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Asia- Vacuumed Cityscape

Asia_VacuumedCityscape.JPGVideo Sparks presents video screening event titled as "Asia- Vacuumed Cityscape".

date: 15(sat.) Nov. 2014  start19:00-
entrance fee:1500yen with 1 drink
venue: Sakaiki (Yotsuya sanchome/ Tokyo)
how to access to Sakaiki:click

"Nostalgia"(2014 7') Nguyen Nhu Huy (Vietnam )
"KAMPUNG HAKKA" (2014 5'30" ) Andrew Stiff (Malaysia)
"Bleached Nightmare"(2013, 13')Richard Coronel (Philippines)
"MUD GAME" (2014 3'40") KOK Siew-Wai(Malaysia)
"16 x 9 Capsule" (2014 6'40") Wuttin Chansataboot (Thailand)
"CAGE" (2012 9'44") LIM Chee-Yong(Malaysia/Taiwan)
"Iqra" (2005, 3')Ari Satria Darma (Indonesia)
"MIST" (2012 3'50") WONG Eng-Leong (Malaysia)

presented by VCT/VIDEOART CENTER Tokyo
supported by Arts Council Tokyo
cooperated by KLEX Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival, VIDEO ART Philipinas, Zero Station/ga 0 O.K. Video Festival

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[Short synopsis + Artst bio]
hyuwork.JPGNostalgia (one channel version) Nguyen Nhu Huy
This work would like to investigate the in-between spaces, not only geographical, but also mental created by the endless dislocations of human beings in the globalized world, where all traditional borders defined by culture, identity, or language are now blurring.
Nguyen Nhu Huy
born in 1971, is visual artist, independent curator, art critic and poet. His art practices is concerned to the relationship between present and past and the intervention of different tempo-spacial dimensions. His works have been shown internationally in Japan, France, and USA. Nhu Huy has also written, translated and published domestically and internationally on Vietnam contemporary art, culture, and art theory, and has been guest speakers for several international conference such as “Vietnam art post-doimoi”, held at Singapore Art Museum 2008, Asian Curator Conference organized by Japan Foundation 2010, etc. Currently Huy is managing ZeroStation, a complex structure including Studio/Space and room for artists in residency. Nhu Huy is co-curator for Singapore Biennale 2013.

Kampung Hakka_Andrew Stiff.jpg KAMPUNG HAKKA (2014 5'30") 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, Malay, Chinese and Indian. They were trying to stop the destruction of the heart of Mantin, an area called Kampung Hakka [Hakka Village]. This part of Mantin is over one hundred years old. It is a traditional area built from wood. The area has a very special quality. Whilst run down, and in need of improvement, the pulling down of the kampung would erase a large part of the heart of Mantin. The protests gathered all sections of the community, reflecting the communal nature of Mantin, and they have managed to stop the bulldozers, for now at least. This film captures the spirit of the protest and also the quality of the kampung, that is still lived in; for now.
Andrew Stiff studied painting at the Chelsea School or Art in London, and gained his masters at the University of Liverpool in England where he explored his interest digital media and architecture. Alongside Andrew’s creative practice he is also the Deputy Dean of the School of Media art and Design, at Linton University College in Malaysia. Andrew Stiff’s research and creative practice is concerned with developing a visual language that explores the intricacies implicit in our built environment. The surface of the city is the visible manifestation of our endeavor to formalise, expand and innovate within the spaces that we create. The physical structures for the city are defined by the events that take place in and around them. The surface of this structure acts as a medium between the inhabitants and the city. The experience of the city is a temporal one, and I use moving image to reflect this experience.

Bleached Nightmare - Richard Coronel - screenshot1.png.jpg Bleached Nightmare(2013, 13') Richard Coronel (philippines)
Bleached Nightmare is a post-apocalyptic vision of Manila. An urbanscape of melancholia, it is a city torn by violence. Scenes of a dilapidated, labyrinthine building are knitted with staccato scenes of sadistic ritual. What unfurl next is the offshoot of a decaying society with its moral-have-nots--the brewing revolution.
Richard Coronel studied video and film production at the University of Philippines Film Institute and the Asia Pacific Institute. His sculptural video works were exhibited at Jorge Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines and Light & Space Contemporary. He was a film grant recipient of Active Vista Film Festival.

Mud Game_KOK.jpg MUD GAME (2014 3'40") KOK Siew-Wai (Malaysia) 
Kuala Lumpur has a high density of construction sites, especially in the city centre. You cannot drive more than 5km without seeing one of these sites. They have become part of the city landscape. Most of the time, I’m quite annoyed by them. But this day, through my viewfinder, I’ve managed to have a little fun with them.
KOK Siew-Wai is a video artist, improvised vocalist and independent artist-organizer from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has studied and worked in USA from 1998-2005, and has shown her videos and performed in festivals such as Busan International Video Art Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival and many more. As festival director & curator of the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival (KLEX) since 2010, Siew-Wai has curated KLEX screening programmes to be shown in Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Germany, Thailand and USA.

