Willoh S. Weiland: Artefact (AU)

Friday 28.10.2016

18.00 The Puijo Church | Taivaanpankontie Street 3
19.30 ”Technopolis Park” | Savilahdentie Street, next to the skate park

No entrance fee!

Artefact is a ceremony 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.

At this interdisciplinary event, we will farewell the products that have formed us with performance, sound, documentary and pathos. It will take place in Kuopio’s Puijo Church and from there we will move to a mysterious no-one’s land on the city’s outer edge to witness the burial of our own Artefact. This inter-generational work has been created with the community of Kuopio and features some of its best loved choirs, death metal singers and a living timeline of wild children to senior citizen. The city is invited to celebrate the relationships they have with their own magical artefacts.

Willoh S.Weiland is the winner of the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art 2015. Artefact is a new commissioned work for ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival and a co-production with the Australian Aphids Events. The project is supported by the Finnish Saastamoinen Foundation and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Aphids is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Willoh S. Weiland: Artefact (AU)

How to Get There?

Make sure that your location is Kuopio, Finland.

Artefact will take place in Kuopio's Puijo Church (Taivaanpankontie 3) and from there we will move to a mysterious no-one’s land on the city's outer edge to witness the burial of our own Artefact.

We recommend using the public transport, driving a car, cycling or walking to the Puijo Church. There are free parking lots right next to the venue as well as at the Puijonlaakso Mall (about 400 meters from the venue).

From the Puijo Church, we will walk together to the “Technopolis Park”. In case you come by car, the access to the Teknia parking area is via Savilahdentie Street 6.


Accessibility & Maps

The Puijo Church

Taivaanpankontie Street 3

disabled access Induction Loop Parking Toilets

“Technopolis Park”

Savilahdentie Street, next to the skate park




Please wear black at the Church, if possible.

There will be a flashing light during the show in the church, so if you have any medical issues that may be affected by this please sit at the back of the church.

Please notice that the burial of our Artefact takes place outdoors. Prepare for the cold weather!

Willoh S. Weiland: Artefact (AU)


Conceived and Directed by Willoh S. Weiland
Performance created by Willoh S. Weiland and JR Brennan
Music Direction and Original Composition by JR Brennan

Artefact by Susan Cohn and Willoh S. Weiland
Collaborating artists: Matthew Gingold, Julian Crotti, Emile Zile, Shocker_TV
Advisor: Davina Adamson

Willoh S. Weiland (AU)

Willoh S. Weiland is an Australian artist, writer and curator and the Artistic Director of Aphids. Her recent trilogy of live works Forever Now, Void Love and Yelling at Stars (2008-2015) explores the relationship between art and infinity. Often working collaboratively with non-artists Weiland is interested in creating impossible propositions and fulfilling them. Since 2011, Aphids (with Artistic Associates Liz Dunn, Tristan Meecham, Lara Thoms, Martyn Coutts and Thea Baumman) has presented works at most major Australian venues and festivals. Weiland has also made work for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Next Wave Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow.

JR Brennan (AU)

JR Brennan is an Australian director, performer, composer and producer. In recent years his practice has interrogated ideas of crime and virtue. His work is research led and often performed in site-specific locations. Currently he is producing a series of projects: The Chat, a performance created and performed by artists and ex-offenders at Arts House, Melbourne, The Virtues, a documentary music project in partnership with Białołęka Prison, Warsaw and The Mark Of Cain, a stage production first presented for the European Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice, Poland 2011. All three projects draw on the auto-ethnographic research collected and observed by Brennan in his role as a parole officer and work in experimental theatre in Australia and Europe.

Willoh S. Weiland: Artefact (AU)

Willoh S. Weiland: Artefact (AU)


Produced for ANTI Festival by Elisa Itkonen
Produced for APHIDS by Rosemary Joy and Claire Portek
Technical Director: Toni Pirhonen
Sound technician: Heikki “Pietsu” Pietikäinen
Production Assistant: Anu Rantonen

Cinematography: Kim Saarinen (FI)
Conductor and Score: Anna Antikainen (FI)
Video editing and operation: Matthew Gingold
Technical wizardry: Joshua Gardiner
Sound Engineer: Jari Tuomainen (FI)
Photo: Bryony Jackson
Graphic Design: Rebecca McCauley
Translation: Mauri Aarniosuo (FI)


Arni Hiltunen
Anniina Dyster
Katri Antikainen
Ossi Putkonen
Kevät-Lilja Kautto
Uniela Fabricius
Pihla Väisänen
Edith Polon
Patrik Törhönen
Elsi Gorski
Riikka Tolonen
Inka-Leea Hakkarainen
Vilma Pakkanen
Oona Nykter
Anne Kautto
Sanna Hiltunen
Tommi Lindman
Arni Hiltunen
Päivi Itkonen
Kristiina Korpela
Ilkka Hiltunen
Marja-Leena Hiltunen
Taina Rytkönen
Aino Manninen

Puijon Kamarikuoro Choir
Nuorisokuoro Beat Choir
Ella Raatikainen / Taidelukio Lumitin Kuoro Choir

Antti Boman / Demilich
Aku Oksala / Messiah Paratroop
Jani "Nate" Pylkkänen / Hellboozer Union
Janne Partanen / Hautajaisyö
Lauri Ruotsalainen / Distress of Ruin
Markus Laakso / Chaosweaver
Ossi Maalampi / Funeral Home
Petri Raatikainen / Hellspirit

Valentina Karga
Pietre Grandry
Mikkel Sommer
Marianne Mulvey

Ville Nylén
Emma Heinonen
Camilla Björklund
Elma Laine-Ylijoki
Lotta Lintonen


Jaana Marjanen
Siiri Ahtola
Jaana Turunen
Tiina Taskinen-Viinikainen
Markko Korhonen
Davina Adamson
Tomi Paasonen

Lasse Hartikainen
Raymond De Zwart
Deb Sleeman
Miikka Nyman
Kate Brennan
Frank Vetere
Antti Elomaa

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.

Willoh S. Weiland: Artefact (AU)

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