MAY 20- NOVEMBER 26, 2023
The Children’s Forest Pavilion / Lithuanian Pavilion
Venice Architecture Biennale
Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, and their project Swamp Observatory, are featured at the “The Children’s Forest Pavilion” – the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, commissioned by Ines Weizman and curated by Jurga Daubaraitė, Egija Inzule, and Jonas Žukauskas.
The Swamp Observatory AR app is the result of a two-year collaboration with a school on Gotland Island in the Baltic sea, arguably the most polluted sea in the world. Developed as a conceptual playground and a digital tool to augment reality with imaginaries for new climate commons, the App offers new perspectives to the planning process suggesting eco-monsters as emergent ecology for the planned stormwater ponds in the new sustainable city.
It is the seventh time the Urbonas’s work is represented in Venice Biennale. In 2007, their first time in the Venice Biennale, their Villa Lituania received the honorable mention for the best national pavilion in the Art Exhibition. They exhibited Druzhba project in Baltic Pavilion in 2016, and curated the Swamp School, first Lithuanian representation in the Architecture exhibition as an independent country in 2018. Their co-edited volume Public Space? Lost & Found was launched in 2017; they were awarded the European Social Fund Grant for Residency in Venice in 2019; they contributed to the Panoptic Garden – public program at the Uzbekistan Pavilion in 2022 – all Venice Biennale Art exhibitions.