Real Review #4. Jack Self (ed.). Real Foundation.

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, politics, writing on October 23rd, 2017
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WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE TODAY

The contemporary 24-hour news cycle is a swirling gyre of political and economic intrigue, a rolling wave that surges ceaselessly, always building power but never forming a crest. To surf the slipstream of the news is to be forever on the brink of BREAKING.

Against all the uncertainty and fear, nothing seems more eternal, more universal and (unlike our political leaders) quite so strong and stable as love. Summer 2017 is therefore dedicated to what it means to love today. Leap into our fervid arms.

 

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Turning the Page. Kasper Andreasen. Motto Books.

Posted in Artist Book, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, writing on September 20th, 2017
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This small publication is an edited reprint of the essay ‘The Book in Intermediary Form’ written by Kasper Andreasen. It was originally published by Wintertuin, Nijmegen as part of a compilation about the future of the book. Turning the Page also contains a script for the audiovisual book Tomorrow, which is a collaborative work between Hanne Lippard and Kasper Andreasen reflecting on the status of the (photography) book in audiovisual form.

Designed by Toni Uroda. First edition of 140 copies. © The authors, Motto Books 2011/2017.

 

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Christa Blümlinger/Harun Farocki: The ABCs of the Essay Film. Christa Blümlinger, Harun Farocki. Harun Farocki Institut & Motto Books.

Posted in film, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, writing on September 19th, 2017
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In Autumn and Winter 2013/2014, Christa Blümlinger and Harun Farocki worked on the dialogical “ABCs of the Essay Film,” which is published here for the first time in its original German version. In 26 short paragraphs, reacting to key terms suggested by Christa Blümlinger (from “A for Adorno” to “Z for Zidane”), Farocki explores his proximity, but also his distance to filmmakers like Chris Marker, Jean-Luc Godard, Artavazd Peleshian, or Alexander Kluge and speaks about specific operations in his films, TV programs, and installations.

The text is complemented by a short text by Farocki which was published in 1987 to accompany a film program at the Berlin Akademie der Künste, where the essay film is described as a film “that is useful without being subservient and without standing to attention.”

 

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Every Copy of S,M,L,XL I’ve Ever Seen. Lieven Lahaye. Atoll K.

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, writing on September 19th, 2017
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‘An essay about every copy of S,M,L,XL I’ve ever seen, featuring plastic foil salesmen, first jobs, the letter ‘K’, books, bookshelves and details of where a family’s passports are hidden. ‘Every copy of S,M,L,XL I’ve ever seen’ is published as a series of bumper stickers, each one depicting the spine of a different S,M,L,XL edition.’

The publication is part of “Catalog”, an ongoing series of publications about cataloging, written by Lieven Lahaye and designed by Ott Metusala. This is issue #8. Previous issues have dealt with vertical organization (with a strong preference for ‘the stack’, as opposed to ‘the pile’) , functional rocks in Amsterdam, desperate measures (by way of the metric system), etc.

The making of this publication is supported by the AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst)

 

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Lies and Diet Coke. Elisabeth Molin

Posted in poetry, writing on September 13th, 2017
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Lies and Diet Coke is a collection of notes and poems written over the period of one year. It relates to failures in representation, the night time and how technology affects notions of distance and proximity.

Elisabeth Molin (1985) is a visual artist based between London and Copenhagen, working with video, performance and storytelling. She studied at Chelsea College of Art and Royal College of Art in London. She has shown work at Sixty Eight Institute and Charlottenborg Kunsthal in Copenhagen, The Danish Institute in Edinburgh, Art Current Institute in New York and CCA Scotland. She has been awarded residencies at Cite des Arts in Paris, Danish Cultural Institute in Rome and Athens and at CCA Andratx in Mallorca. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Tenderflix Award at Tenderpixel Gallery and in 2017 she was awarded a fellowship from Hasselblad Foundation at ISCP in New York.

 

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Harun Farocki: Etwas wird sichtbar Document Material. Tom Holert (ed.). Harun Farocki Institut & Motto Books.

Posted in art, Artist Book, film, Motto Berlin store, writing on September 8th, 2017
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A hybrid attempt at coming to terms with a particular amnesia of the West German left in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Harun Farocki’s 1982 feature film BEFORE YOUR EYES – VIETNAM combines ideas about the distant, image-guided participation in the war in Vietnam with speculations on Vietnam as a laboratory of advanced modes of capitalist production, whilst reflecting intensely on the dyad of love and work.
This publication assembles selected material produced in 1982 to promote the film and make it accessible discursively. It includes the facsimile of a promotional leafleat that provided not only factual information but also directions for reading, a selection of unseen photos from the set and from a tiny piece of film (excavated in the archives of the Harun Farocki Institut), documenting a performative trailer put on an improvised stage by Farocki and actor Ronny Tanner during the Berlin Film Festival in 1982. The brochure is introduced by a commentary penned by the Harun Farocki Institut.

