(photo credit: light & ‘real’ Rock, 2023, video still.)
(Image ID: A video still reveals two images overlaid. One, to the left, displays two constructed masks held by a performer whose face is obscured in blue. The other image to the right depicts a white wall studio setting of assorted works foregrounded by three pillows that read “Words made flesh, Muscle and bone, Animated by hope and desire.”)
Jonathan González is a member of studio:cero.
González received their BA from Trinity College, and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, as a Posse and Bessie Schonberg Scholar. González's pedagogical investments and creative practice are situated at the intersections of performance, with an attention to the interrelations of insurgent aesthetics, political economy, black study and embodiment.
González‘s creative works unfold as performance for text and choreography, video art, sonic soundscapes, and platforms for collaborative study, arts advocacy, lecture and curation. These works are activated within the sites of theatrical spaces, galleries and museums, virtual spaces, and printed matter. Their pedagogy extends from their creative practice, adapting methods of ethnography, lecture and gathering to engender experimentation towards otherwise modalities of collaboration, representation and political education within and outside academia. They have appointments in Collaborative Arts at New York University and Critical Studies at University of the Arts.
González's writings have been published by EAR | WAVE | EVENT, Dance/NYC, Regiones:CENTRAL, Movement Research Journal, Contemporaryand, The Creative Independent, Contact Quarterly, Cultured Magazine, deem journal, Angela's Pulse, among others. They have been a recipient of fellowships from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Art Matters Foundation, Jerome Hill Foundation as well as a resident-artist with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Dance and Process:The Kitchen, Trinidad Performance Institute, Center for Afro-futurist Studies and Loghaven Artist Residency