Black Mountain. Eugen Blume, Matilda Felix, Gabriele Knapstein, Catherine Nichols (ed.). Spector Books

Posted in architecture, art, books, distribution, history, Theory, writing on June 18th, 2015
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The Black Mountain College (BMC), founded in 1933 in North Carolina, is considered by its multidisciplinary and experimental education thought as one of the most innovative schools in the first half of the 20th century. Visual arts, economics, physics, dance, architecture and music were taught here on an equal footing; Teachers and students lived together in a democratically organized community. The first rector of the school was John Andrew Rice, among many other gifts here Josef Albers, John Cage, Walter Gropius and Buckminster Fuller courses. At BMC, many avant-garde concepts were developed. The image-rich band appears on the exhibition Black Mountain. He is the first comprehensive publication on the Black Mountain College in the German-speaking countries and traces the history of this legendary school in its basic features after.

Eugen Blume, Matilda Felix, Gabriele Knapstein, Catherine Nichols (ed.)

Language: German

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Iran 1970. Gabriele Basilico. Humboldt Books

Posted in architecture, art, Artist Book, books, distribution, photography on May 6th, 2015
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In the summer of 1970, Gabriele Basilico set off from Milan in a Fiat 124, nominally heading for Kabul. The journey towards India was a rite of passage for the flower children generation, and Basilico had plans to take a series of photos to then sell on to some magazine. The journey didn’t quite turn out as planned, but in his personal archive, those shots were carefully stored away, and on more than one occasion, the Milanese photographer thought about turning them into a book. As Luca Doninelli writes in the introduction, this is “Basilico pre-Basilico”, a reportage stretching from Yugoslavia through to Turkey and Iran – which turned out to be the final destination of the trip – in which we may note the inklings of his vocation-to-be. The afterword by Giovanna Calvenzi, Gabriele’s travelling companion on that journey, tells the story of that adventure in an era of unprecedented freedom.

Gabriele Basilico (Milan, 1944-2013) is considered one of the masters of contemporary photography. After graduating in architecture in 1973, he devoted his life to photography. The transformations of the contemporary landscape, the form and identity of the city and the metropolis all served as Gabriele Basilico’s privileged fields of research. “Milano ritratti di fabbriche” (1978-80) was the first of his works to focus on outlying industrial areas. In 1984-85 he took part in the Mission Photographique de la DATAR, the project set up by the French government and entrusted to a group of international photographers with the aim of representing the transformation of the national countryside. In 1991 he took part in a mission to Beirut, a city devastated by fifteen years of civil war. Basilico was awarded numerous prizes, and his works are to be found in prestigious public and private collections, both in Italy and around the world. During his career, he published over sixty books of his own works.

Language: English / Italian

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Pin Up #18. Felix Burrichter

Posted in architecture, distribution, magazines on April 28th, 2015
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FEATURES with
David Adjaye
Tatiana Bilbao
Kunlé Adeyemi
SO–IL

PORTFOLIOS by
Stephen Burks
Valerio Olgiati
Justin Berry
and a trip to MARRAKECH with photogrpaher Daniel Sannwald

PLUS: a 48-page CARNET D’AFRIQUE photographed by IWAN BAAN.

€20.00

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PIN-UP 17. Felix Burrichter (Ed.)

Posted in architecture, distribution, magazines, photography on November 10th, 2014
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PIN–UP 17 Fall Winter 2014/15 The Post-Normal Issue

Featuring: Mario Botta Sou Fujimoto Kelly Wearstler Kulapat Yantrasast Carla Juaçaba Wolfgang Tillmans + a 50-Page Norway Special and a Mies Crown Hall Prize supplement with projects by Herzog & de Meuron, Steven Holl, Rafael Iglesia, OMA, Smiljan Radic, Alvaro Siza, and Cristian Undurraga.

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Surpllus: Talk and book launch @ Motto IMA. 01.11.2014.

Posted in architecture, art, books, critique, design, events, graphic design, Motto IMA, Theory on October 29th, 2014
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Surpllus: Talk and book launch @ Motto IMA. 01.11.2014.

IMA and Motto present a talk by Melbourne-based designer and publisher Brad Haylock.

Haylock is program manager of the newly updated Master of Communication Design program at RMIT University, and founding editor of Surpllus, an independent publishing imprint that focuses on critical and speculative practices across art, design, architecture and writing. This talk will consider the politics of publishing and the contested significance of print in the digital age.