Harun Farockis spielfilmlanger Film ETWAS WIRD SICHTBAR von 1982 ist der hybride Versuch, mit dem in den späten 1970er/frühen 1980er Jahren spürbar schwindenden Gedächtnis der westdeutschen Linken umzugehen. Der Film verbindet Überlegungen zur bildgeleiteten Teilnahme am Krieg in Vietnam aus der geografischen Distanz mit Spekulationen über Vietnam als einem Forschungslabor für neue Methoden kapitalistischer Produktionsweise, während er gleichermaßen kontinuierlich über das Verhältnis von Liebe und Arbeit reflektiert.

Die Publikation versammelt ausgewählte Materialien, die 1982 entstanden sind, um den Film zu bewerben und ihn zudem diskursiv zugänglich zu machen. Sie enthält das Faksimile einer Werbebroschüre, die nicht nur Fotos oder Besetzungsliste, sondern auch Lektürehinweise und ein Interview (das Farocki mit sich selbst geführt hat) bereitstellte, sowie eine Reihe von bislang kaum bekannten Fotos vom Dreh und einer performativen Werbeaktion, die Farocki während der Berlinale 1982 gemeinsam mit dem Schauspieler Ronny Tanner zur Aufführung brachte (und die in einem kurzen Film, der 2016 im Archiv des Harun Farocki Instituts aufgetaucht ist, dokumentiert wurde). Das Heft wird eingeleitet durch einen Kommentar des Harun Farocki Instituts.

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Gardener’s Digest – IssYew. Leslie Bauer, Richard Ess (Eds.). Bauer Verlag.

Posted in art, Artist Book, Motto Berlin store, writing on September 2nd, 2017
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The writings found in this anthology for landscape and garden design amateurs relate to the image of the yew tree as an instant hideout.

 

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Narr #22. Daniel Kissling (Ed).

Posted in distribution, magazines, Wholesale, writing on July 20th, 2017
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Featuring: Noémie Boebs, Sagal Maj Comafai, Viktor Dallmann, René Frauchiger, Jonis Hartmann, Ruth Loosli, Gorch Maltzen, Valerie-Katharina, Meyer, Jan Müller, Anna Ospelt, Rüdiger Saß, Adam Schwarz, Noemi Steuerwald, Adi Traar, Wolfgang Wurm.
Illustrations by Tobias Gutmann. Guest contributions from studio marcus kraft.

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Merman. Alberto García del Castillo. Shelter Press.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, photography, Wholesale, writing on July 19th, 2017
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A queer travelogue of a boating voyage on Belgium’s inland waterways with merman and singer Steev Lemercier in the company of Chanel and Dolce, who are a cat and a dog, during the first months of their friendship with the author.

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The Ruin to Come. Walid Sadek. Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016 @ Agial Art Gallery. 15.06.2017

Posted in books, distribution, events, writing on June 13th, 2017
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The Ruin to Come.
Walid Sadek.
Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016

Thursday 15 June, 2017 starting at 6:00 pm
Venue: Agial Art Gallery, 63 Abdel Aziz St., Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon.

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These collected essays, written in Beirut over a period of 10 years between 2006 and 2016, look at the conditions of living under a temporality theorized as the “protracted now” of a civil war, one structurally capable of perpetuating the conditions of its own dominance. This protracted now, these essays argue, remains untranquil in the many unfinished strains of a troubled history that resist falling back into a settled and distant past.

What unites the diverse essays of this book is an investment in the concept of labor, understood as both interminable and his­torical: the labor of min, the labor of the corpse, the labor of near­blindness and the labor of missing. These labors are interminable since they persist in a disinclination to join the various calls for regeneration and resurrection implicit in state-sanctioned and market-driven projects for the reconstruction of Lebanon. They are also historical since they frame this disinclination as an anti-historicist position open to a non-linear conception of memory that attempts to name the many pasts slighted by a forward-looking rush towards better futures.

Together, these labors develop into a critique of hope as a reac­tionary sentiment that numbs collective action in the present and propose that within the folds of war lie moments of political significance that can be recovered and thought through, in order to initiate a livable living built with the unwelcome but necessary knowledge shouldered by unreconciled survivors.