Pazugoo, 2017
Pazugoo, 2017

from exhibition text for Perpetual Uncertainty, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium

3D-printed Polylactic Acid models (prototypes for burial); boom clay from the HADES (High Activity Disposal Experimental Site) Belgian Underground Research Laboratory, MOL; video; diagrams, drawings and research material

Pazugoo names a constellation of objects, which are proposed as future markers for deep geological repository sites of long-term nuclear waste storage. The work takes its 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 the burial project, where models are proposed to mark underground perimeters of low-level radioactive waste disposal sites.

The project is based on the search for cultural forms that can communicate ideas across hundreds of generations. Religious and secular belief systems are a significant part of the debate about nuclear semiotics and how to communicate important knowledge into the deep future. Weir’s project creates a thread of digital mutation through replicating the figure of Pazuzu who warns against dangers as intangible as dust and viruses, highlighting the invisibility and mutating force of radiation.


paz black

paz silver 1

paz vinyl CU

paz yellow resin

paz bronze

paz resin 2

resin paz

PU text

gold paz

gold paz and text

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medium black pazugoo

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big silver pazugoo

big silver 2 pazugoo


z33 full

collage 2

map 3

small green pz

pazugoos fireplace

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