PennDesign Fine Arts Lecture Series: Ernesto Pujol
March 14, 2019
Ernesto Pujol works as social choreographer. His interdisciplinary projects are the result of long-term, ethical collaborations with gatekeepers and stakeholders of communities across the globe. Through a grounded psychic acuity, the artist seeks the rich performativity of the human condition’s ongoing desire for transcendence.
Pujol believes that the creative tools of socially engaged cultural producers are more relevant than ever to the sustainability of ecologically-based democracies within increasingly diverse, yet impoverished societies. A portraitist of place, Pujol strives to reclaim public space from the culture of speed and distractions, revisiting emblematic architecture and mythical landscapes through deep performative presence.
His durational group performances often consist of repetitive walks and minimal gestures that generate silence, slowness, stillness, and listening, manifesting safe psychic structures as the architecture of human interiority; encouraging the transformative awakening of consciousness.
Pujol is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions (2012) and Walking Art Practice (2018). Artist interviews are found in publications such as The Brooklyn Rail (Vulnerability as Critical Self-Knowledge, 2013) and Awake: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (2004).
This event is in collaboration with PennDesign Graduate Fine Arts.