As part of an ongoing 3 year commission with TBA21 in Cordoba, Spain. I collaborated with the Guadalquivir river to invite visitors of "Meandering", the current show at C3A, to be part of a guided drawing meditation in an area where the Guadalquivir once flooded the land with life and where is now full of trees as it slowly became more narrow over the years. "Focus on the singing fish, they once swam here" In this morning meditation session, Eduardo Navarro invites us to visualise a river moving between the fingers of land, as if it were a loop of contemplation beads, while softening our senses into becoming oceanic. Through participatory drawing, deep listening exercises, and a communal breakfast, Navarro proposes a journey inward to reflect on how rivers flow in and out of the ocean as well as through us, bringing awareness to the reciprocal interplay between river, land, and ocean.
A text written in collaboration with Philosopher Michael Marder who is focussed on plants as beings with their own subjectivity. Do you want to be a plant?
A series of drawings inspired by the writings of Ingo Niermann, these drawings were animated by Esther Hunziker. Wet god was a part of 'Countryside: The Future', Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, 2020. These drawings are also part of the book: SEA OF LOVE by Ingo Nierman, Stenberg Press 2020
Octo-Durga is a three-chapter animation that simultaneously imagines a primordial past and an alternative future. Taking the form of a sacred text on ethics, polity, and love, that could also be a proposal for a science-fiction universe, it questions the obsolete dualities of humanity and nature, of earth and mind, of technology and culture, to acknowledge the vast changes and disruptions that are taking place in the planet’s oceans. A cephalopod dancer character emerges from the depths of the oceans on one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa. Summoning a multimedia manifestation of an indigenous ancient-Indian goddess—one of the initiators of a parallel primary multiverse—Octo-Durga is “journey of unearthing multi-dimensional oceanic sensory and para-sensory conversations,” in the words of the artist. The octopus–goddess “speaks on behalf of the eternal oceanic bridges between worlds, hears, and brings humble almost edible visual–poetic–sonic gifts for her lovers.” Created together with Indian artists BaRiya (Riya Raagini and Pratyush Pushkar) Navarro’s animation invites us to dive into a state of mind that connects with an underwater world where tentacular and meditative visions speculate about new forms of living based on solidarity and communality. This work was commissioned by Stage TBA21
40 quarantine dreams
As part of the public program at my show at Gasworks I collaborated with the Royal College of art developing a video of the first drawings I did at the beginning of the pandemic. So remember the liquid ground is conceived as a programme of meditative and sensorial experiences across the digital, physical and spiritual realms. The immersive programme features newly commissioned live sound streaming, moving images and performances, contributed by: Soundcamp collective, Myriam Lefkowitz and Julie Laporte, Zoë Marden, Eduardo Navarro, Anna Nazo, Himali Singh Soin and Linda Stupart. Responding to and expanding from the forgotten social histories and ecologies of Vauxhall in London, the programme has been inspired by the secret and suppressed River Effra, which flows underneath the area. The river acts as a way to re-imagine, navigate, feel, and find ways in which we connect and synchronise with our surroundings.
The Cosmic Clown
I met The Cosmic Clown in the streets of New Delhi in 2018. This cosmic deity lives in Andromeda, 1.4 light years away from earth. The Cosmic Clown was invited to give a holographic talk at the Di Tella University, titled "What's the difference between and apple and the work of Eduardo Navarro?". The talk was a part of an international symposium called 'Inminencias. Arte frente a la crisis Ecológica y a la duplicación del mundo. Segundas Jornadas de arte & estética' directed by Graciela Speranza.