Navid Navab is a Montreal based media alchemist, composer/improvisor, audiovisual sculptor, gesture bender, and multidisciplinary artist. Interested in the poetics of gesture, materiality, and embodiment, his work investigates the transmutation of matter and the enrichment of its inherent performative qualities. Navid uses gestures, rhythms and vibration from everyday life as basis for realtime compositions, resulting in augmented acousticalpoetry and painterly light that enchants improvisational and pedestrian movements.
His pieces, which take on the form of gestural compositions, responsive architecture, theatrical interactive installations, site-specific interventions, and multimodal improv-based performances, have been presented internationally at diverse festivals and venues including McCord Museum, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Musiikin Aika Finland, Canadian Center for Architecture, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Shanghai eArts, MUMUTH Austria, Roulette New York, Western Front Vancouver, Timisoara Romania, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, International Digital Arts Biennial, CURRENTS New Media Festival Santa Fe, dance: made in canada/fait au canada' festival (d:mic/fac), Festival international Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques, Galleri Monopoli ChampLibre Montreal, CINARS Biennale, Electric Eclectics Festival Meaford, Pop Montreal, Monument-National TANGENTE, and CCRMA Palo Alto among others.
Navid has collaborated with many great improvisers and artists of our time including George Lewis, Jean Derome, Constantinople Ensemble, Lori Freedman, Malcolm Goldstein, Vinny Golia, Pierre Tanguay, Coat Cooke, Rainer Weins, Rohan de Saram, Mei Han, Lan Tung, Bozzini Quartet, Blue Rider Ensemble, Zata Omm Dance Project, Mike Svoboda, Dhruba Ghosh.
Navid has been working for the past several years creating deeply expressive intermedia instruments synthesizing cutting edge research at IRCAM, CRIMMT, CNMAT, CIID, Topological Media Lab and Matralab, while using phenomenological studies to inform the creation of computationallyaugmented performance environments.