Public Lecture Series

Gediminas Urbonas

Gediminas Urbonas
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Room 419, Knowles Building, Pokfulam Road, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Swamps and the New Imagination
Gediminas Urbonas
Associate Professor in Visual Art,
Department of Architecture,
School of Architecture+Planning MIT

Lecture abstract

Swamps and the New Imagination embarks upon a critical examination of the outcomes of today’s rediscovery of matter which constantly opens up itself through interplay of immateriality. The presentation intends to set up a discursive space not only questioning the distribution of territories as a means of organizing identities and realities, but also to envision the role of immaterial in the age of non-human turn and interspecies dialogue. A swamp is both a place for manifold sympoietic relationships, and a locus of imagination, fostering the dialogue with possible futures.

About the Speaker

Gediminas Urbonas is artist, educator, and co-founder of the Urbonas Studio (with Nomeda Urbonas), 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. The Urbonas’s work has been exhibited at the São Paulo, Berlin, Moscow, Lyon, Gwangju, Busan biennales, and Folkestone Triennial; at the Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions; and in solo shows at the Venice Biennale and the MACBA in Barcelona among others. Urbonas co-edited Public Space? Lost and Found (MIT Press, 2017) an examination of the complex interrelations between the creation and uses of public space and the roles that art plays therein. Urbonases are curating the “Swamp pavilion” – future learning environment at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. Gediminas Urbonas is Associate Professor at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (MIT).

By engaging in “Agendas for the South” for the Fall 2018 public lecture series, University of Hong Kong’s Department of Architecture invites architects and scholars to align their work and ideas with unique positions related to their locale and design subjects. These architects are presenting projects grounded in the core of the discipline, offering new perspectives on the knowledge of architecture. Through the register of building and discursive positioning, the lectures present particular readings of the programs for architecture and the concept of the South, taking into account the nuanced and diverse sociocultural, geographical, and political contexts.