Julijonas Urbonas is an artist, designer, researcher, engineer, lecturer, writer, Vice-Rector for Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts, and PhD student in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London.
Since childhood, he has worked in amusement park development. In 2004, he became the head of an amusement park in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and ran it for three years. Having worked in this field — as a designer and engineer but also in ways that are artistic and philosophical — he became fascinated by what in his research he is calling 'gravitational aesthetics'. This experience is unavailable elsewhere, and he became intrigued by this underdeveloped topic. Since then the topic has been at the core of his creative life, from design/artistic work to scholarly articles. Most recently this interest has matured into his PhD research, in which a unique creative approach of gravitational design is being developed. His work has been exhibited internationally and received many awards, including the Award of Distinction in Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2010, one of the most prestigious awards in media arts. His projects can be found in private and museum collections such as the permanent collection of the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM).