Willoh S. Weiland & JR Brennan (AU) & crew: Artefact (film) & Festival Opening

Tuesday 19.9.
17:00 Maria stage of Kuopio City Theatre | Niiralankatu Street 2

In 2016, Willoh S.Weiland and JR Brennan created the unforgettable production Artefact, performed with hundreds of local participants in Kuopio. The work has now being edited into a remarkable film to be screened during the festival week.

Artefact is a funeral for obsolete technology.

It commemorates the mysterious phenomenon of brand disappearance from Blackberry, to Nokia. It is a tribute to the immortal consumer icons we have internationally adored and the intimate and fickle ways we worship them.

It farewells the products that have formed us with performance, sound, documentary and pathos.

Created with the community of Kuopio and featured some of its best loved choirs, death metal singers and a living timeline of wild children to senior citizen- Artefact was an invitation to the city to celebrate the relationships they have with their own magical artefacts.

Willoh S. Weiland is the 2015 winner of the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art.

Willoh S. Weiland & JR Brennan (AU) & crew: Artefact (film) & Festival Opening

Working group

Created by Willoh S.Weiland & JR Brennan (AU)

Original concept by Willoh S.Weiland

Cinematography by Kim Saarinen (FI) with Matthew Gingold (AU) & Lasse Hartikainen (FI)

Original Composition by JR Brennan

Edited by Kim Saarinen

With text by Emile Zile, Willoh S.Weiland, MS Dos & Anna Akhmatova


The Artefact film screening is supported by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria. Artefact is a co-production by ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival and Aphids Events. The project is supported by the Saastamoinen Foundation and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and the HIAP residency program, Helsinki.



Willoh S. Weiland & JR Brennan (AU) & crew: Artefact (film) & Festival Opening

How to Get There?

Kuopio City Theatre

Niiralankatu Street 2