History of creative navigations

The stories about boats navigated by unusual characters refer us to ancient times. Some examples are found in epic tales such as Jason and the Argonauts, Homer's Odyssey or True Tales of Lucius Samosata. In these, we witness the search of some 'dreamland', magical treasures won in battles against the sea or the first human journey to the moon.

During the European Renaissance, the figure of the Ship of Fools (the Stultifera Navis) as an example of moral decadence was consolidated with the practice of excluding the madness of the public space of coexistence. The madmen were thrown in boats at the mouths of the rivers at the reunion with their lost sanity: the sea. Meanwhile, society nested the notion that their navigation ran the risk of finding in overseas territories, more than a lost paradise, the seed of a new era.

Expeditionary navigation played a leading role in the construction and discovery of the modern world. Tireless travelers like Cristobal Colombus, Ferdinand Magellan, Charles Darwin, Francisco Díaz Covarrubias, Herman Melville, Jack London, and Santiago Genovés have shown us how to travel was fundamental in the development of knowledge narratives and in the creation of fiction and Modern Art.

Since 2015 Stultifera Navis Institutom has developed multiple projects in different countries based on a methodology of creative expeditions. The experience gained during this time has led the organization to profoundly question the consequences of moving the thinking space of institutions and academia to non-controlled dynamics of creative displacement research. This practice, which has a consequence the necessary evasion of cultural centrality, has traced a work spaced that matches our time with the Renaissance search and brings us, in a radical way, to a rigorous and methodical understanding of the environment with imaginative tools. 

After its navigation, madness demands public space. The imagination defends, in turn, the legitimacy of its knowledge.