Tintin Wulia


The Crafts and Fine Art
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

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). In 2002 she receives the prestigious ERC Starting Grant 2021 for her project Things for Politics’ Sake: Aesthetic Objects and Social Change.

Links to current web presence and publications

Research areas and interests

• materiality • socially engaged art • 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 (and insects) | 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 the Centre on Global Migration, University of Gothenburg; co-founder of 1965 Setiap Hari; member of the research group Power, Resistance and Social Change at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg; Resident Adjunct at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research; Honorary Research Associate at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art; 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 PhD (RMIT University, 2014) Aleatoric Geopolitics: art, chance and critical play on the border focused on iconic objects from the border. Her 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.