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Eduardo Navarro 

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Eduardo Navarro 

May 3 2015

At a two-hour event visible to viewers from the New Museum Sky Room, Eduardo Navarro activated his work Timeless Alex (2015) on the roof of on the roof of New Inc. by donning the sculptural model of a Galápagos tortoise and moving at slow speeds, meditating inside the shell in an attempt to move slower than language and reach a timeless state of mind.1 Commissioned for the 2015 Triennial: “Surround Audience,” the work departs from the conditions of experience determined by the human body to consider the phenomenological position of the turtle. The artist became intrigued by turtles’ perception of time—accentuated by the case of Lonesome George, the last living Pinta Island tortoise discovered in the Galápagos in 1971—and how self-awareness of their own longevity might affect cognition. The work is informed by the writings of Temple Grandin, a writer and autism activist who posited that animals think in pictures and understand life through constant sensorial stimulation generated by shadows, sounds, and colors. Without the ability to form language-dependent abstract concepts about these sensations, animals move through the world without a concept of time. In the exhibition, the sculptural model was featured alongside a leather skin and face mask.2

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