16x9 Capsule_Wuttin-Chansataboot.jpg 16 X 9 CAPSULE (2014 6'40") Wuttin Chansataboot (Thailand) 
“16x9 Capsule” shows fragments of time and incidents taking place at particular locations around Bangkok. Camera observed different situations in various conditions, ranging from trivial moments in an ordinary day to crucial circumstances in political history of Thailand. Metaphorically, each place used as background in the video is defined as a receptacle of temporal matters, exploring a Buddhist concept saying that everything keeps rising, standing and cessation. They eternally and inevitably change. Only memory remains as an evidence of their existence.
Wuttin Chansataboot is a Thai artist working across disciplines from video installation to filmmaking. As a part-time lecturer, he is currently teaching experimental animation, media art and film production at School of Digital Media, Sripatum University. Artist website=

Cage_LIM.jpg CAGE (2012 9'44"  ) LIM Chee-Yong (Malaysia/Taiwan)
To illustrate the trapped condition, there are some pigs have been caged just by two walls and a gate. Each of us is often trapped in our blind spots, someone is pursuing money, love, and materials in their whole life, but we never really think of what is more important compare to those things. Time flies, when we are old, what would be the outcome if we never change our thought. Maybe I would like those pigs, whose are so eager to be run away from the system of society. Nevertheless, every pent-up emotions need to have a solution.
LIM Chee-Yong graduated from New Era College in 2008, majoring in Drama and Visuals; and from the National Taiwan University of Art in 2013 in the Motion Picture Department. With the guidance from a few great teachers, Lim is introduced to the wonderful world of film and theater. For the past 6 years, Lim has involved in producing, directing and writing several short films, feature films, experimental films and documentary films. His latest project is a documentary on Bajau, an ethnic group with no nationality, residing by the border of East Malaysia.

IQRA [Ari Satria Darma].jpg Iqra(2005. 3') Ari Satria Darma(Indonesia)
Ari Satria Darma wrote several questions : What if letters that form words, and sentences-which is a part of our everyday reality as a mean of communication for promotion-slowly gone or "erase" and leave an empty space? Was it because the overly consumptive society, so the space is really empty? Or the letters themselves wanted to compose their own messages? What if it does happen?
Ari Satria Darmawas born in padang (1978). Finished his study in Visual Communication Design at the Jakarta Institute of Art. He always making works in motion graphic and has attended many international screenings and exhibition.In 2002, he became one of the workshop participant for "music video MuVi Party" with Oliver Husein and result a phenomenal work,entitled "Burn" from the band Brisik. His animation "Halte vs Stampbox" was exhibited in the first OK.Video, 2003.In the same year, his work also screen in the 19th International Short Film Festival, Hamburg-Germany.

Mist_WONG.jpg MIST (2012 3'50") 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.
WONG Eng-Leong is video artist from Malaysia. Working across media, He has created video installation, sonic-visual interactive installations, single channel videos, multi channel videos, live video projections. His work often deals with political and social issues. He has been exhibited extensively in Malaysia and abroad. He is also a founding member of FINDARS, an artist collective based in Kuala Lumpur. Together with his colleagues in FINDARS, Wong undertakes various curatorial projects in their own space. FINDARS space is an alternative multifunctional space in Kuala Lumpur, organized art exhibitions, underground music concerts, experimental music concerts and workshops, audio-visual performances and experimental film screenings since 2008.

[video gallery]
TAMASYA REKLAME [Singgih AP].jpg Tamasya Reklame (2007. 4') Singgih AP
Semarang is capital city of the province of Central Java. Semerang has the slogan of 'ATLAS' (literally means 'map' but is actually an acronym for the Indonesian words meaning Safe, Orderly, Smooth, Beautiful, and Healthy). Aside from it, Semarang is a city actively preserving the heritage building and maintains the traditions and constructions it retained from the Dutch and the Chinese. Some of the heritage sites are still preserved and become tour destinations, as well as locations for various Indonesian films.
SUARA URBAN [Aditya Fachrizal Hafiz].jpg Suara Urban (2008. 5') Aditya Fachrizal Hafiz

The sounds collection in Jakarta of "Warun" traveling vendors calling for customers.
SCENERY [Forum Lenteng].jpg Pemandangan Piknik (2003. 8')  Forum Lenteng
"Have you ever imagined sitting on a public vehicle is? View what you get, when it happens to you?" The experiences that tell you about the various aspects of the city, among others; mass transport, public space, traditional traders who are marginalized, noise pollution in the city and live in Jakarta.


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