AltMFA Visiting Artist+Critic
Social choreographer Ernesto Pujol designs durational group performances as public portraits of peoples and places under threat. Pujol choreographs and maps immersive, contemplative cultural experiences across vast expanses crafted with elements of walking and stillness, silence and poetic gestures. Pujol is the founder of The Listening School Project, a series of pilgrim workshops that explore the psychic archeology of human creativity, training artists and citizens in listening skills for social practice, seeking conscious culture. Pujol has served as a consultant for the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. He has received awards from The Joan Mitchel Foundation, the Cintas 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. He is the author of Sited Body, Public Visionsand Walking Art Practice. His essays, interviews, and profiles have been collected in Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, A Lived Practice, Fernweh, The Spiritual in Art, and Dewey for Artists, among other publications. The artist was born in Havana, has an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and currently resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico.