Andrew Laird
Poitou, France


Andrew Laird graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975. For many years he taught History, first in Addis Ababa and later in Berlin, before working in Cybersecurity for the British Ministry of Defence and Cassidian-EADS. He first got to know the work of Kurt Schwitters at the Sprengel Museum in 2002 whilst working near Hanover as system administrator of a computer network. For the last ten years he has been researching aspects of Schwitters’ life and work, with an emphasis on investigating the interplay between his life, his art and the politics of Weimar Germany and The Third Reich. Now living near Poitiers in south-west France he is currently working on the correspondence between Schwitters and Raoul Hausmann, whose archive is nearby at the Musée Départemental d’Art Contemporain, Rochechouarte. Previous articles, unrelated to History of Art, have appeared in Wideworld Geography Review (1991/1992), British Journal of Photography (2002/2003) Nikon Magazine (2003) and Keytouch – Tetra Radio Magazine (2011).