M+ Museum in Hong Kong recently launched the inaugural edition of the Asian Avant-Garde Film Festival. Presented with the theme "Encounter the Unexpected!", the festival offers a variety of independent moving image practices which have emerged outside of the limits of mainstream film industry. Asian Avant-Garde Film Festival is organized by M+ Museum with the support of luxury fashion house Chanel.

The four-day event features screenings, exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops. More than 20 guest artists have been invited to present their latest works, in addition to a retrospective look at film artists and video artists whose works have blazed the trail for newer generations. The festival opened on May 30th with Phantom Frequencies: An Audiovisual Experience by Wing Shya x nnscya, an innovative video installation which redefines the potentialities of film photography in the digital age.

Still image from LuYang Illusory World by Lu Yang. Image courtesy of the artist.

With this festival M+ Museum, Asia's first global museum of contemporary art, is providing its own unique take on the abundant past of avant-garde filmmaking, which spans over six decades on the continent. Wing Shya, a renowned photographer, designer and filmmaker from Hong Kong, is serving as the festival's artistic director.

Asian Avant-Garde Film Festival is open through June 2nd, 2024. More details about the artists, workshops and discussions at the festival can be found here.

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