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Vilja Achté

MA work

Temple of Modern Virtue

Temple of Modern Virtue is a documentation of a performance that never happened - or a proposal for one that hasn’t been yet performed. The script is enacted on a 3D rendered stage, on which there are no actors. The dialogue and movements of actors is visualised with the use of spot lights and shadows. 

The protagonist of the performance is a woman, who wakes up on stage in search of a fake ruin, Temple of Modern Virtue, which she is told may not be real.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2016

  • Vilja Achté’s practise revolves around the relevance of the intentionally incomplete state as a method of production in art and design practice. The term itself is an adaptation of the Renaissance term ‘non-finito’, which quite literally means ‘not finished’, and refers to artworks which contain a specific counterintuitive; they are in part decidedly unrealised. In her work, she wishes to challenge the authority of the completed work, with an approach that avoids medium specificity. The incomplete is often interrogated through manipulating notions of ruin, abjection, decay and the inconclusive narrative.

  • Degrees

  • BA Graphic and Media Design, University of the Arts London, 2014