Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival (KLEX)
23. - 27. November 2011
November 23rd - 27th, 2011

Zu Gast beim KLEX 2011 | Visit at KLEX 2011
[ In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Kuala Lumpur,
supported by Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) and
AG-Kurzfilm (German Short Film Association) ]

Michael Brynntrup zu Gast beim KLEX-Festival | Michael Brynntrup's visit at KLEX

The Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival (KLEX) is an artists/volunteers- organized, grassroots, DIY festival founded in Malaysia in 2010. KLEX serves as a platform to introduce contemporary experimental cinema from this region and worldwide to the Malaysian audience; to cultivate understanding, learning, friendship and exchange among local, regional and international experimental cinema communities.
(klexfilmfest, September 2011)

Michael Brynntrup: [english] [deutsch]

Programm 1 | program 1
Werkschau Michael Brynntrup
Spotlight Michael Brynntrup
[ 60+40 min | 1986-2011 | 12 films ]
Sat, 26 Nov, 2011, 8:30pm - The Annexe Gallery, Central Market Annexe

Programm 2 | program 2
Aktuelle Arbeiten von Alumni der HBK-Filmklasse
Recent Works from Alumni of the HBK Film Class
[ 68 min | 2008-2011 | 8 films ]
Sun, 27 Nov, 2011, 3:00pm - The Annexe Gallery, Central Market Annexe

Programm 3 | program 3
Aktuelle Arbeiten von Studierenden der HBK-Filmklasse
Recent Works from Students of the HBK Film Class
[ 42 min | 2011 | 7 films ]
Wed, 23 Nov, 2011, 2:30pm - Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM), Multimedia University (MMU)

Dank an | thanks to:



Being used to a certain aesthetic presented in mainstream TV and cinema, people often find experimental short films strange and hard to digest. However the personal works of Michael Brynntrup, one of the most profilic German filmmakers working mainly on the underground circuit, are regarded as small jewels of cinematic culture that are very appealing and attract enthusiastic audiences.

Michael Brynntrup often performs the leading role in his movies. Yet his films are different than the films originating from an autobiographical filmmaking tradition in North America who use private lives as a form of artistic expression. When Michael Brynntrup exposes his subjectivity, it's not a one-to-one representation and he addreses always the human being in general. His films can be seen as experimental reflections of a narcissistic artist who presents himself as a man portraying himself to others who are supposed to recognise themselves in him.

"I see cinema, in essence, not as mass media, but as an individual experience that takes place in the mind of each viewer." (Michael Brynntrup) He leaves the audience to decide on the ambivalence of his work and to reflect on themselves while identifying with the exposed character in the film. As an experimental and independent filmmaker who sees his work as a medial self-reflection (film as metafilm) and working from a gay male perspective, he tries to direct his films to different contextual and technical limits. How well can reality be presented? What limits do morals and the media set? Despite his preoccupation with heavy existential themes of death and personal identity in his work, his vision is often ironic. He is able to integrate a personal diaristic strategy using humour and pathos to subvert, to create films which are both intimate and visually stunning.

(Tampere International Short Film Festival, catalogue March 2004 - Maarit Jaakkola)

Michael Brynntrup

Born in Münster, Germany, 1959. Studied in Freiburg, Rome and Berlin. Master degree Fine Arts at the Braunschweig School of Art in 1991. Experimental poems, texts, paintings, photography, fotocopies, performances, installations and exhibitions since 1977. Over 70 experimental short films and videos since 1981, three feature films. Digital art in interactive media since 1995 (CD-ROM, DVD and internet).

Film exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art New York (1987, 1992 and 1999). Numerous international exhibitions and film awards. Organisation of avantgarde and gay film events for museums, institutions and international film festivals. Publications on Super8 and Off-Off-Cinemas. Guest lecturer on Experimental Film and Interactive Media (e.g. at Merz Akademie Stuttgart and at Beijing Normal University Zhuhai/China). Since 2006 Professor for Film/Video at Braunschweig University of Art. - The artist lives and works.

Personal notice: As an independant 'experimental' film-maker who sees his task in particular in a medial self-reflection (film as metafilm) I try to lead films in all its different forms to contextual and technical borders. (And naturally I make the viewers come along to these borders). I comprehend film in its essence not as a mass media but as an individual experience which takes place in the head of each viewer.


Michael Brynntrup

Geboren 1959 in Münster/Westfalen, Studium Kunstgeschichte und Philosophie in Freiburg und Rom. Seit 1982 in Berlin, 1987-91 Studium Freie Kunst (Filmklasse der HBK Braunschweig, Prof.Büttenbender/Hein), 1991 Meisterschüler. Diverse Künste und Copyart seit 1977. Über 70 Filme und Video (drei Langfilmprojekte) seit 1981. Digitale Künste in interaktiven Medien seit 1995 (CD-ROM, DVD und internet).

'Film Exhibition' im Museum of Modern Art New York (1987, 1992 und 1999). Zahlreiche Werkschauen, viele Filmpreise, Organisation und Präsentation von Experimentalfilm-Reihen im In- und Ausland. Stipendiat des Kunstfonds e.V. Bonn (1993). Publikationen zu den Themen Super-Acht und Berliner Off-Off-Kinos. Gastdozenturen für experimentellen Film und interaktive Medien (u.a. an der Merz Akademie Stuttgart und an der Beijing Normal University Zhuhai/China). Seit 2006 Professor für Film/Video an der Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig. - Der Künstler lebt und arbeitet.

Persönliche Anmerkung: Als unabhängiger 'experimenteller' Filmemacher, der seine Aufgabe vor allem in einer medialen Selbstreflektion sieht (Film als Metafilm), versuche ich, Film in allen seinen Erscheinungsformen an dessen inhaltliche und technische Grenzen zu führen. (Und selbstverständlich nehme ich den Zuschauer immer mit an diese Grenzen). - Ich begreife Film in seinem Wesenskern nicht als Massenmedium, sondern als individuelles Erlebnis, das sich vor allem in den Köpfen jedes einzelnen Zuschauers abspielt.