austeja platukyte is an artist and ph.d. student of design in vilnius academy of arts. she focuses on material research, and her creative solutions are systematically linked to the theme of organic materials and her research lined with the 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, while creating contemporary art and design objects. austeja combines experimental research with the imagination and interpretation of existing knowledge while working on interdisciplinary projects. austeja platukyte explores the fundamental ecological problems, emphasizing cultural-philosophical movement, awareness-raising, questioning the values of the society in the context of consumption. departing from the aesthetic, formal, and functional definitions a.platukyte seeks to discover alternative design methods that will resist the logic of universality, functionality, and overall beauty dictated by large-scale industry. the artist strives to create materials and non-finite objects for the viewer's interpretation and the future transformation process. by doing so, she seeks to rethink the relationship between humans and nature, questioning today’s scientific information and speculating future material possibilities. often, she raises the 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 use natural materials to create alternative and unpredictable future scenarios. in her research, she also focuses on the material flows and traces we will leave behind as a species and designing biodegradable art objects which could be considered as independent things, creating their own story - collaborating with natural environmental processes and transforming into hybrid materials, which in future could become into 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

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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