Support Structures

Last year, Céline Condorelli published Support Structures with Sternberg, the documentation of a project with Gavin Wade and invited contributors.

According to the website:

Support Structures is the culmination of several endeavours. The first is the collaborative project ‘Support Structure’ by ourselves, Céline Condorelli and Gavin Wade, from 2003 to 2009. The second, prompted by the first, is a critical enquiry by Condorelli that exposes an almost complete absence of literature or theory on what constitutes ‘support’, and therefore the imperative need to create a bibliography on the subject. Lastly, this book, Support Structures, is itself articulated as a supporting structure, a manual for engagement in and with its subject, which attempts both functionally and structurally to operate much like it.

Artists represented include Rirkrit Tiravanija, Christopher D’Arcangelo, Lawrence Weiner, Michael Asher, Christopher Williams and Andrea Fraser. Among the essays included are:

  • Mark Cousins, “On Support
  • Jaime Stapleton, “Support for Culture
  • Andrea Phillips, “Democratic Support: Doing Democracy
  • Bart de Baere and Condorelli, “Cultural Support”
  • Wouter Davidts, “Architectural Support: Double Bind
  • Eyal Weizman & Rony Brauman, “Humanitarian Support: Planning Emergency
  • Jean-Claude Lebensztejn, “Art Support: On the Frame
  • Jan Verwoert, “Personal Support: How to Care

The project website has images of sample pages and a list of blog and press coverage including Afterall and La Critique.