhibition, Kara Walker’s Hyundai
Commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, a new site-specific work, will
be open to the public from October 2, 2019 until April 5, 2020.

Image: Kara Walker, Testimony: Narrative of a Negress Burned by Good
Intentions (film still), 2004 © Kara Walker





With more than 30 diverse line-up of films from around the world, Freedom Film Fest is returning to PJ Live Arts, Jaya One. Happening for one week, from 21 till 28 September, FFF will show the latest award-winning films, highlighting the best of local, regional and international filmmakers. My personal favorite: a beautiful film by Tama Tobias-Macht and Johanna Sunder-Plassmann on homeless persons in Cologne, Germany (my hometown) – “Draußen” (Outside, screening: 22.9., 16:00). FFF offers a multimedia workshop related to the topic (“Storytelling with the Homeless”) on the 26th September that invites soup kitchen volunteers, artists and young filmmakers to converse with homeless people and produce short multimedia narratives that shine a light on their experiences. You can submit your application here:

Earlier this year, Steffen Roth and I guest-edited a special issue of CHK on ‘Media Effects’. We invited artist Florian Meisenberg to design it. Florian came up with some great ideas – images from his sketch book, ‘found situations’, animation stills etc. I believe his images would have made quite a difference, but it wasn’t meant to be: the CHK team decided for a more conventional solution. ‘Fair enough’ – but why not add his beautiful cover proposal and the illustrations affiliated with the texts to the already existing issue? So here they are.

  1. Foreword (Markus Heidingsfelder)

2. The Mediality of Looseness (Urs Stäheli)

3. Listening to Media in Cultural Theory, Sociology, and Management (Dirk Baecker)

4. Digitality as a Medium of Communication (Achim Broszwieski)

5. Mousing, Swiping, Thinking (Peter Fuchs)

6. New Media and Socio-Cultural Formations (Jan Fuhse)

Do you wonder sometimes about sound and vision? This Friday (31 May), vocal improviser and video artist Kok Siew-Wai will join the improvisation session between visual artists and musicians in the “Imaging Music” series at Kuala Lumpur’s RAW ART SPACE. The session will see visual artists Ong Chia Koon and Tey Beng Tze accompanied by Siew and the astonishing Yong “Juara” Yandsen. Come and sit right down to receive the gift of sound and vision!

No.8, 4th Floor, Jalan Panggung
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50000

The first Berlin screening of Christian’s new film “Desert of the Real” (edit: Halina Daugird) will take place in Berlin’s Acud Kino on Thursday Feb 21 at 9pm: Christian and Halina will be there for a Q & A.

Two days later on Feb 23 5 pm the film will also screen in London’s Zabludovicz Collection: