Our third manifestation marks a mild migration towards a meeting point of Marx and the market. Since 2016, artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas and curator Annika Kuhlmann have developed New Eelam, a model for distributed citizenship masked as an internet startup (or vice versa). During a short sojourn at K,, they will compare Keynote chops with P. Krishnamurt while updating their “Pitch Deck” — a flexible document that communicates the complexity of their project in both cultural and corporate contexts. This program cracks open the in-progress deck for public critique.
Christopher Kulendran Thomas is an artist whose work manipulates the structural processes by which art produces reality. His work has been included in the 7th Bi-City Biennale in Shenzhen, CN (2017), the 11th Gwangju Biennale, KR (2016), the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2016), the 3rd Dhaka Art Summit (2016), as well as in solo and group exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, US (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, US (2018), Tensta konsthall, Stockholm (2017), New Galerie, Paris (2017), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2016), Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2017), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2015), and Tate Liverpool, GB (2013).
Annika Kuhlmann is a curator who works predominantly through long-term collaborations. As Creative Director at the art-led technology company New Eelam, she has been collaborating with artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas on institutional presentations worldwide. She has curated exhibitions at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg (DE), New Galerie, Paris, and BFI Miami, US. With curator Anna Frost, she established the curatorial project planes.sx, and as a founder of Brace Brace, she has exhibited at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Auto Italia in London, KM Temporär in Berlin, and for DIS magazine. She is currently working with Tino Sehgal on an upcoming exhibition as part of the ‘Immersion’ program at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.