Pivô Research


Pivô Research is Pivô’s artistic residency program that has been in permanent activity since 2013, based in the Copan building, in downtown São Paulo. Over the years, Pivô Research has accumulated extensive experience in the training of artists through the critical follow-up of projects and in facilitating the development of works, having established a network of professionals who frequently collaborate with the program. More than 150 artists, including Brazilians and foreigners, went through Pivô’s residence.


In 2020 free participation in the program was established. It is divided into 3 cycles per year, lasting 12 weeks, receiving up to 12 artists per cycle. The residents’ curatorial follow-up is conducted by a guest curator at each cycle.


Pivô Research activities take place, on a weekly basis, as follows:


Curatorial follow-up

A curator invited by Pivô at each cycle carries out regular individual follow-ups, guiding research and proposing reflections. In these follow-ups, referrals for the development and realization of projects and works are also discussed.


Portfolio readings

In these conversations, each artist presents his/her work to the entire group and to Pivô’s curatorial team and guest curator. This is the moment when artists listen to each other and have privileged access to each other’s production. The conversations generate debates around conceptual issues, presentation and formalization of works. They also function as exposition and speech production exercises about the practice in process, in addition to being a meeting point between residents and between them and the curatorial team.


Interlocutors (Pivô Invites)

Residents will have two individual meetings throughout the residency with a critic, artist or curator invited by Pivô. In these meetings, lasting between 45 minutes and 1:30′, residents show their production and have the opportunity to discuss it directly with this interlocutor. Pivô’s curatorial team seeks to invite professionals who are open to listening, whose research aligns with that of artists in residence and who have experience in orienting artistic projects.



Pivô Research organizes up to two virtual meetings with artists and / or curators based in Brazil or abroad. In these meetings, residents have the opportunity to get in touch with the work processes of professionals from different generations and get to know their projects and research closely.


Public program

Up to 3 activities open to the public are carried out in each cycle by artists, curators, theorists or guest writers. The objective is to expand specific debates related to artistic activity or the creative process. These activities offer opportunities for interaction with professionals working in different media, broadening the spectrum of views on art and contact with different work methods.


Blog, video channel and social media

The blog and video channel hosted on Pivô’s website are two platforms that can be used to support the content produced by resident artists and Pivô Research collaborators. The profiles and lines of interest of each of the resident artists are published on Pivô’s social media, as well as interviews, images of the artists, alone or together, as well as images of works in process or completed. These are some of the ways to make public the contents and activities under development within the scope of the residency.


Closing event (Open Studio)

This is the moment when the public is invited to know the processes of the artists residing in an event held online, with a schedule defined in common agreement by the group, the cycle’s curator and Pivô. Artists can propose ways to present works in progress, as well as discuss with the public about their creative processes. In this event, the program participants test the possibilities of formalizing and presenting their work in the digital territory, negotiating ideas and creating collective programs. Participation in this activity is not mandatory.


For more information, please download the program presentation at the link beside or write to pesquisa@pivo.org.br.