The Exhibitionist #12. Jens Hoffmann (ed.) The Exhibitionist.

Posted in art, Artist magazine, distribution, magazines, Motto Berlin store on May 25th, 2016
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The Exhibitionist #12
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Response I: Artists and curators

Fia Backström and Anthony Huberman Re: family dynamics

Anne Ellegood and Kerry Tribe Long Term Relationship

Claire Fontaine and Jens Hoffmann Artistic Bitches and Curatorial Bastards

Inés Katzenstein and Juan José Cambre Agreement

Response II: Archival

Introduced by Liz Glass
Dear King Harry
James Lee Byars: Correspondence with Harald Szeemann (1988)

La critique

Triple Candie: Let the Artists Die
Emiliano Valdés: Who Has the Power?
Nontobeko Ntombela: Remastered
Daniel Birnbaum: Hijacking the Situationists
Slavs and Tatars: The Splits of the Mind, If Not the Legs
Rachel Rose: Artist, Curator, Meaning
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An Illustrated Bibliography of the exhibitionist, Issues IX–XII

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Tamami Iinuma. Japan in der DDR. Opening 28.05.16 @ Motto Berlin at 6pm.

Posted in art, events, exhibitions, Japan, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, Uncategorized on May 24th, 2016
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There is a strikingly conspicuous high-rise building behind the Leipzig Central Station that contrasts with the city horizon. The 96 meters high tower, in a dignified shining pearl color, was first called Interhotel Merkur and is now The Westin Leipzig. With 27 floors it hosts more that 400 rooms with event and seminar spaces on separate floors, shops, restaurants. It’s a little city within the city.

In 2008, shortly after starting to study at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, I learnt that it is one of the few buildings that a Japanese construction company has build in German Democratic Republic in the late 1970s (there is two other constructions to be find in Dresden and Berlin). Something around and in this building triggered me to feel at home. When I saw it, I thought of the World Trade Center in Tokyo, from the top of which I enjoyed the Summer Festival of fireworks one day before my departure to Leipzig. So at that time I started to project my personal conflicts of a stranger in a new city on this huge building which became both a symbol of my hometown (even if, to be honest, there is nothing Japanese in its architecture) and of my frustrations.

With the celebrations of the 25 year of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of GDR, I wanted to know more about this building. Until then I had just looked at it from a distance and I finally decided to enter the Interhotel Merkur after 6 years of observation. I booked a room for one night there, took my camera and opened the door.

The Four-star hotel was deserted. Its Japanese restaurant which was once the best in Leipzig had no guests. And a cleaning man said to me: « I have been working here since the opening of the hotel, it was full of business people from all over the world in the 1980s ». He also explained me that the hotel was a hotbed of “illegal” prostitution (however this prostitution took roll as the espionage). I went to the reception and asked: « I heard that this hotel was build by a Japanese company. Is that right ? » A young man answered: « never heard about that » but the next morning I found a letter in my room with that simple sentence : This hotel was built by the Kajima Corporation.

In the summer 2014 I visited the library of Kajima Corporation in Tokyo. The librarian, Ms. Oda, prepared for me archive photos of construction, company’s monthly report, and even confidential documents. She also introduced me to Mr. Shimazu who was in charge of the architectural design team and lived in Leipzig from 1978 to 1981. I got the opportunity to hear their anecdotes, like the event that happened on January 12th, 1979 when the construction office was robed and all the money (GDR-Mark) from the safe was stolen. Additionally one roll of 35mm film that was in the camera of Mr. Sako, a colleague of Mr. Shimazu, had been gone as well. The camera was still in the office, but it had been opened and the negative had vanished. What was photographed in Mr. Sako’s camera must be normally the hotel’s construction process but that disparition had something from a spy movie. They went to the police but neither cash nor the film have ever been back.

I have been photographing modern architecture in Germany since 2008 and I am continuing to shoot similar buildings depending on my trips. In the process of creation, there is always a logical decision on positioning three bodies: the architectural body, the machinal body (camera) and my own body (photographer). But with Interhotel Merkur, I was strangely so excited that I could not measure the distances between the different « actors ». This architecture has, for me, the presence of a real and existing body that contains its story and its emotion. The building has its own life (which I am probably projecting on it) and, therefore, is reluctant to my photographs. But, for the History it represents, for its architecture (between classical Plattenbau and Japanese brutalism), for its role in my personal life, I decided to give it a try, again and again, until I obtain the right portrait of that motionless character of concrete.

