Ensayos is a research residency -based at WCS Karukinka Natural Park in Chilean Patagonia- through which artists, scientists, and local inhabitants contemplate and engage in issues relevant to conservation.

Derived from the French infinitive essayer (translatable in English as essay), ensayo means “to try” or “to attempt”. Defined by Ortega y Gasset as “the science, minus the explicit proof,” an ensayo is also a textual interpretation of a subject written from an author’s personal point of view. Both meanings point to the pragmatic and reflexive spirit that motivates Ensayos.