Ernesto Pujol + Carol Becker
"The practice of life and work is propelled by ignorance. Art results from the desire to embody what we learn from this encounter. "
— Ernesto Pujol
In anticipation of Ernesto Pujol’s installation Time After Us at St. Paul’s Chapel on October 3 and 4, the performance artist joins with the Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts to talk about the process of Pujol's sited performance work as it has evolved in relationship to the Buddhist concept of ignorance.
Presented as part of Crossing the Line Festival, organized by FIAF.
A book signing follows the program.
About the Speakers
Ernesto Pujol is a site-specific performance artist and social choreographer based in New York. Pujol conceptualizes durational performances, revisiting and reactivating a people’s historic landscape and emblematic architecture. Pujol creates a new company per project, releasing slow bodies who repeatedly walk a space, turning it into a secular cloister that seeks to manifest residual memories and undocumented narratives. For the past two decades Pujol has used public performance to stage the cultural portraits of urban and rural populations throughout the United States, from ranchers and farmers in Kansas and devout Mormons in Utah to the native people of Hawaii. Pujol has written extensively about interdisciplinary art as social practice, including his Sited Body, Public Visions: silence, stillness & walking as Performance Practice. Pujol currently serves as a performance instructor at Parsons New School of Design and The School of Visual Arts.
Carol Becker is Professor of the Arts and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. She has authored numerous articles and several books including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change (with many foreign editions); Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety; Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art, the edited edition; The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility, and the most recent Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production.