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JULIJONAS URBONAS: WALKING ON THE WALL. GDANSK

On the 7th September, 2013 Julijonas Urbonas will present his project “Walking on the Wall: introduction to the theory of design and choreography – lecture/performance / carousel” on the wall of Club and Gallery BUNKIER, ul. Olejarna 3, Gdansk.

Julijonas Urbonas is a designer, an artist and an engineer. Currently, he has been writing a Ph.D. thesis about interaction design at theLondon’s Royal College of Art. The concept of his creative activity derives from a funfair. The artist has helped at an amusement park since he was a child. In the years 2004-2007 he was a Director of a Funfair inKlaipedawhere he worked as a designer and engineer as well as an artist and philosopher developing the theory of gravitational esthetics.

Walking on the Wall is a combination of a lecture and a carousel. The performance is a reconstruction of a work by an American pioneer of the modern dance, Trisha Brown. In her choreography the artist used the space of a wall by means of climbing equipment. Through this project she has not only created a new alphabet and opened a new space for the movement, but she has also shown that the inventions in the contemporary dance frequently derive from the conditionings and the surroundings. In the case of the choreography on the wall, it was a combination of architecture, harnesses, wires and cable pulleys. This approach is similar to the works of the Lithuanian artist who is interest in creation of choreography through design. Contrary to the original, Julijonas Urbonas invites the audience to participate in his project.

The public art project “Walking on the Wall: introduction to the theory of design and choreography – lecture/performance / carousel” by Julijonas Urbonas  is a part of the project “Close Strangerpromoting mutual understanding between population of GdanskKaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture“ implemented within the framework of „ENPI Cross-border Cooperation programme 2007-2013 for Lithuania, Poland and Russian Federation“, where KCCC participates as a partner.