In Collaboration with Rupert.
The winning artist of ACCELERATE Lithuania is Julijonas Urbonas. "Having explored the human scale, currently I've become interested in the choreographic dialectics between the macro and the micro dimensions of gravity and I cannot imagine any better place than CERN to explore such topics”, said the artist.
Artist, designer, researcher, engineer, Vice-Rector for Art at the Vilnius Academy of Arts in Vilnius, and PhD student in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London. Since childhood, he has worked in amusement park development. In 2004, he became the head of an amusement park in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and ran it for three years. Having worked in this field — as a designer and engineer but also in ways that are artistic and philosophical — He became fascinated by what in his research he calls ‘gravitational aesthetics’. This experience is unavailable elsewhere, and he became intrigued by this under-developed topic. Since then the topic has been at the core of his creative life, from interdisciplinary artistic work to scholarly articles. Most recently this interest has matured into my PhD research, in which a unique creative approach of gravitational design is being developed. His 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. His projects can be found in private and museum collections such as the permanent collection of the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM).
His residency at CERN was in September/October 2016.
Julijonas Urbonas at the CERN Main Work Shop. Photo by Sophia Bennett.
In collaboration with Rupert, generously supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva.