The Question: How (from your experience and perspective) do artistic practices create public sphere?

What allows me to answer this question is partly related to my experience as an instructor in the Fine Arts faculty. But, although my references proceed from this field, this question can be answered from many other points of view. What is at stake is how we define the public sphere. What type of discourses, subjects, forms of expression and times are allowed within it. I am supposing that we are referring to a public sphere that allows space to different voices, to subjects who do not usually have a place in the hegemonic frameworks.

Artistic practices can contribute to building this public debate in very different ways. Most immediatelyand obviously, one way could be the work itself (to give it some kind of name). An artistic production can contribute to debates or even generate them. However, this might be beyond the artist’s intentions. There are artistic productions that have meaning in debates far removed from the original debate in which the author took part. When one intervenes in the public sphere, the debate that arises and the person who takes it up are often not under the control of the person who emitted that statement.

On the other hand, the part that most interests me about the possibility of producing the public sphere from artistic practices is above all the ways of making, how we operate in the field of art. The fundamental thing is the question of how we constitute ourselves as professionals in the field of artistic production, who we work with, in what ways, under what conditions, to produce what narratives, within which discursive frameworks…Although anything related to the symbolic and discursive production of discussion is important, what is of greater importance is how we work, in what structures, relations, economic modes and regimens and how we struggle from there. There can be artistic productions that are generating a very interesting thematic debate but which in their modus operandi are totally corrosive for a sustainable, deliberative culture of debate. Artistic practices are always involved in debates that are already public, and in which there must be a commitment to participate in the discussions that are held about the role of culture in contemporary society and the social role played by art, since any artistic practice has social and/or economic effects.

In the training of artists, above all in the first years, the students arrive with idea that art is a form of personal expression (no one can deny that this is so to come extent), but there is usually a total cancellation of the dimension of production and its conditions. This is usually considered to be something prosaic, an evil that must be accepted to be able to express yourself. Understanding that it is the core of your work requires an apprenticeship that takes place over the years. That is why I would above all like to assert work conditions and operating modes, because these are what tend to be forgotten in this mystification of art as a space of aesthetics and expression.



June 22nd – Azkuna Zentroa, 19h

Free entree

LaPublika, an artistic research laboratory on public sphere, kicks off its activities for 2016 with a radio programme that is open to the public in which the invited guests tackle the core question posed by LaPublika concerning the power of art to impact on the collective and on living together, through the focus of different disciplines.

Those taking part are Cuauhtémoc Medina, Lourdes Fernández, Jeremy Deller and Jesús Carrillo, backed by the presence of local collectives including AmiArte, Histeria Kolektiboa, Zaramari and La Taller. There will be a sound intervention from Maialen Lujanbio and Xabier Erkizia, in conversation with Danele Sarriugarte. And live music from Le Parody.

Collaborator Radio Stations:

Radio Euskadi – Pre-recorded (July 2nd, from 20 to 23h.).

Casares Irratia – Live.

TEA FM – Live.

Radio Ateneu del Clot .

Radio Vallekas – Pre-recorded (June 29th, 19h.).

In collaboration with:

Vía de Fuga (Bilbao) – Live broadcast on the local.

Fila cero´s participants:

Grupo Orea: Juan Pablo Ordúñez Martínez ‘MawatreS’, Andrea Estankona and Josefina Roco Sanfilippo. Magdalena Planas and Oihane Sánchez.

See more pictures of Radio Magazine LaPublika here:


See all the drawings made by Dibujatolrato on their blog.




Magacín radiofónico LaPublika.

15 de octubre de 2015, 19:30h.

consonni, Bilbao.


Presentación del proyecto y del programa completo de LaPublika. La presentación adopta un formato de radio en directo, inspirado en el habitual género radiofónico, el magacín. Un programa de radio con público, para conversar, informar y generar contenidos en directo. Conducido por la locutora Alicia San Juan y con entrevistas a integrantes de la organización que dirige y coordina el proyecto (la productora y editorial bilbaína consonni), así como a otros cómplices implicados como la responsable de la identidad visual del proyecto, Eider Corral. Contaremos también con el artista Gerard Ortín para hablar de su propuesta Trabeska, actividad de arranque de LaPublika y primera pieza sonora para la radio-web.

Puedes ver la galería de imágenes aquí.


October 15th 2015, 19:30h

consonni, Bilbao.

LaPublika’s entire project and the full programme presented on consonni’s. The presentation adopts a live radio format, inspired by the familiar radio staple, the magazine. A laid-back live radio programme with an audience. This edition of the LaPublika magazine will be anchored by commentator Alicia San Juan and will run interviews with members of the organization that directs and coordinates the project, as well as with other accomplices including Eider Corral who is responsible for the project’s visual identity. Artist Gerard Ortín will be on hand to talk of his proposal Trabeska, LaPublika’s springboard activity and first sound piece for the radio-web.

All images here.