NAVEL Located in Downtown Los Angeles, NAVEL is a test site for collectivity and kinship where people from a range of backgrounds and skillsets feel welcomed and supported to imagine a more just, creative, and collaborative world.
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Join NAVEL Collective Resident @Bapari, and artists @earthtoJordi, @Alima_Lee, and Autumn Randolph for an exquisite musi...
02/13/2020

Join NAVEL Collective Resident @Bapari, and artists @earthtoJordi, @Alima_Lee, and Autumn Randolph for an exquisite musical performance by @DaviaSpain celebrating the release of her latest musical project, Dawning ✨⠀

8-9PM: DJ set by Bapari⠀
9PM: Performance by Jordi⠀
10PM: Performance by Davia Spain with Autumn Randolph⠀
11PM-Midnight: DJ set by Alima Lee⠀

Wednesday, Feb 19 at 9PM⠀
Doors at 8PM⠀
$8-15 sliding scale ⠀
Link in bio🔗

💞ASSEMBLIES Q3: Quarterly Meeting💞Monday, February 10 from 7-10PMFREEInterested in participating in an ASSEMBLY?This upc...
02/08/2020

💞ASSEMBLIES Q3: Quarterly Meeting💞

Monday, February 10 from 7-10PM
FREE

Interested in participating in an ASSEMBLY?

This upcoming Monday is your opportunity to learn about the proposed ASSEMBLIES for the third quarter of the program. Each group leader will have 5 minutes to present a clear, persuasive description of an idea for an ASSEMBLY they would like to lead this spring. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

You can learn more about the proposed groups on our website. Videos of the presentations will be posted following the meeting on our Vimeo channel.

💗Proposed ASSEMBLIES💗

Art History for Artists (and Everyone Else)
Organized by Daniel Spaulding

Building a Radicalized Dead Drop Network (Extension)
Organized by Renée Reizman

To Queer Death
Organized by Ari Simon-ofsky

Theorizations of Power
Organized by Brandon A Joyce

Reenchanting Healing
Organized by Laura Paul

Workshopping Work Beyond Capitalism
Organized by Emaline Friedman & Colombene Gorton

New Matterealities
Organized by Alice Yuan Zhang

unstacking the web ep 1: the meme
Organized by davíd padrón

Collective Selve[s]-Actualization through Collaborative Movement, Play-making and Alternative Archive
Organized by Chelsea Zeffiro

Pietra: an active introduction on how to change the world through art.
Organized by Jordan Service and Shira Service

PROJECT LAYLA
Organized by Adriana Widdoes & Emma Kemp (Which Witch)

Feature Extraction
Organized by Ulysses Pascal and Blaine O'Neill

Creativity Clinic - Tapping into your subconscious mind
Organized by Marina Kurikhina

Exploring sleep and dreams as a collective resource
Organized by Sara Suárez

With as many distractions as possible: how to make the most of our cooperative visions
Organized by Irina Contreras

Identity Activism
Organized by Sophie Hardeman

Los Angeles Archipelago: Exercises in Psychogeographies & Communication Infrastructures in the Urban Jungle - Ver 0.2 (Deciphered or whatever)
Organized by Mieke McGowies

Art Making, Community Building
Organized by Taegen Meyer

Help me take this seriously!!
Organized by Claudia Grigg Edo

Collective Skillshares: MovementSunday, February 9 from 12-1:30PM$10 suggested donation | Free for NAVEL MembersThis wor...
02/08/2020

Collective Skillshares: Movement

Sunday, February 9 from 12-1:30PM
$10 suggested donation | Free for NAVEL Members

This workshop, guided by Collective Resident Anise Hines, is an exploration of practices to soften and relax into creativity. Pushing against the embodied culture of endlessly protecting and warding off, this workshop invites all involved to practice trust and intimacy through moving. During this time we will engage in activities and elements of dance to connect deeper to the inner flow that connects us all.

No DANCE experience is required.

Please be punctual as the workshop will start promptly at 12PM. There is limited capacity for this workshop, so please RSVP/purchase a ticket before.

