Residency Dates: February 12, 2023 - March 04, 2023
Application Deadline: September 18, 2022

Social choreographer Ernesto Pujol designs durational group performances as public portraits of peoples and places under threat. Pujol choreographs immersive cultural experiences across vast expanses, crafted with elements of walking and stillness, silence and poetic gestures. In 2015, Pujol founded The Listening School, a series of pilgrim workshops that explore the psychic archeology of human creativity, training artists and citizens in listening skills for social practice, seeking the creation of conscious culture. In 2020, he launched The Savage Gardener Studio in partnership with the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, seeking to decolonize ecology through native and edible gardens of cultural memory. Pujol has served as a consultant for the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received awards from The Joan Mitchel Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Art Matters, and the Academy for Educational Development. Pujol is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions: silence, stillness & walking as performance practice (2012), and Walking Art Practice: Reflections on Social Paths (2018). His essays, interviews and profiles have been collected in Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, A Lived Practice, Fernweh: A Traveling Curators’ Project, The Spiritual in Art, and Dewey for Artists, among other publications. The artist did his undergraduate work in humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, has an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and currently resides in San Juan.

Residency Statement:

I would like to work with multidisciplinary artists who labor publicly with a sense of urgency, with visionary artists who understand the prophetic aspect of their performative public practices as they ethically engage in creating a culture of consciousness—one project at a time. I welcome artists who mix the poetic with the political, the meditative with activism; silence and sound, stillness and movement. I seek artists who engage unapologetically in ambitiously complex social practices, pursuing research in decolonization processes & human rights, feminist, gender & queer critiques, ecological restoration & organic food production; with artists engaged in long-term works resulting in a wide range of profound empathic manifestations: from intimate healing gestures that are completely ephemeral, to large-scale public performances as cathartic portraits of societies; or hybrid gardens of natives, ornamentals & edibles that support regional nutritional sovereignty. The artist as a gardener of awareness. A savage future awaits and we need to rewild ourselves in order to become creatively instinctive and thus resilient, understanding that the history of art (if not of humanity) is about to be rewritten by the current crisis of democracy in the context of climate change.

Residency Logistics

My three-week residency will start with a five-day immersive seminar consisting of daily exercises that explore the psychic archaeology of the creative process of each participant, bonding the group. This will be followed by two weeks of generous curatorial consultations through mostly individual appointments about their new and/or ongoing projects. The focus of this residency will be on clarifying & sharpening the making processes which the participants bring into our safe space.

Application Requirements:

(All texts in .doc, .docx or .pdf form)

  1. One-page (or less) autobiographical personal account
  2. One-page (or less) narrative of your professional practice evolution
  3. One-page (or less) proposal of the project you wish to work on during the residency
  4. 12 images (.jpgs) with their titles, dates, materials & dimensions (if applicable)
  5. Link(s) to your website(s) and/or online videos

Residency Fee: Waived for this Residency (Includes weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.)

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