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Tellurian Drama - Riar Rizaldi

Tellurian Drama - Riar Rizaldi

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May 5th, 1923. The Dutch East Indies government celebrated the opening of a new radio station in West Java. It was called Radio Malabar. In March 2020, the local Indonesian government plans to reactivate the station as a historical site and tourist attraction. However, in 1986, a mysterious journal published an essay on how to geoengineer the earth through the obsolete technology of Radio Malabar, written by a pseudo-anthropologist and geologist Drs. Munarwan.

This book imagines the concealed and hidden story of Radio Malabar through a travelogue within the landscape, archival images, and close reading of Drs. Munarwan’s body of work. Unearthing the possibility of technological ruins to see the vital role of mountains in history, colonial ruins as an apparatus, and the invisible power of indigenous ancestors.

Riar Rizaldi works as an artist and filmmaker. He works predominantly with the medium of moving images and sound, both in the black-box of cinema settings as well spatial presentation as installation. His artistic practice focuses mostly on the relationship between capital and technology, labour and nature, worldviews, genre cinema, and the possibility of theoretical fiction. His works have been shown at various international film festivals (including Locarno, IFFR, FID Marseille, Viennale, BFI London, Cinema du Reel, Vancouver, etc) as well as Centre Pompidou Paris, NTT InterCommunication Center Tokyo, Whitney Biennial, Taipei Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Venice Architecture Biennale, Biennale Jogja, National Gallery of Indonesia, and other venues and institutions. In addition, solo exhibitions and focus program of his works had been held at Batalha Centro de Cinema, Porto and Centre de la photographie Genève amongst others.

Photographed by Prayogo Yoedo @prayogoyoedo
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