Monday, February 09, 2009

On Support: 'Support Structures'

Celine Condorelli, James Langdon

Friday February 13, 2009, 6.30 p.m.
Ottoman Bank Museum Conference Hall,
Bankalar Caddesi, 11, Karaköy

This is the last talk of the ‘on support’ lecture series, which has been working as a draft towards a publication of ‘Support Structures’. In this talk Graphic designer James Langdon will discuss with Celine Condorelli and Gavin Wade how design can be considered as a form of support. By navigating through some of the material in process of being made into a book, they will integrate the investigation in notions of support within the realms of art, architecture and other spatial practices; and make a first, public proposal for what a curated bibliography of support might look like.

'Support Structures' is a publication project for the creation of the missing bibliography of support structures. A long-term engagement with notions of support highlights an almost complete absence of literature or theory on the subject, and therefore the imperative need to support its creation. While registering and collecting reference projects in a new archive of ‘support structures’, alongside the 10-phase ‘Support Structure’ project with Gavin Wade, Celine Condorelli has been inviting specialists from different fields to elaborate frameworks and work on texts which will form the theoretical backbone of the publication.


Celine Condorelli works with art and architecture. She is one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Birmingham, UK. Recent exhibitions include 'Park Nights', Serpentine (2008), 'Far-West', Arnolfini (2008), ‘Hidden Curriculum’, Casco, Utrecht (2007), GIL Biennial, Ghuang Zhou, Shanghai, Beijing, (2007), 4'33'', Magazin 4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, (2007), 'Revisits', Linz, Graz (2007/2008) 'theatre pieces', Tate Triennial (2006), 'Alterity Display', O'Hana gallery, london 2004). Recent projects include developing Support Structure phase 1-10, with Artist-Curator Gavin Wade, at Chisenhale Gallery, The Economist, ICA, V&A, London, Portsmouth, Greenham Common, Essex University, Birmingham Eastside (2003-2009), and previously taxi_onomy with artist Beatrice Gibson, at 'Subcontingency', Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Turin, 'Public Structures', GuangZhou Triennial, and 'the thin line' PEAM and Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (2005-2007). Celine Condorelli is phd candidate in Research Architecture, Goldsmith London.

James Langdon studied as an artist and now works as a designer of books and printed matter with artists and arts organisations. Recent and current collaborations include artists books and catalogues with Ruth Claxton, Harrison and Wood, Steven Shearer and Victor Man; and the ‘exhibition in a book’, Has Man a Function in Universe?, curated by Gavin Wade, published by Book Works and including artists Mark Titchner, Shezad Dawood and Neil Chapman amongst others. James is also one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Birmingham, UK.

Gavin Wade is an artist-curator, Publisher of Strategic Questions and Director of Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Curated projects include This Is The Gallery And The Gallery Is Many Things, Eastside Projects (2008); Strategic Questions Venice, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); Thin Cities, Piccadilly Line Centenary, Platform for Art, London Underground (2006-8); Public Structures, Guang Zhou Triennial, China (2005); ArtSheffield05: Spectator T, cross city Biennial (2005). Other projects include Support Structure Phase 1-10, with architect Celine Condorelli, various locations (2003-2009); and Kiosk5:KiteKiosk (mit Simon & Tom Bloor and Nils Norman) Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone (2008). His books include Has Man A Function In Universe, Bookworks (2008); The Interruptors: A Non-Simultaneous Novel, Article Press (2005); STRIKE (adjusted by Liam Gillick), Alberta Press London (2002); and Curating In The 21st Century, The New Art Gallery Walsall (2000).