My guest this week is Lithuanian artist Julijonas Urbonas. He is the artist behind the Euthanasia Coaster, a hypothetical roller coaster that is part sci-fi engineering challenge and part thought experiment. It asks us to consider alternatives to the often sterile and medicalized rituals of euthanasia and to entertain the possibility that such an experience could be both aesthetically meaningful, and even euphoric for the person ending his or her life.
Julijonas’s grew up around the amusement parks of the Soviet Union, and this experience fueled his interest in what he calls Gravitational Aesthetics — a concept that shapes many of his projects including the Euthanasia Coaster.
Julijonas spoke with me on the phone from Lithuania about his roller coaster, growing up in a Soviet amusement park and some of his other projects that deal with Gravitational Aesthetics.
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