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Gatekeeper Soundtrack to Luar SS18

“In Raul Lopez’s Corporate America, Men Wear Skirts and Dresses to the Office”Vogue

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GROUND ZERO

Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann “Ground Zero” at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin

11. September – 15. December 2019

Christopher Kulendran Thomas’ family is from a place that no longer exists. 10 years ago, in the summer of 2009, the Tamil homeland of ‘Eelam’ was wiped out by the Sri Lankan army. Born through a neo-Marxist revolution, it had been self-governed as an autonomous state for almost 30 years. However, following attacks on the United States on September 11th 2001, revolutionary movements around the world were re-labelled as terrorists, enabling their eradication. As the international community turned a blind eye, Eelam was annihilated. Curiously, in the months following that violence (and with the economic liberalisation that followed), the first white cube commercial galleries opened in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, projecting democratic values internationally and representing a generation of artists influenced by the Western canon encountered online.

“Around the world, the juridical framework of human rights has been leveraged not only to protect the oppressed and disenfranchised but also to justify the imperial ambitions of the nation states by which human rights are enforced. Perhaps though, the problem is not with the concept of human rights but with the very category of ‘human’ itself.” (Christopher Kulendran Thomas)

the film itself is made through multiple systematic and machinic processes, with characters generated using neural networks running on purpose-built computers and a soundtrack that includes a pop song composed by reverse engineering the prolific Swedish producer Max Martin’s secret songwriting system known as ‘melodic math’. The work of Ananda and Gunatilake are presented as material components of their own ready-made re-presentation by Kulendran Thomas – and titled as such with inventorial objectivity – circulating as memetic arbitrage across the contours by which identity and power are negotiated globally. Exploring the interrelationship between contemporary art and human rights in an era of globally uneven technological acceleration, Ground Zero reflects upon issues of individual authenticity, collective sovereignty and what it means to be ‘human’ when machines are able to simulate human understanding ever more convincingly.

Projected onto a large transparent screen bisecting the Schinkel Pavillon, the film Being Human (2019) forms a three-dimensional hypertext for a collection of paintings and sculptures by Upali Ananda and Kingsley Gunatilake, two of Sri Lanka’s foremost contemporary artists, purchased from one of Colombo’s most influential commercial galleries and presented by Thomas and Kuhlmann as a show-within-a-show. Shot in Sri Lanka, their film traverses documentary and fiction. It features Christopher Kulendran Thomas’ uncle (a family hero who founded the Centre for Human Rights in Tamil Eelam), as well as various guests of the Colombo Art Biennale – a well-known painter, a famous pop star and a young Tamil artist (some of them algorithmically synthesized characters) – who take the viewer on an elliptical journey around the island, from the fallout of the Sri Lankan Civil War to the biennale founded in its aftermath. Examining the idea of creativity as a humanist fiction,

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COLLABORATIONS LAFAWNDAH MUSIC

Lafawndah – Ancestor Boy

Album by Lafawndah

Released March 2019 on Concordia
Created by LafawndahNick WeissL-vis 1990 & Aaron David Ross

Lafawndah’s journey to her current incarnation as a devotional pop polymath has wound as unpredictably as her compositional style. Her traversing of musical and artistic milieus has been defined by a freedom of tone, surrealist sense of space, and assured manipulation of formal and psychological tension.

Reviews: The Quietus | Pitchfork | Resident Advisor | Loud & Quiet

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Kelela – Jupiter

Written by Kelela + Romy Madley Croft
Produced by Aaron David Ross,  Additional Production by NICK WEISS

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on ‘Take Me Apart‘, the debut album from Kelela, out on Warp Records October 6th, 2017
Press: Interview | Pitchfork | Resident Advisor | Spin
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LAFAWNDAH – ALLY

Official Music Video for ALLY from the ‘Tan’ EP on Warp Records
Produced by Aaron David Ross, Nick Weiss & Lafawndah
Written by Lafawndah
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LAFAWNDAH – TAN EP

Out on Warp Records February 5th, 2016
Created by LafawndahNightfeelingsL-Vis 1990Aaron David Ross + Tamer Fahri

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LAFAWNDAH – TAN

WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY LAFAWNDAH, NICK WEISS AND TAMER FAHRI
DIRECTED BY LAFAWNDAH & NICK WEISS

From the TAN EP out on February 5th on Warp Records.
TAN EP Produced by Lafawndah, ADR, L-Vis 1990, Nick Weiss & Tamer Fahri

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Lafawndah + ADR – “BEE”

What happens when you cross-pollinate the free-wheeling experimental styles of a zouk and techno-influenced singer/producer and one half of the notoriously weird duo Gatekeeper? You get a song that’s for plants, by plants – or, more to the point, you get “Bee,” a sweetly direct and organic love song that falls somewhere between reggae, tropical pop and ambient composition. In an attempt to meet the brief they were given by Red Bull to come up with a song “for plants,” Lafawndah and Aaron David Ross found themselves getting back to basics, writing a tune that moves like a breeze through the jungle, synth riffs wafting through like palm fronds over a slow and sure-footed beat as Lafawndah’s hook “someone loves you, bee” sets the whole thing alight. It makes for a sultry follow-up to her recently-aired Teengirl Fantasy collab, “Lung”. We had a quick chat with Lafawndah about how she grew into this new collaboration, and what’s so sexy about plants anyway.

Read about on Dazed

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K-Rizz – “Art Star”

Written by K-Rizz, ADR + Nightfeelings
Prodiced by ADR + Nightfeelings

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Lauren Devine – FolkLaur

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Talk abt Gender Baby feat. Lafawndah

Let’s Talk About Gender Baby – Planningtorock – LAFAWNDAH & ADR remix

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Yen Tech – Revengence

Yen Tech “Forever Ballin”
Produced by Adaron feat Yentech
Written by Yen Tech for the “Revengeance” Mixtape

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Mykki Blanco – Squandro (prod. by Gatekeeper)

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HD Boyz “Photoshopped”

#HDBOYS, the worlds first boyband in high definition, Summer 2011

Music recorded & produced by Aaron David Ross
Music composed by Alex Kelly-Hoffman & Aaron David Ross
Vocals performed by Alex Kelly-Hoffman
Visuals by Tabor Robak
Choreography by Colin Self
Attitude & video editing by Ryder Ripps

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#HDBOYZ

#HDBOYS, the worlds first boyband in high definition, Summer 2011

Music recorded & produced by Aaron David Ross
Music composed by Alex Kelly-Hoffman & Aaron David Ross
Vocals performed by Alex Kelly-Hoffman
Visuals by Tabor Robak
Choreography by Colin Self
Attitude & video editing by Ryder Ripps

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Adaron – Only Time Will Tell

Single produced for Dis Magazines’ TRANCEWar

Finished 4th out of 38 in the competition

Written, Produced & Recorded by Aaron David Ross, AKA DRJ
Vocals by Colin Self, Art by Tabor Robak.