#21 Hello World?

SWAMP: our brain, planetary kidney and architecture of cohabitation

Why the talk is inspiring?

This talk will be a first official presentation of “The Swamp Pavilion” – Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, curators of the pavilion will present a conceptual framework of the project and will discuss why and how the swamp is relevant today. In light of our age marked by existential threats of war and mutually assured destruction, of climate change and its enforcement of new global patterns of disaster and migration, the Swamp Pavilion interrogates the relevance of a single country’s representation when these transnational crises have become the norm.

The talk will take take place on October 12th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.

The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in Lithuanian. Event is free.



Nomeda Urbonas, Gediminas Urbonas

How the speaker is exceptional?

Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas are artists, educators and co-founders of 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. Urbonas’s work has been exhibited at the Sao Paulo, Berlin, Moscow, Lyon, and Gwangju Biennales; the Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions; in solo shows at the Lithuanian Pavilion in 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) and MACBA in Barcelona (2008) among others. Gediminas co-edited the volume Public Space? Lost and Found (SA+P Press and MIT Press 2017), which brings together artists, planners and theorists 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 Studio is currently working on Zooetics – a research project that explores the potential to connect with the noethics and poetics of non-human life in the context of the planetary ecological imbalance. Gediminas is Associate Professor and Director at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology in the School of Architecture and Planning. Nomeda is a MIT research affiliate and PhD researcher at the NTNU, Norway.