Julijonas Urbonas is a designer, artist, engineer and PhD student.
Since childhood, I've been working within the field of amusement park development. In 2004, I became a managing director of an amusement park in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and ran it for three years. Having worked in such a field – as an architect and engineer but also in ways that are creative and critical – I became fascinated by what in my research I am calling the bodily-perceived aesthetics of ‘gravitational theatre’. This experience is unavailable elsewhere, and I became intrigued by this under-developed topic. Since then the topic has been at the core of my creative life, from design/artistic work to scholarly articles. Most recently this interest has matured into the unique and paradigm-shifting topic of Gravitational Aesthetics, at the heart of my PhD research, which is the broader conceptual framework in which ‘gravitational theatre’ is performed.