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Julijonas Urbonas is an artist, designer, researcher, engineer, lecturer, 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).

 

 

EDUCATION

 

 

Since 2007
PhD in Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

 

2005-2007
PhD in Design/Art Research (temporarily suspended), Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

2003-2005
MA in Design (Honours degree with Distinction), Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

1999-2003
BA in Visual Design, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

 

Since 2014
Vice-Rector for Art, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius.

Associate professor in Artistic Research, Vilnius Academy of Arts.

 

Since 2007
Freelance Designer / Artist / Lecturer / Researcher.

 

2004-2007
CEO, General Manager of Amusement Park, Poilsio Parkas UAB, Private Stock Company, Klaipeda, Lithuania.

 

2004
Chief Designer for Design of Amusement Rides, Exgames UAB, Private Stock Company, Palanga, Lithuania.

 

2003
Designer of amusement park equipment, Poilsio Parkas UAB, Private Stock Company, Klaipeda, Lithuania.

 

 

AWARDS

 

 

2016

Accelerate@CERN residency. http://arts.cern/acceleratecern-lithuania

Grant of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

 

2014

Grant of the Research Council of Lithuania.
Grant of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

 

2012
Public Prize, New Technological Art Award 2012, Foundation Liedts-Meesen, Gent, Belgium.
Grant of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

 

2010
Jury Recommended Work, 14th Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan.
Young Artist Award, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.
Honorary mention in Participative Media, Live 2011 Grand Prix, Turku, Finland.
Award of Distinction in Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2010, Linz, Austria.
The Royal College of Art Bursary, London, UK.

 

2009
The Royal College of Art Grant, London, UK.

 

2008
The Royal College of Art Bursary, London, UK.
The Westerly Trust Grant, London, UK.

 

2007
The Royal College of Art Bursary, London, UK.
Educational Grant of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.
Main Award GRAND PRIX NORDICA, PRIX MOBIUS NORDICA 2007, mediaculture competition, Helsinki, Finland.

 

2006
Main Award for the best artwork, International Biennale of Contemporary Graphic Art, Kaunas, Lithuania.

 

2005
Rector’s Award for Design Innovation, Vilnius Academy of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

 

 2016

„The Life Fair“, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

„Airtime – Lithuanian Pavillion“, Triennale di Milano 2016, Milano, Italy.

„Prototypes for Alternative Realities“, KKKC, Klaipėda, Lithuania.

„Žilvitis“ (Willow), Gallery Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

2015
„Thing Nothing“, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
“Human+: The future of our species”, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain.
Kaunas Biennal, Kaunas Central Post Office, Kaunas, Lithuania.
“Levitation”, quarter21, Vienna, Austria.
Viennacontemporary, Marx Halle, Vienna, Austria.
“Remediation”, gallery “Post”, Kaunas, Lithuania.

 

2014
„A Show as/on (Artistic) Research,“ Gallery Malonioji, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Oneiric Hotel, Plartforma festival, Klaipėda, Lithuania.
„COMING SOON: real imaginary futures,“ Bureau Floor, Maastricht, Netherlands. Link.
„What Thinks Me,“ Taiga, St. Petersburg, Russia.
„Revolving Starsand Shaky Grounds: Constellations of Precarious Knowledge,“ Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden, Germany.
„Design and Violence,“ MoMA, New York, USA. Link.
„Standing, Falling, Levitating,“ solo exhibition, gallery Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania. Link.

 

2013
Design Shanghai 2013, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China.
„Oneiric Hotel,“ Water tower in LX Factory, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal.
„Merry Melancholy,“ Eskilstuna Art Museum, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
„Urban Sounds,“ House of Electronic Arts, Basel, Switzerland.
„homeMADE, CONSTRUCTING SUBSTITUTE WORLDS,“ Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdansk, Poland.

 

2012
Update_4 Biennial, Zebrastraat, Gent, Belgium.
Rockmore Recital, curated by Valentinas Klimašauskas & Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Neringa restaurant, The 11th Baltic Triennial of International Art, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania.
„Sound Art. Sound as Medium of Art,“ ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.

 

2011
„Open Doors,“ ZKM, Hauptbahnhof, Morgenstrasse Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany.
„HUMAN+: the Future of Our Species,“ Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
Japan Media Arts Festival 2010, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.

