The New Internet Commons
An ongoing series of events which aims to understand the state of the world wide web today in contrast with the early unravelings of its utopian vision.
Alexandria PDF Library
A repository for digital files uploaded by and available to NAVEL's visitors via the wifi at our physical site
An intimate and informal monthly gathering where members of the NAVEL community come together to present on current research topics.
A platform to discuss the organization of living beings in physical space — past, present, and possible futures.
Right Wing (Media) Spaces
Dec 6 2019
An evening of comparative spatial and political investigation organized by philosopher Armen Avanessian
The Spectacular Society
Nov 22-23 at 8PM
Contemporary dance re/presenting Japanese American internment and its present-day repetition.
Queer Maps Launch
Fri, Nov 15 at 8PM
A new digital tool documenting LGBTQ spaces in Los Angeles since the 1800s by Spotlight founder Chris Cruse.
Nov 7-11 2019
Demystifying genomics to inform identity in the age of the quantified self.
Race, Genetics, and the 0.1%
Nov 7-11 2019
Dr. Terence Keel and Dr. Aaron Panofsky speak to contemporary issues surrounding the implications of genetic difference.
Collective Skillshares: Embodiment Workshop with Hayden Dunham
Oct 25 2019
A meditation and conceptual tool kit for returning to your body.
Oct 24 2019
Presenters include Anna Zett, Liesel Burisch, Huntress Janos and Selwa Sweidan.
Goethe-Institut presents Worlds of Homelessness
Oct 23 2019
How can artists engage with homelessness in meaningful ways?
PRACTICING ABOLITION: THOUGHTS = CONVERSATIONS = KNOWLEDGE
Oct 13 2019
A Discussion, Performance and Exhibition that aim to nurture and aid abolitionist creative practices
Sunday, Sep 29 at 7:30PM
Healing the wounds of war through the unifying power of food
Friday, Sep 27 at 9PM
The BUBBLES crew brings FATHERHOOD & SCRAAATCH for a rager in support of NAVEL's 2019-2020 programming.
The Zapatista Wi-Fi Rebellion
Sep 20, 22-23
Short-circuiting techno-imperialism with Zapatismo.
Glitching the System
Sept 20, 22 & 23
An exhibition organized by gloria galvez as part of The Zapatista Wi-Fi Rebellion program.
Beyond the Net of Struggles: A workshop on digital organizing with Color Coded
Sep 22 2019
Exploring social movement technology in the age of surveillance capitalism and big tech.
The Zapatista Wi-Fi Rebellion: Fran Ilich and Daniela Lieja Quintanar
Sep 22 2019
A Zapatista framework for artistic practices, curatorial work, experimental economies and utopian experiments in social organizations.
The Sixth Sun: Mayan Uprising in Chiapas
Sep 20 2019
A screening about the Zapatistas followed by a skype with Skawennati of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace.
Friday, Sep 13 from 10PM - late
Experience a one-night only glimpse into this unbuilt queer club designed by Alison Veit & Noemi Polo.
سفره دايمه Sofra Daymeh
Saturday, Sep 7 at 7PM
Decolonizing food around the سفره sofra.
Tuesday, Sep 3 from 7-10PM
Come learn about the proposed ASSEMBLIES for Q2
Sisters With Invoices - 1 Year Anniversary
Friday, Aug 30 at 7PM
Celebrate SWI with a decolonized community appreciation dinner and cocktail mixer.
Aug 26 2019
Presenters include Lester Garcia, Natasha Newman-Thomas, Puppies Puppies-Jade Kuriki Olivo and Andre Herrero.
Tiny Tech Zines
Aug 11 2019
Using zines, art and workshops to foster a more just tech sector.
Jul 24 2019
NAVEL presents Colin Self with Davia Spain, & Xina Xurner
TWAH (=These Worlds Are Here)
July 4-7 2019
A writing workshop approached as a fictional queer world-making practice.
Children of the Singularity: Screening
Jun 26 2019
A docu sci-fi intervention in the myth of progress
Children of the Singularity: Workshop
Jun 23 2019
Aspiring to longevity through intergenerational course correction: A workshop based on the docu sci-fi series Children of the Singularity
Jun 21 2019
Celebrating our anniversary as a collectively-driven cultural space
A Right to Defiance
Jun 15 2019
punk is queer. punk is femme. punk is Black. punk is Brown. punk is boundless.
A Place in Time
Jun 6 2019
A confession and love letter to the queer Asian community.
ASSEMBLIES Q1 Public Presentations
Jun 3 2019
Join us for an evening of presentations by the ASSEMBLIES from Q1.
NO CRUISING: Ghosted
May 16-18 2019
Acquaint yourself with Los Angeles’s most intimate crevices.
Thursday, May 16 – Saturday, May 18
Resisting the carceral state, one donut at a time.
NO CRUISING: Cruising DTLA
May 18 2019
Tour downtown’s queer haunts with Irina Contreras.
NO CRUISING: The Happy Organ
May 18 2019
Because revelry is instrumental.
NO CRUISING: Queer Yoga
May 18 2019
Explore multiplicities of gender within your energetic body.
NO CRUISING: Bodies in Play
May 17 2019
Engage your body with a blend of holistic movement approaches.
NO CRUISING: Pride, Prisons and the Police State
May 17 2019
A dynamic conversation on the state’s oppression of queer bodies.
NO CRUISING: Alternatives to Policing
May 16 2019
Strategize towards a world without punitive systems.
NO CRUISING: Pistil
May 16 2019
A new experimental work by Sebastian Hernandez.
BUILT-IN Chapter 4: Land for Artists
Apr 25 2019
A think tank on long-term solutions for living and working in LA.
One Another: Identity, Difference + Conflict
Apr 17 2019
A ten-act interactive presentation on key themes in our upcoming program, One Another.
Apr 15 2019
Presenters include Peter Kalisch, Iris Fraser-Gudrunas, Kalyane Lévy and Blaine O’Neill.
Mar 27 – Apr 14 2019
A set of design koans for our technological zeitgeist.
LA Artists: What Do We Know About Ourselves?
Apr 10 2019
An open forum assessing the needs of LA's art community.
Mar 27 2019
Sound healing and calm technology from Portland-based artists Clamber and Crystal Quartez.
In the Last Resort
Mar 23 2019
A multidisciplinary performance exploring the expansive (and precarious) autonomy of lived resistance.
NTS Presents: BEA1991 & Special Guests
Mar 21 2019
BEA1991, Liam Benzvi, Caroline Polachek (DJ set), Imogene Strauss (DJ set)
Refest Los Angeles 2019: Salon
Mar 15 2019
Exploring innovative strategies in participatory performance that catalyze social change.
Mar 11 2019
Presenters include Xavier Cha, David Chun, Mandy Harris Williams, Luis Ortega Govela, and Julie Weitz.
Performative Computation Symposium
Mar 10 2019
Interdisciplinary conversations on improvisation, AI and creative computation.
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
Mar 7 2019
A book talk with author and activist Andrea Ritchie and Los Angeles organizers on abolition and resistance.
Mar 6 2019
A movement meditation and vocal sound bath.
Feb 3-25 2019
An ongoing, decentralized eco-performance interfacing art and blockchain technology to fund environmental projects.
2:22 reflections Release Party
Feb 22 2019
Celebrate the release of NYALLAH’s debut EP, reflections.
Feb 21 2019
Luka Isaac teams up with office magazine to present Crave (live), J Cush, Abyss X, Napolian, Anthem, & Hirakish (live).
Feb 2 2019
Mindless, repetitive labor and the pursuit of social media stardom (on repeat).
Movement Practice Residency: Site Specific Strategies
Oct 20 - Jan 27
A series of research and practice sessions for movement artists and creators, focusing on the development of site-specific performance work.
Jan 26 2019, Doors 7:30PM, Performances 8PM
Curated by Carmina Escobar, Fy, and Tom Leeser, join us for a listening party and an evening of performances where artists present their interpretations of the word scream.
The New Internet Commons: READER on Black Twitter - effects of web 2.0 on blackness
Jan 17 2019
Cassandra Press tackles the underanalyzed intersection of blackness, online community & identity, and the inherent racism of app culture.
Melodies are so far my best friend
Dec 20 2018
A performative encounter between PRICE, music producer Cecile Believe, fashion label BARRAGÁN, and pianist Chris McKelway.
Year End Dish
Dec 15 2018
A brunch organized by Hard to Read’s Fiona Duncan and scholar Sara Constantino around the role of gossip.
The New Internet Commons: Queercore, Cyberpunk and Networked Communities
Dec 6 2018
A one-night event focused on the past, present and future of queer communities online.
Nov 29-30 2018
Jermaine Spivey & Spenser Theberge premiere a new work in collaboration with filmmaker John de Menil.
AuMAR Residency: Nocturnal Cyclones
Nov 18 2018
NAVEL’s first week long residency culminates in artist duo AuMAR’s Los Angeles debut of Nocturnal Cyclones.
Amiri Baraka's Revolutionary Theater: Dutchman
Nov 17 2018
Our production of Amiri Baraka's Dutchman will be staged as a read-through with jazz and sound archival accompaniment, exploring this work as a collectively improvised ensemble situated in and expanded by the tradition of the music Amiri loved the most.
Amiri Baraka's Revolutionary Theater
Oct 18 & Nov 17 2018
A celebration of poet and playright Amiri Baraka's approach to theatre and performance, which he saw as both an essential elements of everyday life in healthy communities, and tools for the building and sustaining of revolutionary consciousness within the diaspora.
Alexandria PDF Library: First Meeting
Nov 7 2018
Join artist and Cassandra Press founder Kandis Williams for an evening of file upload frenzy and contribute to the Alexandria PDF Library.
Oct 26 2018
Nothing Human Loves Forever
Amiri Baraka's Revolutionary Theater: The New-Ark
Oct 18 2018
Amiri Baraka's Revolutionary Theater begins with a screening of The New-Ark (1968), a recently rediscovered film he made in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, after narrowly surviving the 1964 Rebellion.
Oct 12 2018
America's Procession is the directorial debut of artist Elliot Reed. The piece will lead the audience through an experimental aria that invokes Reed's great-grandmother America Bell Miller, who died suddenly of a heart attack while singing in church.
X-TRA Forum #3: Something About Feet, A life conversation between Simone Forti & Dorit Cypis
Oct 10 2018
In 2004, X-TRA printed a conversation between Dorit and Simone, titled Between the Conceptual and the Vibrational. This event brings the two back together to share another part of their ongoing conversation.
Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival
Aug 26 & 30 2018, 8PM
The LA premiere of Fabrizio Terranova's documentary, followed by a Q&A with Donna Haraway.
Aug 26-30 2018
A group exhibition by the NAVEL Collective exploring the ethics and meanings of kinship.
Making Kin: An Evening of Readings
Aug 29 2018
Readings exploring disability, illness, culture, and community, organized by Emily Barker.
Making Kin: A Collective Meal Construction
Aug 27 2018
A dinner exploreing connectivity and kinship through the act of constructing a meal collectively.
One Very Important Presence
Aug 5-24 2018
A collection of ASMR videos curated by Dakota Higgins.
Casey Jane Ellison Presents: Standup
Aug 23 2018
Casey Jane Ellison brings comedy back to NAVEL with support from Chelsea Devantez, Heather Jewett, Langston Kerman, Brendan Scannell, and more.
Introducing Holochain: Distributed Computing & Eco-Activism
Aug 7 2018
A non-technical introduction to a blockchain alternative rooted in the observation of natural systems.
BUILT-IN, Chapter 3: Flying Monks Temple
Jul 26 2018
NAVEL presents the screening of Flying Monks Temple by Žanete Skarule, a creative documentary centered around the conception of The Shaolin Flying Monks Theatre located in the sacred Songshan mountain in the Henan province of China.
X-TRA Forum #2: Patrick Staff presents CLEAN NEEDLES NOW & NOW
Jul 18 2018
An evening-length performance-screening based on Dont Rhine’s essay Below The Skin: Aids Activism and the Art of Clean Needles Now.
Outfest Platinum Alchemy Party
Jul 14 2018
Curated by Tiffany Naiman and Dorian Electra
The Future Left Reading Group: Xenofeminism
Jul 1 2018
The Future Left presents a discussion facilitated by two artists Olivia Leiter and CADE, author of the Xenomaskuline Manifesto.
AS IF! v.1
Jun 24 2018
A Day Party with DJs, performances and installations.
Cinematheque Hansen with Frances McDormand + Screening of Olive Kitteridge
Jun 17 2018
An evening with Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning actress Frances McDormand.
Hard to Read presents Shauna Barbosa, Elaine Kahn, & Sarah LaBrie
Jun 17 2018
An evening of readings.
Queer Biennial III: What if Utopia?
June 1-16 2018
An international survey focusing on current moments in LGBTQ art and culture that showcases emerging, mid-career, and established artists.
Queer Biennial 2018: New Works by Jerome AB & Spenser Theberge
Jun 15 2018
Masculine Ken on Psychological Defense Mechanisms by Jerome AB & FLOWN by Spenser Theberge
Queer Biennial 2018: The Boy with the Gun to His Head
Jun 14 2018
Justin Sayre narrates the story of a relationship with a troubled young man with a pension for self-destructive behaviour.
Cinematheque Hansen presents Funny Games with Karen Gillan & Mali Elfman
Jun 10 2018
A women-centric, donation-based screening and discussion series.
Queer Biennial 2018: Juanita More's Naked Dinner Party
Jun 8 2018
Juanita More! hosts one of her legendary Naked Dinner Parties with the Queer Biennial and Mark Tennyson.
Queer Biennial 2018: Babytalk L.A. - A Pop-Up Store by Talk Hole
Jun 2 2018
A retail-cum-performance space blurring the division between retail and art.
Queer Biennial 2018: Pre-Reception Cocktail Hour with John Waters
Jun 1 2018
A private book signing and cocktail hour with John Waters.
May 5-28 2018
Dog Dream by Nina Sarnelle is an ongoing investigation of world events, and especially the hyper-masculine posturing of neo-fascist leaders, through the lens of canine psychology.
May 25 2018
Our relaunch as a collective with SOPHIE, Muñeka, Buckmonster, Loren Kramar and more
Justin Sayre's gAy-B-C's: A Brief History of Queer Culture
May 24 2018
A show that moves methodically through the rich legacy of Gay and Queer Culture, touching on everything from Auntie Mame to Zebra Print.
A Bedroom for Strangers: Pillow Talk with Caroline Newton
May 16-20 2018
A dreamlike bedroom installation designed to offer a safe, welcoming space for pillow talk.
LIVE in LA: Abdu Ali, FU Pay Us, & Bae Bae
May 10 2018
NAVEL presents FUPU, Abdu Ali, & Bae Bae LIVE, hosted by drumBOOTY.
FLOAT LAND Arcade and VRLA Afterparty
May 4 2018
An evening of music and virtual reality installations.
MAPS: Movement Arts Performance Space
May 4 2018
Featuring new choreographic works by Samantha Blake Goodman.
Chorégraphies et Cinéma
Apr 27 2018
Screening of Jean Genet's Un chant d'amour accompanied by dance performances and dj set.
