media alchemist / multidisciplinary composer-performer-improviser / scenographer
interaction designer / artist-researcher / gesture bender / audiovisual sculptor
Performances | Interactive Scenographies (selected)
TranSenses, Interactive Dance, duo co-creation @ Japan Society, NY
@ Tangente, Montreal
Movements by Akiko Kitamura morph under the audiovisual architecture of media alchemist Navid Navab.
Folds, Interactive Dance Performance @ La Rotone Festival, Theatre Meduse, Quebec City
Responsive audiovisual compositions and interactive scenography (Navid Navab) + Katia Marie (Choreography)
Practices of Everyday Life | Cooking [full length premiere], Culinary Concert @ MNM Festival
[world premiere] @ Ars Electronica, Linz
World Tour: Slovenia/Milan/Vancouver/etc.
S T E E R [full length edition], Interactive Dance @ CINARS Biennale
Movements ManiFest, Interactive Dance and Gestural Sound @ Encuentro Festival
An improv-based performance inside an interactive scenography at the activism and performance arts Festival. Roger Sinha (Movement), Navid Navab (Sound and Interactive Scenography)
Foldings, Interactive Scenography / performance @ Jeanne-Renaud Theatre, Montreal
w/ Lenka Novak. Mythical and illusive visu-sonic landscapes coming to life and accumulating memory under improvised and choreographed gestures.
Beneath the pavement, an ocean, Interactive Contemporary Dance @ Hexagram Theatre, Montreal
w/ choreographer Teoma Naccarato. A contemporary dance quartet created in an responsive soundscape exploring how conditioned spaces both intensify and transform embodied awareness.
Frankenstein’s Ghosts; Performance, Interactive Theatre @ DB Clack Theatre, Montreal
w/ Jerome Delapierre, Michael Montanaro, and the Blue Rider Ensemble
River of Poetry; Performance @ La Grande bibliotheque de Montreal
Seven poets reading full poems, accompanied by projections and a live immersive sound environment.
Interstitial II; Performance/Installation @ Synchresis Exhibition, Eastern Bloc, Montreal
An installation and improvisational performance piece for an interactive screen, a dancing body, and realtime responsive media..
A piece focusing on natural rhythms of everyday life, and deconstructing the standardized modalities of eating.
Interstitial; Interactive Screen / Performance @ TJ Contemporary Dance Theater, Montreal
Gemeni II: Dance Performance @ TJ Contemporary Dance Theater, Montreal
Gemini II is a dance performance with responsive media choreographed by Soo Yeon Cho. Responsive sound driven mostly by contact microphones on stage passively accent the performance.
A performative experiment about gesture and collective intentionality.
Installations | Responsive Environments (selected)
tangibleFlux φ plenumorphic ∴ chaosmosis, exhibition @ Ars Electronica, Linz
@ Museum of Cnntemporary Art, Zagreb
World premiere of three kinetic-haptic sound/light sculptures / tabletop cosmoologies
Oct 2018 - Jan 2019
Gardens of Enchantment, responsive membrane @ public, Goethe Institut, Montreal
AQUAPHONEIA, installation @ alchemists of our time exhibition, Ars Electronica, Linz
NEMO Biennale, Paris
Solo exhibition @ Kapelica Gallery, Slovenia
THREADS 0.2, Kinetic Sound Sculpture @ CURRENTS festival, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
Practices of Everyday Life | Mixology, Performative Intervention @ Agora, Montreal
for augmented cocktail shakers, responsive sound, light sync, bartender, enchanted bar, and pedestrian audience. Navab’s gestural-sonic compositions fuse with his unorthodox craft mixology to give birth to an array of synaesthetic cocktails, which will invite you to shake, drink and mix up a multitude of senses.
Pool of Sound, Responsive Sound Installation @ Lawndale Art Center, Houston
Decay 崩壊 2.0, Sound Installation @ Montreal/New Music Festival, chapelle historique du bon pasteur
Decay 崩壊 is an interactive sound installation/performance first conceived spontaneously in March 2011 for the ”手向け Tamuke” Solidarity with Japan event. . In 2015, the installation was redesigned by Navab for a trio of musicians to interpret in short preludes throughout an evening long concert.
F O L D, Performative Environment, w/ Lenka Novak @ Agora, Montreal
Powerful optical architectures, compositions of structure borne sound, and the aesthetics of chiaroscuro image, merge to envelope the spectator in the performative, and cinematic experience of self and the other.
w/ Oana Suteu. An interactive installation that dwells with the mnemonic dimension of the written word and puts under the magnifying glass the acts of reading and writing in an intricate play of sensorial relations.
Einstein’s Dream, Installation / Responsive Environment @ Hexagram Black Box , Montreal
Time conditioning installations: zones in which objects and fields of lighting, sound, and video change in concert with the inhabitants’ movement create powerfully alternative senses of time, rhythm and pattern.
Suspended Narratives, Nuit Blanche Interactive, Shadow Puppetry @ McCord Museum
A night of interactive shadow puppetry and responsive sonic compositions. w/ Mere Phantoms
Les persiennes et les sortilèges, Nuit Blanche, Interactive Membrane @ Goethe Institut, Montreal
A seductive, beguiling interactive work veiling and unveiling perceptions.
Time-Machines, Sound/Time Conditioning Exhibit @ Gray Center for Arts, Chicago
A series of time conditioning responsive installations, kinetic sculptures and complementary performances.
Murmuration, Multiple Site Specific Sound Installation @ Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas
w/ Lina Dib. Making the mundane whimsical and otherworldly, the installation creates a dynamic sonic postcard, orchestrated by the up and down movements of the visitors.
An immediate response to the triple catastrophe that hit Japan, the installation evolves via alchemical transformations of sound, light and image in an ecology of substances.
Constellation2.1; Responsive Architecture @ Timisoara Festival at D’arc terrace, Romania
A responsive environment, expressed through sound, light and movement in the form of architecture.
cAvA; Interactive Exhibition @ les territoires gallery, Belgo (selected), Touring Exhibition
Augmented photography, real-time media, and movement mingle together to present a performative organism.
A sound/light installation was created to mimic the sunlight of 20 hours. The event took place over 20 hours and attracted 4500 visitors to the historical Shaugnessy House.
BUBBLEpop, Interactive Public Installation @ Guy public metro entrance, Montreal
The floor of a public space is covered with augmented sheets of bubble-wrap that people are invited to walk over, popping bubbles and transforming the surrounding environment.
A responsive installation that examines the intersection of cognition, embodiment and human experience.
New Music | Sound | Machine-Improvisation (selected performances)
selected concerts with responsive media
NO HAY BANDA, Suoni Per Il Popolo, at La Sala Rossa, Montreal
Navid Navab (homemade gestural sound instruments), Maya Kuroki (extended vocals) and Rainer Wiens (Mbiras).
Morgenland Festival Osnabrück, Germany
With Constantinople Ensemble
Mystery of the Wings, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, QC
With Rainer Weins, Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, etc
Drip, Velours, montreal
Solo concert for fluids and sonified plants
Improv Concert, Resonance, montreal
Lori Freedman / Navid Navab / Felix Del Tredici / Diego Kohn
I will see this strange city again, various Maison de la Culture of Montreal and surroundings
A cross between improvisational, written and electronic music, this concert paints an aural portrait of Montreal.
Navid Navab (live electronics and composition), Didem Başar (kanun), Nicolas Caloia (contrebasse), Gabriel Dharmoo (voice), Shawn Mativetsky (tabla), Guy Pelletier (flutes), Kiya Tabassian (setar), Sandeep Bhagwati (mise-en-music)
Transcultural Exchange, Goethe-Institut, Boston
I will see this strange city again, LaVivier concert series @ Gesù Theatre, Montreal
Time’s attach on the rest of life, 100 Years of Now Festival @ HKW Hause der Kultern dr Welt, Berlin
Improvisations, 100 Years of Now Festival @ studiobörne45, Berlin
Eternal Archives, av concert with Peter Putz @ TML, Montreal
gLitch, Concert, What Next Festival @ Canadian Music Centre, Toronto
gRain, Invisible Orchestra Concert Series @ Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Compositions for a 10 000 sq ft space in an old cotton factory.
SNEEZE, Improvisation in responsive environment @ TML, Montreal
Navid Navab (real-time sound Instruments) and Felix Del Tredici (Trombone), Alex KS (Bass) a night of improvised hallucinations within TML's responsive ecology. Standing upon nothing and going nowhere at all, we will drip, drift, clash, clang, sweep, swish, expand, sneeze and fall into the warmth of a winter's night.
Musiikin Aika: Machine-Improv Concert @ Musiikin Aika Festival, Viitasaari Church, Finland
Concerto for Enchanted Sticks and Ensemble, Contemporary Music, Stratford Hall, Windsor
Two audience members play a game of sticks (augmented via audio-mosaicing into real-time sound instruments) as the Noiseborder Ensemble walks about the space and response back.
Signale, Machine-Improvisation, Concert @ Ligeti Hall at MUMUTH, Graz, Austria
Real-time interactive sound instruments within a 32chnl 3d sound environment with Trombonist Mike Svoboda and composer Sandeep Bhagwati.
Mardi Spaghetti Presents, Improvisation @ Le Cagibi, Montreal
Navid Navab (Real-time Sound Instruments), Coat Cooke (Sax), Rainer Weins (Prepared Mbira)
Mardi Spaghetti Presents, Improvisation @ Le Cagibi, Montreal
Navid Navab (Real-time Sound Instruments), Lan Tung (Erhu), Lucio Menegon (e-Guitar)
Lori Freedman (Bass Clarinet), Navid Navab (Computer Music), Sandeep Bhagwatti (Comprovisation)
A debut all night concert featuring four of Navab's compositions as well as three improv performances.
