Identity, Transculture and Globalisation in Southeast Asia

Round Table Discussion
17.00 | Sunday 10 November, 2013

Centre for Creative Collaboration (C4CC)
16 Acton Street 
London WC1X 9NG

Speakers include:
Prof Matthew Cohen, Royal Holloway University of London (Chair)
Prof Mark Hobart, School of Oriental and African Studies
Sinta Tantra, artist based in the UK / Bali
Annie Jael Kwan, Independent producer
Dr Barley Norton, Goldsmiths, University of London

'Globalisation' in Southeast Asia's arts has been an aspirational handle for one-way cultural borrowings and participation in elite platforms of an assumed  international 'West'. However, alternative views have emerged, that present Southeast Asia as a dense, internally-sustained network with its own separate transnational communities. But what does it mean to create art that can be called Southeast Asian without compromising on different identities that make artists distinct groups and individuals today? How have postcolonial politics influenced cultural networks that date to trade and court links of centuries ago? And yet the cultural flows remain asymmetrical, necessarily impacted by the unequal movement of capital and labour around the region and the world: an artist is paid a different fee in Burma than he or she is in Indonesia, Singapore or the U.K., even as he or she makes art to the tastes of international curators who delicately broker these very negotiations. This panel explores art-making across a range of scenarios marked by shifting cultural politics and power relations, and questions what it means to be a Southeast Asian artist.

Sinta Tantra and Risang Yuwono: Artist Talk at Gasworks, London

Artist Talk
14.00 - 16.00 | 30 October, 2013
Gasworks Education Space
155 Vauxhall Street 
London SE11 5RH

Celebrating the launch of Risang Yuwono's residency at Gasworks, artists Risang Yuwono and Sinta Tantra will discuss their creative practices, cultural identities and the experience of working both in and outside Indonesia. 

Risang Yuwono will visit the UK for the first time this autumn, from October-December 2013, and will undertake new work on a residency at Gasworks, working with Helen Marshall to contribute to a program of events and the artists will work towards a presentation and publication of their photography work. 

Deustche Bank Charity Auction

Deutsche Bank Charity Auction
Elephant Family and Helen Bamber Foundation
16 - 30 October, 2013

From 16-30 October 2013, Deustche Bank will be running an art auction to raise for 2013 Charities of the Year Helen Bamber Foundation and Elephant Family.

4th Year of Indonesian Contemporary Art and Design Exhibition, Jakarta


ICAD 2013  
30 August - 27 September, 2013
The Grand Kemang Hotel
Jl Kemang Raya 2H
Jakarta 12730, Indonesia

Now in its fourth year, ICAD (Indonesian Contemporary Art & Design) is an annual exhibition that fosters the collaboration of art, design, architecture and technology. The six week exhibition includes a programme of activities including artist talks, workshops and performances.

For ICAD 2013, Sinta Tantra has been commissioned to create an installation for the entrance of The Grand Kemang Hotel, Jakarta. The piece consists of a geometric pattern wrapped around the glass rooftop. The transparent vinyls cast pools of coloured light on the ground and on the bodies of people that  pass through. The overall effect is like a giant sundial of kaleidoscopic patterns that crescendo and decrescedos as the sun rises and sets. 

"For ICAD 2013, I wanted to create a site specific installation that played with the architecture of the space as well as its outdoor surroundings. Although  I have always considered myself a painter, I have never really painted on canvas. My intrigue lies in taking the formal elements of painting (composition, colour, space) and inserting these concerns within the very fabric of the built and natural environment."

Featured Press:
Arditya, Andreas D., 'Sinta Tantra: Work Art, Play Art',, 18 August 2013
Arditya, Andreas D., 'Sinta Tantra: Her Indonesian Connection', The Jakarta Post, 18 August 2013

Group Show at The Royal Automobile Club, London


Kiss Me Deadly
19 Aug - 29 Sep, 2013

The Hanging Room 
The Royal Automobile Club
89 Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5HS

Jessica Holmes
Liane Lang
Veronica Smirnoff
Sinta Tantra

The film opens on a dark Californian highway. A young woman, barefoot, clad only in an ill-fitting raincoat, scampers along the asphalt. Drivers ignore her as she tries to flag them down. Desperate, she runs in front of a handsome roadster…

