austeja platukyte is a materials researcher and product designer as well as ph.d. student of art and design at vilnius academy of arts. her creative solutions are systematically linked to the theme of material design 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 designer seeks to highlight the relevance of the creative process, gain real experience in the development of new materials and adapting them to 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, changing 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 designer strives to create materials and non-finite objects for the viewer's interpretation and the future transformation processes while rethinking the relationship between humans, nature, and materials. philosophically she is interested in 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 new hybrid materials, which one day will probably become into new art forms. 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 product 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 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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