Romanian Archeological Photography Index / R.A.P.I.. Bogdan Gîrbovan, Michele Bressan. Galeria Posibilă.

Posted in art, Artist Book, history, Motto Berlin store, photography on January 18th, 2018
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The Romanian Archeological Photography Index was begun three years ago through the exploration, excavation, photographing and recording of objects found in Romania dating from the time of the two world wars. It saw Bogdan Gîrbovan and Michele Bressan set out in the footsteps of the “magnets” – the locals who search for objects dating from the two world wars in order to sell them as scrap.
The project takes place on three levels. First, there is the presentation of the landscape, which is taken to be their working perimeter. Then, the objects are located, dug up and photographed in situ. These are then removed from the environment in which they were found, i.e. they are decontextualized, and photographed in a controlled environment. Through this latter, objective representation of form, they acquire a clear abstract quality that is suggestive of other forms of interpretation. Together, the three layers comprise a series of archaeological episodes in which photography is used as a means of documentation and a tool of study.

A hybrid object, at the crossroads between history book, photography book and family photo album, this is R.A.P.I. in published form. The final product will contain a wide variety of information and texts intended to create a mapping between the published object, the reader, the authors and the wider context of memory. The design and layout is the work of Matei Câlția.

5 booklets, various formats.

 

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Borrowed Territories. Lucian Bran. Galeria Posibila.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, Motto Berlin store, photography on January 17th, 2018
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In Borrowed Territories, Lucian Bran goes to the sites where Hatfield & McCoys was shot, a TV series about two confronting families right after the Civil War, in the second half of the XIXth century. He doesn’t travel to Kentucky, nor West Virginia, but to Brașov, Argeș and Ilfov – because this is where the film shootings took place, borrowing the natural scapes to a history which happened thousands of miles away. Bran brings together in his project images from the movie set and film stills, which alternate with his own photographs taken in the same places which were used as backdrop for the movie.
With contributions by Magda Radu, Augustina Stanciu, Monica Stroe, Bogdan Iancu.

În Borrowed Territories (Teritorii împrumutate), Lucian Bran merge în locurile unde s-a turnat filmul Hatfield & McCoys, despre confruntarea a două familii imediat după Războiul Civil American, în a doua parte a secolului XIX. Nu merge-n Kentucky sau în West Virginia, ci în Brașov, Argeș și Ilfov – fiindcă aici au avut loc filmările, împrumutând cadrul natural unei istorii petrecute la mii de kilometri distanță. Bran adună în proiectul lui imagini de pe platourile de filmare și cadre din film, pe care le alternează cu fotografii făcute de el în locurile care apar ca fundal natural în pelicula americană.

Texte de Magda Radu, Augustina Stanciu, Monica Stroe și Bogdan Iancu.

 

 

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Gärten der Kooperation / Gardens of Cooperation. Alexander Kluge. Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart & Motto Books.

Posted in art, books, exhibitions, film, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, writing on January 16th, 2018
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Die vorliegende Publikation erscheint im Rahmen der Ausstellung “Alexander Kluge. Gärten der Kooperation” im Württembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart: einer umfassenden Einzelausstellung des Schriftstellers, Filmemachers und Theoretikers Alexander Kluge, die auf der gleichnamigen Schau im Kunstzentrum La Virreina in Barcelona basiert. In enger Zusammenarbeit mit La Virreina sowie Alexander Kluge selbst hat der Kunstverein eine Neufassung und Erweiterung von sieben Eizelaspekten dieses Projektes entwickelt.

Entsprechend der Ausstellung setzt sich auch das Buch aus sieben “Inseln” zusammen, die jeweils mit einem Bild und Text aus Alexander Kluges Büchern eingeführt werden. Darüber hinaus versammelt es eine Auswahl ergänzender Texte von Alexander Kluge, die auch ind er Ausstellung zu finden waren.

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The publication accompanies the exhibition “Alexander Kluge: Gardens of Cooperation” in the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart: a comprehensive solo exhibition by the writer, filmmaker, and theorist Alexander Kluge, based on the show of the same name at the La Virreina Art Center in Barcelona. In close collaboration with La Virreina and with Alexander Kluge himself, the Kunstverein has developed a new version and expansion of seven individual aspects of this project.
The book, like the exhibition, is composed of seven “islands”, each introduced by a picture and text from Alexander Kluge’s books. In addition, it brings together a selection of complementary texts by Alexander Kluge, also found in the exhibition.

 

German / English

19 x 12.5 cm

ISBN: 9782940524723

199 pages

Co-published by Motto Books & Würtembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

 

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Maria Fusco: Give Up Art. Maria Fusco. New Documents

Posted in books, Motto Berlin store, writing on January 11th, 2018
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Give Up Art is a collection of critical writings by author Maria Fusco. Operating across fiction, criticism, and theory, Fusco’s work forges a contemporary space for critical art writing internationally. Give Up Art brings together nearly two dozen essays, reviews, and smaller pieces published between 2002 and 2017.

Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer based in Scotland. Her award-winning writing crosses the registers of criticism, ction, and theory. Her work has been translated into ten languages.

