Plassein. Joji Koyama. Toupée

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, drawing, film on September 8th, 2015
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Plassein is a collection of short stories, told through a series of sequential drawings that intertwine to create unsettling, dissonant dreamscapes. The stories observe the forms and textures of the built world and trace their strange, melancholic entanglements.
Set out like a storyboard for a speculative film, with a single frame per page, the images accumulate into fleeting scenes and shifting narratives at once familiar and otherworldly.

About the author
Joji Koyama is a filmmaker, animator and graphic artist. His short films and animations have screened internationally. In 2015 he published his first book of short visual stories Plassein, and an illustrated colouring book Elsewhere, for Penguin books. He is currently working on a film in collaboration with musician and songwriter Tujiko Noriko.

Graphic design: Dan Solbach with Katerina Trakakis


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Fireflies #2 Abbas Kiarostami and Béla Tarr

Posted in art, distribution, film, magazines, writing on June 5th, 2015
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Fireflies is a print film magazine created between Berlin and Melbourne.

Each issue assembles an international group of writers, artists and critics to celebrate the work of two extraordinary filmmakers through personal essays, interviews and creative responses.

Date of publishing: May 15, 2015
Language: english
Pages: 192
Size: 17 x 24 cm
Weight:  400 g
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Satisfaction: Consumption Art in Poland, 1973-1979. DVD set

Posted in art, distribution, film, Motto Berlin store, Motto Zürich store, video on March 17th, 2015
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Satisfaction: Consumption Art from the communist Poland of the 1970′s.

During the revitalization of avant-garde practices in 1970s Poland, a strain of artmaking emerged that applied Pop aesthetics to the unlikely subject matter of consumer identity in a Communist state, responding to a new initiative by the government that encouraged the private consumption of luxury goods in the service of a more modern socialism. The films that arose from this moment engage with absurd, colorful and even scandalous content. Informed by Marxist analyses of the Western culture industry, they examine the effects of a socialist-consumerist experiment through sensuous fantasies of desire and excess

2 x DVD, poster and booklet

Polish / English

D 25

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Chapters I-XXX. Haris Epaminonda. Humboldt Books, Kunsthaus Zurich.

Posted in art, books, distribution, film on December 13th, 2014



Chapters I-XXX. Haris Epaminonda. Humboldt Books, Kunsthaus Zurich.

In tracing some of the notions and narratives embedded in Chapters, a 16 mm film shot in Cyprus in 2012, the idea of making a book came about as an exercise, or rather an experiment, to deconstruct the film into some of its subject matters. Embarking on a new set of associations between image and subject, source and information, meaning and abstraction, this book is both a document and a memory map, tracing the beginnings of a thought, a time, an image, a place.

Chapters I-XXX is published and presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Haris Epaminonda. Chapter IV at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (14 March – 18 May 2014); Haris Epaminonda. Vol. XIV at Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia (25 March – 18 May 2014).

Concept: Haris Epaminonda and Marco Walser, Elektrosmog, Zürich
Graphic design: Marco Walser, Elektrosmog, Zürich
Image design / editing: Haris Epaminonda
Hardcover folder | English
24 film stills (color)
30 posters (b/w & Color)
ISBN 978-88-908418-5-9

€ 39,00
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POV paper issue 1. La Fête du Slip, sexualities festival

Posted in art, distribution, film, illustration, Journals, photography, writing on November 7th, 2014
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POV paper issue 1. La Fête du Slip, sexualities festival

Swiss-based quarterly mind fucking paper about gender and sexuality, linked to the sex-positive festival La Fête du Slip. Sexy photos, illustrations, erotic fiction, reviews of porn and interesting films, records to listen, dance and fuck to, a selection of sex-positive events, as well as critical articles on theory, politics, sex-education, and lots more!

Journal, full color, under cellophane. First printing 1000 copies.

TEXTS BY: María Bala (porn performer and filmmaker, and member of the Toytool Comiteé), Marianne Chargois (dancer, contortionist, sex-worker, author of Le Petit Théâtre Masturbatoire (Humus) shortlisted for the Prix Sade 2014), Yiss H. Heimer (poet), Sasha Osipovich (co-founder and director of La Fête du Slip, sexualities festival), Viviane Morey co-founder and artistic director of La Fête du Slip, sexualities festival), Michel P. (Humus Library Lausanne), Matthias Strogoff (author). IMAGES BY: Louisa Gagliardi (illustrator), Romain Mader & Nadja Kilchhofer (Photographers)

Language: English, French, Spanish

Size: 31,5 x 47 cm


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VELE.Tobias Zielony. Spector Books.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, film, history, photography on August 18th, 2014
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VELE.Tobias Zielony. Spector Books.

“Le Vele di Scampia” is a futuristic housing estate in northern Naples and a Camorra battlefield. Conceived by Francesco di Salvo in the late seventies and widely recognised for their urbanistic, “Le Vele” (The Sails) were squatted by mafia families even before completion. Today the building complex is a symbol of the Camorra’s power in the Naples region and a key centre of European drug trafficking. Matteo Garrone shot his movie “Gomorra” based on the Novel by Roberto Saviano on the site in 2008. Tobias Zielony’s film “Le Vele di Scampia” from 2009 originates in this very place. Seven thousand single images, shot at night with a digital single-lens reflex camera, are used to create nine minutes of animation film. The book “Vele” is based on this animation film with an selection of 287 single images.

