Title: On Aliveness and Inner Connections
Andreas Weber is a Berlin based book and magazine writer and independent scholar. He has degrees in Marine Biology and Cultural Studies, having collaborated with theoretical biologist Francisco Varela in Paris.
Andreas’ work focusses on a re-evaluation of our understanding of the living. He is proposing to understand organisms as subjects and hence the biosphere as a meaning-creating and poetic reality. Accordingly, Andreas holds that an economy inspired by nature should not be designed as a mechanistic optimization machine, but rather as an ecosystem which transforms mutual sharing of matter and energy in a deepened meaning.
Andreas has contributed extensively to developing the concept of “enlivenment” in recent years, notably through his essay ”Enlivenment-Towards a fundamental shift in the concepts of nature, culture and politics” (Berlin 2013, published in expanded and rewritten form as ’Enlivenment-Toward a Poetics for the Anthropocene’, MIT Press, 2019).
Andreas has put forth his ideas in several books and contributes to major German magazines and journals, such as GEO, National Geographic, Die Zeit and Greenpeace Magazine. Weber teaches at Leuphana University and at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin.
Andreas is part of the staff of the Institute for Art, Culture and Sustainability, Berlin, which is devoted to link the fields of art and culture with the field of sustainability, and to develop exemplary models of productive exchange.
Andreas has been named as the 2016 Jonathan Rowe Commons Fellow, Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes, CA, USA.