Alien Lands; Performance @ Agora, Festival international Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques:5e
Jean Derome (saxophone, etc.) + Pierre Tanguay (drums, etc.) + Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven (piano) + Navid Navab (real-time sound instruments) + Jérôme Delapierre (visual manipulations).
Comedy and other (Selected)
Large Scale Collaborative MultiMedia Projects (Selected)
The Project, Installation / Alternate Reality @ Gray Center for Arts, Chicago
Responsive sound installation and interaction design for Sha Xin Wei’s alchemical membrane installation.
Pneus, Responsive Architecture @ E-Arts, Shanghai
W/ Eski and Patrick harrop. Real-time responsive sound installation and interaction design for Pneus at Forest (8th MANIFESTATION INTERNATIONALE of CHAMP LIBRE) and Shanghai E-Arts Festival.
Compositions (selected published music compositions and sessions)
Publications, Peer-reviewed | International Conference Proceedings
Publications | Articles & Reviews (selected)
Presentations | International Symposia and Colloquiums
Keynotes, Invited Artist Talks, Panels and Workshops (selected)
Research-Creation and Interests
Professional Experience (selected)
Sonic Interaction Design, Material Computation, Enchanted Matter. Investigation of embodiment, performance, material poetry and music within the context of live events in responsive environments.
Montreal, 2015 - present
Research Lead, Sonification of Biomedical Data
TUM - Technische Universität München, and
Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering
At the laboratory for Computer Aided Medical Procedures at two universities.
Munich / Baltimore, 2016 - Present
Design Lead / Inventor, Sound and Interaction
Intel | Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
Commission to design gesturally sensitive sounding paper for an Intel design project at CIID. A printed object, with embedded gestural sound soft circuitry, in which the content of pages are heard, not read.
Copenhagen, Summer 2014
Co-director Ubiquitous Media Productions
Co-founded and co-directed the ubiquitous media art company.
AlkemieAtelier.com, 2011 – 2014
Design Lead, Musical System Designer
Series of human-computer interaction experiments with virtuosic musicians. The goal was to create an intelligent music machine/environment capable of co-improvisation live in concert alongside musicians from diverse backgrounds. A collaborative project between the Musical Representations team at IRCAM, Paris and a group of internationally acclaimed musicians visiting matralab, Montreal.
Montreal and Paris, 2010 – 2014
Computer Music Designer and Technical Director
SUONI Per IL POPOLO Festival
Direction of a complex machine-improve world premiere at the avant-garde music festival.
Montreal, June 2014
Investigation systems that incorporate appropriate modes of interaction to shape sonic environments or theatrical events. Creative coding, system architecture, performance, composition, physical computing, etc.
Montreal, 2008 – Present
Pre-mediations Improvisation Series
Curating an intimate bi-weekly series of transcultural and transmedia concerts and performances focused on open improvisation.
Montreal, 2013 - 2016
Director, co-Founder, Artist
An artist collective exploring alternative modes of presentation with various media. Directed and produced a series of installations and interactive performances in various galleries and festivals across Canada.
Montreal, 2008 – 2010
Teaching Experience (selected)
Instructor, Sonification of Biomedical Data
TUM - Technische Universität München, and
Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering
Advanced research-creation seminars at the laboratory for Computer Aided Medical Procedures at two universities. Weekly online seminars and bimonthly intensive hands on sessions.
Munich / Baltimore, 2015 - 2017
Visiting Professor, Graduate Studies
Arizona State University,
Designed the Syllabus for and taught two Graduate Studies classes at ASU in the school of arts, media and engineering. One on the topic of “Advanced Interactive Sound” and the other was a “Capstone”, an intensive research-creation project class for students in their final year of studies.
Tempe, Arizona, Winter 2014
Visiting Lecturer / Scholar
University of Chicago, Logan Center for Arts
Teach a semester long seminar, broken into two intensive two week long sessions and online lessons on the topic of "Realtime Media for Alternate Reality Games” with Professor Patrick Jagoda
Teaching Assistant, Lecturer
Concordia University, Computational Arts
Fully designed the syllabus for and instructed the course Real-Time Video Programming in the Department of of Design and Computational Arts. An introduction to real-time video and computer vision techniques in Max/MSP and other programming environments.
http://cart370.weebly.com, Fall 2013
Guest Lecturer / Visiting Scholar
Cambridge University, Centre for Music & Science
Designed and taught a series of Gestural Sound seminars and lead month long research-creation workshops with Georgina Born, Satinder Gill, Sha Xin Wei, and Michael Montanaro.
Instructor, New Music and Responsive Media
Hexagram, Concordia University
Tutor and teacher at Topological Media Lab, and Matralab’s renowned Max/MSP and Responsive Media introductory and advanced courses open to non-students.
2012 - Present
Music Instructor, Classical/Contemporary Guitar
2003 – 2011
2005 – 2010
2002 – 2006
2001 – 2005
Awards, Distinctions and Artist Grants (solo or sole applicant, selected)