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Artistic Research Will Eat Itself, 2018
Artistic Research Will Eat Itself, 2018

workshop at symposium, Plymouth Uni. April 2018


The provocation Artistic Research Will Eat Itself can be understood as a warning against the dangers of methodological introspection, or as a playful invitation to explore the possibilities of a field in a constant state of becoming. In this context, the ‘cannibalism’ of artistic research ‘eating itself’ embodies a dynamic tension between self-destruction and regeneration.

If artistic research eats itself, digests itself and then releases its own waste, does it stink and linger, fertilise new growth or invade new destinations on the bottom of someone’s shoe? If we are to constantly defend and define, are we in danger of having no art left, only the claims for its ability to embody knowledge? When we bite off our own heads do we grow new tails?


Andy Weir presents 'Pazugoo Workshop Eats Itself'.

The artist works with participants to create 3D-printable digital demon designs through the regurgitation of museum artefact scans. These scans are re-modelled according to the morphology of Pazuzu - Babylonian-Assyrian demon of dust and contagion, leading to the production of composite figures.

The project draws on the artist’s invocation of the ‘Pazugoo’ figure and proposal to bury printed Pazugoo objects as future markers of buried nuclear waste. For this specific iteration, designs are uploaded back to the online databases they are drawn from, creating a self-referential loop of download-chew-upload. This loop is imagined as creating an increasing velocity at which the digital objects are thrown into the world. 

The workshop takes place in three stages: 
- Introduction – The Pazuzu figure (associated with circular patterns, and with always too many wings) is invoked as a navigational figure for circular flight. 
- Ingesting – Free shared scanned museum artefacts are downloaded from online sites.
- Chewing Up – Designs are made.
- Regurgitating – Composite Pazugoo designs are re-uploaded to the sites. 


The ninth edition of the SAR International Conference on Artistic Research is organised by Geoff Cox, Azadeh Fatehrad, Allister Gall, Laura Hopes, Anya Lewin and Andrew Prior in partnership with Society for Artistic Research represented by Johan Haarberg, Gabriele Schmid and Geir Strøm. The conference is hosted by the Arts Institute at the University of Plymouth with additional support from Kingston University and the Contemporary Aesthetics and Technology research programme, Aarhus University, Denmark.