During his first residency at the Santa María la Ribera barrio, Eduardo Navarro is especially interested in the learning processes at a nearby school for the visually impaired and in the devices used by the institution to convert texts into braille. A large part of the work of this Argentinian artist has been based in sculpture, with a particular interest in the influence that it might have on other situations and contexts seemingly unrelated to sculpture. For the past few years, research related to physical and emotional states of individuals with different abilities and perceptions has led Navarro to get involved with co-participative dynamics in different communities, linking his artistic experience with the sensorial gestures specific to the apprehension and understanding of the world.

 

Research

January 2016

During his second and third residency in Santa María, Eduardo Navarro has been in close collaboration with Ian, a specialist in flavors and a visually handicapped masseuse whom he met at the Comité Internacional Pro-Ciegos (International Committee for the Visually Impaired) based in the barrio. Navarro and Ian are developing a project to generate introspection experiences for the visually handicapped through taste and tactile experiences.

 

Produccion

January 2017

Based on several haikus written by Ian, in which he associates his personal emotions, ideas, and concepts of the world, Navarro chooses five concepts: space, time, emotion, light, and distance to group these impressions. In collaboration with flavor experts from Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Ian refines five flavors to reflect each of these feelings-concepts. Candy will be made with each of the five resulting flavors. This experience, under Ian’s guidance, will problematize associations of flavors by means of the space-sculptural experience. The piece is still in the process of defining the models of experience and the tactile and taste interaction.

June 2017
13 and 15: Artist Eduardo Navarro and Ian (Eduardo Pasaran) create five clay objects using the following process: Ian reflects the taste of one of five different pieces of candy in a specific haiku that implies their qualities: space, time, emotion, light, and distance. After two days of work, in which Navarro is blindfolded to refine taste and tactical senses, he translates the emotional experience of the taste of each haiku into the three-dimensional clay objects. Then, these sculptures will be cast in bronze to allow people to touch them and associate them with the taste of the candy created, in a synesthetic experience with each sculpture.

October–November 2017

Based on several haikus written by Ian, in which he associates his personal emotions, ideas, and concepts of the world, Navarro chooses five concepts: space, time, emotion, light, and distance to group these impressions. In collaboration with flavor experts from Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Ian refines five flavors to reflect each of these feelings-concepts. Candy will be made with each of the five resulting flavors. This experience, under Ian’s guidance, will problematize associations of flavors by means of the space-sculptural experience. The piece is still in the process of defining the models of experience and the tactile and taste interaction.

 

Presentation of a Proposal

June 2017

IMG_1435Navarro presented the proposal for his inSite project to curators Paola Santoscoy and Mariana David, external advisers, and to the inSite/Casa Gallina’s curatorial team. The goal of this meeting was to encourage critical discussions about the artist’s proposal and to provide him with specialized feedback, which may allow him to readjust, if necessary, the conceptual structure of his project.

 

Closure of the project

December 2017
IMG_32104-8 The tactile-taste experience will be offered to the neighbors and members of the Comité Internacional Pro-Ciegos (CIPC) during four days in December. The five wooden boxes holding the sculptures will be placed in the main courtyard at the institution, to allow students from Pro-Ciegos and visitors to live the experience guided by blind volunteers. Boxes will be placed in a clockwise shape, which is the way blind and visually impaired people locate themselves and move about in space. The hour in which each box is placed is 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 12:00. A bag of specific candy related to each haiku hangs over each box. Visitors, either normally sighted people or not, are guided to the beginning of the circular tour and invited to take a candy-haiku and to introduce a hand in each box to feel and associate the sculpture to a specific taste. The project, titled Cinco haikús invisibles (Five Invisible Haikus), was based on a dialogue between Eduardo Navarro and Ian, who then designed it as an open experience to encourage a complex emotion close to a synesthetic experience, guided by totally personal recognition and association knowledge, as well as by their very different sensorial capabilities and fields.