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Tintin Wulia


About Tintin Wulia

Tintin Wulia is an internationally practising artist/researcher who joined the University of Gothenburg in 2018 with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in design, craft and society with a focus on migration at the Centre on Global Migration (CGM). During the postdoc she worked interdepartmentally with HDK-Valand/Academy of Art and Design and the School of Global Studies (2018-2020). She currently works with HDK-Valand as a Research Project Leader of the Swedish Research Council funded Protocols of Killings: 1965, distance, and the ethics of future warfare (2021-2023). Protocols of Killings probes the connection between violence, distance and accountability by linking the protocols surrounding the Indonesian 1965-66 massacres – as a form of hyperdistant killings – with drone warfare’s technologies of the future.

Links to current web presence and publications

Research areas

• materiality • socially engaged practice • public art and participatory performance • critical play • migration and the border • aesthetic cosmopolitanism • critical geopolitics • human geography • resistance studies • mobile ethnography • political ecology • peace and development studies • science and technology studies • Indonesian studies

• motifs: passports | mosquitoes | maps | death | geometry | cardboard waste | machines
• themes: inclusive citizenship | mobility | chance | iconic consciousness | the anthropocene | identity | Indonesia's Chineseness | Indonesia's 1965 | violence, distance, and accountability | warfare | secrecy | imagination and institution | imagination, memory, and the future

Wulia's practice-based research pivots on the complexities of borders. Initially trained as a musician/film composer and architectural engineer in the USA and Indonesia, she works with video, installation, telematics, drawing, painting, sound, dance, text, performance and public interventions, often engaging the audience as participants in her works.

Wulia is a member of the editorial board of the AAG journal GeoHumanities; a peer assessor for Arts Queensland; initiator and member of the Make Your Own Passport network at CGM; and an interlocutor for the project Images, (In)visibilities, and Work on Appearances at the Graduate Institute (IHEID).

Publications overview and other fellowships

Wulia has exhibited in major international exhibitions such as Istanbul Biennale (2005), Jakarta Biennale (2009), Moscow Biennale (2011), and Sharjah Biennale (2013) amongst others. Her works are part of significant collections worldwide including at He Xiangning Art Museum, China, and the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, the Netherlands. Wulia represented Indonesia at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) with a solo pavilion on atrocity and secrecy.

Wulia's Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship (2014-2016) extended her engagements in diverse public spaces, and in a mobile ethnography of urban materiality. She was a Transcultural Art Network artist-in-residence (2015) at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK, a Jackman Goldwasser Residency artist (2016) at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, USA, and a Baik Residency artist (2019) at Davidson College, NC, USA, amongst other residencies. Her Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2018) at the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, NMNH(SI), Washington DC, USA, explores mosquitoes and migration, liminal death (deaths during mosquitoes' larval and pupal emergence), and wartime specimen collection.


PhD (Art), RMIT University, 2014
BEng (Architecture), Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, 1998
BMus (Film Scoring), Berklee College of Music, 1997