Sweet Nell Theatre Collective: FLOWERS
Apr 26 2018
A monthly showcase of new writings and experiments in Theatre-making, headed by writer and performer Justin Sayre.
BUILT-IN, Chapter 2
Apr 25 2018
This second chapter brings together works that examine the metaphysical implications of highly organized and codified architecture, from the mundane materiality of a home to the pragmatic utopianism of Biosphere 2.
BUILT-IN, Chapter 1
Apr 19 2018
The inaugural program celebrates artists bringing new perspectives to “real life” applications such as infrastructure, building, land use, and environmental stewardship.
we make space and space makes us
Apr 5 2018
A pop-up show and conversation for spatial consciousness.
dublab 2018 Creative Cultivation Salon
Mar 31 2018
Join DUBLAB for a vibrant evening of live music, DJ sets, visual and sound art activations for the annual Creative Cultivation Salon.
Queer Comedy Night: When Popportunity Knocks v.3
Mar 27 2018
A night of queer comedy hosted by Nia DeBose
Aural Oral v.2
Mar 25 2018
Inspired by the agriculture of ancient Japan, this dinner by artist Grace Denis pairs the auditory archive of its assembly with its consumption.
Hard to Read: Lovelace in Los Angeles
Mar 16 2018
Hard to Read and Navel present Lovelace, celebrating the past, present, and future of women and the Internet, in conjunction with the release of Claire L. Evans' new book, Broad Band: The Untold Story Of The Women Who Made The Internet.
Queer Comedy Night: When Popportunity Knocks v.2
Feb 27 2018
A night of queer comedy hosted by Michael Holt
Feb 12 2018
A performance by Kandis Williams where movement and score create euphoric experiences of dissociation while conjuring the ceremoniousness that befits the ancient myth of Eurydice.
Queer Comedy Night: When Popportunity Knocks v.1
Jan 30 2018
A night of comedy and storytelling hosted by Michael Holt
Oct - Dec 2017
In an idealized futuristic place, shared by a human and a sex robot, a ritualistic bath leads to an infinite loop of pleasure and regeneration.
Viral Illumination 001
Dec 13 2017
A new event concept created to celebrate poz artists and allies working at the intersection of art, culture and activism to build a world that works towards abolishing HIV stigma and builds opportunities for people to learn, empower one another and cultivate joy.
Resident Advisor LAX: RA Exchange
Dec 2 2017
With The Black Madonna, K-HAND and William Basinski
Rather This, Then
Nov 29-30 2017, 8PM
A new work by Jermaine Spivey and Spenser Theberge
Nov 28 2017
A screening of six films inspired by the North American anti-racism movement and the Palestinian/Arab anti-occupation movement.
Nov 19-26 2017
An exhibition of new work by Symrin Chawla and David Ertel.
Between Nothingness and Infinity
November 4-17 2017
Comprising exclusively female identified artists of color, this exhibition presents work that addresses structurally intersectional forms of discrimination.
Panel Night: State of Token Economy + Presentation by FOAM
Oct 25 2017
A panel exploring utility tokens & state of the token economy.
Akasa Community Outreach Benefit
Sep 2 2017
Back to School Benefit To Support Akasa Community Outreach with a special performance by RyX.
Evolutionary Urge 24h Sculpture (Digital / Virtual)
Aug 17 2017
Evolutionary Urge 24h Sculpture (Digital / Virtual) brings together artists that work in the field of digital, virtual and immaterial phenomena of sculpture.
Aug 17 2017
27 artists respond to the 2017 North American total solar eclipse with a panel discussion with reserachers from NASA JPL.
July 16-21 2017
An urban creative lab and an immersion in 21st century survival skills for the youth.
TEMPT FEST - QUEEROTIC FILM FESTIVAL
Jul 16 2017
Presenting personal and experimental erotic films that move against normative understandings of what is considered sexy.