Lithuanian pavilion "Airtime" – XX1 Triennale of Milano 2016
Artist: Julijonas Urbonas
Curator: Justė Kostikovaitė
Commissioner: Vilnius Academy of Arts
Supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture
Project patron: Hotel Zara Milano, beer "Brick by Brick"
STAGE I 2 April – 20 June
Exhibition of the selected works by Julijonas Urbonas. Intro to the field of gravitational design.
STAGE II 25 June – 12 September
Kinetic installation "Airtime", accompanied with series of performances and other events.
The Lithuanian Pavilion will open with an exhibition of selected works by Julijonas Urbonas, introducing to what he calls "gravitational design". This approach exploits the means of manipulating bodily perceptions of gravity to create experiences that push the whole body and imagination to its extremes. Working between amusement park design, space medicine, choreography, sci-fi and robotics, Urbonas has been developing unique means of negotiating gravity: from a killer roller coaster to a hotel that provides dreams in which you levitate. In these projects artist coins the term of gravitational design.
The second stage of the exhibition Urbonas will present his most recent project "Airtime" – a hybrid of a participatory kinetic sculpture, a gut-oriented architecture, an anti-gravitational machine and an amusement ride. It lurks beneath a floor, that moves rhythmically that the audience would experience episodic sensations of weightlessness.