2017 BFI Experimenta Symposium: Artists’ Film in Asia

2017 BFI Experimenta Symposium: Artists’ Film in Asia

In October 2017, one of Lenteng Forum members, Manshur Zikri (film critic and curator) became one of the participants in a pilot development and exchange programme organized by the British Council and LUX, UK. The program offers an opportunity to develop knowledge about the field of contemporary art and cinema in the UK, to share skills and build new networks with the UK and other participant countries with the aim of building future exchange and collaborations.

In the framework of his participation, on October 4-10, 2017, Manshur Zikri visited BFI London Film Festival 2017 in the UK and became one of the panelists in Experimenta Symposium: Artists’ Film in Asia.

The symposium explored the current initiatives and national contexts in which the panelists work culturally, as well as showing some contemporary works from their respective countries. Chaired and moderated by May Adadol Ingawanij (writer, curator, and academician; from the Center for Research and Education in Arts and Media, University of Westminster), the symposium which took place on 5 October 2015 at Blue Room, BFI South Bank opened with an introduction by the programmer, Benjamin Cook (Director of LUX); and invited three panelists from three different countries, they are Manshur Zikri (from Jakarta, Indonesia), Shai Heredia (artist and Director of Experimenta India; from Bangalore, India), and Hung Tran Duy (writer, curator and producer; from Hanoi, Vietnamese).

Manshur Zikri presented a short paper with a 15 minute duration, entitled “Developing a Film Festival with a Community-based Approach: ARKIPEL” and showed one experimental film from Indonesia, titled The Rain After (2014) by Mohammad Fauzi. He also shared his views on the AKUMASSA movement run by Forum Lenteng since 2008 and the dynamics of cultural networks at the grassroots level of Indonesia, national level, and Southeast Asia. Manshur Zikri also shared his thoughts on the concept and movement of archiving that is being activated by the non-governmental community or cultural organization in Jakarta.

The Experimenta Symposium: Artists’ Film in Asia was organised by the BFI London Film Festival 2017 in partnership with the British Council and the Center for Research and Education in Arts and Media, University of Westminster.

During the visit to London, Manshur Zikri also attended the Frieze Art Fair and visited the LUX (the UK’s agency for the support and promotion of artists’ working with the moving image).

Year
2017

London, UK

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