 

2010
„Teleportation / Prediction,“ St Etienne Design Biennale 2010, St. Etienne, France.
„Research RCA: New Knowledge,“ Royal College of Art, London, UK.
Prix Ars Electronica CyberArts Exhibition, Linz, Austria.

 

2009
„Made in Klaipeda?,“ Klaipėda Art Exhibition Hall, Klaipeda, Lithuania.
“Talking Doors” – series of interactive art installations in public space, workshops & lectures. Various venues, Vilnius, Lithuania.
ISEA09, Waterfront Hall gallery, Belfast, UK.

 

2008
”Elswhere,” Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, London, UK.
“Migrating Reality” – new media art exhibition, Berlin, Germany.
“Objects for Arithmomaniacs” – solo exhibition, „Daiktu Viesbutis“ design gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

2007
“Le Name,” new media art festival & exhibition, Lille & Maubeuge, France.
“ENTER: Interactivity” – new media art festival, Siauliai, Lithuania.

 

2006
“100% design”- design exhibition, London, UK.
“PlArtforma” – contemporary art festival, Klaipeda, Lithuania.
“Art Now Future Now” – international biennale of contemporary art, Kaunas, Lithuania.

 

 

TEXTS

 

 

2014
The First Ride. In: Rebecca La Marre, ed., Another vixtory Over the Sun. http://anothervictory.net
 

 

2013
Article, Gravitational Aesthetics: Design Choreography Part 1. Still Surfaces. In: Eun-Ju Han, ed., Space, no 548, pp. 104-115.
Article, Gravitational Aesthetics: Design Choreography Part 2. Kinetic Surfaces. In: Eun-Ju Han, ed., Space, no 549, pp. 106-113.
Article, Gravitational Aesthetics: Design Choreography Part 3. Suspended Surfaces. In: Eun-Ju Han, ed., Space, no 550, pp. 110-117.
Article, Gravitational Aesthetics: Design Choreography Part 4. Wearable Surfaces. In: Eun-Ju Han, ed., Space, no 551, pp. 110-118.
Article, Gravitational Aesthetics: Vehicular Poetics Part 1. Storytelling. In: Eun-Ju Han, ed., Space, no 553, pp. 110-117.
Article, Gravitational Aesthetics: Vehicular Poetics Part 2. Imaginary Travelling. In: Eun-Ju Han, ed., Space, no 554, pp. 110-117.
Article, Gravitational Design. In: D. Paul & A. Sick, eds., Rauchwolken und Luftschloesser. Hamburg: Textem-Verlag, pp. 117-128.2012
Article, Designing death: G-design, fatal Aesthetics, and social science fiction. In: Florian A. Schmidt, ed. The Edge of Our Thinking. London: Royal College of Art, pp. 32-46.

 

2011
Article, The invention of the pedestrian. In: K. Jakaite, ed. Lithuanian Design. Vilnius: Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis.

2010
Essay, The barany chair and g-design. In: C. Griffin, ed.,  ARC magazine. London: Royal College of Art, pp. 44-47.
Edited book, Talking doors. Vilnius: Hotel of Things.
Paper, Gravitational aesthetics. In: P. Galle and H. Hove, eds., Copenhagen working papers on design. Copenhagen: The Danish School Press, pp.175-179.

 

2009
Paper, Gravitational aesthetics. In: University of Ulster, ISEA09, The 15th International symposium on electronic art, Belfast, UK, 23 August – 1 September 2009.

 

2008
Article, Wind orchestra. In: V. Michelkevičius et al, eds. Migrating realities. Cologne: KHM, pp. 50-52
Article, Objects for arithmomaniacs. In: V. Michelkevičius, ed., Media culture voices. Vilnius: Mene, pp. 164-172.

 

2007
Paper,  Įtarpinto humoro dizainas: ribų ritualas ir ideo-terapija interaktyvioje terpėje (Mediated humor design: boundary ritual and ideo-therapy in interactive media) In: V. Michelkevičius, ed., Media studies, Vilnius: Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, pp. 79-95.

 

 

TALKS

 

 

2015

Talk, „Levitate,“ Vienna Art Week, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria.

