Before you were forever. Mika Hayashi Ebbesen, Marianne Heier. Motto Books

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22nd, 2024

Before you were forever
Mika Hayashi Ebbesen, Marianne Heier (Eds.)
Motto Books

Contributions by Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger, Mika Hayashi Ebbesen, Marianne Heier, Mercedes Mühleisen, and Maxi Wallenhorst

A discreet, yet unapologetic, feminist reading of the past and present with a particular focus on deconstructing inherited notions of identity and gender. It seeks to examine the impact these have had on contemporary relational modalities in order to find new capacities to dissect the resulting interpersonal dynamics. There is a wish to pause automatisms that suffocate the mind.

« From the dusty shafts of an ancient quarry to the transgressive reattunement in metramorphosis, this book is a revolt against false separation. Mika says: Will you stick around long enough for us to hum together? Marianne says: Like a gasp in slow motion. Swoosh. Falling into modernity. Maxi says: You stand for how I, crucially, do not even know who I am talking to. Mercedes says: An endless string of mouths has shaped the story again and again. Wash off those goosebumps and listen. Bracha says: The artist in the matrixial dimension is wit(h)ness in com-passionate hospitality. »

Edition of 500
Edited by Mika Hayashi Ebbesen and Marianne Heier
Graphic design by Rafaela Dražić
Printed in Italy by Musumeci S.p.A.
English, Norwegian
Pages: 152
Size: 16 x 12 cm
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9782940672493


André Vida @ Motto Berlin. 22.06.2024

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21st, 2024

André Vida (live performance) @ Motto Berlin Saturday 22 June

At 6pm and 8pm

Plus drinks and snacks

BIG ARCHIVE SALE. 22.06.2024

Posted in Uncategorized on June 20th, 2024



Revisiting a 15 years old storage and displaying items sll day long, with discounts from 50 to 90% off.
(Items are added all day long, no need to show up too early)

Selected titles are also discounted on our website when you type ‘discount’ in the search on our online shop.


Posted in Art, Editions, Exhibitions, Zines on May 18th, 2024
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Anne Gillis @ Motto Berlin. 9 May 2024

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7th, 2024

Listening session with Anne Gillis
Thursday 9 may, from 6-8pm

Anne Gillis
Aha (1984)
La scie dorée (repress 2024)

“For more than 40 years, Anne Gillis has discreetly unfolded her proper singular universe without any compromise. She playfully moves with determined restrictions, excavating contrasting forces; sensual and visceral, mechanical and organical, black and white. She extends this personal expression in her visuals using self-portrait photos, handwritten text and her theatrical performances are equally aligned. Her music can be considered as musique concrète using the tape machine as compositional tool, manipulating her recorded sources, mainly consisting of extended voice and different (instrumental) sounds with addition of electronics and treatments. In both her photography and her music, Anne Gillis works fully analog.”

In collaboration with NEITHER

statementhouseRCA + statementhousetanlin

Posted in Architecture, Artist Books / Monographs, Exhibition catalogue, Motto Books, poetry on April 30th, 2024
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@shouseRCA and @shousetanlin are two publications from their respective Twitter accounts. Each account was one of the two voices of the statementhouse (temporary title) built at the Royal College of Art in London in 2015.

The house “spoke” in two ways. One was that of the arrangements of texts and ordinary situations that punctuated its daily life through the action of the two curators Sophie Oxenbridge and Katie Reynolds (@shouseRCA). The other voice was that of poet Tan Lin, echoing it remotely from New York (@shousetanlin).

The two voices answered and prompted each other.

TBOOK is a fictitious publishing house that proposes to transform the Twitter scroll into a book form.

Author: Jean-Pascal Flavien, Tan Lin

Publisher: TBook; Motto Books

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Found Serendipity

Posted in Artist Books / Monographs, photography on April 13th, 2024
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While walking, one captures the fleeting and ordinary objects encountered in the form of images. These captured images are then reassembled to ponder the impermanence of these objects, encouraging a renewed perspective on the everyday items that surround us. Since 2015, she has been photographing objects on the street, collecting and studying images on site STREETOBJET. Found Serendipity juxtaposes images of common objects found by chance on the streets with exhibition-style captions, inviting the viewer to linger between the lines, appreciate, and imagine the essence of these object images. Each book cover is uniquely stamped, creating a serendipitous arrangement.

Author: Hong, Ji-Sun

Publisher: Plate

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The Conditions of Being Art

Posted in Art on April 10th, 2024
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The Conditions of Being Art is the first book to examine the activities of groundbreaking contemporary art galleries Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983–2004), and the transnational milieu of artists, dealers and critics that surrounded them.

