The Swamp Observatory by Urbonas Studio (Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas) is a conceptual playground and a digital tool to augment reality with the imaginaries of future time, materials and species. Suggested as an instrumentarium to restore the swamps on Gotland Island in the Baltic Sea, the AR app was developed in 2022 in collaboration with Atheneskolan schoolchildren and teachers, who during their art and music classes created eco-monsters to cohabit the planned storm-water ponds in northern Visborg. Adapted for the Children’s Forest Pavilion, the eco-monsters inhabit the installation and come together in a poster to be activated in other environments.
PDF of the poster is available to download via this link
THE SWAMP OBSERVATORY
Eco-monsters of the Future Swamp
Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas (concept and development) in collaboration with pupils from Atheneskolan Gotland (drawings and sounds), Indrė Umbrasaitė (modeling), Kristupas Sabolius (script), Mouse on Mars (sound compositions), Terry T Kang and Thomas Harriett (programming). Commissioned by Public Art Agency Sweden and BAC – Baltic Art Center.
Supported by MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology,
the Lithuanian Council for Culture
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Published on the occasion of the CHILDREN’S FOREST PAVILION
Lithuania at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2023