Seminari Gramsci (Gramsci’s Seminar) is a processual work, an installation-performance-research project based on the oral narration of an event which occurred previously: the delivery of a seminar on Gramsci (La anestética del ready-made) by the Chilean philosopher Pablo Oyarzún in the 1980s, during Chile’s military dictatorship (1973-1989). On the basis thereof, the project works as a re-enactment of an event, perhaps trivial in factual terms, yet charged with symbolic and political meaning in this historical context.
In the work presented at La Capella, what is merely an oral piece of information, bearing testimony to an apparently ahistorical event – that is to say, which occurred without a trace of an event in history –, becomes a space for reconstructing a scene for a present-day reality that is ours and is not far from the political, economic and social circumstances in which the seminar took place. In this regard, Seminario de Gramsci also meets the urgent need to reconnect culture, analysis, debate and reflection in a period characterised by instability and crisis.
Vídeo made by Hugo Barbosa for La Capella BCN bcn.cat/lacapella