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Neuhaus Curriculum: Demonic Personification of Nuclear Waste Workshop

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Z33 X Neuhaus

In this workshop with artist Andy Weir, participants work on 3D-printable digital designs to devise and invoke demonic personifications of the radioactive waste at the COVRA site in the Netherlands.

In an age of environmental catastrophe, climate change tends to be communicated through multiple and overwhelming graphs and data, leading to incapacity and incomprehension. Andy Weir’s project reflects a turn to other forms of knowledge, drawing on mythic fiction, collective rituals and networks of human and non-human materialities over long durations.The personification method draws on non-western traditions of making the environmental visible, combined with the digital materiality of a constantly mutating and distributed figure. Pazugoo is proposed as a mythic connector between local experience and beyond-planetary scales of deep time.

Weir’s work Pazugoo is a constellation of objects proposed as future markers for sites of long-term nuclear waste storage. The work takes it name from Pazuzu, the Babylonian-Assyrian demon of dust and contagion, combined with the ‘gooey’ reformulation of museum objects that form its composite body. The building of Pazugoos takes place through a range of artist-led processes and collaborative workshops, where freely available online digital 3D object files of scanned museum figures are edited according to the specific Pazuzu morphology - a figure with an excess of wings, with one hand raised upward.

The resulting hybrid objects, inhabiting museum and gallery exhibitions, act as an index for figures buried at deep geological repository sites globally.

For this workshop, within the framework of Neuhaus, participants will work with Weir to devise and invoke demonic personifications of the radioactive waste at the COVRA site in the Netherlands. This will take the form of making 3D-printable digital designs. As a starting point, they combine Pazuzu with the trunked Indonesian mythic figure Lembuswana, resonating with the ‘Pazbuswana’ figures in the Neuhaus exhibition.

Andy Weir

Andy Weir is an artist based in London. His work explores concepts of agency and knowledge within deep time. This takes the form of workshops, discussions, video, sound, objects, text, diagrams and installation. He has recently exhibited versions of the Pazugoo project at Perpetual Uncertainty: Contemporary Art and the Nuclear Anthropocene (Malmo Art Museum, Sweden, 2018; Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium, 2017; Umea Art Museum, Sweden, 2016) and published related work in Contemporary Research Intensive (Sternberg Press, 2018) and The Nuclear Sourcebook (Arts Catalyst, 2017). He is currently working on a new commission at the HADES lab with the Belgian National Agency for Nuclear Waste ONDRAF/NIRAS. He is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Arts University Bournemouth, PhD researcher and member of the Nuclear Cultures Research Group at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he completed an MA and MFA.

Neuhaus

For a period of four months, Het Nieuwe Instituut transforms into Neuhaus, a temporary transdisciplinary academy for more-than-human knowledge. More information about Neuhaus.


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Option 1: Packed lunch with a cheese sandwich (with lettuce, tomato and cucumber), a piece of fruit, an apple pear juice and a bag of crisps.

Option 2: Vegan packed lunch with a sandwich with chickpea spread (with sprouts and lettuce), a piece of fruit, an apple pear juice and a bag of crisps.

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