Black Gold is a constantly evolving installation by Cadine Navarro that enables us to question concepts such as value and waste.
Essentially, it is a series of cube-shaped, sculptural structures in various dimensions that contain local waste. Black Gold will “consume” organic material from kitchens and gardens for a period of six to eight months. Thus the installation requires active participation from people including students and staff at Contour.
To get people to engage with her work, the artist will run an educational workshop. The workshop will teach local residents to make compost, as well as initiating a reflection process into what we see as waste. This will give value to waste.
Black Gold will be installed in the garden of Mechelen Academy, and start at the beginning of 2019, when the first new lunar cycle begins. The intention is to appeal to a wide range of local residents: students, refugees, artists, government officials etc. In May 2019, an official presentation of the project will be held, followed by a full moon ritual. Guests will include the American speaker Starhawk, an important figure in the permaculture circuit.
Thus Black Gold will be an ongoing, performative and educational sculpture project intended to have a genuine and evolving impact on the local population. Black Gold imitates the part of us that the outside world transforms into who we are. It enables us to reconsider our interaction and connection with our direct surroundings: the things we use and the food we eat. Black Gold uses simple, age-old design techniques and ecological knowhow to return us to our rightful place in the circle of life.