Drawing on the archives of dealers Pat Hearn and Colin de Land—both, independently, legendary players on the New York art scene of the 1980s and ’90s, and one of the great love stories of the art world—this publication illustrates their distinctive artistic practices, significant exhibitions and events, and daily business. Hearn and de Land championed art that challenged the business of running an art gallery; artists like Renée Green and Susan Hiller, Andrea Fraser and Cady Noland, who employed conceptualism and installation, social and institutional critique.

Contributing to the history of exhibitions, institutions and curating, The Conditions of Being Art addresses a significant gap in this literature around experimental commercial spaces in recent art history. This publication is the first book-length critical account of the alternative commercial gallery practices of the 1990s, a moment and a scene that is extremely influential to many of today’s art dealers, curators and artists.

Hearn and de Land’s gallery practices explored new experimental and ethical possibilities within the selling of art, testing the relationship of contemporary art to its markets. In this volume, full-color images, in-depth scholarly investigations and detailed gallery histories vibrantly document how Hearn and de Land tested new notions of what an art gallery could be.

Publisher: CCS Bard; Dancing Foxes Press

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A New Program for Graphic Design

Posted in graphic design, history on April 9th, 2024
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A New Program for Graphic Design is the first communication-design textbook expressly of and for the 21st century. Three courses—Typography, Gestalt and Interface—provide the foundation of this book.

Through a series of in-depth historical case studies (from Benjamin Franklin to the Macintosh computer) and assignments that progressively build in complexity, A New Program for Graphic Design serves as a practical guide both for designers and for undergraduate students coming from a range of other disciplines. Synthesizing the pragmatic with the experimental, and drawing on the work of Max Bill, Beatrice Warde, Muriel Cooper and Stewart Brand (among many others), it builds upon mid- to late-20th-century pedagogical models to convey contemporary design principles in an understandable form for students of all levels—treating graphic design as a liberal art that informs the dissemination of knowledge across all disciplines. For those seeking to understand and shape our increasingly networked world of information, this guide to visual literacy is an indispensable tool.

David Reinfurt (born 1971), a graphic designer, writer and educator, reestablished the Typography Studio at Princeton University and introduced the study of graphic design. Previously, he held positions at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University School of Art. As a cofounder of O-R-G inc. (2000), Dexter Sinister (2006) and the Serving Library (2012), Reinfurt has been involved in several studios that have reimagined graphic design, publishing and archiving in the 21st century. He was the lead designer for the New York City MTA Metrocard vending machine interface, still in use today. His work is included in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. He is the co-author of Muriel Cooper (MIT Press, 2017), a book about the pioneering designer.

Author: David reinfurt (Ed.)

Publisher: Inventory Press

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Tori Kudo & 3C123 LP (vinyl)

Posted in music, Vinyl on April 9th, 2024
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An’archives are pleased to announce the release of a self-titled album by Tori Kudo & 3C123. A reissue of a cassette that was originally released on Uramado in 2020, this is the first time this live session has appeared on vinyl. The performance, featuring Kudo on piano and 3C123 on clarinet, was recorded on October 18, 2009, at the Uramado venue in Shinjuku. A beautiful and quixotic forty-minute set, it reconnects both Kudo and 3C123 with various musical histories, including those of classical composition and free improvisation.

The performance documented on Tori Kudo & 3C123 is a curious one. While they both appear to slip into improvised ruminations at times, for the most part, Kudo performs pieces by Erik Satie on the piano, over which 3C123 teases an excoriating stream of improvisation from the clarinet. His playing here is wild in its poetry: sometimes lushly nestling alongside Satie’s melodies, elsewhere loosing Ayler-esque squalls from the instrument, it’s a bravura performance that is matched, in an indirect manner, by the poise and pacing of Kudo’s generous, fluent recital.

When asked about the thinking behind the performance documented here, Kudo explains by describing the historical juxtaposition of Satie with Takehisa Kosugi’s improvised violin as “an essence of the Japanese art of collective improvisation.” The playing here, as within Japanese collective improvisation, is about sitting ‘alongside’ each other, not necessarily in direct (or even indirect) reference, but rather sharing the space; “just being there together,” Kudo says, and letting go of the need for performers to engage in interplay.

Tori Kudo & 3C123 is certainly part of that tradition, and this is where its curious poetry resides; in that ‘third space’ that sits in between, but not directly connecting, the two performers. Kudo makes an analogy with Fluxus, which is appropriate. But you can also hear their shared history here, somehow, as Kudo and 3C123 have known each other since the eighties, when they shared a house in Kunitachi City, Tokyo. Their musical paths have been multiple – Kudo, of course, best known perhaps for his Maher Shalal Hash Baz ensemble; 3C123 as a member of Vedda Music Workshop, and with other Japanese musicians like Koichiro Watanabe.

It’s a lovely album that’s as mystifying as it is direct and beautiful.

Author: Tori Kudo & 3C123

Publisher: An’archives

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