Christopher Kulendran Thomas, The Finesse (2022) in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, film still
Join the opening night of Another World, an exhibition that explores an alternative approach to technology through the prism of the defeated revolutionary struggle for an independent Tamil homeland.
Another World explores an alternative approach to technology through the prism of the defeated revolution for an independent Tamil homeland. During the Liberation War for Tamil Eelam (1983 – 2009), the de-facto state of Eelam was self-governed by a revolutionary movement that, in the early years of the World Wide Web, used the internet to build a globally distributed parallel economic system among the Tamil diaspora. However, the movement’s political ambitions were eclipsed by a bitter military conflict and in 2009 the Sri Lankan government brutally eradicated the autonomous Tamil state.
Another World contrasts some of the liberation movement’s lost cultural legacies with the contemporary realities that have unfolded in the wake of that war to both imagine and prompt alternate possible futures.
Developed together with Christopher Kulendran Thomas’s longtime collaborator Annika Kuhlmann, the exhibition features a newly commissioned immersive video installation, a series of algorithmically generated paintings, a suite of painted ceramics by Aṇaṅkuperuntinaivarkal Inkaaleneraam, and a new variation of the 2019 video installation Being Human, which looks at the relationship between human rights and the global art field in the artist’s family’s homeland.
6.30 – 10pm Exhibition Preview
10pm – 12am LIL INTERNET (DJ set) & Ilavenil Vasuky Jayapalan as NAGAVER (Live)
Another World by Christopher Kulendran
Thomas is initiated by Stefan Kalmár, produced in partnership with
Kunsthalle Zurich and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and
realised with the generous support of Filecoin Foundation and Filecoin
Foundation for the Decentralized Web, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg,
the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts and Henry Moore
Foundation with additional support from Adam Hall Group and satis&fy.
With special thanks to Samir Bantal, OMA|AMO and RadicalxChange Foundation.
A variation of the exhibition will run in parallel at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, opening Friday 21 October.