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 (as well as in Canterbury).
Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas are artists, educators, and co-founders of Urbonas Studio, an interdisciplinary research practice for the transformation of civic spaces and collective imaginaries. Their work frequently involves collective activities contributing to cross-disciplinary exchange: network and participatory technologies; sensorial media and public space; environmental remediation design and spatial organisation; and alternative planning integration.
Urbonas’ work has been exhibited in many international Biennials, with solo shows at the Venice Biennale and MACBA, Barcelona; and recognised by awards including the Lithuanian National Prize (2007); 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 Transaction Archive and co-directors of the Pro-test Lab Archive. Their writing has been published by MIT Press, MACBA Press, Barcelona and Sternberg Press.
Urbonas are currently working on Zooetics – a research project that explores the potential to connect with the noetics and poetics of non-human life in the context of the planetary ecological imbalance called the Anthropocene.
Gediminas Urbonas is a professor and currently a head of the MIT programme in Art Culture and Technology, Cambridge, MA; Nomeda is a PhD researcher at Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. They live and work in Cambridge, MA and Vilnius, Lithuania.