Haylock’s talk will be followed by the Brisbane launch of Surpllus #17, Tom Nicholson’s Cartoons for Joseph Selleny, an artist’s book produced as a part of the solo exhibition of the same name at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and shown in the exhibition Allegory of the Cave Painting at Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, both in 2014.

Saturday 1st November, 4pm

Motto IMA
Institute of Modern Art
Ground Floor, Judith Wright Centre
420 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley
Brisbane QLD 4006
Australia

 

biographical landscapes of new zagreb. Claudia Bosse (Ed.) Cheap Method Edition – Motto Books & theatercombinat.

Posted in architecture, books, distribution, Motto Books, photography on September 3rd, 2014
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biographical landscapes of new zagreb. Claudia Bosse (Ed.) Cheap Method Edition – Motto Books & theatercombinat.

New Zagreb. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU), its space, collection and environment, and the unique concept of its urbanism were the starting points of the artistic research project called Biographical Landscapes of New Zagreb by Claudia Bosse, and was conceived through field research, including the analysis of actual experiences of urbanism in New Zagreb based on the memories and lifestyles of its inhabitants.

Invited by EUROKAZ and MSU to develop a unique project for the museum and its surroundings, Claudia Bosse and Günther Auer collaborated on visiting living spaces (apartments) in different urban areas of New Zagreb in December 2011. In March 2012, they interviewed the inhabitants on issues such as democracy, capitalism and identity. These experiences resulted in the research project which became part of the museum’s live installation, and an art-transfer between the museum and private living spaces: Biographical landscapes of New Zagreb.

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Desierto #3. 28º Celsius. PAPER Architectural Histamine

Posted in architecture, design, distribution, magazines on August 27th, 2014
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Desierto #3

28º Celsius is the temperature at which protection becomes superfluous. It is also the temperature at which swimming pools are acclimatized. Within the limits of this hygrothermal comfort zone, we do not require the intervention of our body’s thermoregulatory mechanisms nor that of any external artificial thermal controls in order to feel pleasantly comfortable while carrying out a sedentary activity without clothing. 28º Celsius is thus the temperature at which clothing can disappear, just as architecture could.

INDEX

AMPLIFICATION

Sean Lally
BUILT ATMOSPHERES
Philippe Rahm
AERIAL CARTOGRAPHIES

[DEVICES FOR THE COMMUNICATION OF AIR QUALITY]

Nerea Calvillo
INHABITING DETERRITORIALIZATION

Patrick Keller
SMOKE SIGNALS

Carlos Ramos
WEATHER DISSIDENTS

[FROM NATURA NATURANS TO 'SPACE' AND BACK AGAIN]

Helen Mallinson
PNEUMATIC SERENDIPITY

[INSTANT AARHUS: TOWARDS AN INEXISTENT ARQUITECTURE]

Antonio Cobo
[NUDITY, ANIMALITY, POLITICS AND THE CITY]

José Vela Castillo
PARADISE…BACK TO NATURE

[THE GREENHOUSE AS A TECHNOLOGICAL DEVICE FOR THE REPRESENTATION AND REPRODUCTION OF THE COLONIAL FANTASY]

Paula García-Masedo

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FLANEUR #3: RUE BERNARD, MONTREAL. Ricarda Messner, Fabian Saul (Eds). Summer 2014

Posted in architecture, distribution, graphic design, magazines on July 30th, 2014

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FLANEUR #3: RUE BERNARD, MONTREAL. Ricarda Messner, Fabian Saul (Eds).  Summer 2014

“Flaneur presents one street per issue.  The magazine embraces the street’s complexity  its layers and fragmented nature with a literary approach. It creates a meaningful correlation between places, stories, people and objects that aren’t necessarily related.”

 

Editors: Ricarda Messner, Fabian Saul
Language: English
136 pages
Softcover

€15.00
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split/fountain. Book launch & presentation @ Motto Berlin. 28.06.2014.

