Associate Professor 2009 - present

Gediminas Urbonas is an artist, educator, and researcher and co-founder (with Nomeda Urbonas) of US: the Urbonas Studio, an interdisciplinary research practice that facilitates exchange amongst diverse nodes of knowledge production and artistic practice in pursuit of projects that transform civic spaces and collective imaginaries. They also collaborate with experts in different cultural fields to develop practice-based artistic research models that allow participants—including their students—to pursue projects that merge urbanism, new media, social sciences and pedagogy to critically address the transformation of civic space and ecology.

Urbonas have exhibited internationally including the São Paulo (twice), Berlin, Moscow (twice), Lyon, Gwangju, Busan, Taipei Biennales, Folkestone Triennial – and Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions – among numerous other international shows, including a solo show at the Venice Biennale and MACBA in Barcelona. Their work was awarded a number of high level grants and residency awards, including the Lithuanian National Prize (2007); a Prize for the Best International Artist at the Gwangju Biennale (2006) and the Prize for the best national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2007). Urbonas are co-founders of the JUTEMPUS interdisciplinary art program (1993), the first independent artist-led initiative in Lithuania; Vilnius Interdisciplinary Lab for Media Art (VILMA); the VOICE, a net based publication on media culture; they are co-founders of the Transaction Archive and co-directors of the Pro-test Lab Archive.

Their writing on artistic research as form of intervention into social and political crisis was published in the books Devices for Action (2008) by MACBA Press, Barcelona and Villa Lituania (2008) by Sternberg Press. Urbonas co-edited Public Space? Lost and Found (MIT Press, 2017) that brings together artists, planners, theorists and art historians in an examination of the complex inter-relations between the creation and uses of public space and the roles that public art plays therein. Urbonas 5 year-long research project on Zooetics exploring the potential to connect with the noetics and poetics of non-human life in the context of the planetary ecological imbalance, concluded in 2018 with the symposium at MIT and opened a new research program focusing on Climate Visions. Urbonases curated the Swamp School – future learning environment at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. The book Swamps and the New Imagination: On the Future of Cohabitation in Art, Architecture and Philosophy published by Sternberg Press and distributed by MIT Press, is forthcoming in 2020.

Urbonas are currently working on several large scale commissions and research projects that investigate movement in artistic practice towards less tangible and more complex spaces of public/private contestation and shifts toward new environmentalism in public space discourse and contemporary understandings of nature.

Their work is included in the collections of Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA, FRAC – Nord-Pas de Calais in Dunkerque, Helsinki Art Museum, Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Schwerin State Museum of Art in Germany, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Italy, National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, Lithuania among others.

Urbonas taught and lectured extensively internationally. Full-time teaching positions include NTNU – Norwegian University for Science and Technology (2005-2009). Currently he is Associate Professor at MIT‘s Program in Art, Culture and Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Visiting Professor at VDU – Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, CAFA – Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arte in Milano.

 

Solo Exhibits (with Nomeda Urbonas) – Selected list

2020
Urbonas Studio, Tranzit Space in Bratislava, Slovakia

2019
Villa Lituania, MO Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania

2018
Swamp School, Lithuanian National Pavilion, 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

2014
ARTRA – Arte Contemporanea Milan, Italy (forthcoming)

2012
River Runs, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

2011
The Learning Machine, Wolk Gallery, MIT

2008
Devices for Action, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain

2007
Villa Lituania, The Lithuanian Pavilion. 52nd Biennale di Venezia, Italy

2004
RR: Ruta Remake, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

2003
Ruta Remake. Substream, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

2002
TRANSACTION. translation, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

TRANSmute, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

2001
TRANSACTION. unpacked, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden

2000
TRANSACTION, haus.0, Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany

TRANSACTION. Strangers & Paradise, Witte de With contemporary art center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

Group Exhibitions – Selected list

2020
You and I don’t live on the same planet— New Diplomatic Encounters. 12th Taipei Biennale, Taiwan
Critical Zones, ZKM, Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany
We Never Sleep, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Rijeka 2020, European Capital of Culture, Croatia

2019
The Missing Planet, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
Gardentopia, Matera, European Capital of Culture
Mud Muses, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Back to the Future 10, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
The Sweet Sweat of the Future, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
XVII century, Autarkia art center, Vilnius, Lithuania
After Leaving | Before Arriving, 12th Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania
Animal-Human-Robot, MO Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania

2018
Divided We Stand, Busan Biennale 2018, Busan, South Korea
The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, Southdown Industrial Area Mississauga Ontario, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
The God-Trick, Parco Arte Vivente (PAV), Turin, Italy
The Baltic Material Assemblies, AA London, and RIBA London UK

2017
energ(ética); arte y energía sostenible, Monumento a Los Heroes, Bogota, Colombia
(Im)possibility of a Monument, 11th Kaunas Biennial, Kaunas, Lithuania
Double Edge, Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, UK

2016
Live Uncertainty, 32 Bienal de São Paulo, San Paulo, Brazil
The Baltic Pavilion, 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, Italy
The Money Show, Contemporary Art Northampton, UK
Inside-Out, Belgrade City Museum, Serbia
Another Crossroads of Epochs, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania

2015
A Million Lines, Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Centre in Krakow, Poland
Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius

2014
(Re)construction of Friendship, The Corner House, former KGB building in Riga
Nouvelle Génération, FRAC – Nord-Pas de Calais, France
Pro-test Lab, SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
Vegetation as a Political Agent, Parco Arte Vivente, Torino, Italy

2013
Disobedience Republic, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, 2013
Part of a Larger Whole. Lithuanian Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, 2013
Transmediale 2013 BWPWAP, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, 2013

2012
Minios. The Crowds, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2012
Nam June Paik Award 2012, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany, 2012
Disobedience Archive (The temporary office) & Crisis Mirror, Bureaupublik, Copenhagen Danemark, 2012
Husby TV, Moderna Museet, Sweden, 2012
Disobedience Archive (The Parliament), Bildmuseet – Contemporary art and visual culture, Umea, Sweden, 2012
(In)dependent People: Collaborations and Artist Initiatives, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Iceland, 2012
On Dilettantism, HALLE 14 Kunstverein, Leipzig, Germany, 2012
On Dilettantism, ACC Galerie Weimar, Germany 2012
The Future Archive, NBK – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany, 2012
Connected by Art, Schwerin State Museum of Art, Schwerin, Germany, 2012

2011
4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Too late, too little, (and how) to fail gracefully, KunstFort Asperen, The Netherlands
Snapshots of Tourism, Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway
Contemporary Art Archipelago (CAA), Turku, Finland
Are You Ready for TV?, CGAC – Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

2010
Learning Machines. Figures, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, Italy
Are You Ready for TV?, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain
Lithuanian Art 2000-2010, Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania
Snapshots of Tourism, The Art and Residency Centre, HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Program), Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
The Creative Act. With the archives as a workplace, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo, Norway
Fluxus East. Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe. Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo, Norway
Territories of the In/Human, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
In-Book/Out-Book/If-Book – Museo della Città, Perugia, Italy
Manufacturing Today, Trondheim Kunsthalle, Norway
A History of Irritated Material, Raven Row gallery, London, United Kingdom
Gender Check, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2009
Gender Check, MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Disobedience. An ongoing video archive, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Romania
Uniforme, Espace Temporaire, Genève, Switzerland

2008
Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art. International Center of Photography, NYDu Dialogue Social, Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany8
Fluxus East. Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe. KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia
Italia, Italie, Italien, Italie, Wlochy, ARCOS – Museo di Arte Contemporaneo del Sannio, Benevento, Italy
Peripheral Look and Collective Body, MUSEION – museum of modern and contemporary art Bolzano, Italy
Disobedience archive, Zagreb, Croatia and Riga, Latvia

2007
2nd Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, Moscow, Russia
9th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art. ∞s – The history of a decade that has not yet been named
Fluxus East. Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe. Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Ludwig Museum, Budapest. Bunkier Stuky, Krakow. CAC, Vilnius
Progressive Nostalgia Contemporary art from the former USSR. Center for Contemporary Art “L.Pecci,” Prato, Italy
Still Here: humour in post-communist performative video, Art Space, Sidney, Australia
Forms of Resistance. Artists and desire for a social change. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhovend

2006
All our tomorrows: the culture of camouflage. Kunstraum der Universitaet Lueneburg. Curated by Shaheen Merali
Exploding Television – Satellite of Love. Witte de With, International Film Festival Rotterdam; Platform Garanti, Istanbul, Turkey
6th Gwangju Biennale, Fever variations. The Last Chapter_Trace Route: Remapping Global Cities. Korea
Face the Unexpected. Museum am Ostwall and the PHOENIX Halle Dortmun

2005
Populism, CAC, Vilnius. National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Frankfurter Kunstverein Frankfurt a.M. Germany
Femme Totale, International Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany
Culturas de Archivo 4: Representaciones, Valiadolid, Spain
Madonna, Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany

2004
Extended Views, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Social Affairs, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Show Unit, Riksutställningar, Sweden
Klangraum, Festival of Contemporary Music, Stuttgart, Germany
3rd berlin biennial for contemporary art, Berlin, Germany
Auf Sendung, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany
ISEA2004, Kunstihoone Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

2003
Fate of Alien Modes, Secession, Viena, Austria
It is hard to touch the real, Kunstverein Munich
Money for Nothing, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand
Neue Freunde, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
The Labyrinthine Effect, ACCA, Melbourne, Australia
VJ7 / Verbindingen/Jonctions, Constant vzw, Brussels, Belgium

2002
Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany
48th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany
Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media, Canada
Transat video, France
Fundamentalisms of a New Order, Charlottenburg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Learning And Singing, Hansapanga Galerii, Tallinn, Estonia. Contemporary art center, Moscow, Russia
Manifesta 4, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
Re-direct, haus.0, Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany
The Music In Me, GAK, Bremen, Germany
Voice Session. Karaoke, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

2001
Out of Money, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Presence Balte, BAC Visby, Sweden. Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece. Metronome, Barcelona,
Spain
Self-Esteem, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

2000
Duchamp’s Suitcase, Arnolfini, Bristol, United Kingdom
Innocent Life, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

1999
Apartment 99, project in private spaces, Vilnius, Lithuania
Lithuanian Art: 1989-1999, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
NL-LT, Begane Grond Contemporary art center, Utrecht, The Netherlands

 

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