Kelvin Atmadibrata (b.1988, Jakarta, Indonesia) recruits superpowers awakened by puberty and adolescent fantasy to assemble formidable armies of outlaws. Equipped by shōnen characters and macho ero-kawaii, his antiheroes contest the masculine and erotica in Southeast Asia.       

He works primarily with performances, often accompanied by and translated into drawings, mixed media collages and objects compiled as installations. Approached as cross-disciplinary projects, Kelvin recreates narratives and characters based on RPGs (Role-playing video games) theories. They are accumulated towards the 108 inspired by Konami's 幻想水滸伝 Genso Suikoden, a Japanese RPG based on a late 14th century Chinese historical fiction, 水滸傳 Shuǐhǔ Zhuàn. Also known as the Water Margin or All Men Are Brothers, it tells a story of 108 pariah forming an ominous army.  

Kelvin is assembling his own editions of 108 rejects as a fanon of 幻想水滸伝 Genso Suikoden. Partially canon and fan fictions, the characters are often visualized through hyper-masculine perspectives as the artist manipulates folklores, myths and historical narrativescreating versions with all-male populations of characters and demi-humans. He is completing the first 108 while simultaneously recruiting the second.  

Kelvin Atmadibrata graduated with Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) majoring in Interactive Media from School of Art, Design and Media in Singapore's Nanyang Technological University. Previously based in Singapore for a decade, he now lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia and runs PADJAK (Performance Art di Jakarta), a bi-monthly performance art gathering in the city.  


Kelvin also has a registry with Visual AIDS



 

SOLO EXHIBITION

2015 Carbuncle, SPACE Galeri Pasar, Jakarta, Indonesia

2014 たけくらべ, Japan Foundation Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2013 GHB, Asbestos Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia

2013 GHB, Pasar Pagi Mangga Dua, Jakarta, Indonesia

2012 Tangkuban Perahu, The Pigeonhole, Singapore

2009 Dipped In Red, PLU Hangout Cafe, Singapore



COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS

2017 Qahwah, with Rummana Yamanie, Kopikalyan, Jakarta, indoensia

2016 Liar vol.3: RIPE, directed by Agnes Christina, Kedai Kebun Forum, Jogjakarta, Indonesia

2015 Magpalitan Tayo ng mga Alingawngaw, with Magpies, Electrical Engineering Building, University of Los Baños, Laguna, the Philippines

2014 Vois sur ton chemin, with Ivan Tan Eng Hong, Post Museum Pop-Up, Gillman Barracks, Singapore

2013 Coming Back to the Underwater Kingdom, with Ezzam Rahman, Supermarket: Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

2012 Darshan, with Mariona Vilaseca, The Substation, Singapore

2011 Black Light District, with Dey Irfan Adianto, DYMK bar, Singapore

2011 Romantic Fluid, with Desiree Lau, tocaMe bar, Singapore

2010 Ignudo, with Vincent Chow, DYMK bar, Singapore

2008 Mobile Garden: an origami project, with Rin Ioka, Forth Gallery, Singapore



PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVALS

2017 Dhaka Live Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2017 Kolkata International Art Festival, Kolkata, India

2016 Undisclosed Territory 10, Studio Plesungan, Solo, Indonesia

2016 Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

2016 ArtStage 2016 After Party, CHIJMES, Singapore

2015 Melaka Art and Performance Festival, St. Paul's Hill, Melaka, Malaysia

2015 Zentai Performance Day, Japan Creative Centre, Singapore

2015 Fringe Manila, National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery, Intramuros, Metro Manila, the Philippines

2014 Melaka Art and Performance Festival, St. Paul's Hill, Melaka, Malaysia

2014 Cross-Cultural Live Art Project, the Proud Archivist, London, United Kingdom

2014 Sydney Fringe Festival, Camperdown Memorial Park Newtown and 5 Eliza, Sydney, Australia

2014 PADJAK #3-6, Jakarta, Indonesia

2013 PADJAK #1-2, Jakarta, Indonesia

2013 Senam Sore, Jakarta, Indonesia

2013 Surabaya Move On #2, Surabaya, Indonesia

2013 NIPAF Asian Tour; Bandung, Asbestos Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia

2012 Me and Dedication, Taman Makam Pahlawan, Solo, Indonesia

2012 Undisclosed Territory 6, Padepokan Lemah Putih, Solo, Indonesia

2012 Future of Imagination 8, Goodman Arts Center, Singapore

2012 Performance Art Touring, Asbestos Art Space and ruangrupa, Bandung and Jakarta, Indonesia

2012 S.P.A.M, The Substation, Singapore

2012 Fetterfield, Crawford Park, Singapore

2011 S.P.A.M, The Substation, Singapore

2011 Corpologia, Els Jardins de la Mercè, Pujada la Mercè, Girona, Spain

2011 Future of Imagination 7, Goodman Arts Center, Singapore

2011 NOW! for the second time, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2011 Stockholm Fringe Festival, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

