Call for Applications: (uncertain school) 2019: Conspirators of Pleasure.

Independent Study Program at lugar a dudas, Cali (Colombia)

Deadline: April 26, 2019

(escuela incierta)’s 2019 sessions borrow their name from Jan Svankmajer’s mid-nineties film Conspirators of Pleasure. The title, more than a reference to the work of Svankmajer in itself, works as an invitation to conspire around the blurry edges of jouissance and persistence, where players may find a rich environment charged with narratives, possibilities and plots.

(escuela incierta) is a 6 weeks independent study program, offered by lugar a dudas in Cali, Colombia. It was founded by Víctor Albarracín Llanos, artist, writer, and curator. It was established in 2017 as a platform for action, practice, and life. 2017 sessions were articulated around forms of resistance to work and, in 2018, the program was structured upon the title Occultures.

(escuela incierta) is not conceived as a space for professionalization, its aim is not the social validation of artists and, to that extent, it is not a stepladder for climbing the pyramid of personal careerism. What this school offers is a series of conversations, a space for critical discussion and a chance to live together for six weeks in the beautiful city of Cali, a place for easy pleasures and nuanced malaise, but also a great location to rest, cleanse, talk, and engage with people coming from different places, with different interests and passions.

In previous editions (escuela incierta) has gathered a teaching body that included artists, philosophers, writers, musicians, and other cultural agents:

Alejandro Martín Maldonado - Beatriz Eugenia Díaz – Boris Ondreička – Bruno Mazzoldi – Carl Abrahamsson – Catalina Lozano – Clara López Menéndez – Dick Verdult – Don Nadie – Erick Beltrán – Ericka Flórez – Ernesto Hernández – François Bucher – James Benning – Jennifer Moon – Juan Cárdenas – Juan Mejía – Laagencia – Lizzie Borden – Lucas Ospina – Luisa Ungar – María Angélica Madero – María Isabel Rueda - Michael Ned Holte – Michael Taussig – Nicola Masciandaro – Oscar Muñoz – Raymond Chaves – Scott Benzel – Sebastián Restrepo – Sofía Olascoaga – Tupac Cruz – Vanessa Sinclair – Víctor Albarracín Llanos.

A preliminary list of guest faculty for this year’s sessions will be published on March 15, 2019.

Conspirators of Pleasure will convene for its third year of sessions between July 10 and August 17, 2019, al lugar a dudas, in Cali, Colombia, welcoming local and international participants, lecturers and tutors in an environment that fosters life, interaction and mutual learning.

Application are due by April 26, 2018. The fee to attend the program is US $2,000. Housing and living expenses are not included. Admitted students will be notified via email on May 5th. A US $500 deposit by May 15th is required to secure your spot in the program. The full balance is due by May 30th.

The sessions will be held in English and Spanish. Although translation is available, proficiency in both languages is strongly encouraged. 



  • Letter of Intent / carta de intención (up to 600 words / hasta 600 palabras)

    Tell us about your interests and passions and how you see your participation in our program significant at this moment in your life. How does your practice relate with the structuring ideas for this version of (escuela incierta)?

  • Financial Assistance / Asistencia financiera

    If you require financial assistance, please let us know. Financial assistance will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If you are affiliated with an accredited program, see your institution for financial aid, which is typically administered through independent study.

  • CV

    Please attach your CV

  • Portfolio / Portafolio

    Visual artists: Single PDF file with up to 10 images of your work with short descriptive texts.
    Writers: 2 writing samples, up to 3 pages each.
    Film makers and performance artists: 2 video links with short descriptive text.
    Sound/music: soundcloud/bandcamp or similar link to tracks.


Applications must be sent via email to: with the subject APPLICATION 2019  


Send your questions and comments to Angélica Silva:

(escuela incierta) is made possible thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, Secretary of Culture of Cali, The Jumex Foundation, Pro Helvetia, and Arts Collaboratory.