Riar Rizaldi works as an artist and amateur researcher. Born in Indonesia and currently based in Hong Kong. His main focus is on the relationship between capital and technology, extractivism, and theoretical fiction. Through his works, he questions the notion of image politics, materiality, media archaeology and unanticipated consequences of technologies. He is also actively composing and performing sound using the methods of field recording and foley through programming language. Riar has also curated ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival — Penal Colony (2017), Internet of (No)Things (2018) at Jogja National Museum and co-curated Open Possibilities: 'There is not only one neat way to imagine our future' at JCC, Singapore & NTT ICC, Tokyo (2019-2020). His works have been shown at Locarno Film Festival, BFI Southbank London, International Film Festival Rotterdam, NTT InterCommunication Center Tokyo, and National Gallery of Indonesia amongst others.



2018-todate PhD candidate at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

2016 M.A. in Creative Art Practice, Newcastle University


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

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

2016 Newcastle Institute of Creative Art Practice Award, UK


2019 Kasiterit, Hidden Space, Hong Kong

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


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

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


2017 Intomedia with Aditya Martodiharjo, Galeri Soemardja, Bandung, Indonesia

2017 Primal Nerve with Rega Ayundya Putri, Kolekt, Bandung, Indonesia



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

49th International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFRRotterdam, Netherlands


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


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


2018 Sound, Anni Garza Lau's Lo humano despuésFestival Inmersiva. Otros sentidos, otras realidades, Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City, Mexico


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  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, Journal Article, 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


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

2017 Advertising Agency, Cassette 30 Minutes, Spasm Records


2015-present Founding member of collective SALON – a platform focusing on exploration and experimentation in the field of media art, performance, experimental music and improvisation in Bandung, Indonesia.

2011-2015 Co-director of Kulturo Cinema – a production bureau for experimental documentary in Bandung, Indonesia.


2019 Spektrum Eksplorasi Artistik Riar Rizaldi, Siasat Partikelir

2017 Riar Rizaldi : Facing the Singularity, written by Yoo Jin-Sang, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture

2017 Intomedia: Mengolah Jarak Manusia dan Teknologi, Buruan.co

2016 Eyes Control Light and Sound in a Cybernetic Feedback Experience, Creators

2015 A Look Into Indonesia’s Insane Noise Scene, Noisey

2015 Musik dari Bebunyian Aneh (Music from Strange Noises), Pikiran Rakyat Newspaper

2015 Perangkat Musik Rakitan Riar Rizaldi (Riar Rizaldi’s Self-build Instrument), Pikiran Rakyat Newspaper