Ernesto Pujol is a site-specific performance artist and social choreographer known for his public practice. Pujol creates durational, silent, walking performances as complex portraits of people and places, inhabiting familiar landscapes and emblematic architecture that have nevertheless become invisible, aiming to reveal their psychic underlay, in the Jungian sense. Pujol draws from individual and collective memories and secrets through documented and undocumented, official and alternative narratives. Pujol is interested in contributing to greater individual and collective consciousness, to the notion of our interconnectedness and interdependence—our Oneness. He engages in scholarly research and psychic acuity (a perceptual term coined by writer Lewis Hyde) in the field. He trains citizens to perform communal, esthetic, mindful, transformative presence. Pujol has an undergraduate degree in Humanities and Visual Arts. He pursued independent graduate work in education, psychology, and communications. A recipient of numerous awards, he received an MFA in Studio Practice from SAIC. Pujol currently serves as performance instructor and thesis advisor in the low-residency MFA program in Art Practice the School of Visual Arts, NY, and the low-residency MFA program in Interdisciplinary Practice at the Hartford Art School, CT. Pujol is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions: silence, stillness & Walking as Performance Practice; as well as numerous published essays in collections such as Awake: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, Learning Mind: Experience Into Art, Fernwey: A Traveling Curator’s Project, and Lived Practice.
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