Design Talks Night: Christopher Kulendran Thomas

Open lecture by artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas, who in his work manipulates some of the structural processes by which art produces reality.

Welcome to a talk at the intersection of design, contemporary art, architecture, activism, branding, speculative approaches, anthropology – and more!

Time: Tuesday October 16 at 6 PM.
Venue: The library at Oslo National academy of the Arts (KHiO), Fossveien 24.
Tickets: Free entrance, open to all.

Christopher Kulendran Thomas is an artist who in his work manipulates some of the structural processes by which art produces reality. This evening, he will be talking about New Eelam – a long-term artwork in the form of a startup – a real estate technology company founded by Kulendran Thomas to develop a flexible global housing subscription based on collective co-ownership rather than individually owned private property. Originated in collaboration with curator Annika Kuhlmann, the venture takes as a starting point the art field's involvement in the global processes through which cities around the world are transformed and explores how to reconfigure what art can actually do in the world structurally.

His work has been included in the 7th Bi-City Biennale, Shenzhen (2017), the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016), the 9th Berlin Biennale (2016), and the 3rd Dhaka Art Summit (2016). Recent exhibitions include “moving is in every direction”, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2017), “Bread and Roses”, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2016), “Co-Workers: Network As Artist”, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2015) and “Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making”, Tate Liverpool (2013), with recent solo exhibitions at Tensta konsthall (Stockholm) and New Galerie (Paris). His work is currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) as part of the exhibition ‘I was raised on the internet’.

Introduction by Charlotte Bik Bandlien, anthropologist and assistant professor of design theory and methodology at the Dept. of Design at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.