Attunement | Alberto Pérez-Gómez

March 5th - 9th, 2018

Despite its often striking presence in the media, architecture remains in crisis, its social relevance often lost between the two poles of formal innovation and technical sustainability; it contributes little to alleviate the pathological environments that are detrimental to our psychosomatic health. Examining topics from Alberto Pérez-Gómez’s latest books and essays, this session will explore the possibilities of a more compassionate, attuned and musical lived environment, grasping the potential of architecture beyond solipsistic formal manipulations to acknowledge real (diverse) cultural values and qualities of place in our global village. Such possibilities are complex for they entail a critique of contemporary practices and popular assumptions, and a self-transformation on the part of the maker, a realization of the ethical imagination of the creator, capable of humility, love and dialogue, of making promises towards the social contract.  A careful consideration of how beauty and justice, ethics and poetics, have converged historically in practice and education is particularly illuminating to this end. Such practices also challenge disciplinary assumptions, particularly the exclusivity of geometric or spatial concerns in architecture and urban design, to gain from an analogy with the performing arts, where participation becomes possible through play, festival and symbolic recognition.

Three lectures organized around the topics of 1) Attunement: The Possibility of Meaning in the Contemporary Lived Environment, 2) Built upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics and 3) Architecture as a Performing Art, will be delivered on three consecutive days, followed by spaces of engaged dialogue.

Duration of Session

The Session will take place between March 5th - 9th, 2018


Application Deadline

February 15th, 2018


Participant Fee and Accommodation

Full Participation Fee (incl shared accommodation) is $475 for the full Session

Commuter (no accommodation included) is $375 for the full Session

You will be hosted in the House on the Hill, in shared arrangements in one of our nine bedrooms. The shared bedrooms sleeps 2 to 4 people. We will do our best and try to give everyone the privacy they need. Private accommodation might be available upon request for an additional fee.

The session fee also covers: prepared dinner each day, and self-service breakfast and lunch; local transportation for group excursions, as well as pick-up and drop-off at Albany, NY and Albany/Rensselaer, NY stations. Material, tools, and equipment connected to the group works for the session are covered. Participants are responsible for personal materials used in their creative work.  


Studio / Workspace

Because each artist's studio needs and space differs, we work with each artist to find the best possible working situation for them.  At the Mill we have a full metal and wood-working Shop, and spaces for building, cooking, filming, photographing, performance, composing, large-scale drawing, sculpture and painting. Our spaces are flexible and you are invited to create your own. Currently, the second floor of the Mill is under construction and is unfortunately not available at this time.  The Shop, however, is still available for everyone to use. In addition to the Mill, we also have our Barn, located next to the house, which offers a flexible indoor/outdoor space, along with additional spaces in the House. 


Structure and Expectations Towards the Artist

Artists are expected to pursue their individual creative endeavor within the framework of the Session. During the Session our Events and Artist in Residence Program will run in parallel and interweave with the program.



Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by us: not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, but by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place, from the fellows and participants, to visiting artists, local community members, and all who come through our doors. It is being constructed by and between us. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is foundational. We are situated within an enthusiastic and supportive community that is highly active in the programming of Arts Letters & Numbers, and who also welcomes everyone to their weekly gatherings.  


Disciplines Support and Technical Information

The basis for Arts Letters and Numbers Residency Program is to encourage cross-disciplinary linkages. Work samples are required for evaluating applications. The application form asks for a website (preferred), however, you may also send samples, writing or images, directly to


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed shortly after the deadline. If you have any questions regarding your application do not hesitate to ask at