Based in Los Angeles, NAVEL is a test site for community-driven projects, critical equitable practices, transdisciplinary collaborative learning and kinship.
Through a range of events, performances, exhibitions, screenings, talks, and working groups, NAVEL creates a space where individuals come together to share the knowledge, skills, and volition necessary to find novel ways to organize, distribute resources, impact and bridge communities.
August 5-24, by appointment only
One Very Important Presence
An installation by artist Dakota Higgins in The Meeting Room at Navel, designed for the experience of a mix of popular and obscure ASMR videos carefully selected from his collection. The exhibition positions “ASMRtists” as relevant and ingenuous artists in their own right, producers of content that is at once rife with artistry, cultural relevance, and political implications. The project brings attention to themes that appear conceptually significant to current "ASMRtistic" practices, positioning them in relation to contemporary and historical artistic practices and discourses.
August 26 and 30, door at 7:30 pm, Screening at 8:00 pm
LA premiere of Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival by Fabrizio Terranova
The film features Haraway in a playful and engaging exploration of her life, influences, and ideas. The film is structured around a series of discussions held in the California home she helped build by hand, on subjects including capitalism and the anthropocene (a term she "uses but finds troubling"), science fiction writing as philosophical text, unconventional marital and sexual partnerships, the role of Catholicism in her upbringing, humans and dogs, the suppression of women’s writing, the surprisingly fascinating history of orthodontic aesthetics, and the need for new post-colonial and post-patriarchal narratives.
The documentary will be screened on Sunday, August 26 to open NAVEL's Making Kin exhibition, with an encore screening on Thursday, August 30, which will be followed by a Q&A with Donna Haraway.
In her book Staying with the Trouble, Donna Haraway presents a liquid worldview in which all actors, human and non-human, are equal and move in and out of each other in correlating influences. Taking this proposition as starting point, the newly-formed NAVEL Collective, a group of artists, scientists, designers, writers, coders, and community organizers, explores the ethics and meanings, forms and possibilities of kinship.