In Conver­sation: Céline Condorelli,
Özge Ersoy and Vasıf Kortun

Salt Beyoğlu

March 29, 2012 18.30

Céline Condorelli                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Celine Condorelli, <i>Surrounded by the Uninhabitable</i>, 2011<br />
Gri Çalisma, Mavi Çalisma, Yesil Çalisma<br />
<i>Geçmise Hücum</i> sergisinin ardindan, SALT Galata<br />
Fotograf: Refik Anadol
Celine Condorelli, Surrounded by the Uninhabitable, 2011

Study in Gray, Study in Blue and Study in Green

After the exhibition Scramble for the Past, SALT Galata

Photo: Refik Anadol

SALT Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema

Céline Condorelli, curator/art writer Özge Ersoy and Vasıf Kortun, Director of SALT Research & Programs, are coming together on the occasion of Surrounded by the Uninhabitable, the first spatial commission specifically tailored for the Forum at SALT Beyoğlu. Responding to a number of basic functional requirements, as well as introducing spaces for conversation, information-sharing, rest and study, Surrounded by the Uninhabitable by Condorelli is the first in a series of interventions that attempt to open up the Forum.

Condorelli’s intervention is simultaneously a reconfiguration of the Forum, the reception area, and her Support Structures from the exhibition Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 (November 22, 2011 - March 11, 2012; SALT Galata). By distributing/dispersing the reception area and creating multiple seating scenarios, the installation aims to encourage those promenading on İstiklal Caddesi to enter SALT Beyoğlu and experience the Forum as a publicly inhabitable space, to form new patterns of movement, use and encounter.

Surrounded by the Uninhabitable is an ongoing, evolving installation that revisits the study as the activity of thinking and researching, and the space dedicated to it. In its second iteration, Surrounded by the Uninhabitable is reconfigured to a new set of functions that play out in a public arena - the Forum of SALT Beyoğlu. This semi-utilitarian installation addresses the social function of space by combining sculptural object, exhibition and institution entrance.

The project will be accompanied by an online publication that follows the adaption of the structures as they respond to a different set of criteria and a new environment.

The conversation will be held in English.

In collaboration with the British Council.