ANTI Contemporary Art Festival & Australian Centre for the Moving Image's Art + Film Program


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

The Artefact film has been created by collaborators Willoh S.Weiland and JR Brennan with Finnish editor Kim Saarinen and is a testament to long distance collaboration. Following Artefact’s debut at ANTI Festival in Kuopio, Finland (2016) Aphids presents a screening of the work, debuting in film form as part of ACMI’s ART + FILM program. The work was also screened in Kuopio through ANTI Festival.

ART+FILM showcases films by leading Australian and international artists, with a focus on single-channel works that harness the unique conventions of cinema.


Original concept – Willoh S. Weiland
Music Direction and Original Composition – J R Brennan
Cinematography – Kim Saarinen with Matthew Gingold and Lasse Hartikainen
Edited – Kim Saarinen
Text for music – JR Brennan with Anna Akhmatova, MS DOS, Jose Saramago and “Birch Bark Letter no 22”
Text for performance – Willoh S.Weiland and Emile Zile
Artefact designed – Willoh S. Weiland and Susan Cohn
Mixed and mastered – Chris Townend

ANTI Contemporary Art Festival
10 September, Kuopio City Theatre, Kuopio, Finland

Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Art + Film Program
3 November, Melbourne, Australia

Images Pekka Mäkinen

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.