Riar Rizaldi works as an artist and filmmaker. Born in Indonesia and currently based in Hong Kong. His main focus is on the relationship between capital and technology, extractivism, and theoretical fiction. His works have been shown at Locarno Film Festival, BFI Southbank London, International Film Festival Rotterdam, NTT InterCommunication Center Tokyo, Centre Pompidou Paris, Times Museum Guangzhou, and National Gallery of Indonesia amongst others.

🏴: rizaldiriar@gmail.com

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2021 Purin Pictures Production Grant Recipient for Monisme, Thailand

2020 Top Ten Video Essays of The Year 2020 (Ghost Like Us as part of Monograph series), Sight & Sound Magazine, UK

2020 Silver Screen Award - Best Southeast Asian Short Film (Tellurian Drama), 31st Singapore International Film Festival 2020

2020 CTM Radio Lab 2021 Wining Project awarded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, Germany

2020 Best Short Film - Documentary (Isle of Tears), International Competition, Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival 2020

2018-2021 The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), Research Studentship, Hong Kong

2016 Newcastle Institute of Creative Art Practice Award, UK


2019 Animistic Apparatus - Residency and Lab, Udon Thani, Thailand

2017 The 9th Resident Artists at Seoul Art Space GEUMCHEON, Seoul, South Korea


2019 Kasiterit, Hidden Space, Hong Kong

2016 Nonhuman Rights, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia


2021 Future Matter, PODIUM, Oslo, Norway

2020 Kasiterit - Introduced by Julian Ross, Vdrome, Online

2020 Violent Media / Media Kekerasan, KUNCI Study Forum & Collective, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2019 Isle of Tears, ZHdK KINO TONI, Zürich, Switzerland



Cinéma du Réel 2021, Centre Pompidou Paris, France

Documenta Madrid 2021, Madrid, Spain

Images Festival 2021, Toronto, Canada

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, France

Elemental Relations: Thinking Ecologically through Artist Films and Videos, NYU Shanghai, China

Rewire Festival 2021, The Hague, Netherlands

South Sour Water / Performance and Visual Art Festival, Waley Art, Taipei, Taiwan

Monograph, Cinemateca de Bogotá, Colombia

Monograph, The Cinematheque, Vancouver, Canada

50th International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR, Rotterdam, Netherlands

VI Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Moscow, Russia

3rd Locarno Shorts Weeks, Locarno Film Festival, Online

Lago Film Festival 2021, Revine Lago, Italy

Universal Iteration, Salihara Arts Center, Jakarta, Indonesia

Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2021, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Japan

Asian Film Archive's State of Motion 2021: [Alternate / Opt] Realities, Marina One, Singapore

The Right to Do Nothing, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Germany

CTM Festival 2021 – Transformation, Berlin, Germany

Essay Film Festival, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, London, UK

Monographs: Essays on Asian Cinema, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, US

Critical Conditions - Fields of action in the environmental crisis, bi'bak - Sinema Transtopia, Berlin, Germany

The Turn of the Fifth Age, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia

Cinemas 2021, Manarat AlSaadiyat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Teetering, HOTA Home of the Arts, Queensland, Australia


New for Old, Metro Arts, Brisbane, Australia

Kino der Kunst — Forbidden beauty 22, Munich, Germany

31st Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore

Videograms Kaunas International Film Festival 2020, Kaunas Culture Center, Lithuania

Study of Things or A Brief Story About Fountain, Brick, Tin, Coin, Stone, Shell, Curtain, and Body, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

HuRU-hARa - Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, Melbourne, Australia

49th International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFRRotterdam, Netherlands

Asia Discovers Asia Meeting for Contemporary Performance (ADAM) 2020, Taipei Performing Arts Center, Taiwan

9th Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine

V Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Moscow, Russia

19th edition Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival 2020, Lausanne, Switzerland

Dharamshala International Film Festival 2020, Dharamshala, India


72nd Locarno Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland

Re:working Labor, SAIC Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, US

BFI London Film Festival 2019, London, UK

Instrumenta #2 Machine/Magic, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Vancouver International Film Festival 2019, Vancouver, Canada

CTM Festival 2019 - Persistence, Berlin, Germany

FICValdivia 2019, Valdivia, Chile

Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal 2019, Montreal, Canada

Fun Palace, OCT-LOFT, Shenzhen, China


Media Art Week 2018: Local Genius, Taman Budaya Provinsi Sulawesi Tengah, Palu, Indonesia

Yes No Klub #35, Teater Garasi/Garasi Performance Institute, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Pintas, Theehuis Gallery, Bandung, Indonesia

Soemardja Sound Art Project, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung, Indonesia

Double-Coding Sonic Art, Lawangwangi Creative Space, Bandung, Indonesia


Auguries, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, South Korea

dotolimpic festival 2017, Seoul Art Space Mullae, South Korea

re: emergence, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia

‘Body’ Out Performance Art Sharing 2017, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia

Bangkok Underground Film Festival 2017, Bridge Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand

Concert series 97 & 108, dotolim, Seoul, South Korea

Intomedia with Aditya Martodiharjo, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung, Indonesia

