2020-21 Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting ProfessorVisiting Critic
Ernesto Pujol works as social choreographer. His interdisciplinary public projects are the result of entrusted, ethical collaborations with gatekeepers and stakeholders in communities across the globe. Through a grounded psychic acuity, Pujol seeks the rich performativity of the human condition's ongoing desire for transcendence in the face of human rights violations and climate crisis. Ernesto believes that the creative tools of socially engaged cultural producers are more relevant than ever to the sustainability of democracy within increasingly diverse yet impoverished societies seeking environmental justice. A portraitist of place, the artist strives to reclaim public space from the culture of speed and distractions, revisiting emblematic architecture and mythical landscapes through performative, meditative presence. His durational group performances often consist of repetitive walks and minimal gestures, from slowness to stillness, seeking silence for deep listening, manifesting the psychic architecture of human interiority; encouraging the healing awakening of consciousness. Pujol is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions (2012) and Walking Art Practice (2018). Artist interviews and essays are found in publications such as The Brooklyn Rail (Vulnerability as Critical Self-Knowledge, 2013), Fernweh: A Travelling Curators’ Project (An Atlas of Small Places, 2015), and Awake: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (2004).