Image by Jose Pagan

ASSEMBLIES Q3: OPEN CALL⁠⠀Deadline: Feb 5, 2020⁠⠀⁠⠀You can now sign-up to present at the next quarterly meeting on Monda...
01/31/2020

ASSEMBLIES Q3: OPEN CALL⁠⠀
Deadline: Feb 5, 2020⁠⠀
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You can now sign-up to present at the next quarterly meeting on Monday, February 10 about an ASSEMBLY you would like to propose and lead 🌱⁠⠀
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Learn more about ASSEMBLIES and how to propose via the link in our bio 🔗⁠⠀
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ASSEMBLIES is a platform for collaborative research, discussion and creation invested in forms of learning that are cooperative, experimental and process-oriented. Community-led, these learning groups form around a theme, practice or project, and NAVEL provides space, a peer network and resources. At the end of each quarter, the groups are invited to share about their findings during a public event, and their research, projects and presentations are made available online. ⁠⠀
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Learn more at https://navel.la/assemblies

Monday, Feb 3 at 8PM from 7-10PMFree💗ASSEMBLIES Q2: Public Presentations💗Come learn what ASSEMBLIES have been up to this...
01/29/2020

Monday, Feb 3 at 8PM from 7-10PM
Free

💗ASSEMBLIES Q2: Public Presentations💗

Come learn what ASSEMBLIES have been up to this quarter!

From building a radicalized dead drop network to exploring science in the media, or reflecting on the future of labor, ASSEMBLIES leaders and group members have spent the past three months learning together and will be sharing their findings with the community.

An ASSEMBLY is a community-led learning group that forms around a theme, practice or experiment. For a period of three months, NAVEL provides each Assembly with space, support and resources—including access to our equipment, peer network, and micro-grant funding. Visit the website to learn more about the Open Call for the next round of ASSEMBLIES (deadline to submit is February 5).

Look forward to presentations from:

Building a Radicalized Dead Drop Network
Organized by Renée Reizman

Creating a Sustainable Artist Handbook
Organized by Sara Drake & Maru Garcia

Decolonizing Augmented Reality
Organized by Jessy Escobedo & Selwa Sweidan

Deep Adaptation for Artists
Organized by R. Kauff & Jen P. Harris

Food, Gift-giving, and Diaspora
Organized by Hannah Kim Varamini

The Future of Labor
Organized by Colombene Gorton

Science in the Media
Organized by Yewande Pearse & Clare Reynell

Touch-base
Organized by Nina Sarnelle @ NAVEL

“I love NAVEL because the people that run it and work there love it. When I walk in I feel calm and taken care of and pa...
12/21/2019

“I love NAVEL because the people that run it and work there love it. When I walk in I feel calm and taken care of and part of something cute. It’s extremely socialist-ish.”⁠⠀
—Casey Jane Ellison @caseyjellison, artist & comedien, NAVEL Member ⁠⠀
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Help us to build a sustainable future as a test site for collectivity and kinship!⁠⠀
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Make kin with NAVEL by becoming a member or making a one-time donation before December 31 and help us reach our year-end fundraising goal of $10,000. Though a relatively modest amount for an organization that has so much impact, it is critical to our operating budget. ⁠⠀
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Become a member or make a donation via the link in our bio 🔗 Thank you for your continued support!⁠⠀
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Photo 1: Casey Jane Ellison hosting Solstice, NAVEL’s first benefit on June 21, 2019.⁠⠀
Photo 2: Program Director Amanda Vincelli thanking the guests of honor at Solstice, NAVEL’s benefit on June 21, 2019.

