Cerebral Spinner is a highbrow amusement ride. The machine is a circular structure containing a spinning platform that can accommodate a group of people around its spinning centre. Under motion, the spinner is capable of ‘pinning’ thirty people to its circular wall due to the centripetal force. The modular wall consists of an array of curvilinear elements, shaped in such a way that, once at full speed, the riders’ bodies leave the floor, slide upwards and then suspend in midair. The spectacle is clearly visible from any angle as the walls are transparent. Such a venue could be used as a high g-force stage, a revolving a lecture theatre or a public kinetic square or portable lab for studying the effects of heightened gravity upon thinking, daydreaming and pleasure.
Julijonas Urbonas is an artist, designer, researcher, engineer, and associate professor of the Vilnius Academy of Arts. He also worked as VDA vice-rector for arts, and was the director of the Klaipėda amusement park.
Switching between critical design, amusement park engineering, performative architecture, choreography, kinetic art and science fiction, the artist has created a variety of critical projects that negotiate gravity, from pleasantly killing roller coasters to artificial planets made of human bodies. In his research, the artist coined the term gravitational aesthetics to describe the extreme experiences of the body and imagination caused by the manipulation of gravity. Urbonas has exhibited his works in Lithuania and abroad and received many awards, e. g. Prix Ars Electronica for excellence in interactive art. The artist’s works have been purchased by museums and private collectors.