August 30th, 2012

River Runs

The River Runs project investigates movement in artistic practice towards less tangible and more complex spaces of public/private contestation, spaces that challenge the notion of belonging itself. Developed as a river laboratory/playground during residency at Modern Art Oxford (2012) project explores how river (and water) as a public good operates to define our sense of belonging on an individual and collective scale. The work examines where and how a public sphere, or “publicness,” can be constituted today, and the role of artistic intervention in its production.

For this project, Urbonas Studio consists of artists Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, writer/curator Tracey Warr and architect/designer Giacomo Castagnola.

The project is being assisted too by many other people, living, working, playing on and in the river, cropping up in the course of the narrative . Most of the research files are collected during August 2012 while at Project Space Residency, Modern Art Oxford, UK.

More at project’s blog: http://www.vilma.cc/river

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August 9th, 2012

Aquatic Biomimicry Workshop

The Adults’ Workshop investigated new solutions for living in a Water Age.

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August 8th, 2012

Children Workshop: Inventions for the Water Age

Children Workshop: Inventions for the Water Age was  joined by 17 children of different ages to creatively investigate what we could learn from aquatic flora and fauna for living in a possible future Water Age. We discussed river journeys and boats (and, at the most stripped down, swimming costumes and wet suits) as they already are devices for action/floating labs, various types of constructions and rafts in use for habitation, mobility, joining separated communities (bridges, fords), leisure, sport, exploration, study…

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