 

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Anti-Book – On the Art and Politics of Radical Publishing. Nicholas Thoburn. University of Minnesota Press

Posted in books, history, Theory on January 4th, 2018
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A major new look at experimental political writing and publishing
Presenting what he terms “a communism of textual matter,” Nicholas Thoburn explores the encounter between political thought and experimental writing and publishing. He takes a “post-digital” approach to a wide array of textual media forms, inviting us to challenge the commodity form of books—to stop imagining books as transcendent intellectual, moral, and aesthetic goods unsullied by commerce.

 

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Showroom (Punk/Sex/Bodies). Toby Mott. Dashwood Books.

Posted in 2016, history, photography, poster on January 2nd, 2018
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Showboat: Punk/Sex/Bodies explores sex in punk and punk in sex. Punk is often thought of as an almost asexual movement, in part because of its charged aversion to romance (see Johnny Rotten’s notorious description of love as “2 minutes and 52 seconds of squelching noises”). Yet, its raw street sound triggered an exuberant, primal physical release among its youthful followers.

For many punks, sex was used as a necessary shock tactic against the orthodoxies that held sway in conservative 1970s Britain. The status of punk as a radical subculture meant that it could freely explore sex without mainstream censorship; and this ability to openly express sex and sexuality provided punk with so much of its essential rawness and immediacy.

Beginning in 1972 and spanning right up to the present day, Showboat provides a chronological survey of the relationship between punk and sex as seen through original posters, flyers, record covers, photographs and ephemera drawn from the editor’s punk archive, The Mott Collection. Alongside written contributions from Julie Burchill, Paul Cook, Vivien Goldman, Eve Libertine, Bruce LaBruce, Amos Poe, Richard Prince and Will Self among many others. Designed by Jamie Andrew Reid.

 

€72.00

Blue Period / Last Summer (US Cover Edition). Nobuyoshi Araki. Session Press & Dashwood Books.

Posted in Japan, photography on December 30th, 2017
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One of the most influential photographers of our time, Nobuyoshi Araki is known for his diaristic style or “shi-shashin” (I-photographs) through the publication of over 500 books throughout his career. His work has become practically synonymous with Japanese photography; closely associated with his work on bondage, his late wife, Yoko, as well as still lifes and nudes.

In 1986 at Cinema Rise in Tokyo, Araki staged a live performance entitled Tokyo Monogatari (Tokyo Story). Using two projectors, Araki and his assistants, Nobuhiko Tokyo Monogatari became the first in a series of live performances entitled Arakinema, which he staged until the mid-2000s in The majority of the work is derived from Shashin Jidai, the important underground sub culture magazine of the 1980s museums and art institutions around the world. in Japan.

As a special case excited about our film work. As Araki also explained at our initial meeting in Shinjuku last year, “The two films should be seen as a set, since Blue Period is about the past and This project is just (a future). It is an act of subtraction (past), whereas adding color to the images in the images in Last Summer is about an act of addition (future). like life itself. ”

Working directly from the 140 original slides used for both projections, the book successfully offers a fresh review of the photographer’s hidden oeuvre and regains the true spirit and atmosphere of the original Arakinema performances

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mean (analog + digital). Yoshinori Henguchi. Edition Nord

Posted in books, Japan, Motto Berlin store, photography on December 19th, 2017
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€ 76.00

 

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The Serving Library Annual 2017/18. Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Angie Keefer, Lauren Mackler, David Reinfurt (eds). Roma Publication 305

Posted in art, critique, Motto Berlin store, politics, writing on December 14th, 2017
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The Serving Library Annual comprises a number of individual “Bulletins” organized around a theme for an international audience of designers, artists, writers, and researchers. Newly published by ROMA Publications in a yearly format, this inaugural issue is realised in collaboration with Public Fiction, a journal and exhibition-maker based in Los Angeles. It deals with acts of civil disobedience and other forms of resistance, particularly in view of the relationship between entertainment and power. Contributors include Hilton Als, Tauba Auerbach, Anne Carson, Mark Leckey, Adrian Piper, Frances Stark, and Martine Syms.

Public Fiction’s next project, which runs broadly concurrent to this new Annual’s lifespan, is named The Conscientious Objector — a multifaceted endeavour commissioned by West Hollywood City Council that unfurls in parts from September 2017 to April 2018. Curated by Public Fiction founder Lauren Mackler and Serving Library editor Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, The Conscientious Objector comprises a series of “commercials” produced by artists for public access TV, an exhibition of artworks and performances at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture’s Schindler House in West Hollywood, and the present publication.

 

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I AINT THE NOING UV IT IM JUS ONLE THE SHOWING UV IT. Martin Clark, Steven Claydon. Bergen Kunsthall.

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, Motto Berlin store, painting, photography, sculpture on December 13th, 2017
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Published by Bergen Kunsthall in 2017 on the occasion of the exhibitions:

The Noing Uv It
Bergen Kunsthall
9 January – 15 February 2015

The Showing Uv It
Simon Ling
Bergen Kunsthall
27 February – 5 April 2015

Curated by
Martin Clark and Steven Claydon

Texts by
Martin Clark, Steven Claydon, Timothy Morton, Martin Herbert, Russell Hoban, Martin Westwood

 

€32.00

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