Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Critical Theory and Philosophical Aesthetics in the Centre. He was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature at Warwick University. An internationally recognised authority on contemporary French and German critical theory, he has been Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York and Visiting Critic at the Architectural Association in London.
His many books include: What is Deconstruction? (1988), Art, Mimesis and the Avant-Garde (1991), Present Hope: Philosophy, Architecture, Judaism (1997), Philosophy's Literature (2001) and Disclosing Spaces: On Painting (2004). He also edited The Lyotard Reader(1989), Abjection, Melancholia and Love: the Work of Julia Kristeva(1990) and Walter Benjamin's Philosophy: Destruction and Experience (1993) and Walter Benjamin and Romanticism (2002).
Andrew has been a major supporter of TERROIR and has provided numerous insights which have transformed our understanding of what we do. Andrew first wrote about the practice when he selected TERROIR as a participant in Australia's digital contribution to the 2004 Venice Biennale. Andrew then invited Gerard to be Adjunct Professor at UTS in 2005 and in 2007 oversaw the publication of TERROIR: Cosmopolitan Ground. The book was published by DABDOCS which Andrew founded while at UTS.