“Get me to that bus stop and forget you ever saw me. If we don't make it to the bus stop... If we don't, remember me.”   Kiss Me Deadly, dir. Robert Aldrich, 1955 

Rooted in a queasy mixture of pulp novels and German expressionist cinematography, film noir was the moment when Hollywood raised the thriller from joyful trash to fine art. The gumshoe detective and the femme fatale played their parts, but above all these were films about light and darkness: neon reflected in rain-slicked pavements; cigarette smoke caught in a sodium glare; impenetrable mysteries and blinding revelations.

In Kiss Me Deadly, four artists who studied together at the Royal Academy Schools each build on a theme from film noir. Sinta Tantra walks that tightrope between pop and formalism; Liane Lang’s overripe photography alludes to a civilisation corrupted; Jessica Holmes paints a post-human abstraction of the urban; and Veronica Smirnoff considers a world filled with mysterious signs and symbols.

Celebrating Female Sculptors, The Royal British Society of Sculptors


The Eccentricity of Zero
17 May - 4 November 2013
Napolean Gardens
Holland Park

To celebrate and highlight the work of female sculptors as part of a three year collaboration, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Royal British Society of Sculptors, are delighted to present Sinta Tantra’s ambitious public art commission for Napolean Gardens in Holland Park, The Eccentricity of Zero.

The sculpture, comprising two monumental glass circles overlaid with geometric and triumphantly coloured sections, echoes both the rigid lines of the formal gardens surrounding it and its riotous floral displays. It playfully invites people to walk inside it and to bathe in the pools of coloured light cast both on the ground and on the bodies of people passing through. Neat hedges, flowers and framed seating provide a theatrical setting for measured play where one can see, be seen, hide and be hidden. The work becomes a giant sundial casting kaleidoscopic patterns that crescendo and decrescendo as the days and seasons pass, fusing fleeting time with the permanence of material.

The title, The Eccentricity of Zero, refers both to geometry and to the refreshing flamboyancy of the work. In geometry, ‘eccentricity’ is the measure of the deviation of a curve from the perfect circle and the circle’s ‘eccentricity is zero’. The sculpture, however, boldly asserts itself not just as a perfect circle, but as a place where light and colour, surface and depth collide in an engaging and joyous way.

Tantra says, "The sculpture plays on the idea of the garden as a labyrinth, of lovers chasing each other, of veiled flirtations and words left unspoken. The round glass panels act like fluid screens where organic, human and architectural structures are contained, heightened and reflected. As sunlight passes through the geometric spreads of colour, nature and the viewer become incorporated into the work and act as the catalysts to enliven it."

Accompanying Exhibition in the Ice House Gallery, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU from 20 - 23 May 2013 from 11am to 4pm.

About The Royal British Society of Sculptors
The Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) is a society for professional sculptors from around the World and was founded in 1904 by a group of eminent sculptors of the day. First granted in 1911, royal patronage continues today with HM Queen Elizabeth II. It is a registered charity which promotes the art of sculpture, particularly the widespread understanding of contemporary work. Leading sculptors involved over the years include Sir Hamo Thorneycroft, Alfred Gilbert, Ivor Roberts-Jones, Dame Elizabeth Frink, Michael Kenny, Sir Anthony Caro, Eduardo Chillida, Richard Serra, Philip King, Allen Jones, Michael Sandle and many others.

Featured Press
Interview between Sinta Tantra and RBS curator Claire Mander
Unauthored, 'Art in the Park', Kensington and Chelsea Magazine, p.132 July 2013
Unauthored, 'Sinta Tantra. The Eccentricity of Zero', Wall Street International, 13 June 2013
Phillips, Sam, 'Royal Academy's Pick of the Week',, 24 May 2013
Unauthored, 'The Eccentricity of Zero',, 24 May 2013
Nunnely, Laura, 'A Burst of Balinese Colour',, 24 May 2013 
Gresle, Yvette, 'Interview Sinta Tantra: The Eccentricity of Zero',, 22 May 2013
Carey Kent, Paul, 'The Curves of June',, 18 May 2013
Unauthored, 'Sinta Tantra. The Eccentricity of Zero',, 14 May 2013 

