Created for the 9th Berlin Biennale, 2016. New Eelam is a speculative promotional film, which asks: How might a state be constituted in corporate form? And how could a brand communicate as an artist? How might citizenship be reconceived in an age of technologically accelerated dislocation?
The exhibition introduces a startup founded by the artist to develop a flexible, global housing subscription that is based on collective ownership. It takes its point of departure from the unrealized possibilities of “Eelam,” the defeated Tamil Sri Lankan homeland that was wiped out in 2009 following a failed neo-Marxist struggle for self-governance. Reimagined here beyond national borders, New Eelam is an alternative proposal for how a new economic system could evolve, without friction, out of the present one — through the luxury of communalism rather than private property.
Produced by Klein and West
Director: Easton West
Artist: Christopher Kulendran Thomas
Producers: Jelena Goldbach, Annika Kuhlmann
DoP: Kevin Klein
Editor: Mark Reynolds