Editorial: Nisar Keshvani
"What is real? What is false?"
- questions Kong Kam Yoke in fAf's exclusive 14th Singapore International
Film Festival (SIFF) edition (http://www.filmfest.org.sg) This year's
festival is themed: "Stranger than Fiction - The Documentary
Kam Yoke explains: "... wars, genocides and other crimes against
humanity are committed on a daily basis ... Indeed, reality has
to begin, so that we can start accepting the world for what it is,
and take the right action. It is crucial and urgent that reality
no longer stays stranger than fiction."
In her overview, she provides a reality check focused on documentaries
from the world over - 'Land of Wandering Souls' (Cambodia), 'Mr
Death' (USA), and 'The Gleaners & I' (France). (Video clips
@ http://www.planetmg.com/f ilmfest)
This reality is by no means far-fetched. Timely as it may seem,
a friend related how she played a behind-the-scenes video called:
"Love Turkey" (http://www.highpoi nt.org.sg/loveturkey)
at a gathering.
It depicts how a church group sends funds and relief to build a
help centre after Turkey's '99 earthquake. Peppered with shots of
tearing adults, catastrophe, and smiling children, her friends found
it difficult to accept it. They began questioning the video's authenticity,
and if this was really the truth. A case of media desensitization
- who knows?
Back to art, our April feature catalogues SIFF's installation: 'Fields
of Electronic Desire'. Inspired by the noted French postmodern philosopher
Jean Baudrillard who said "Today, we live in the imaginary
world of the screen ... We too have become screens, and the interactivity
of men has become the interactivity of screens".
It is an exploration of the possibilities of the digital and electronic
media by a group of Singapore-based artists whose imagination extend
beyond the usual concepts of film and video, and of paint and canvas.
This month's bumper issue carries Fatima Lasay's 'Geo|centr|e|i|city
- The Earth as Center'. She launches her exhibition, in fAf's Gallery
Mez Breeze looks at hine-digital-art.com [website] while Beth reviews
'Web Style Guide'. Joseph Nechvatal enlightens us on 'Computer Virus
Project 2.0', Lasay on 'Gimokud - An Internet Soul Project' and
Dean Bruton provides a first hand report of 'The Australian Effects
and Animation Festival' from Sydney.