2013 Drawing Room Biennial, London

  Collaborative Drawing, Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra

Collaborative Drawing, Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra

Drawing Room Biennial
18 April - 15 May 2013

Tannery Arts
12 Rich Estate
Crimscott Street
London SE1 5TE

Now firmly established in the art world calendar Drawing Biennial 2013 presents the latest developments in contemporary drawing and demonstrates the crucial role that drawing plays in contemporary art practices. Curated by Drawing Room directors, over 200 artists are invited to make an original drawing in any medium on an A4 sheet of paper. The Biennial presents an insight into contemporary artists approach and relationship to drawing, often exposing the first intimations of a new body of work, providing insights into previously hidden working processes or revealing atypical modes of work.

Group Show at Identity Gallery, Hong Kong


The Fine Line 
24 April – 31 May 2013 
Identity Art Gallery 
53 Tung Street Sheung Wan, 
Hong Kong 香港上環東街53號 

Dale Adcock
Katrina Blannin
Gary Colclough
Corinne Felgate
Nick Hornby
William Stein
Sinta Tantra 

The Fine Line brings together work that explores the widest possibilities and narratives that can be created from the simplest lines drawn. Straight, parallel, interrupted or deconstructed, the lines and patterns presented in this show can be seen not just as tools of spatial demarcation but as rooted further in desires to establish the relationship between concepts and patterns, structures and phenomena. 

Lines are the basic building blocks of our pictorial language. Speaking, like writing, is a form of imaginary abstraction, a way of creating a relationship between a concept and its sound pattern or mark. The drawn line represents a similar abstraction. Drawing, or mark-making, is a basic primal function: it is an urge to express; an attempt to understand the world around us. The human need to invent patterns, symbols and forms through the play of line is celebrated in this show with an amazing group of artists from the UK.

Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra: New Collaborative Works

Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra: Collaborative Works

14 January – 15 March 2013
Lobby, One Canada Square
Canary Wharf
London E14 8RR UK

Nick Hornby and Sinta Tantra met at the Slade School of Fine Art, both graduating in 2003. Since then Sinta Tantra, a colourist, has mainly worked on murals and installations and Nick Hornby has worked as a sculptor, until recently in monochrome, often in white, which shows the purity of forms. The difference in their sources and imagery gave them the impetus to experiment, coming together to make collaborative pieces. Tantra has introduced colour to Hornby’s sculptures, and Hornby has given form to Tantra’s colour schematic. This exhibition is the first occasion on which these new, collaborative pieces have been shown. 

"Their first pieces took the form of straightforward application of Tantra’s colour to Hornby’s sculpture, through which they found the need to be rigorous in terms of composition and form. "  Ann Elliott, Exhibition Curator

Featured Press:

Read text by Ann Elliott  (Canary Wharf, UK 2013) 
Tetreault, Allie, 'Sinta Tantra and Nick Hornby Collaborative Artists',, 5 Mar 2013
Setiawan, Deden, 'Seni Itu Begitu Kompleks', Luar Biasa Magazine, 1 Mar 2013
Andrie Wongso, Tim 'Seniman Muda Indonesia Kerjutkan London',, 1 Mar 2013
Un-authored, 'New Collaborative Sculptures and installation works by rising stars',, 1 Mar 2013
Trianna, Devi, 'Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra', Metro TV, 19 Feb 2013
McNelis, Ashley, 'Nick Hornby and Sinta Tantra Activate One Canada Square in London',, 7 Feb 2013
Putri, Ulung, 'Fantasi 3 Dimensi Sinta Tantra',, 29 Jan 2013
Phillips, Jack, 'Interview Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra',, 28 Jan 2013 
Un-authored, ‘Karya Sinta Tantra warnai kawasan bisnis London',, 24 Jan 2013
Un-authored, 'Sinta Tantra Mencuri Perhatian Publik Seni Inggris',, 24 Jan 2013
Phillips, Sam, 'RA Magazine's pick of this week's art events (18-24 Jan),, 18 Jan 2013
Zhong, Fan, 'EYE CANDY: Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra',, 14 Jan 2013