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Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas at the Folkestone Triennial 2017

Created: 2017.08.30 / Updated: 2017.08.30 16:16
    Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas at the Folkestone Triennial 2017

    This year's Folkestone Triennial features Lithuanian artists Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas. They will present ‘Folkestone Power Plant’, an artwork specially commissioned for Folkestone's public space. The artists will give a talk on geological time in relation to this year's theme "double edge" at the Triennale's opening day symposium, ‘On the Edge: Time and Truth’ on 2 September, 2017. Project collaborators as well as invited guest speakers from the fields of energy and humanities will convene for the Future Energy Summit on 3 September.

    Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas present 'Folk Stone Power Plant', an artwork installed behind the Town Hall in the ancient Market Place of Folkestone. It is inspired by the writings and drawings of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) - the polymath founder of bio-geography, geomagnetic and meteorological monitoring, and progenitor of ecology. The 'stone' contains innovative organic mushroom tissue-based batteries storing electricity capable of powering the adjacent lamp-post. The installation results from research supported by a global network of scientists, including Kaunas University of Technology as well as Kent University.

    ‘Future Energy Summit’ brings together professionals and enthusiasts from the fields of art, design, life sciences and the humanities to Folkestone UK for a meeting on the opening weekend of the Folkestone Triennial 2017, to re-imagine and re-script future models of energy, and its role and impact on citizenship and culture.

    The invited participants of the Summit include prominent researchers and scholars from the fields of energy and science humanities, such as Jelena Martinovic, Tere Vadén and Imre Szeman, artists and designers Cédric Carles, Thomas Ortiz, Rasa Smite, social entrepreneur Stephanie Karpetas, research scientists Viktorija Makarovaitė and Sofia Perez-Villar and artists and educators Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas.

    Future Energy Summit is part of Folkestone Triennial 2017, and is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, and Arts at MIT. A_Zooetics is an Outreach and Education Program of Frontiers in Retreat, a network supported by the EU “Culture” Programme (EACEA 2013-1297). This communication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained herein.

     

    Folkestone Triennial

    3 September – 5 November

    Folkestone Town Hall, Silver Screen Cinema, Cinema 2, Guildhall Street, Folkestone CT20 1DY.

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