“I always say a film should have a personality. And like a person, if he or she is very popular, I would feel very suspicious. Maybe my good film is not your good film. It’s very subjective. But if I make a film that divides the audience, I feel like that’s a certain level of success. Film should divide people.” Apichatpong Weerasethakul
“Cut off my arm. I say, ‘Me and my arm.’ You cut off my other arm. I say, ‘Me and my two arms.’ You take out, take out my stomach, my kidneys, assuming that were possible. And I say, ‘Me and my intestines.’ And now, if you cut off my head. Would I say, ‘Me and my head’ or ‘Me and my body’? What right has my head to call itself me?” Polanski in Le Locataire.
This is the second year the Asian Forum on experimental cinema is held. Along with it, the first ever, EX!T 2010 – Experimental Media Art Festival in Taiwan organised by Image Movement. It brings together similiarly independently spirited groups in the region such as EXiS-Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, China Independent Film Festival, KLEX-KL Experimental Film and Video Festival, FILMVIRUS, fuangrupa & forum lenteng. What I am most excited is the Taiwan retrospective of experimental films in Taiwan since the 30s.
The 3-day event will be presented at the GULING STREET Avant-Garde Theatre and Taipei Contemporary Art Center. Tickets are available here.
I’ve also curated a watery programme that features Riau by Zai Kuning and It’s Not That I Forgot but Rather I Chose Not to Mention by Charles Lim Yong Yi.
Date: 27 Nov 2010
Venue: Taipei Contemporary Art Center
Riau is an ode to the Orang Laut (sea gypsies) by a free-spirited artist who spent years exploring the Indonesian islands south of Singapore. It’s Not That I Forgot but Rather I Chose Not to Mention is a silent one-take 50-minute live painting by a former national sailor of a man cleaning a much neglected pool filled with debris.