„Le Vele di Scampia“ ist eine futuristische Wohnsiedlung im Norden von Neapel und ein Schauplatz des Camorra- Krieges. Ende der 1970er Jahre von Francesco di Salvo entworfen und ihrer städtebaulichen Struktur wegen weithin beachtet wurden „Le Vele“ (Die Segel) schon vor ihrer Fertigstellung von Familien aus dem Mafia-Umfeld besetzt. Heute ist der Gebäudekomplex einer der größten Drogenumschlagplätze Europas und ein Symbol für die Macht der Camorra in der Region Neapel. 2008 drehte Matteo Garrone hier seinen Kinofilm „Gomorra“ nach dem Roman von Roberto Saviano. Tobias Zielonys Film „Le Vele di Scampia“ entstand 2009 am gleichen Ort. 7.000 Einzelbilder, mit einer digitalen Spiegelreflexkamera bei Nacht aufgenommen, sind zu einem neunminütigen Animationsfilm montiert, der in seinem Schnitt und seiner Motivik an frühe Stummfilme erinnert. Das Buch „Vele“ basiert auf diesem Animationsfilm und zeigt eine Auswahl von 287 Bildern.

576 pp., 287 colour illustrations, thread-sewn paperback
576 Seiten, 287 Farbabbildungen, fadengeheftete Broschur

Design / Gestaltung Katharina Köhler, Spector Bureau


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Film as a Form of Writing. Quinn Latimer talks to Akram Zaatari. WIELS & Motto Books

Posted in art, books, distribution, film on April 30th, 2014
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Film as a Form of Writing

Film as a Form of Writing is published and distributed by Motto Books in collaboration with WIELS. The trilingual book, designed by Joris Kritis, centres around a recent in-depth interview conducted by critic Quinn Latimer with Akram Zaatari.

Akram Zaatari: ‘It is a film, a thought that took the form of an artwork. As with most of my work, it is made for time; it is both a testimony of where I come from and a mark I care to leave for the future—again as thought, not as data or records. Let’s call it alternative writing that uses the form of letters.’

Softcover, 170 x 220 mm, 72 pages, ill. b/w
Edited by Dirk Snauwaert and Caroline Dumalin
Texts by Dirk Snauwaert, Quinn Latimer and Akram Zaatari
Graphic design by Joris Kritis
Languages: English, French, Dutch
Published by WIELS & Motto Books
ISBN: 978-9-078937-22-7


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Motto & OtherFilm @ Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. 06.03.2014.

Posted in books, events, film on March 4th, 2014
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Motto & OtherFilm @ Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Motto & OtherFilm present a temporary store and screening of Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni’s In Search of UIQ at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

In Search of UIQ unfolds the story of Felix Guattari’s Un Amour d’UIQ both as a missing film and as a missed chance for cinema.
Slipping between documentary, fiction and essay, through the deployment of video and sound archives, letters and other documents that are enmeshed in a series of fabulations and spectral re-enactments, In Search of UIQ explores what Guattari’s cinema of the Infra-quark might have been (and may still become) in relation to his thought and clinical practice, and considers its implications in terms of the wider social and political transformations both of its own time and of the present moment.
Building a dynamic counterpoint between the unfilmed UIQ script and hypotheses of its possible manifestations, In Search of UIQ creates a phantom topography of this missing big-screen encounter involving science- fiction, schizoanalysis and molecular politics – virtually projecting UIQ towards horizons of present and future struggles as a tactical weapon of sabotage in the war of images.

To accompany the screening, Motto will present a temporary bookstore, offering a selection of books, magazines, records and artist’s publications.

Thursday 6th March, 6pm.

Institute of Modern Art
420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Brisbane, QLD

Mathew Hale & Misha Hollenbach. Book launch and screenings @ Motto Berlin. 23.01.2014.

Posted in art, books, collage, events, film, Motto Berlin event on January 21st, 2014
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Mathew Hale & Misha Hollenbach. Book launch and screenings @ Motto Berlin. 23.01.2014.

Please join artist Mathew Hale, designer/publisher Misha Hollenbach and Motto Berlin for the book launch of CUT IN CANNES (Pambook, 2013).

To accompany the launch, Mathew will present the screening of his slide projected piece TAXI STOP FIJI (2008), and also the first ever screening of his super8 film TAXI STOP FIJI IN COLOUR (1999).

Drinks will be served.

Thursday 23rd January.
7pm start. First screening at 7.45pm.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
Berlin 10097

Making Worlds. Amelia Barikin & Helen Hughes (Eds.). Surpllus.

Posted in art, books, critique, distribution, film, literature, science, Theory, writing on January 7th, 2014
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Making Worlds. Amelia Barikin & Helen Hughes (Eds.). Surpllus.

Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction is an anthology of new texts by artists, curators, art historians and writers who are self-confessed science fiction fans. The linking point is the idea of science fiction as a platform for the building of alternate art histories. This collection is concerned with the ways in which science fiction might be performed, materialised or enacted within a contemporary context.

Edited by Amelia Barikin and Helen Hughes, with contributions by: Adrian Martin, Amelia Barikin, Andrew Frost, Anthony White, Arlo Mountford, Brendan Lee, Charles Green, Chris McAuliffe, Chronox, Damiano Bertoli, Darren Jorgensen, Dylan Martorell, Edward Colless, Helen Hughes, Helen Johnson, Justin Clemens, Lauren Bliss, Matthew Shannon, Nathan Gray, Nick Selenitsch, OSW, Patrick Pound, Philip Brophy, Rex Butler, Ryan Johnston, and Soda_Jerk.

Design by Brad Haylock

Softcover, 320 pages.

15 €

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