Wednesday, December 10, 2008

On Support

A Lecture Series taking place on evenings between December 2008 and February 2009, organised by Celine Condorelli and hosted by Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center and Garanti Gallery.

Friday, December 19, 2008, 6.30 p.m.
Celine Condorelli
‘What is Support’

Tuesday, December 30, 2008, 6.30 p.m.
Wouter Davidts:
On Support: ‘Architecture and Imagination’

Friday, January 23, 2009, 6.30 p.m.
Andrea Phillips
On Support: ‘Building Democracy’

Friday, January 30, 2009, 6.30 p.m.
Jan Verwoert
On Support: ‘Methodologies’
Ottoman Bank Museum Conference hall at Bankalar Caddesi, 11, Karaköy.

Friday February 13, 2009, 6.30 p.m.
Celine Condorelli, James Langdon, Gavin Wade
On Support: ‘Support Structures’

The Lectures, in English, take place at the Ottoman Bank Museum Conference hall at Bankalar Caddesi, 11, Karaköy.

A discussion on the notion of 'support' is seen as fundamental to the development of cultural practice, art, and architecture, and will take place in Istanbul between December 2008 and February 2009, in relation to the new vision of Platform Garanti and Garanti Gallery and the institution's future implementation.

Celine Condorelli was invited to participate in the residency programme at Platform Garanti, to advance her research on this topic and to develop a project within the current considerations of the institution. The resulting series of lectures titled 'On Support' introduces critics, artists, architects, curators and thinkers who are invited to think through the notions of 'support' and 'discipline'. These individuals will contribute to the project by spending short periods in Istanbul in association with Condorelli's research and supported by the British Council; together, they will be elaborating frameworks and working on texts around the subjects of 'supplements' and 'support'. Their contributions, texts and ideas will feed into the project as a whole and form part of the publication ‘Support Structures’, developed with the involvement of Platform Garanti and to be published by Sternberg Press in 2009.

The research is co-extensive within the ongoing discussions about what kind of institution Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center and Garanti Gallery is aiming to develop via their new collaboration. Hence, the longer term potential for the material generated by the project will be a collection of texts and thoughts that are used to form a curatorial and conceptual framework to realise an exhibition within the new institution.

‘On support’ is a research project that uses 'support' as a proposition to tackle issues of articulation, representation and blindness (social, historical or fictional). Support is here to be understood as a practice based on generosity, which invites readings and inhabitations of relationships between power structures, social realities and institutional forms. Support occurs in the interstices of cultural structures or society, in its ad-hoc formations and encounters, which makes it sometimes hard to recognise, as it takes up a position of interfacing and organisation, which inevitably recedes in the background; it is a practice of weakness and negotiation and a work of articulation. This project addresses important questions for the art and architecture community, on forms of display, organisation, appropriation, dependency and temporariness; it defines spatial practice as a form of political imagination.

‘On support’ takes its lead from the larger project and ongoing collaboration between Architect Celine Condorelli and Artist-Curator Gavin Wade, ‘Support Structure’, which looks at the systems and structures conditioning how we inhabit our environment.

"On Support’ is supported in part by the British Council.
Additional support has been provided by the Goethe Institute Istanbul.