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COLLABORATIONS MUSIC SOUNDTRACK VIDEO

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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MEDIA MUSIC SOUNDTRACK VIDEO

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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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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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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FASHION GKFX MEDIA MUSIC SOUNDTRACK VIDEO

Telfar SS16 x Culturesport

Original Music for Telfar SS16 show + video assetts by Aaron David Ross
Read on Dazed
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MEDIA SOUNDTRACK VIDEO

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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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

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Thinkspiration – Dis Magazine

Music Composed, Orchestrated, Produced & Recorded by Aaron David Ross

Video by DIS & Capture This, installed at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland 2014

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DISown’s “The Perfect Fit”

An iconic DIS trend returns reinvented from the inside out.

Directed by Rodrigo Trombini Pires
Featuring “Air on a G String” Composed by J.S. Bach
Orchestrated & Arranged by Aaron David Ross

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Miss DeSe’s Iron Chef

Starring
Miss DeSe as Herself
Stewart Uoo as Judge Uoo
Nhu Duong as Judge Duong
David Moses as Judge Moses
Young Gun Lee as Chef Young Gun
Jake Brodsky as Chef Brodsky
Hugo Goodwin as Chef Goodwin
Kyle Luu, Tiffany Luu, K-Rizz as Emcees
Sponsored by Material Vodka
Director of Photography Chris Vongsawat
Assistant Directors Adam Wilkinson and Willard Klein
Written by DeSe Escobar with Ada O’Higgins, Solomon Chase and Preston Chaunsmlit
Produced by DIS
Production Ada O’Higgins
Editing Willard Klein
Styling Nhu Duong
Music Aaron David Ross and Nick Weiss, featuring the original hit single “Art Star” by K-Rizz
Still Photography Benjamin Reed Langford
Hair and Makeup Britanny Mroczek
Fog Jon Lucas

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SensaTips™

Sensatips™ by MPNails + Ruth Gruca
Sound Design and Music Supervision by ADR

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Perfect Anything for Dis Magazine

Read on Dis Magazine

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GKFX MEDIA MUSIC SOUNDTRACK VIDEO

Radical Friend – Sweat

Sweat by Radical Friend
for Saatchi Gallery at Art Paris