Navid Navab | navidnavab.net | is a media alchemist, multidisciplinary composer, audiovisual sculptor, phono-menologist, perSonifier, gestureBender, and interdisciplinary artist-researcher. Interested in the poetics of schizophonia, gesture, materiality, and embodiment, his work investigates the transmutation of matter and the enrichment of its inherent performative qualities. Making the imperceptible palpable, Navid uses gestures, rhythms and vibration from everyday life as basis for realtime compositions, resulting in augmented acoustical poetry and painterly light that enchants improvisational, and pedestrian movements.
His art works, which take on the form of gestural sound compositions, responsive architecture, site specific interventions, theatrical interactive installations, kinetic sound sculptures, and multimodal comprovisational performances, have been presented internationally at diverse venues such as Ars Electronica, Canadian Center for Architecture, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Shanghai eArts, MUMUTH Austria, HKW Berlin, McCord Museum, Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, International Digital Arts Biennial, Musiikin Aika Finland, Festival International Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques, and milanOltre Festival, Kiblix Slovenia, Western Front Vancouver, Timisoara Romania, CURRENTS New Media Festival Santa Fe, lectric Eclectics Festival Meaford, Pop Montreal, Monument-National TANGENTE, among others.
As an sonic improviser, Navid has collaborated with many great improvisers of our time including George Lewis, Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Malcolm Goldstein, Vinny Golia, Pierre Tanguay, Coat Cooke, Rainer Weins, Rohan de Saram, Mei Han, Lan Tung, Bozzini Quartet, Blue Rider Ensemble, Mike Svoboda, and Dhruba Ghosh, to name a few.
As a researcher, Navid has been leading interdisciplinary experiments for the past several years, conceiving deeply expressive intermedia instruments and synthesizing his research at IRCAM Paris, CRIMMT McGill Montreal, CNMAT Berkeley, CAMP TUM Munich, Milieux/Hexagram Concordia Montreal, and CIID Copenhagen. Navid currently directs the Topological Media Lab (TML), where he leverages phenomenological studies, fused with a multitude of disciplines and practices, to inform the creation of computationally-augmented performance environments. TML projects serve as investigations in the construction of fresh modes of cultural knowledge and the critical studies of media arts and techno-science, bringing together practices of speculative inquiry, scientific investigation and artistic research-creation practices.