2011 Open Space Performance Art Festival, Asbestos Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia

2011 NOW! The Artist Is Present, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2010 existence: a festival of performance art, Judith Wring Center, Brisbane, Australia

2010 Festival Kata dalam Performa, Jakarta Cultural Center, Jakarta, Indonesia

2010 RITES [Rooted in Ephimeral Speak], Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Pameran Besar Seni Rupa Indonesia, Cultural Park of North Sulawesi, Manado, Indonesia

2016 Two-way Mirror, Objectifs, Singapore

2016 Imaginary Synonym, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, Japan

2015 Radiant Presence, VisualAIDS, various sites

2015 Nir Absolut, Japan Foundation Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

2014 The Pleasure of Improbable Placement, Casa de Cultura de Salt, Bernades, Spain 

2014 Manifesto #4, Keseharian, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

2014 It Is Not A Trap, Asbestos Art Space, Bandung, Indonesia

2014 ARTE Indonesian Art Festival, Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia

2013 Young Curator Workshop, ruangrupa and Jakarta Arts Council, Jakarta, Indonesia

2013 Dirty, Poorly Dressed, and Filled with Love, Erehwon Art Center, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines

2013 New Nationalism, Light and Space Gallery, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines 

2012 tranSport: Madrid/Singapore, Factoria de la Arte y desalloro, Madrid, Spain and Goodman Arts Center, Singapore

2012 Pulau, Stockholm Pride, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

2012 Plasticity, Viridian Arts House, Singapore

2012 Life.Body.Existence, MICA Building, Singapore

2012 Handsome:IVSG, The Substation, Singapore

2012 A Reflective Dialogue; ADM Graduation Show, Old School, Singapore

2012 Portraits of Defacement, Your Mother Gallery, Singapore

2012 Queer Creatures, Supermarket: Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

2011 Image, Materiality and Space, Goodman Arts Center, Singapore 

2011 RetreAttack!, Dahlia Gallery, Singapore

2011 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Fremont Studios, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

2011 Manicured Nature, Dairy Farm Nature Reserve, Singapore

2011 Gnothi Seauton, the Substation, Singapore

2010 HIV- show me the love, ChanHampe Galleries (Tanjong Pagar), Singapore

2010 Rooftop Access, the attic@my art space, Singapore 

2010 IMPRINTS, red dot museum, Singapore

2010 Eat With Family, the Arts House, Singapore

2010 12x, Evil Empire, Singapore

2009 Green, UE Square, Singapore

2008 Apple, fill your walls Gallery, Singapore



COMMISSION PROJECTS

2011 installation, Shine Youth Festival, *scape, Singapore

2010 drawings, Action For AIDS, Singapore

2008 installation, Yellow Ribbon Project, Botanical Garden, Singapore



AWARD

2016 Finalist, Chimera Art Award, Hungary

2015 Finalist, Gudang Garam Indonesian Art Award, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia



RESIDENCY

2017 Rimbun Dahan, Selangor, Malaysia

2015 Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan

2013 Light & Space Contemporary, Quezon City, The Philippines

2011 Nau Coclea (collaboration with SinCat), Camallera, Camallera, Spain

2011 Wallace Environmental Learning Laboratory, Singapore



EDUCATION

2007-2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interactive Media), School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



PRESS

2015 Detik, Tia Agnes Astuti, Tren Batu Akik Menginspirasi Seniman Kelvin Atmadibrata, ID

2015 Akikpedia, Tafsir Estetika Batu Mulia Ala Kelvin Atmadibrata, ID

2015 Manila Times, International artists ‘exposed’ in ‘Fringe’ exhibit, EN

2014 CNN Indonesia, Yohannie Linggasari, Pria, Seni, dan Seksualitas, ID

2014 CNN Indonesia, Yohannie Linggasari, Pameran Takekurabe Hadirkan Isu Gender dan Kekuasaan, ID

2014 Republika, Dewi Mardiani, Tepis Kekakuan Seni, ID

2014 Detik, Tia Agnes Astuti, Terinspirasi Budaya Jepang, Kelvin Atmadibrata Gelar Pameran 'Takekurabe', ID

2010 Rooted in the Ephimeral Speak, Lee Wen, Grow Some Funk Of Our Own…, EN

2009 I-S SG, Zaki Jufri, Red Letter Day: Kelvin Atmadibrata’s Dipped In Red, EN

2008 The Urban Wire, Nisha, Paper Christmas, EN