Talk, „Designing amusement rides for alternative reality“,  TEDxVilnius, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Workshop, „Materialised philosophy: staged arguments, transtextuality and material hermeneutics in art and design“, in doctoral symposium „Smoke and Mirrors“, Nida Doctoral School, Neringa, Lithuania.

Lecture, „Hypothetic Design“, University of Gothenburg, School of Design and Craft, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Performative lecture, „How to have a good airtime“, symposium „Interformat: On Time“, Nida Art Colony, Neringa, Lithuania.

Talk, „Necrophilic Design and the Art of Placebo“, in confenece „The Body: Out of Time and Without a Place“, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Talk on a bus, „Vehicular Poetics“, conference „Active Textile“, Panemune Castle, Lithuania.

 

2014

Conference (organiser), „Gravitational Aesthetics,“ Panemune Castle, Lithuania.
Workshop, „Oneric Lab“, Imagine Agente. Imagination Lab. Curated by Kristupas Sabolius. Vilnius University, Vilnius. Lithuania.
Workshop, „The Search of the Third Table: Speculative Enactment“, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Lecture, „Speculative Methodology, Staging Philosophy and Transtextuality in Art and Design“, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Lecture-performance, „Nonfiction of Levitation“, Space Odyssey – Art Student Days, Vilnius Academy of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Workshop, „Sounding Architectures“, Design Biennale 2013, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China.

 

2013
Lecture, „Gravitational Design, Euthanasia Coaster and Oneiric Hotel,“ Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
Workshop, „Oneiric Workshop,“ „Rupert“ – centre for Art and Education, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Talk-performance, „Walking on the Wall,“ festival “Vilnius in Gdansk,” Gdansk, Poland.
Talk-performance, „Nonfiction of Levitation,“ Kosmica 2013, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico.

 

2012
Lecture, „Designing Death,“ “IMMORTAL”: Colloquium Update_4, 15 November, Zebrastraat, Ghent, Belgium.
Lecture, “Gravitational Design,” Air castles and smoke clouds, University of the Arts Bremen.
Lecture-performance, “Walking on the wall: design choreography.” Rewriting histories: artists about artists. National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

2011
Talk, Ministry of Education and Science, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Paper presentation, „Designing Death“, The Edge of Our Thinking: Research in Art & Design – conference, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
Talk, Parsons The New School for Design, NYC, USA.
Talk, “Euthanasia Coaster: G-design, Fatal Asethetics and Social Sci-Fi,” Applied Brilliance 2011 – conference, Jackson Hole, USA.
A series of workshops, „Sounding Architectures,“ Morgenstrasse Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Lecture, „Talking Doors and Sounding Architectures,“ The University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe, Germany.
Talk-performance, „Nonfiction of Levitation,“ Kosmica 4, The Arts Catalyst, London, UK.
Project presentation, „Euthanasia Coaster,“ Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
Lecture, „Alternative Aesthetics,“ Architecture department, Royal College of Art, London.

 

2010
Lecture, „G-Design: Vehicular Poetry, Design Choreography, Gravitational Forgery and other design strategies,“ Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London.
Project presentation, „Talking Doors,“ ARS Electronica Festival 2010: Prix Forum Interactive Art, Austria, Linz, http://www.vimeo.com/15318894
Paper presentation, CEPHAD 2010, Conference on philosophy and design research, Danish Design School, Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

2009
Lecture, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania
Paper presentation, “Gravitational Aesthetics,” ISEA09, The 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Belfast, UK.
Presenter/workshop organiser, “Talking Doors,” Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Conducting workshop, “Transgressions,” Vilnius Academy of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Reviewer, HCI 2009, 23rd British Computer Society conference on Human Computer Interaction, Cambridge University, UK.

 

2008
Lecture-performance, “Fictional Design and Design Fiction,” design gallery “Daiktų viešbutis,” Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

2007
Talk, “Interaktyvaus meno praktika ir teorija” (Interactive Art Practice and Theory), “ENTER_5” media art festival, Šiauliai, Lithuania.
Paper presentation, “Įtarpinto humoro dizainas: ribų ritualas ir ideo-terapija interaktyvioje terpėje” (Mediated Humor Design: boundary ritual and ideo-therapy in interactive media), conference: „Media studies: philosophy, communication, art,“ Vilnius, Lithuania.
Lecture/presentation, “Multimodal Interaction Design”, KIASMA contemporary art centre, Helsinki, Finland.