Tellurian Drama

Riar Rizaldi


In 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 Indonesian local government plans to reactivate the station as a historical site and tourist attraction. Tellurian Drama imagines what would have happened in between: the vital role of the mountain in the country’s history; colonial ruins as an apparatus for geoengineering technology; and the invisible power of Indigenous ancestral roots.

  • Riar Rizaldi works as an artist and amateur researcher. He was born in Indonesia and is 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.

  • Aylan Couchie is a Nishnaabekwe interdisciplinary artist and writer hailing from Nipissing First Nation. She is a NSCAD University alumna and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University where she focused her thesis on reconciliation and its relationship to monument and public art. Her written, gallery, and public works explore the intersections of colonial/First Nations histories of place, culture, and Indigenous erasure as well as issues of (mis)representation and cultural appropriation. She’s been the recipient of several awards including the “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” award through the International Sculpture Centre, and a Premier’s Award through Ontario Colleges. She serves as the Chair of Native Women in the Arts and currently lives and works from her home community of Nipissing First Nation, Northern Ontario. She is a PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s University.