Nomeda Urbonas is a Lithuanian artist and educator who has a joint artistic practice, Urbonas Studio, with Gediminas Urbonas. Urbonas Studio is the interdisciplinary research program that advocates for the reclamation of public culture in the face of overwhelming privatization, stimulating cultural and political imagination as tools for social change. Often beginning with archival research, Urbonas Studio methodology unfolds complex participatory works investigating the urban environment, architectural developments, and cultural and technological heritage.
Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas have exhibited internationally including the Venice, San Paulo, Berlin, Moscow, Lyon, Gwangju Biennales and Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions. Their writings on the artistic research as a form of intervention to social and political crisis were published in the books “Devices for Action” by MACBA Press, Barcelona and “Villa Lituania” by Sternberg Press.
FOLK STONE POWER PLANT
Folk Stone Power Plant is conceived as networked entity that connects the international team of scientists with the stone, the lamp post at the Market Place by the Town Hall in Folkestone (UK) with a specially developed outreach program organized through a workshop and a symposia (Future Energy Summit) to actively learn about physics and metaphysics of alternative energy.
a research project that explores new ways to engage human knowledge – scientific methods and the infrastructure of institutions – and research with other forms of life, and to imagine designs, prototypes and interfaces for future interspecies ecologies.
a river laboratory/playground that explores how river (and water) as a public good operates to define our sense of belonging on an individual and collective scale.
a workshop in networked cultures and participatory media to investigate democratic games in connection to citizenship, participation and urban development.
DISOBEDIENCE ARCHIVE. BOSTON CHAPTER
a research and installation of Boston Chapter – an ongoing video archive of practices in art and activism co-curated with Marco Scotini.
a media navigator and viewing device that looks back and forward at the same time, and investigates negotiations between two ideologies with the attempt to study forms of critique in writing, media and design.
GVS: GUGGENHIEM VISIBILITY STUDY
a project by the experimental pedagogy group conducting case studies, field trips, documentation and archive to research and underprop the planned Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Vilnius.
a study of the mechanisms constructing the last occupied territory (of Lithuania) through a set of events featuring pigeon race, development of pavilion architecture, and recycling of political encounters. Project commissioned for Lithuanian pavilion at 52nd Biennale di Venezia 2007
a space and archive of various protest forms against the corporate privatization of public space; and a case study of destruction of Lietuva – a cinema theater – the largest pavilion type building of soviet modernist architecture in Lithuania.
PRO-TEST LAB ARCHIVE
2005 – ongoing
an archive of available forms of protest against the privatization of public space: actions, video performances, fashion collection, posters, props, installations.
[friendship], a project that is build as reading device of a psycho-geography of the oil network (Druzba – the biggest oil pipeline build by soviets) to study the flows and energies produced through disintegrating infrastructure of power.
2002 – 2010
a project (and instrument) that navigates through a study of social construction of the women voice, weaving layers of gender, technology, performance and fashion.
2000 – 2004
a project that traces a script of the victim through the history of media; inviting institution of psychiatrists, film and women intellectuals into a triangulating dialogue.
1998 – 1999
a TV project, that is developed as collaborative platform and production space for institutional critique on the National TV channel, merging tools of broadcast, net-cast and meetings in a physical space.