Primal Nerve with Rega Ayundya Putri, Kolekt, Bandung, Indonesia


KLEX: Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bandung New Emergence Artist 2016 , Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia

Art In The City Festival: BLAST Sound, K11 Art Museum, MoCA Pavilion, Shanghai, China

Made in “…”, Culture Lab, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Syrphe Electronic Night, Maze, Berlin, Germany

Live Electronic Session, System Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Loops Layers Lines, Culture Lab, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

All Ears Festival 2016, Oslo, Norway 

Hack the Marine, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK 


AD LIB, RURU Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

Salon Vol. 1, Platform3 Gallery, Bandung, Indonesia

The Thirteenth and The Last Experimental International Film Festival, Sydney, Australia

MultipleTap Factory Vol. 3, UPLINK, Tokyo, Japan

9 DORF Film Festival 2015, Vinkovci, Vukovar and Osijek, Croatia

SO:ON Dry Flowers: BISING, JAM, Bangkok, Thailand

Festival B:om 2015, Seoul, South Korea

Ensembles Asia: Asian Meeting Festival 2015, Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, Japan


Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland

Subliminal Lounge #1 2014, Tong Saam Lau Art Space, Hong Kong


2019-2020 Open Possibilities: There is not only one neat way to imagine our future , Co-curated with Yasuko Yubisui, Japan Creative Centre - Singapore, 2019 & NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] - Tokyo, 2020

2018 'Internet of (No)Things: Ubiquitous Networking and Artistic Intervention'Jogja National Museum, Indonesia

2017 Let Us Take A Break: Speed, Technology, Object and The Other Cinema’ARKIPEL Penal Colony – 5th Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, Indonesia


2021 Talk, In Conversation with Christine Cabasset, Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations, Paris, France

2020 Talk, Perspektif: Imajinasi Masa Depan Gerakan Sosial dan Politik, Festival Film Dokumenter - FFD Jogja, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2020 Lecture, Art & Culture to 2030: Navigating Uncertainty, Pusat Studi Filsafat-Budaya, Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, Bandung, Indonesia

2020 Lecture, Seni, Media, Teknologi: dan pertanyaan-pertanyaan lainnya, Asana Bina Seni - Biennale Jogja, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2020 Talk, In Conversation with Tan Yue & Tuan Mami, Trigger, US/China

2020 Lecture, Lika Liku Internet (dan Sedikit Seni), Asana Bina Seni - Biennale Jogja, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2019 Lecture, Tin in Your Pocket, C2 Space, OCT-Loft, Shenzhen, China

2019 Panelist, Media Art Ecosystem: Challenges and Changes, Bentara Budaya Jakarta, Indonesia

2019 Presentation, The 3rd International symposium for Media Art "Formation of Culture in the Post-Internet Era: Creation, Production, and Network", NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan

2017 Lecture, Budaya & Teknologi Mutakhir, Galeri Idealoka, Telkom University, Bandung, Indonesia

2017 Presentation, Riar Rizaldi on 'Lama Sabachthani Club Exhibition,'  Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia

2017 Panelist, Anonymity, Amateurism and Habitus of Moving Images, ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival – Festival Forum 2017, Goethe-Institut, Jakarta, Indonesia

2017 Panelist, Gerak Gerik: Peran dan Kedudukan Performance Art Tudei, Platform 3, Bandung, Indonesia

2016 Presentation + Talk, Designing Performance Ecosystem - from body intervention to looping system, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2016 Presentation, The Act of Seeing: Exploring Eyes Movement and Generative Art, Culture Lab, School of Art & Culture, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK


2020 Membicarakan Kenyamanan Walau Rasanya Menjadi Kurang Nyaman, in conversation with Khairunnisa, The Equator - Biennale Jogja Newsletter, Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta

2020 The Psychogeophysics of Bangka Island: On Tin, Mining, and Materiality,  Transformations: Journal of Media, Culture & Technology - Issue No. 33 – Mineral Transformation and Resource Extraction: Pasts, Presents and Futures, Peer-reviewed Article, Journal, Central Queensland University

2020 「未来、それはいま! 」,  20XX年の革命家になるには──スペキュラティヴ・デザインの授業, Book Chapter, ビー・エヌ・エヌ新社

2019 「集まること」の、そのさきへ,  STUDIOVOICE:「We all have Art. 次代のアジアへ――明滅する芸術(アーツ)」, Article, Magazine, Infas Publication. Inc

2018 INF 3.0 'User Manual'Catalogue, Indonesia Netaudio Forum

2018 Politik Citra Resolusi Rendah (Gugatan Terhadap Computational Photography), Penal Colony (Post Festival Book), Book Chapter, Forum Lenteng

2017 ARKIPEL Penal Colony – 5th Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film FestivalCatalogue, Forum Lenteng

2016 SALON (vol 1 - 5) 2015 - 2016, DVD, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space Publisher

2016 Bandung New Emergence Vol. 6 LISTEN!, Catalogue, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space Publisher


2021 Split w/ Logic LostCassette 60 Minutes, Audial Plane

2017 I Only Have Visions for YouCassette 28 Minutes, Hasana Editions

2017 Advertising Agency, Cassette 30 Minutes, Spasm Records