Winning artist of ACCELERATE CERN Lithuania Julijonas Urbonas Presents His Work


2016 10 18


October 19, 16:10 hrs. the winning artist of ACCELERATE /Lithuania Julijonas Urbonas will be presenting his work at  Globe of Science and Innovation, CERN, after having finished one month of residency at CERN  in September/October 2016.

"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”, says the artist.

Julijonas Urbonas is an 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).

ACCELERATE is part of ARTS AT CERN  - the leading art and science programme - promoting the dialogue between artists and particle physics. It fosters the creation of new expert knowledge in the arts by extending artists' practice in connection with fundamental research.

Julijonas Urbonas’s residency was organized in collaboration with Rupert (Centre for Art and Education), 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.