Navid Navab held a residency in 2014 to develop “Threads“, an installation / a kinetic responsive sound sculpture. Navid spent the residency with Oana Suteu (sculpture and material design, visual design, original concept, visual anthropology).

About “Threads”

Threads is 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. Drop-spindles suspended in mid-air hold threads made out of hand-written paper, a transcription of a century-old correspondence. When touched, they produce sounds modulated on movement, that combine to create a mesmerizing environment. At a desk one is invited to reconsider the act of writing, by the use of an inkless pen and sonified paper. Threads reveals memory as a blueprint of sensation and suggests that its capturing is volatile and ephemeral.


NAVID NAVAB and OANA SUTEU artistic direction, installation concept, realization
NAVID NAVAB composition, sound design, interaction design, programming, electronics
OANA SUTEU sculpture and material design, visual design, original concept, visual anthropology
premiere: Phi Center, Biennale Internationale D’Art Numérique 2014
residency: Matralab, Topological media Lab – 2014