Posted in architecture, design, events, graphic design, writing on June 24th, 2014
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split/fountain. Book launch and presentation @ Motto Berlin

Please join us in welcoming Layla Tweedie-Cullen (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Werkplaats Typografie, Walker Art Center) who will be speaking about her Auckland based project split/fountain, her recent distracted-workshop project at Brno design biennial and also introduce the distracted-reader publication series.

distracted-reader is a new publication series that seeks readerly parkour through selected terrain of art and design. We see rhythmised literacies of image, text, and concept. distracted-reader does thinking as making, and print design as speculative thought. With general art monographs as coffee-table artefacts, and university presses not funding conjecture, distracted-reader notes accented sequencing. Less clarion call to a vanishing new, more through-lines with incidents and discernible increments; writing and thinking as marked-up copy; stuttered narration; material views.

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distracted-reader #1 Mixtures: Xin Cheng and Allan Smith. 156 pages with drawings, photographs and texts by Xin Cheng, and drawings, photographs and texts by Allan Smith. The title Mixtures comes from a 2011 Xin Cheng exhibition; in this publication Cheng mixes memories of a Chinese childhood with recipes for healthy eating, photographed pages of anthropology texts showing Mongolian Yurts, and knitted socks from Scandinavia, images of ingenious low-tech merchandising stands in Cambodia, drawings of stone walls, and a bread igloo. Smith writes about the copiousness and fabricational inventiveness of Cheng’s practice, and about the accumulative materiality in the collages and architectural practice of ex-pat architect M.K. Smith. Allan Smith’s ‘un-illustrations’ set old school ink drawing and comic-book sequencing to work on the textured ‘push and pressure’ of a densely textured world.

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distracted-reader #2 Michael Parr and Blaine Western. A ridge, a section, an existing boundary, additions, a removed partition. A floor; concrete (where possible). 160 pages; includes 10 tipped-in colour plates. With essays by Michelle Menzies, Lance Pearce, and Henry Babbage. Parr and Western segue a photographic essay on the ruinous state of Barton Gillespie’s modernist house in Westemere into photographs of mutely eloquent architectural and landscape fragments taken in Los Angeles and Mexico. Menzies’ essay reads the Barton Gillespie house as a figure of rapport between people, topography and climate. Pearce considers the itinerancy and conceptual mobility of Parr and Western’s practice. Babbage reflects on the different audiences that Parr and Western’s temporary, quasi-architectural spaces create, and the way the spaces operate as platforms for occupancy and performance.

Saturday 28th June, 19.00 start.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
Berlin 10997

Mono.Kultur #36: Ricardo Bofill

Posted in architecture, distribution, magazines on June 12th, 2014
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Mono.Kultur #36: Ricardo Bofill.

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RICARDO BOFILL: THE FUTURE OF THE PAST

“I’m interested in my own history of errors.”

‘It is enough to say that Ricardo Bofill is one of Europe’s most famous and prolific architects of the last century. To add any more is to inevitably leave out too much.’ With these words we begin the journey of our new issue mono.kultur #36 into the mind and work of Spanish architect and enfant terrible Ricardo Bofill.

And indeed, where to begin with an architect as over the top as Ricardo Bofill, notorious since the 1970s for his vast city-like housing estates that look like surreal experiments in crossbreeding desert caves with Star Wars; an architect who has designed over 1000 projects in the space of five decades, from perfume bottles to city plans, and pretty much everything in between; who has worked in a style – or a hundred styles – that is as unique as it is impossible to describe; who founded a leftist collective that would eventually end up building airport terminals; whose life reads somewhat like a fairytale itself, taking us from fascist Spain under Franco’s rule to the celebrity frenzy of our modern times, with the Bofill clan holding a somewhat unique position among Spanish tabloids? To add any more is to inevitably leave out too much.

In short, Ricardo Bofill is a gloriously fascinating character with a penchant for the extra-large, in life as well as in work, and we are terribly pleased to dedicate mono.kultur #36 to the Spanish master.

With mono.kultur, Ricardo Bofill talked about fifty years of architecture, the vagaries of ambition and how Modernism killed the city.

Visually, the issue offers a disorienting journey of architectural splendour with plenty of previously unpublished images from the archives of Ricardo Bofill (as well as the odd film still of naked bodies). Using partial high gloss varnish throughout, it is a pleasing juxtaposition of the natural and the artificial, the intellectual and the sexual, the rigorous and the decadent.

Spring 2014 / English / 15 x 20 cm / 48 Pages
Introduction & Interview by Carson Chan
Images courtesy of Taller de Arquitectura
Design by Vela Arbutina & John McCusker
Publisher: Kai von Rabenau

Price: € 5.00

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