Julijonas Urbonas is an artist, designer, researcher, engineer, lecturer, writer, Vice-Rector for Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts, and PhD student in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London.
Since childhood, I have worked in amusement park development. In 2004, I became the head of an amusement park in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and ran it for three years. Having worked in this field — also as a designer and engineer — I became fascinated by what in my research I am calling ‘gravitational aesthetics.’ This experience is unavailable elsewhere, and I became intrigued by this under-developed topic. Since then the topic has been at the core of my creative practice and artistic research.
My work has been exhibited internationally and received many awards, including the Award of Distinction in Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2010, one the most prestigious awards in media arts. My projects can be found in private and museum collections such as the permanent collection of the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM).