P O C O A P O C O
is a multi-disciplinary, research-based residency and cultural exchange project working between the US and Oaxaca, Mexico. We offer a platform for creative exploration and space for a collective intelligence. The residency hosts and collaborates with international artists and non-artists across all fields to support research, conversation and connection surrounding creative work, process and purpose.
Active observation, conversation, reflection are viewed as essential components of a creative practice, used to explore and connect with broader forms of knowledge and alternative ways of living, seeing, learning and creating.
Oaxaca — as a place, community and culture — lies at the heart of the project. We work closely with individuals and organizations to encourage cross –cultural education, inspiration and personal exchange within each discipline and project in hopes of developing a broader and more engaging creative dialogue across countries, cultures and fields of research.
We aim to provide not only a temporary experience, but also a lasting and growing network of international artists, creatives, and thinkers.
Previous residents and partners have included writers & journalists, musicians & fine artists, architects & designers, researchers & Ph.D candidates, chefs & botanists, arts administrators & social workers, as well as lawyers, doctors and others.
Resident approach varies — some use this as an opportunity to step back, slow down, and explore shifted or expanded perspectives within their current work. Some dive in deeply to an already existing interest or project. Others spend time investigating a topic far outside their habitual practice.
Residency structure is based on length of stay. All residences include lodging, amenities, and research support as well as various lectures, events and meals. Events are based on participant and community interests and resources.