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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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FENDI SS19

FENDI SS19 campaign soundtracked by Lafawndah – Substancia.

Produced by Tamer FahriLafawndahNick Weiss & Aaron David Ross

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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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D.A.M. – Defiant

Hyprid-Orchestral Trailer Music collaboration with D.A.M.
Stream album here.

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Genre Non-Conforming

Dis.art exhibition at the DeYoung Art Museum in San Fransisco, CA.

Audio & Video samples available upon request

Presented by the New York-based collective DIS, Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network, (“The DIS Network”) is the first exhibition coinciding with the launch of dis.art, a new streaming platform for entertainment and education. The DIS Network reveals a “DIS-topian” take on the future of education—decentralized and open-access, yet communal and physically connected, inviting visitors to experience a twisted hybrid of entertainment and education. Played on a continuous loop on 36 large LED screens in the de Young’s atrium, the work is the result of collaboration with a group of international theorists, writers, and artists including Korakrit Arunanondchai, Darren Bader, Will Benedict and Steffen Jørgensen, CUSS Group, Aria Dean, Casey Jane Ellison, Ilana Harris-Babou, Ada O’Higgins, Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman and Daniel Keller, Ian Isiah, Chus Martinez, Babak Radboy, Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, Ryan Trecartin, Amalia Ulman, McKenzie Wark, and Women’s History Museum with Jack Scanlan.

Many of the videos feature music and sound design created by Dis-affiliated composer Aaron David Ross.

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Telfar – Nude

 

Installation soundtrack by Aaron David Ross & Ryan Trecartin
In collaboration with Telfar & Babak Radboy

Launching his eponymous line in 2005 at the age of 18, Liberian-American unisex prodigy Telfar Clemens has developed a strikingly original and democratic design vocabulary. Laying the blueprint for today’s black avant-garde, TELFAR was genderless a decade before it became a trend, launching projects with a remarkably horizontal cultural impact—from collaborations with Solange Knowles at the Guggenheim Museum to designing the nationwide uniforms for over 10,000 employees of the US fast-food chain White Castle. After winning the 2017 Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund, TELFAR is poised to take its place in the foreground of America’s fashion future.

At Spazio Maiocchi, KALEIDOSCOPE presents TELFAR’s first project in Italy, Nude, a fashion presentation without a single garment, eloquent to the brand’s progressive aesthetics and artistic DNA. The exhibition centers around a 30-feet-tall nude image of the designer by photographer Rob Kulisek surrounded by ten nude and genderless sculptures designed by American artist Frank Benson and manufactured by German state-of-the-art mannequin factory Penther Formes—an updated version of the iconic mannequins presented by TELFAR in the 2016 Berlin Biennale. The show is completed by a short film about Telfar’s apartment building in Queens, New York, by filmmaker Finn MacTaggart; and a musical composition written for clapping by Aaron David Ross in collaboration with artist Ryan Trecartin.

TELFAR’s exhibition will also take over the 3x6m billboard in the courtyard of Spazio Maiocchi, and will be accompanied by a book of images by New York photographer Jason Nocito, a performance by South-African musical duo FAKA, and an exclusive limited-edition T-shirt.

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Prada FW18 Interactive

Music and sound design for Prada’s FW18 Mens interactive campaign

For the #PradaFW18 Men’s and Women’s Show, AMO converts the depositories of Viale Ortles, Milan, into an oneiric and surreal archive, where the multifaceted essence of Prada comes to life, turning the warehouse into a venue that both speaks of Prada’s accumulated identities and its place within the contemporary.⠀ Watch the Show live on Instagram January 14, 2018 at 6 PM CET.⠀ #PradaShows #MiucciaPrada #mfw

Additional Audio & Video samples available upon request



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BUFFER

By Xavier Cha
Opera, Dance & Theatre work commissioned by BAM
2017 Next Wave Festival & Performa 2017

Xavier Cha’s perception-altering new work lays bare the intimate yet alienated relationships we have with the bodies on our screens.

  • Music and sound design by Aaron David Ross
  • Libretto by Juliana Huxtable
  • Stage design by Paul Kopkau, Felix Burrichter, and Michael Bullock
  • Screenplay by Xavier Cha and Robert Moulthorp
  • Lighting design by Joe Levasseur
  • Costume design by Avena Gallagher
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Audio and video samples available upon request

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The Pike and the Shield

The Pike and the Shield: Five Paradoxes

Danced By Nozomi Iijima, inspired by CHANEL Nº5 L’EAU

Japanese ballet dancer Nozomi Iijima performs a self-choreographed video directed by Lola Partel Oliva, inspired by the paradoxes of Chanel’s latest fragrance campaign for Nº5 L’Eau. Equal parts surreal and spectacular, the film features Nozomi dancing the paradoxes of her own life and art through the streets of Tokyo and beyond.

  • Danced and choreographed by Nozomi Iijima
  • Written and directed by Lola Partel Oliva
  • Music by Lafawndah & BRRR with Aaron David Ross
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Painting With History 4

by Korakrit Arunanondchai
2017, HD video, 23 minutes 32 seconds
Original Score by Aaron David Ross
Winner of the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition at IFFR, 2017
Audio and video samples available upon request

Installed at Clearing Gallery with ‘Garden (2017)’,
Indigo powder, dad’s dirt, seafood waste, blown glass, clay, LED lights, fiber optics, electrical wires,
found wood, roots of dead trees, bamboo, banana leaves, coconuts, carpet, resin, prayer objects for the naga, IV bags, old car parts, dead pine trees, surround sound

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TELFAR FW17 OST – What People?

Original soundtrack composed for Telfar‘s FW17 presentation
In collaboration with Ryan Trecartin (Narration) and Babak Radboy (Artistic Direction)

…And the award for most time-travel-friendly, culturally adaptable, contextually annoyed, unisex specific, panic-onomical, worn equally by both offense and defense — goes to: TELFAR. Fill in the fucking blank. Meaning is in the eye of the beholder; and it’s a responsibility. Fill in the fucking blank.
— Ryan Trecartin, TELFAR F/W 2017

TELFAR F/W 2017 continues the designer’s starkly original, trend-agnostic, anti-identitarian, deconstruction of garments and their meanings. This season the body’s meridians are fault lines in which not only colors and fabric — but entire genres of garment can give-way to another: creating hybrid forms like puffer-peacoats; track-jacket-dress-shirts, wool-slack-pum-pum-shorts and cargo-knickers. A jewel-tone palette in nylon, knit, wool, cotton, fleece and denim appear at times all in a single garment, creating a total-look that is impossible to place. Somewhere between Patagonia and Shenzhen TELFAR continues to visualize an empty horizon in a fashion industry where more and more people, crowd an ever narrowing aesthetic consensus. 2017 is a good year not to fit in.












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Genesis


Performance for Night on Broadway, 01-26-17, Los Angeles
Costume designed & created by Tatiana Valentin
Lighting & Experiential design by Taran Allen
Soundscape by Gatekeeper, Aaron David Ross & Matthew Arkell



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GATEKEEPER for LUAR SS17 Runway

Runway score for Luar’s SS17 Collection
DIMELO QUE LO QUE

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JAZZFEST 2016 w Ryan Trecartin

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“There is nothing else in today’s art world even remotely like Ryan Trecartin‘s videos,” proclaimed Art in America. “It’s a sci-fi theater of the absurd for our manically paced YouTube era.“ Within these fluidly structured and visually commanding works, Trecartin’s groundbreaking sound design—a densely layered mix of rapid-fire dialogue, electronic music and live instrumentation—extends the depth, intensity, and insane hilarity of his art. He is joined by his principal collaborator Lizzie Fitch, music producer and DJ Ashland Mines (aka Total Freedom), and composer/producer Aaron David Ross (who will be conducting and doing the music direction) to present a new, digitally-inflected sonic composition live for the very first time.” – Armory Press Release

Selected Press:
Armory Listing | Art News
Audio & Video samples available upon request

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Photos by Da Ping Luo

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The Present in Drag

 

Speculative Ambience/Narrative Devices

A series of videos for the 9th Annual Berlin Biennial
By DIS and Babak Radboy
Produced by Iconoclast + Julia Burlingham
Music and Sound Design by Aaron David Ross








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A distracted path toward extinction

 

There’s a word I’m trying to remember, for a feeling I’m about to have
(a distracted path toward extinction) 

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Premiered at the 9th Annual Berlin Biennale, 2016
On a Boat sailing up and down the Spree River, Berlin

Audio and Video samples available on request

Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic have created a site-specific video installation on the Blue-Star sightseeing boat of Reederei Riedel, the Berlin Biennale’s only itinerant venue, that travels up and down the Spree River throughout the period of the exhibition. The boat’s exterior décor includes images of a giant rat hugging Arunanondchai’s grandfather, in reference to the film shown on board, There’s a word I’m trying to remember, for a feeling I’m about to have (a distracted path towards extinction). Inspired by previous large-scale extinctions in the history of the earth and the likelihood of the next, human extinction as well as the event of Arunanondchai’s older brother getting married, the film uses multiple narrative threads to frame a relationship between being alive today and the collapse of the natural systems around us. In addition to the video, an audio guide made in collaboration with the music producer Aaron David Ross and boychild accompanies passengers as they experience the main route frequented by tour boats on the Spree, passing Museum Island and the city’s government district. During the running time of the Berlin Biennale from June 4 to September 18, 2016, events and performances take place on the upper deck of the boat every Saturday evening.

 

 

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Telfar SS16 x Culturesport

Original Music for Telfar SS16 show + video assetts by Aaron David Ross
Read on Dazed
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XAVIER CHA – ABDUCT

Conceived & Directed by Xavier Cha
Sound Design by Aaron David Ross

A new video work commissioned by MOCA Cleveland and Frieze Projects that captures seven actors as they battle conflicting emotions. Extremes of rage, glee, confusion, and terror appear like foreign agents attempting hijack the actors’ faces and bodies. Inspired by sci-fi and horror films, the spare set design, minimal costumes, and dynamic camera work add to the unsettling tone of the work.

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TELFAR S/S 2016

TELFAR S/S 2016

Creative Direction by Babak Radboy
Animation by Culture Sport
Music Composed + Produced by Aaron David Ross
(c) 2015 – scored animated movie available 2016

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Renotopia – by Dis Magazine

The Island (KEN) is a hybrid of the (social) kitchen and the (private) bath, a complex network of resources (water, food, energy, data), and a reflection on how we process resources and turn them into aesthetic ideology. It’s a smart island, but it also teaches. Aside from shower demos, The Island (KEN) holds talks on digital consciousness, renovation, procrastination, data obscurity, Pinterest, and more.

Music Composed, Produced and Recorded by Aaron David Ross

Video Credits:
By DIS
Produced by Shaway Yeh
Production: Capture This
Director of Photography: Rory Mulhere
Lighting design: Alex Gvojic
Model: Renee Kylie at Bella Agency
Music: Aaron David Ross
1st AC: Matt Manning
DIT and Colorist: Kazu Okuda
Hair and Makeup: Akihisa Yamaguchi using Oribe hair care and MAC cosmetics
Words: Mckenzie Wark
Narration: Emily Gruca
Model: Renee Kylie at Bella Agency
Parts Model: Jamie Simone
Production Assistant: Alexander Addington-White
Clothing: COS