The book Devices for Action (MACBA Press 2008) examines the role of artist and artwork within society that suffers profound and sudden changes.
Let’s imagine for a moment what would happen if an entire population suddenly emigrated without actually moving an inch, because the political, economic, social and symbolic system that had governed a country for several generations changed overnight. That is what actually happened in the Baltic Republic of Lithuania from 1991 onwards. Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas have examined the implications of this phenomenon in a wide array of spheres, including the urban landscape, labour relations, consumerism, moral codes, fears and even the words used to express things.
The book presents five projects by Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, and texts by Bartomeu Mari and Lars Bang Larsen.