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.

culebra. Roberto Harrison. The Green Lantern Press.

Posted in poetry, writing on June 2nd, 2017
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A new collection of poetry by Roberto Harrison.
Publisher by The Green Lantern Press.

Language: English
Pages: 240
Size: 15.2 x 23 cm
Weight: 448 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9780988418585

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36 Short Stories / Mélanie Bouteloup (ed.) / Bétonsalon

Posted in Bétonsalon, literature, writing on May 17th, 2017

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36 Short Stories – Mélanie Bouteloup (ed.)

36 Short Stories brings together a selec­tion of works and texts, pub­lished, exhib­ited, or col­lected during Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research’s pro­gram. Presented in the form of a col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, it brings into dialog thirty-six voices and expe­ri­ences—per­sonal and col­lec­tive, fac­tual and fic­tional, and some times for­gotten. Encompassing authors from a wide range of dis­ci­plines, con­tri­bu­tions explore the mar­gins of tra­di­tional his­to­ri­og­raphy and the dis­tri­bu­tion of knowl­edge, employing fic­tion as a means to resist uni­for­mity. In a word, each seeks to decon­struct estab­lished norms and to offer new read­ings of the his­to­ries we con­struct.

Table of contents:

Foreword
Bernard Blistène

Introduction
Mélanie Bouteloup

The Information Man
Edward Ruscha

Shared Letters
Katinka Bock

memos, briefs and reports (on for­mats)
Franck Leibovici

Navigating the Immense Sea
François Aubart

Grosse Fatigue
Camille Henrot and Jacob Bromberg

A Man In the Moon
Johnny Kit Elswa

Reversing the Burden of Proof as Postcolonial Lever
Lotte Arndt

The Most Powerful World of Our Age
Peter Weiss

My Time With Michèle
Annie Tresgot

The Ethical Deed in the Soviet Films of the 1960s and 1970s
Keti Chukhrov

Edouard de Laurot and (the) Cinéma Engagé.
Preliminary Remarks
Nicole Brenez

Re-con­sti­tu­tions: On Mueda, Memória e Massacre, by Ruy Guerra
Raquel Schefer

How Do Images Make Politics?
Petra Bauer

The Civil Contract of Photography:
Terms and Conditions
Ariella Azoulay

Street Art, Collective Action and Dissent in Sana’a
Anahi Alviso-Marino

To Be In a Time of War
Etel Adnan

Letters to Max
Eric Baudelaire

Cidade
Leon Ferrari

Of Borders and Limits of Visual Technologies
Nana Adusei-Poku

Opéra 5 Weeks
Benjamin Seror

Fluidity
Claude Parent

Free Ride: Skating, Galilean Mechanics, and Simple Forms
Introduction – Locomotive Gravity
Raphaël Zarka

Jikken Kobō: The Experimental Workshop in Japan During the 1950s
Mélanie Mermod

A Chronology of Pirate Radio
Thierry Lefebvre

Total Restoration
Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet

Notes on Scriptology: Voices from the script of the Otolith Group
Morad Montazami

Not Not Over: Archival Engagements in Queer Feminist Art
Mathias Danbolt

Writing the History and Politics of the Future:
Notes on a Few Historiographic Fictions
Kantuta Quirós and Aliocha Imhoff

Lesbian Peoples: Material for a Dictionary
Dictionary – History
Monique Wittig and Sande Zeig

Ethnic Autohistorias-teorías:
Writing the History of the Subject
Gloria Anzaldúa

I, Too
Langston Hughes

American, Haitian, Spanish and Russian Digressions
Sarah Frioux-Salgas

Letter to the Crown Prosecutor Louis-Gilbert Boucher
Furcy

How Do We Live Among the Plants?
Françoise Vergès

Fields of Zombies: Biotech Agriculture and the Privatization of Knowledge
Claire Pentecost

About ADA Magazine:
A Few Questions for Jennifer Sorrell
Mélanie Bouteloup and Garance Malivel

Native Cultural Objects Today in Brazil
Maria Thereza Alves

Justiniano Lamé Has Been Killed
Jimmie Durham

Available in English and French.

 

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