|Curator for the event and fAf Editor-in-chief, Nisar
Keshvani gave an introduction before the screening and explained that
some artworks were "produced with very raw, and primitive equipment,
and others with high end machinery". He continued by suggesting
that viewers might "find some of the work has mass appeal, and
others are artistic, but each brings an element of their home culture".
However, Mr Keshvani outlined that this screening would be a stepping-stone
for the filmmakers, giving them a chance for their artworks to be
seen by an international audience.
Among the 14 works screened during the one and half hours, the
audience seemed to enjoy three particular ones - Microwave, Derman
and Imagine. Imagine was a short piece, where different colors were
shown on the screen and changed according to John Lennon's hit song.
Meanwhile, Derman is a cute 3-D animated character playing around
with two doors and Microwave was a rather controversial and morbid
one - a Barbie figurine inside a microwave, melting away.
Tan Pin Pin, creator of the video installation Microwave said that
the original piece of work was almost half an hour long. Different
objects like money and an Amex card, apart from Barbie were shown
spinning inside the microwave. "I was really curious on what
kind of new meaning could be shown in such an unaccommodating environment,"
says the filmmaker, whose work was dubbed 'a gem' by the DoubleTake
Documentary Film Festival.
From the morbid to a cute animated character, Derman was a rather
funny and enjoyable 3D- animation where an amusing blue character
played around two doors. Derman was an idea spawned by four Ngee
Ann graduates for their final school project. According to Nicholas
Liaw, the group "initially wanted to do an adaptation of nutcracker."
Nicholas and his fellow groupmate Eldred Tjie, were present at the
screening to witness and answer questions asked by the audience.
"Although [Derman] looks simple, we actually took half a year
planning it and another half a year doing it," explained Eldred,
when asked how long the group took to complete their project. Eldred
also added that they "didn't expect to come so far" and
have their work shown to people all over the world. The guys, who
are currently serving their National Service, were quite happy that
their hard work could now be recognized.
Keh Li Ching, lead animator for Against the Tide (excerpt pictured
above), a short animation about endangered turtles also commented
that she didn't expect her group's work to be chosen for the fAf
"I really didn't expect this! This project was rather experimental,"
she quipped. However, she added that it was a "privilege for
us as students" to actually have our works shown, especially
on the topic of conservation. Li Ching is currently an Assistant
Producer with a production house - Moving Visuals Company.
Keshvani said the idea is "to introduce and showcase the works
of young and emerging film makers, digital artists from different
parts of the world." Fourteen short films were run: from a
glimpse of an afternoon in a Malaysian village depicted in full,
crisp 3D animation (A Friday's Prayer by Ta Jin Ho, Malaysia) to
one UPD student's attempt to cast in quick-changing images what
defines him (Self-Portrait: I on Some Pieces of Paper by David Liongoren,
The Program is in celebration of fAf's 15th anniversary celebration
and is being co-launched in DMF2001 and in the Multimedia Festival
in Brisbane, Australia. Its focus is on the rich cultural digital
content developed daily.
Following the screening program, Keshvani lectured on how emerging
artists can promote themselves, what they should focus on and how
fAf can help them through its programs and activities.
Takahiko Iimura's video, film and CD-ROM based works were screened
after the lecture.
Iimura is a pioneer artist of Japanese experimental film and video.
An established international artist, he has been working in film
"Taka's migration from film and video to CD-ROM (spanning
over 35 years of dedicated work from analog to digital media) serves
as challenge and inspiration to a number of video and filmmakers
here," Lasay said.
"Iimura is one of the very few artists who crossed the border
from video to CD-ROM. He took a real piece of work [his videos]
and converted it into an interactive medium, [a feat] which is very
rare" said Keshvani.
Wednesday's workshop was on Flashpro, a program used in creating
and manipulating images for animation and film. Multimedia specialist
Ronnie Millevo delivered the much-enjoyed lecture that taught the
basics in manipulating the much-in-demand program.
Thursday and Friday were devoted to videos. The dim lights at the
Corredor witnessed the screening of Multimedia Art Asia Pacific's
(MAAP) Oil Friction, Excess videos from China and Australia; artists'
videos from Romania, Greece, USA and Australia.
Based in Brisbane, Australia, MAAP organizes media events, festivals
and online forums (http://www.maap.org.au).
"Throughout the Thursday screenings, the movement and scenes
in Margaret Roberts's Cook East Cook West installation video seemed
constantly to serve as our window to the fast moving outside world,"
After a brief lull of events on Saturday, the festival was capped
with an online forum from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 14.
The forum provided a dialogue between audiences, artists and writers.
Contents of the discussion is available at the Australian ABC Website:
DMF 2001 not only impressed home-based artists but international
artists as well, including Japanese artist Iimura.
"It's very impressive. Lasay collected many important art
works by different mediums. Sometimes, you have to put together
all the important works and you have to know who is doing it and
what they are doing so you have to make a lot of research on this.
She has done quite a good job and I think it will be very successful,"
fAf's 15th Anniversary screening was definitely a success to both
its filmmakers and the audience. The travelling program will soon
be shown in other countries such as Peru, Malaysia and Japan and
will help put Singapore on the world art map and expose the latest
South East Asian talents to an international audience.