Art Uncovered -- Julijonas Urbonas

Premiere DateAug 30, 2011
00:00 Thomas Intro
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01:59 Julijonas Urbonas Interview pt. 1
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06:10 Another Man's Vine Tom Waits
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08:31 Julijonas Urbonas Interview pt. 2
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11:36 Le Jour Se Leve   Visible
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14:31 Julijonas Urbonas Interview pt. 3
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19:24 Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop Yo La Tengo
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21:56 Julijonas Urbonas Interview pt. 4
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26:44 Do You Believe in Rapture? Sonic Youth
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29:40 Julijonas Urbonas Interview pt. 5
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33:29 Read A Book Pylon
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35:24 Julijonas Urbonas Interview pt. 6
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39:13 Blue West Sun City Girls
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42:02 Julijonas Urbonas Interview pt. 7
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48:05 Goodbye Bread Ty Segall
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51:07 Finish
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Euthanasia Coaster

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.

[vimeo] http://vimeo.com/23040442 [/vimeo]

[vimeo] http://vimeo.com/7613616 [/vimeo]
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Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…

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