Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas Featured at the Folkestone Triennial in UK

Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Folke Stone Power Plant, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Image by Thierry Bal.


On Friday, September 1, 2017, the Folkestone Triennial, which invites artists to engage with the rich cultural history and built environment of the locality, and to exhibit newly commissioned work in public spaces around the town, will open.

As part of this year’s Folkestone Triennial, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas were commissioned by the Double Edge to create a piece, Folke Stone Power Plant, that is sited in front of the Folkestone Museum, in the ancient Market Place. It was inspired by the writings and drawings of Alexander von Humboldt, the 19th Century polymath whose studies in geography and the environment initiated the science of ecology. The ‘stone’ contains innovative organic batteries storing electricity capable of powering the adjacent lamp-post. The Urbonas’ art practice involves continuous research across several branches of knowledge: the batteries are still in development, representing an important and cutting-edge strand of research into sustainable energy, and supported by a network of scientists at universities in several countries.

The first public day of the Folkestone Triennial (Saturday, September 2nd) features a symposium titled On the Edge: Time and Truth, where this year’s commissioned artists are invited to talk about their projects in the context of the title double edge, while focusing on two major subthemes: the edges of truth and time. Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas are scheduled to discuss their work in relation to natural resources and energy during Session 5: Geological Time.

On Sunday, September 3rd, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas will be leading the Future Energy Summit, which they have organized. This event will run at the Folkestone Town Hall from 11am – 6pm. The Future Energy Summit brings together professionals and enthusiasts from the fields of art, design, life sciences and humanities to re-imagine and re-script future models of energy, its role and impact on citizenship and culture.

About the Folkestone Triennial

Since 2008, the Folkestone Triennial has rapidly established itself as a significant event in the international calendar of recurring art exhibitions, by working to change the character of the communities in which they occur.


This project is supported by the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, and the Arts at MIT.