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r&d project initiated by Urbonas Studio in collaboration with Tracey Warr
May 18th, 2012


Gediminas Urbonas testing a mist projection screen at MIT

Urbonas Studio

30 July – 19 August 2012


Modern Art Oxford Project Space

30 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP Oxford

Bookings: 01865 813800



RIVER RUNS is a project that has been evolving over the past two years between artists Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas who live near the River Charles in Cambridge and Boston, US, and writer Tracey Warr who lives near the River Thames in Oxford, UK. Since 2010 we have engaged in residencies, workshops and symposia exploring relationships to rivers and waterways. This summer we are in residence at Modern Art Oxford where we will build sculptures to encapsulate our research, make films of river journeys, run workshops for children and adults and edit a book on the project. We are exploring how rivers in the local landscape define a sense of individual and collective belonging. There are Open Studio days when visitors can come and talk with us about our work and about their own experiences and engagements with rivers.

Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas have established an international reputation for socially interactive artworks. They develop models activating local communities’ cultural and political imagination and their work often takes the form of ‘devices for action’. Nomeda is a Researcher at the Norwegian University for Science & Technology, Trondheim; Gediminas is Associate Professor, Art, Culture & Technology at MIT; Tracey Warr is Senior Lecturer in Art Theory at Oxford Brookes University.



Friday 3 August, Saturday 11 August, Tuesday 14 August, Thursday 16 August, Friday 17 August 10am – 5pm

Free, just drop in




Wednesday 8 August, 1 – 4pm

Join artists Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, writer Tracey Warr and an aquatic life expert to explore how we might imitate water-based birds, animals, plants and fish to adapt to an environment with rising water levels. Participants will be able to make films, models, paintings and drawings proposing solutions for living in a future ‘water age’. Workshop designed by Julie Turley.

£5, £3 concessions, booking essential



Thursday 9 August, 1 – 4pm

Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas will be joined by Tracey Warr, Senior Lecturer in Art Theory at Oxford Brookes University, and an aquatic life expert, to lead an aquatic biomimicry workshop for adults. The workshop will consider how we might imitate water-dwelling birds, animals, plants and other life to adapt to an environment with rising water levels. Participants will have the opportunity to make films, sculptures and drawings proposing new solutions for living in a ‘water age’.

£7, £5 concessions, booking essential


Urbonas Studio: Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Tracey Warr, Giacomo Castagnola

and thanks to:  Mike Blow, Adrian Pawley, Laura Degenhardt, Ieva Kausteklyte, Julie Turley, Tazeem Majid, Haavard Helle, Rachel Cheer.

RIVER RUNS is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Modern Art Oxford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Oxford Brookes University Arts Research Practice Cluster – ARP.


The project has progressed through a series of engagements with the River Thames in Oxford, UK and the River Charles in Cambridge and Boston, US.


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