Cristina Garrido and Julia Morandeira

The Public Sphere considered from artistic practices.
Prologue to the presentation of the Public Sphere Laboratory.
Workshop coordinated by Cristina Garrido (Barcelona) and Julia Morandeira (Bilbao).
14th and 15th November 2014.
Sukaldea, Tabakalera, Donostia-San Sebastián.
They were accompanied by a number of invited local professionals – Ricardo Antón Troyas, Arantza Lauzirika, Oihane Ruiz, Peio Agirre, Nancy Garin and June Fernández – in order to reflect on the capacity of art to contribute to creating the public sphere and analyse artistic projects as case studies. There was also a walk through the city of San Sebastián in collaboration with the Maushaus architecture collective, Mikel Mazkiaran from SOS Racismo and Edurne Aperribay, an architect and member of the Women and City Forum. In addition there was live streaming of the talks given at the international meeting “Creative Time Summit”, held in Stockholm.

Cristina Garrido. Researcher, critic and immaterial worker.Her research focuses on the intersection of creativity and social, cultural, and political issues. In particular, in how creativity can be a tool to question –or even alter- dominant contemporary realities. She has worked as a researcher and independent curator for various organisations in different international contexts, such as IDENSITAT (Barcelona), the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) Goldsmiths University (London); Birkbeck(London); the South London Gallery (London); the Serpentine Gallery, (London); the Franklin Furnace Archive (New York); or CCCB (Barcelona, 2008).
Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga is a curator and researcher. Her work deals with questions linked to geography and postcolonial theory, the image in movement and the devices of cultural production, as well as their inscription as places of the production of knowledge. She is also a member of Declinación Magnetica, a group for artistic research and production whose work is based on gaining awareness of decolonial studies and the hybridisation of methodologies. As a researcher she is a member of the Peninsula group of MNCARS and is a guest lecturer on a Master’s Degree in Social and Communication Sciences of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She is currently resident curator in the Kadist Foundation in Paris, where she develops the Canibalia project. Amongst other prior projects she directed LOOP (2011-2013) and curated the Barcelona Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale of Contemporary Art and the exhibition “Ampliación del Campo de Batalla” in the Montehermosa Cultural Centre.