His work shifts between the Visual Arts, Stage Performance and Writing. He is a founding member of the performance collective SRSLYyours – a group of international performers, writers, visual artists and dramaturges devoted to an inclusive and non-hierarchical content development process around socio-political themes. Their devised-performance Fear Industry has been selected in the Category “Best Theater Performances on Berlin Stages” (Berlinale Issue, Zitty Magazine) and is on Tour since 2015 (Berlin, Montenegro, Stuttgart, Zurich, Gothenburg, Athens, Malmö). In 2016/2017, he was the Artistic Director of the project Uniting the Mediterranean Sea commissioned by the Cultural Capital of Europe/Pafos and has directed the Bi-Communal Project/Performance Myths and Tales across the Divide commissioned by the Goethe-Institut Cyprus. After the Egoland (2017, Sweden/Cyprus/Germany), the collective’s latest production Tea Ceremony (Germany/Japan/Cyprus) will be on Tour from fall 2018. Since March 2018, Achim Wieland is the Artistic Director of the Buffer-Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Cyprus.
Born and raised in Germany, Achim Wieland holds a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design/USA and has taught and lectured throughout Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Prior clients and projects include work for the Deutsche Guggenheim, New York University, the Bronx Museum, Harvard University or the J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles and his work has been awarded and exhibited at the American Center for Design (ACD) Chicago, Cultural Capital of Europe/Cyprus, Museum of Contemporary Arts Thessaloniki, Jan van Eyck Akademie/Netherlands, Explosive Festival/Bremen, Dance Platform Cyprus, the Experimental Film/Video Festival Strange Screen, among others.
He held teaching positions in the Design and Graduate Program of the Rhode Island School of Design/USA, HWZ (Switzerland), VCU/Q (Virginia Commonwealth University/Qatar), F+F School for Media and Design Zurich and the University of Nicosia (Cyprus). He conducts workshops and gives lectures internationally, exhibits independent art projects, and directs performance and theatre work staged throughout Europe.
“Myths and Tales” Project + Performance, Cultural Capital of Europe (2017):
Video Trailer, “Fear Industry” Performance (Tour 2016-17): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHvkPYRgm2c
Interview, “Fear Industry” Performance, Michaela Prinzinger, Diablog (2016)
Pressekritik “Tea Ceremony” (2018), Nona Moleski, Phileleftheros:
Interview / 5 Questions for Achim Wieland, Artistic Director, Fringe Festival Cyprus, Philenews (2018):