austeja platukyte is a creative researcher working in between the disciplines of material design and science, technology, and craft. her creative solutions are systematically linked to the theme of organic matter and a topic of materials transformation into other forms, introducing new social, cultural, economic, and psychological context into her creative process. in each of her projects, the artist seeks to highlight the relevance of the creative process, gain real experience in the development of new materials. austeja combines experimental research with the imagination and interpretation of existing knowledge. she explores the fundamental ecological problems, emphasizing subjective emotional involvement, and questioning the values of an anthropocentric society. departing from the aesthetic, formal, and functional definitions austeja seeks to discover alternative design methods that will resist the logic of universality, functionality, and overall beauty dictated by large-scale industry

 

in her practice, the past, the present, and the future are connected thru natural materials. the artist is trying to read the past, understand the properties of each material, and make a conversation between herself and the material. she seeks to rethink the relationship between humans and nature, questioning today’s scientific information, and speculate the material futures. she raises the fundamental question about how creative practices can be focused on the social, cultural, and political realms that will only remain in the geological layers of the earth, and how we can raise the discussion about today's situation to create alternative and unpredictable future scenarios? she's trying to imagine the material flows and traces we will leave behind as a species while collaborating with basic elements of nature - time and biodegradation. her biodegradable objects could be considered as independent things, changing with time, and creating their own story while transforming into new hybrid materials and coming back into different layers of the earth, which in the future could become new forms of art. in that way, the artist contribute to the never-ending world transformation processes

 

austeja is available for freelance projects, collaborations, workshops, and internships in the field of material research and design


feel free to contact her with any questions you may have

 

EDUCATION

2018 - present | vilnius academy of arts | ph.d. of design

2016 - 2018 | vilnius academy of arts | master of design

2012 - 2016 | vilnius academy of arts | bachelor of design

2003 - 2011 | national m. k. ciurlionis school of art | design

 

EXPERIENCE

09 2020 - present | vilnius academy of arts | design lecturer

06 2019 - present | eko namai | materials and design researcher

04 2019 - 05 2019 | gengdan institute of beijing university of technology | visiting design lecturer

10 2017 - 01 2018 | vilnius academy of arts | design lecturer

08 2017 - 01 2018 | do architects | product designer

07 2015 - 08 2015 | do architects | design intern

 

RESIDENCIES

09 2020 - 10 2020 | montemero art residency, san juan de los terreros, almeria, spain

09 2018 - 12 2018 | softLab residency and scholarship program at sliperiet umeå university, umeå, sweden

 

PUBLIC SPEECHES

the XIVth discussion forum waste management 2017 

 

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