Black Gold is a constantly evolving installation by Cadine Navarro that enables us to question concepts such as value and waste.
Black Gold will “consume” thoughts, sounds and matter for a period of six to eight months. For this reason the installation requires active participation from visitors including students of the academy and staff at Contour.
To get people to engage with her work, the artist will inaugurate the piece with an exploratory workshop. During this time there will be a chance to discuss and reflect on the terms we use and the actions we take with regards to our notions of value and 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, permaculturalists, government officials etc. In May 2019, an official presentation of the project will be held, followed by a full moon ritual.
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 environment. Black Gold uses simple, age-old design techniques and ecological knowhow to return us to our rightful place in the circularity of life.