Doctor of Philosophy, Art and Media History Theory and Criticism, University of California, San Diego.
Master of Fine Arts, Art and Integrated Media, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Summer Residency, Skowhegan School of Painting, Skowhegan, ME
Bachelor of Fines Arts, Studio Art/New Genres, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
Navas is the author of Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling, and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies. He implements cultural analytics and digital humanities methodologies in order to research the creative and political role of recyclability and remix in art, media, and culture. His production includes art & media projects, critical texts, and curatorial projects. He has presented and lectured about his work and research internationally.
Navas collaborates with artists and institutions in various countries to organize events and develop new forms of publication and creative production. He has been a juror for Turbulence.org (Boston) in 2004, Rhizome.org (NYC) in 2006-07, and Terminal Awards in 2011. Navas was also consultant for Creative Capital (NYC) in 2008-09 as well as the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts (2014-15). He is founder and was contributing editor of Net Art Review (2003-05), and is co-founder of newmediaFIX (2005 to 2011). Navas was Gallery Coordinator, Researcher and Senior Writer for gallery@calit2, UC San Diego in 2008.
He has lectured on art & media theory, art history as well as studio practice at various colleges and universities in the United States, including Otis College of Art & Design, San Diego State University, the program of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College as well as the MA Media Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement, NY. Navas currently researches and teaches principles of cultural analytics and digital humanities in The School of Visual Arts at The Pennsylvania State University, PA.
Navas is a 2010-12 Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. He received his Ph.D. from the Program of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of California in San Diego.