Place of Residency
Ben Weir (*1991) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art (2015), he has undertaken residencies at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (2018-19), Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona (2019-20), and 3bisF - Lieu d'Arts Contemporains, Aix-en-Provence (2021-22). Ben has taught in the Masters in Architecture programme at Queen’s University Belfast, and is currently a Research Associate at CCA Derry~Londonderry.
Architecture, Visual Arts
Ben works within the discipline of architecture. He draws, writes, researches and builds spatial interventions. His work discusses the situation of the contemporary city, blending fiction, commentary and productive critique. He is interested in potentiality, the non-specific and the un-finished. He dissects, re-presents and interrogates specific existing urban artefacts through additive processes in order to find out something new about their current condition, situation, or relationship to us.
Year of participation
Ben will research, record and survey the buildings that comprise Greylight Projects, in order to uncover hidden spatial and material potentials that exist within them. He will produce multimedia research drawings of the buildings that attempt to describe their complexity (in material composition and form, scale, spatial organisation and character, qualities and orientations of light, patterns of use, etc). These drawings will be used to identify sites for small, temporal architectural interventions, fragments that add complexity and diversity to the environment. A parallel channel of research around the legacy of Heerlen’s local hero architect Frits Peutz will feed into the work.