Núria Güell

Too much public sphere?
Prologue to the presentation of the Public Sphere Laboratory..
Workshop coordinated by Núria Güell, 10th and 11th December 2014
Sukaldea, Tabakalera, Donostia-San Sebastián
After introducing some projects and with the complicity of different groups, against a horizon of social and political transformation, workshop participants will focus on the latter project that has been canceled by the state institution that commissioned it. This case study will be the starting point for discussing ethical and political contradictions implicit in institutional/artistical projects aimed to create public sphere. Where does the responsibility of the institution, artist and collaborators begin and end? What role should public cultural institutions play? What are the limits? Can they (institutions) afford to avoid the politically necessity of being politically correct? Should respect for the moral code prevail over the commitment to the real? Participants will discuss, from a theorical and practical point of view, those issues and others that consider appropriate.
Núria Güell (1981, Vidreres, Espana). She analyzes ethics practiced by the institutions that govern us detecting abuses of power conducted by the established “legality” and hegemonic morality. Both function as control strategies that dominate collective subjectivity and affect our patterns of behavior, thinking and our sense. Through the projects she is interested in demostrating these strategies and generating new ones, in order to transgress or put in crisis what is established. To achieve this she provoke interferences in the everyday environment through disruptive actions, “drilling” reality and its obviousness, creating other possible
realities, and altering established power relationships.
In recent years she has developed the concept DISPLACED LEGAL/MORAL APPLICATION to define the methodology that structures her projects. This analyzes a legal or moral principle and applies it in the opposite direction by reversing the power relationship and with a little twist initiates a questioning of what is established. The Projects resulting from D.L.A have a more activist character and generate projects to modify reality unlike the D.M.A which have a more reflexive profile.