Dr. Andy Weir is an artist, writer and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Arts University Bournemouth. He completed his PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, on ‘radiological deep time’, arguing for a rethinking of contemporary art through the long-term toxic materiality of nuclear waste. His research focuses on the politics and aesthetics of imagining environmental futures, on nuclear waste as planetary problem, and on relations of subjectification to deep time. He remakes collective myths and personifications of climate, and is interested in how artwork as ‘future relic’ can be critical of and escape its present conditions.
He is currently working on a project burying and archiving 3D-printed plastic demons at nuclear waste storage sites, involving collaborations with Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt. Belgium, and ONDRAF/NIRAS, the Belgian National Agency of Nuclear Waste Management. Recent exhibitions include Perpetual Uncertainty at Umea Art Museum (2016) and Malmo Art Museum, Sweden (2018) and Neuhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2019). Recent publications include texts in Realism Material Art (2015), Journal of Curatorial Studies (2015) and Nuclear Sourcebook (2016). He has presented work recently at ‘Art and the Anthropocene’, Trinity College Dublin (2019), ‘Fiction Machines’ Bath Spa Uni (2019), and with the Nuclear Cultures Research Group at Goldsmiths (2019). He studied previously at Goldsmiths (MA, MFA) and University of Edinburgh (MA). He taught previously at Goldsmiths and at Norwich University of the Arts. He lives in SE London and his website is http://andyweir.co.uk.