When I left the archive of Kajima Corporation after my third visit, the librarian said to me: « Thank you, you shed light on our work, which has been forgotten ». This made me understand the real meaning of my obsession for the Interhotel Merkur: I sensed a Japanese spirit (or a soul?) in Leipzig. And I need to follow it before it flies too far away.

*This essay was originally written by the artist, and edited by Thibaut de Ruyter, for the publication「Stadt Bild / Image of City」(Cooperation by Berlinische Galerie, Deusche Bank Kunsthalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Nationalgalerie-Staatlische Museen zu Berlin)

Japan in der DDR - Tamami Iinuma - Exhibition Opening 28.05.16 @ Motto Berlin at 6pm.

Archive of Kveta Fulierova / FAMILY. Petra Feriancova (ed). Sputnik Editions

Posted in art, books, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, photography on May 23rd, 2016
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This book is an attempt at grasping an important part of Květa Fulierová’s archive, which holds a selection of negatives and printed black and white photographs stowed away in envelopes, marked according to themes and sorted chronologically in chocolate boxes. These photographs pertain to the everyday of a family; of her shared household with Július Koller from the period starting in the eighties, when Květa’s grandsons were born, and ending in their adulthood and the passing away of Július Koller in 2007.

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Negative Space: Orbiting Inner and Outer Experience (no.2). Antonia Hirsch (ed.). SFU Galleries

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, exhibitions on May 19th, 2016
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Antonia Hirsch (ed.) in conversations with and reproduced texts by Theodor Adorno, Lorna Brown, Daniel Colucciello Barber, Elena Filipovic, François Laruelle, Olaf Nicolai, Lisa Robertson, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Wolfgang Winkler.

Expanding from the exhibition Negative Space, this lateral publication of seven conversations and reprinted texts is a project in its own right to consider the space between and around subjects and objects.

Antonia Hirsch’s practice testifies to a long-standing engagement with the quantitative, spatial and syntactic systems that structure an understanding of our universe. The opposite of chaos, cosmos can be defined as a complex and organized system: the ordered universe. Hirsch’s work often relates these ordering structures to embodied and visual experience, considering how the equivocal and often ideological nature of these representational systems is expressed through a level of abstraction.

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Slikar Painter ’73. Žiga Kariž. Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution on May 18th, 2016
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The Catalogue at hand is the result of collaboration between three institutions: The Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art and the Nova Gorica Arts Centre, and is published in parallel with the exhibition of Kariž’s latest works at the Cultural centre Tobacna 001, which will be partly translated to the Nova Gorica City Gallery at the beginning of 2016.

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Piles of Books: Art as Publishing in the 20th and 21st Centuries. A Talk by David Senior. 26.05.16, 7pm @ Wendy’s Subway, Brooklyn

Posted in events on May 17th, 2016
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David Senior, Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York, will discuss a history of artists’ publications in the 20th and 21st centuries. Senior presents examples of how artists and designers have used little publications as experimental containers for new ideas, creating lively and accessible spaces to communicate work and archive art actions. Most examples will come from the collection of books that he works with at the MoMA Library and several recent library exhibitions he has organized of artists’ books and ephemera.

This event is presented by Wendy’s Subway and Motto Books, Berlin, on the occasion of the Motto Books temporary bookstore, open weekends from 12pm to 6pm, May 1st through May 29th.

David Senior is the bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library, where he manages collection development, including the library’s artists’ books collection. Senior lectures often on the history of artists’ publications and contemporary art and design publishing. He also curates exhibitions of MoMA Library materials including: THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY (2016), Ray Johnson Designs (2014), Please Come to the Show (2013), Millennium Magazines (2012), Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74 (2011). Please Come to the Show, a book documenting his exhibition of artists’ invitations and show flyers from the MoMA Library, was published by Occasional Papers in 2014. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Dot Dot Dot, Bulletins of the Serving Library, ART PAPERS, and C Magazine. He organizes a regular program of events for Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair and the LA Art Book Fair called the Classroom. Senior edited an artist’s book series through Printed Matter and the NYABF from 2008-2014, which included publications with Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon, Aaron Flint Jamison, James Hoff and Eve Fowler. He serves on the board of directors of Primary Information and Yale Union.