“In the midst of the swell of downtown Los Angeles’ after-hours hopscotch, NAVEL presents an above ground venue with an ...
12/21/2019

“In the midst of the swell of downtown Los Angeles’ after-hours hopscotch, NAVEL presents an above ground venue with an underground feel. I like to feel like I’m getting away with something, which is often difficult to find in legal venues.” — Daniel Crook @danielcrook, artist and curator, NAVEL Member⁠⠀
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Help us to build a sustainable future as a test site for collectivity and kinship!⁠⠀
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Make kin with NAVEL by becoming a member or making a one-time donation before December 31 and help us reach our year-end fundraising goal of $10,000. Though a relatively modest amount for an organization that has so much impact, it is critical to our operating budget. ⁠⠀
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Become a member or make a donation via the link in our bio 🔗 Thank you for your continued support!⁠⠀
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Photo 1: Image of Pistil by Sebastian Hernandez @brownskinhazel on May 16, 2019 at NAVEL with performers Nareg Nikolay Karamyan @nikotheikon, Miguel Reyna @tureynamiguel and Chen Di Xuan @dicko.chan ⁠⠀
Photo 2: @sophie_msmsmsm performing at SWALLOW, an unbuilt queer club by Alison Veit @justfouryouuuu & Noemi Polo @noemipolo_ on September 13, 2019.⁠⠀
Photo 3: Image from Anxiety, A Halloween Party at NAVEL on October 26, 2018.

This Tuesday, December 17, join us for WYD?, an intimate and informal monthly gathering where members of the NAVEL commu...
12/16/2019

This Tuesday, December 17, join us for WYD?, an intimate and informal monthly gathering where members of the NAVEL community come together to present, test, perform, share, screen and talk about their work, thoughts and current research topics.

Organized and curated by Collective Resident Brandon Avery Joyce. Presenters include Parag Mital, Sebastian Demian, Rhett LaRue and Echo Theohar.

Happy Holidays, from our kin to yours 💕✨
12/15/2019

Happy Holidays, from our kin to yours 💕✨

Join "Algorithms of Oppression" author Safiya Umoja Noble @safiya.noble.phd, as well as philosopher and Thomas Mann Fell...
12/04/2019

Join "Algorithms of Oppression" author Safiya Umoja Noble @safiya.noble.phd, as well as philosopher and Thomas Mann Fellow Armen Avanessian @profilaa and his guests Stephan Trüby and Jason Luger on December 6 at 7PM, when they will be hot on the heels of political extremists in Europe, the US, and online.⁠⠀
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The United States as well as Europe have seen a return of right-wing tendencies in the political landscape. And this rise of a (new) political right has in turn infected our physical and digital landscapes as well. ⁠⠀
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Right Wing (Media) Spaces is an evening of comparative spatial and political investigation: how are buildings, structures and monuments sites for a political struggle for meaning, myth and hegemony? How did the ‘hinterland’ morph into an ideological fringe? Are new technologies neutral tools, equally wielded on both sides of the aisle, or they themselves a cause for populism and polarization? ⁠⠀
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Right Wing (Media) Spaces⁠⠀
Friday, December 6 at 7PM⁠⠀
Free with RSVP at NAVEL.la⁠⠀
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With support from the Thomas Mann House @vatmh_la_berlin

12/03/2019

💕It’s Giving Tuesday💕⠀

Help us to build a more just, creative, and collaborative world by becoming a member of NAVEL during our annual Membership Drive ✨⠀

Join today, on Giving Tuesday, and we’ll give you two additional months of membership for free! No code necessary...simply sign up for an annual membership and we’ll add two additional months. ⠀

Learn more about the benefits and sign up at Bit.ly/MakeKin or visit the link in our bio 🔗

Let's make kin! 💕⁠⠀⁠⠀Help us to imagine and build a more just, creative, and collaborative world by becoming a member of...
11/26/2019

Let's make kin! 💕⁠⠀
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Help us to imagine and build a more just, creative, and collaborative world by becoming a member of NAVEL today!⁠⠀
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NAVEL members provide vital additional funds to help us pay our rent, support ASSEMBLIES, sustain our Collective Residency, and produce free and low-cost public programming and events. ⁠⠀
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Through all of our endeavors we cultivate and promote kinship because we believe it is our antidote to a status quo that keeps us from working together to imagine and actualize more just and creative futures.⁠⠀
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Make kin with NAVEL during our annual Membership Drive and help us to reach our goal of doubling the number of members and raising $5,000 before December 31st. ⁠⠀
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Members receive some pretty awesome perks, like discounted and free tickets to NAVEL programs (including the newly announced Collective Skillshares, as well as ASSEMBLIES), special member-only events, qt KIN merchandise, access to workspace, reduced rates for private rentals, and more.⁠⠀
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For as little as $10/month, you can sustain the work of our communal endeavor. ⁠⠀
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Become a Member today via the link in our bio 🔗💕

QUEERMAPS.org is now live! ⁠⠀⁠⠀@QueerMaps is an interactive, online map of addresses of active LGBTQ organizations, bars...
11/22/2019

QUEERMAPS.org is now live! ⁠⠀
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@QueerMaps is an interactive, online map of addresses of active LGBTQ organizations, bars, nightclubs, etc. in Los Angeles from 1871 to today. It’s a living database with photos, advertisements, videos, descriptions, and more. Best of all, it’s free to use.⁠⠀
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Thanks to everyone who joined us last Friday to launch this incredible new community resource! We are especially grateful for the performers and artists who transformed NAVEL into a living archive of the queer spaces, politically-significant sites, and secret spots that have helped shape Los Angeles into the culturally-rich city we know today: ⁠⠀
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@AdrianGilliland⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠⠀
@AuntFreckle⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠⠀
@MissBarbieQla⁠⠀
@GabrielaxRuiz⁠⠀
Karla Ekatherine Canseco⁠⠀
@KimAnhOfficial⁠⠀⠀⁠⠀
@MarvalARex⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠⠀
@MrDrummer79⁠⠀⁠⠀⁠⠀
@SethBogart⁠⠀
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And finally, a huge thanks to NAVEL Collective Alumni @chriscruse for spending the last five years organizing this important project and gifting it to the community.⁠⠀
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@QueerMaps is a project of the @FulcrumArts Emerge Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

There are still a handful of tickets left for tonight and tomorrow's performances of The Spectacular Society by @marissa...
11/22/2019

There are still a handful of tickets left for tonight and tomorrow's performances of The Spectacular Society by @marissaosato presented with @entitycontemporarydance. Grab yours via the link in bio. 🔗⁠⠀
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Performers | Karen Chuang, Emily Crouch, Shiori Kamijo, Jason Martin, Grayson McGuire, Vickie Roan⁠⠀
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Photos by Hao Feng @haofengphoto

Japanese internment camps were established during World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt through his Executive Ord...
11/16/2019

Japanese internment camps were established during World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt through his Executive Order 9066. From 1942 to 1945, it was the policy of the U.S. government that people of Japanese descent would be interred in isolated camps. Enacted in reaction to Pearl Harbor and the ensuing war, the Japanese internment camps are now considered one of the most atrocious violations of American civil rights in the 20th century.⁠⠀
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Using the internment camps as a dramaturgical framework, "The Spectacular Society" interweaves evocative movement, live sound, and unconventional spatialization to explore how ethnicity and identity can be negotiated and performed. This intimate 60-minute performance follows seven dancers through vignettes of calm and chaos as they explore themes of dislocation, witnessing, silence, patriotism, community, and spectacle. Drawing from both historical research and her grandmother’s personal accounts of “camp,” choreographer @MarissaOsato employs visceral, intricate, and highly-charged contemporary dance movement to re/present an embodied archive of the past while provoking questions about present societal repetition.⁠⠀
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@entitycontemporarydance & NAVEL present⁠⠀
The Spectacular Society⁠⠀
Director & Choreographer | Marissa Osato⁠⠀
Performers | Karen Chuang, Shiori Kamijo, Jason Martin, Grayson McGuire, Vickie Roan, Derek Tabada⁠⠀
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Friday-Saturday, November 22-23, 2019⁠⠀
Doors at 7:30PM, Performance at 8PM⁠⠀
Running Time | Approx. 60 minutes⁠⠀
$20-30 sliding scale in advance⁠⠀
$30 at the door⁠⠀
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Learn more and buy tickets via the link in our bio 🔗⁠⠀
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Production support provided by NAVEL, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance @usckaufman , EDGE Performing Arts Center @edgepac, and CalArts School of Dance @calartsdance . Image credits: Courtesy of Getty Images.⁠⠀
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#thespectacularsociety #marissaosatochoreography #entitycontemporarydance #navella #ladance #usckaufman #calartsdance

Tonight! Don't miss the launch of @QueerMaps, a new online resource from the makers of @SpotlightLA to help track down t...
11/15/2019

Tonight! Don't miss the launch of @QueerMaps, a new online resource from the makers of @SpotlightLA to help track down the queer spaces, politically-significant sites, and secret spots that have helped shape Los Angeles into the culturally-rich city we know today.⁠⠀⁠⠀
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@QueerMaps is an interactive, online map of addresses of active LGBTQ organizations, bars, nightclubs, etc. in Los Angeles from 1871 to today. It’s a living database with photos, advertisements, videos, descriptions, and more. Best of all, it’s free to use.⁠⠀⁠⠀
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Join us on Friday, November 15 to cruise through reimagined versions of lost queer bars, nightclubs, cabarets, political sites, and meetup areas — and help launch this brand new tool to visualize Los Angeles’s queer landscape.⁠⠀⁠⠀
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Featuring installations from:⁠⠀⁠⠀
@AdrianGilliland⁠⠀⁠⠀
@GabrielaxRuiz⁠⠀
@MarvalARex⁠⠀⁠⠀
@MrDrummer79⁠⠀⁠⠀
@SethBogart⁠⠀⁠⠀
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With performances by: ⁠⠀⁠⠀
@AuntFreckle⁠⠀⁠⠀
@MissBarbieQla⁠⠀⁠⠀
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DJ:⁠⠀⁠⠀
@KimAnhOfficial⁠⠀⁠⠀
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Queer Maps Launch⁠⠀⁠⠀
Created by @ChrisCruse⁠⠀⁠⠀
Friday, November 15 from 8PM-1AM⁠⠀⁠⠀
$15 tickets (link in bio🔗)⁠⠀⁠⠀
21+⁠⠀⁠⠀
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@QueerMaps is a project of the @FulcrumArts Emerge Fiscal Sponsorship Program.⁠⠀⁠⠀
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This event is intended as an LGBTQIA+ space, and prominently features members of our community. Allies are welcome. Sexual harassment, racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, or any other nastiness will not be tolerated.

Using the U.S. government-sanctioned Japanese internment camps during WWII as a dramaturgical framework, The Spectacular...
11/14/2019

Using the U.S. government-sanctioned Japanese internment camps during WWII as a dramaturgical framework, The Spectacular Society interweaves evocative movement, live sound, and unconventional spatialization to explore how ethnicity and identity can be negotiated and performed. This intimate 60-minute performance follows seven dancers through vignettes of calm and chaos as they explore themes of dislocation, witnessing, silence, patriotism, community, and spectacle. Drawing from both historical research and her grandmother’s personal accounts of “camp,” choreographer @MarissaOsato employs visceral, intricate, and highly-charged contemporary dance movement to re/present an embodied archive of the past while provoking questions about present societal repetition.⁠⠀
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@entitycontemporarydance & NAVEL present⁠⠀
The Spectacular Society⁠⠀
Director & Choreographer | Marissa Osato⁠⠀
Performers | Karen Chuang, Emily Crouch, Shiori Kamijo, Jason Martin, Grayson McGuire, Vickie Roan⁠⠀
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Friday-Saturday, November 22-23, 2019⁠⠀
Doors at 7:30PM, Performance at 8PM⁠⠀
Running Time | Approx. 60 minutes⁠⠀
$20-30 sliding scale in advance⁠⠀
$30 at the door⁠⠀
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Learn more and buy tickets via the link in our bio 🔗⁠⠀
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Production support provided by NAVEL, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance @usckaufman , EDGE Performing Arts Center @edgepac, and CalArts School of Dance @calartsdance . Image credit: Hao Feng. Design Credit: ⁠⠀
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#thespectacularsociety #marissaosatochoreography #entitycontemporarydance #navella #ladance #usckaufman #calartsdance

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