ASSEMBLIES is a platform for collaborative research, discussion and creation. With ASSEMBLIES, NAVEL invests in forms of learning that are open, cooperative, challenging and initiated by members of the community.

An ASSEMBLY is a community-led learning group that forms around a theme, practice, project or experiment. For a period of three months, NAVEL provides each Assembly with space, group facilitation training, support and resources—including access to our equipment, peer network, and micro-grant funding.

At the end of the quarter, each ASSEMBLY is asked to present about their experience and/or project. Projects can take whatever format feels most appropriate, be it a presentation, performance, publication, field trip, object, website, physical structure, etc…

What NAVEL provides each ASSEMBLY

For the three month period of the ASSEMBLY, NAVEL provides:

  • Space
  • Technical Equipment
  • Group Facilitation Training for group leaders
  • Micro-grants
  • Structural and methodology guidance
  • Community
  • Network (connecting the groups with relevant guests)
  • Documentation / Archiving

Space: Each group will receive two blocks of 3 hours each month during the quarter. Meetings must take place Sunday through Wednesday (alternate days and additional time can be requested) in the backspace or main space at NAVEL. Please note that some flexibility in meeting time or place may be required. We will do our absolute best to accommodate all space requests.

Micro-grants: Participants make a sliding scale donation from which %10 of the funds go towards group facilitation training for the ASSEMBLIES leaders and the administrative costs for the program. The rest of the funds will be distributed evenly amongst the groups, who collectively decide how to use it or may choose to give it to another group.

Documentation: NAVEL publishes the ASSEMBLIES’ collective research on its channel and make the recording of the final presentations available to the community (if the group permits it)

Participate in an ASSEMBLY

Register to participate in one of the six chosen ASSEMBLIES for this quarter. Learn more about here.

Participation in ASSEMBLIES asks for a $25-75 suggested donation* which is distributed equally amongst the groups to be used for materials, research, field trips, etc. 10% of the funds are used for administrative costs and for group facilitation training for group leaders.

*No one turned away for lack of funds. If you’d like to participate in an ASSEMBLY but funds are tight, reach out to

Propose an ASSEMBLY

The deadline to propose an ASSEMBLY for this quarter has now passed. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date about the next round of ASSEMBLIES.

Each quarter, members of the community are invited to present at a quarterly meeting about an ASSEMBLY they would like to propose and lead.

Make sure you review the presentation guidelines and the ASSEMBLY leaders’ responsibilities carefully before proposing an ASSEMBLY.

All are welcomed regardless of background, experience, or expertise, as long as you have the desire to dive into a topic of interest and commit to it for a period of 3 months!

Note that this is a very demanding endeavour and as a group leader, you will be responsible for facilitating the regular group meetings. NAVEL will be offering group faciliation training for the group leaders.

There are no disqualifying factors or topics unless the values promoted by the groups are in total misalignment with NAVEL’s. For example, we will not support any groups promoting any kind of violence, racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, misogyny, misandry, patriarchy, etc.

If more groups than NAVEL can accommodate are proposed, the final ASSEMBLIES for the quarter will be selected through a vote by the previous ASSEMBLIES leaders, the people proposing new groups, as well as the staff, board and Collective Residents of NAVEL. The groups who cannot participate in this Quarter can of course reapply at the following Quarterly meeting.

Presentation Guidelines for Proposing an ASSEMBLY

At the Quarterly Meeting people with proposals will have five minutes to present. Can you make your presentation into a song? Can you lead everyone in an activity? Can you read a group manifesto? Can you print flyers? Can you promote your ASSEMBLY with animated gifs? Yes, yes, yes and yes, as long as you feel like it is a clear, persuasive description of your proposal, and you do it in under 5 minutes!

Please be sure to answer the following questions at some point during your proposal:

  • Who are you?
  • What topic, skill, or area of research are you interested in? Why is it important?
  • What is the purpose of your ASSEMBLY? Does it revolve around a particular project or activity? Does it have a goal or desirable outcome?
  • What methodology or format are you suggesting?
  • What is the ideal size for your group?
  • How frequently would you like to meet? When? Where (if not at NAVEL)?

Responsibilities of ASSEMBLY Leaders

For the three month period of the ASSEMBLY, leaders commit to:

  • Attending the group facilitation training
  • Managing communication with the group and with NAVEL team
  • Outlining a schedule for group meetings and coordinating to book space at NAVEL
  • Organizing all group meetings
  • Developing and spearheading the methodology and process for the ASSEMBLY, in collaboration with the rest of the group
  • Motivating the group to complete the quarter and prepare a final presentation of your findings
  • Making sure the space is tidy following group meetings and that group members follow NAVEL’s Code of Conduct

ASSEMBLIES Schedule for 2019-2020

Quarter 3
Open Call Deadline: Feb 5, 2020 by 11:59PM
Quarterly Meeting: February 10, 2020 from 7-10PM
Final Groups Announcement: March 1, 2020
Online Sign-up: March 1-March 29, 2020

Third Quarter dates: March 15-June 15, 2020
ASSEMBLIES Q3 public final presentation: June 22, 2020 from 7-10PM

Quarter 2
Quarterly Meeting: Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019 from 7-10PM
Second Quarter dates: Sep 2019 - Jan 2020
ASSEMBLIES Q2 public final presentation: Feb 3, 2020 from 7-10PM

Quarter 1
Quarterly Meeting: Monday, Feb 25, 2019 from 7-10PM
First Quarter dates: March—May 2019 ASSEMBLIES Q1 public final presentation: June 3, 2019 from 7-10PM

ASSEMBLIES Q3 (Spring 2020)

Learn more about them here

Building a Radicalized Dead Drop Network
Organized by Renée Reizman

Feature Extraction: The Aesthetics and Politics of Algorithms   Organized by Blaine O’Neill and Ulysses Pascal

Queering Death
Organized by Ari Simon(-ofsky)

Workshopping Work Beyond Capitalism
Organized by Colombene Gorton and Emaline Friedman

Exploring Sleep and Dreams as a Collective Resource
Organized by Sara Suárez

Digital Matterealities
Organized by Alice Yuan Zhang

ASSEMBLIES Q2 (Fall 2019)

Building a Radicalized Dead Drop Network
Organized by Renée Reizman
Core members include: Renée Reizman, Sam Greenspan, Joseph Thomas and Mieke McGowan.
Link to the group’s collective research

Creating a Sustainable Artist Handbook
Organized by Sara Drake & Maru Garcia
Core members include: Sara Drake, Maru Garcia, Corey Cavagnolo and Gottfried Haider.
Link to the group’s collective research

Decolonizing Augmented Reality
Organized by Jessy Escobedo & Selwa Sweidan

Deep Adaptation for Artists
Organized by R. Kauff & Jen P. Harris
Core members include: R. Kauff, Jen P.Harris, Aaron Thompson, Alex Espinosa, Haley Hopkins, Kenny Zhao, Meriwether Clarke, Sarita Zaleha, Shanhuan Manton and Soffi Stiassni.
Link to the group’s collective research
Link to zine

Food, Gift-giving, and Diaspora
Organized by Hannah Kim Varamini
Core Members: Hannah Kim Varamini, BRD (Bridget Rosalia Driessen), Beth Fiedorek and Jinseok Choi.
Link to the group’s collective research

The Future of Labor
Organized by Colombene Gorton
Core members: Colombene Gorton, Cedric Tai, Emaline Friedman and Adam Cohen.
Link to the group’s collective research

Science in the Media
Organized by Yewande Pearse & Clare Reynell
Core Members: Yewande Pearse, Clare Reynell, Russell Quinn, Dana Nordenstrom and Max Rippon.
Link to the group’s collective research

Organized by Nina Sarnelle
Core members include: Nina Sarnelle, Kevin Ramser, Devon Knight, Hanah Davenport, Haley Hopkins, Soffi Stiassni and Tatiana Vahan. Guest Facilitators included: lucky dragons, Brian Getnick, Dorothy Dubrule, Julia Crockett and Spenser Theberge. Link to the group’s collective research

Learn more about each ASSEMBLY here.

Assemblies Q1 (Spring 2019)

Practicing Collectivity and Reclaiming the Commons. Led by NAVEL
Link to the group’s collective research

Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory
Led by Brandon Avery Joyce & Stefan Siegel
Link to the group’s collective research

Black Ethics in Rap
Led by Sarah Pitan

(em)POWERing the rEVOLUTION: DIY Solar Power Technology
Led by #SNATCHPOWER (Uhuru Moore and Jordi Phillips)

Faction 3 of The Revolution: Redistribute Wealth
Led by Jennifer Moon
Link to the group’s collective research

Human Connection and Sustainability
Led by Emma Sutton
Link to the group’s collective research
Link to digital zine

Internet Self-Defense
Led by Juli Odomo
Link to the group’s collective research

Los Angeles Artist Census
Led by Tatiana Vahan
Link to the group’s collective research

New LA Futures: Reenvisioning the Structure of the LA Government
Led by Matthew Donovan, Paige Emery, Francecso Canas, Olive Kimoto, & others
Link to the group’s collective research

Poetry and Experimental Writing Circle
Led by Sophia Aira & Blue Soo Hoo

Link to the group’s collective research