Transparenzen / Transparencies. Sternberg Press. Book Launch @ Motto Berlin 17.05.2016 at 7.30 pm

Posted in art, books, events, Motto Berlin event on May 11th, 2016
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Wir freuen uns, die Neuerscheinung der Publikation
TRANSPARENZEN ankündigen zu können!

We are happy to announce the release
of the publication TRANSPARENCIES!

Mit einem BOOK LAUNCH im Motto Buchladen, Berlin
With a book launch at Motto bookstore, Berlin
(Motto, Skalitzer Str. 68, 10997 Berlin)

Dienstag, 17. Mai 2016, 19.30 Uhr
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 7.30 pm

Die Publikation ist ab sofort erhältlich bei:
The publication is available now at:
Sternberg Press

TRANSPARENCIES
The ambivalence of a new visibility

Simone Neuenschwander, Thomas Thiel (Ed.)
With contributions by Emmanuel Alloa, Neïl Beloufa, Clare Birchall, Juliette Blightman,
Ryan Gander, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, David Horvitz, Metahaven, Simone Neuenschwander, Katja Novitskova, Yuri Pattison, Manfred Schneider, Thomas Thiel

The globalized world seems at once transparent and opaque. The exhibition project »Transparencies« examined the cultural facets and atmospheres of these (non-)transparencies. The two-part, joint exhibition project in Bielefeld and Nuremberg was dedicated to developments in »transparent society«, asking how these are reflected in the current work by contemporary artists. The paradigm of transparency and the ambivalence of the term was addressed by participating artists in multiple, diverse ways. This book documents both exhibitions and outlines all of the contributions to this substantial project. Conceptually designed by Metahaven, it contains artistic statements and scientific essays that encourage an ongoing discussion of the subject.

Copublished by Bielefelder Kunstverein, Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft and Sternberg Press.

Design by Metahaven
April 2016, German/English, 34 x 24 cm, 162 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-223-6
Price: € 26

45 Last Words. Uta Pütz. art3.

Posted in Artist Book, books, writing on May 11th, 2016
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45 Last Words
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Ikebana I-II
Close-Up Magic I-II
Weltraumfahrt I-IV
Arrangiert in schönen Gefäßen I

Concept: Uta Pütz
Graphic Design: Lisa Pommerenke
General editor: Sylvie Vojik

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Shelter Press: Outside and After. 14.05.16, 7 pm @ Wendy’s Subway, Brooklyn

Posted in events on May 10th, 2016
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Please join us Saturday, May 14th for a reading and discussion with the French publisher, Shelter Press. The evening will address the many lives of published material across a number of formats and platforms (performances, exhibitions, workshops) and consider the potential activations of printed matter and records.

A reading by Shelter Press author and publisher, Félicia Atkinson, will be followed by a conversation with Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson (Shelter Press), moderated by Kristen Mueller and Rachel Valinsky.

This event is presented by Wendy’s Subway and Motto Books, Berlin, on the occasion of the Motto Distribution temporary bookstore, open weekends from 12pm to 6pm, May 1st through May 29th.

Shelter Press is a French publishing / curatorial platform founded in 2011 by publisher Bartolomé Sanson and artist Félicia Atkinson. Shelter Press works as a nomadic artist-run organization building up dialogues between contemporary art, poetry and experimental music through publications, pedagogical experiences, and exhibitions. Argument is a nomadic research center lead by Bartolomé Sanson and Felicia Atkinson (Shelter Press) and hosted by institutions and art centers.
http://shelter-press.org/
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Tomb of Love, Grabkammer der Liebe. Claudia Reinhardt. Verbrecher Verlag

Posted in Artist Book, photography, writing on May 7th, 2016
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In my series Killing Me Softly (2004), I recreated the suicides of famous woman artists, placing myself as the model. Back then, fifteen years ago, it was the suicide of Sarah Kane which induced me to deal with the theme of suicide. In the most recent photographic work Dospar, Liebespaare (book title Tomb Of Love), i shift the attention to couples who committed suicide together. This time I solely have the position behind the camera and I work with non-professional actors, who were instructed by me, staging the death of ten couples and families.

2016

 

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