The Deconstruction of My Suntopia. Katsunobu Yaguchi. Keiko Ogane.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, Japan, photography, Wholesale on August 24th, 2016
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This book series brings documentation of the numerous activities carried out by Katsunobu Yaguchi over the past seven years at “Cafe Snack Washingtown” (2008-2013) and “The Site of Washingtown” (2013-2015).
In the autumn of 2008, Katsunobu Yaguchi encountered an empty house when strolling around the town of Mito. Hearing that it may be demolished soon, he decided to reinstall water and electricity to the ground floor of the house to celebrate the time that was still left to it. He named the place “Café Snack Washingtown” and embarked on his new calling. Although the atmosphere of the house was obviously shadowy, curious eccentrics stopped by cautiously and the house awoke from its deep sleep. This caused a small neighborhood movement to arise around the house. Consequently, the original demolition was postponed for another five years.

In 2013, The Washintown finally faced its demolition at the hands of Yaguchi himself. Two and half years have gone by since then. The ‘late’ Café snack Washingtown skeleton is still standing. With bamboo scaffolding and part of the outer wall remaining, the house gives off a murky aura. At the entrance, the travelers’ guardian deity of megalopenis stands inconspicuously. This bizarre atmosphere seems to have surrendered to its fate that at any moment the house will make way for a new building. Yet the “old Washingtown site” continues to ignite neighborhood movements. “Washingtown Documentaries 2008-2015” contains cutting-edge images that were lovingly taken over the past seven and “on-the-edgy” years.

 

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Landscape in Modern Architecture. Tamami Iinuma(ed.)

Posted in architecture, art, Artist Book, books, events, Japan, Motto Berlin store on May 30th, 2016
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Landscape in Modern Architecture

The color palette-like geometric patterns in the images of the “Landscape in Modern Architecture” series were shot in the Dessau Master’s Houses, where Bauhaus masters such as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee lived, and the Bauhaus Building, where the same masters taught courses on color theory in the early 20th Century. In this series Iinuma takes “corners of a room” as the smallest compositional unit of an urban landscape and combines snapshots with images of corners of rooms, which she shot at Bauhaus. To produce her first artist book “schwarzschild” in 2012, she confronted the approximately 100,000 photographs she had shot in the past eight years and hypothesized that the collection of room corners constitutes a building, and the street running between buildings constitute urban space, the stage of everyday events. She explains that she was concious of Japanese poetry when she selected the images based on the concept explained above. In Hyakuninisshu (100 Poems by 100 Poets), poem that share keywords such as “mountain”, “river”, or “cherry” are juxtaposed to create a grid 10 cards wide and 10 cards high. “Landscape in Modern Architecture”, which takes framed world as “keywords” and connects them to produce an expansive space in nothing less than an attempt to redefine landscape photography.

30 x 21 cm
Signed
Edition of 100
Self Published

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Tamami Iinuma. Japan in der DDR. Opening 28.05.16 @ Motto Berlin at 6pm.

Posted in art, events, exhibitions, Japan, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, Uncategorized on May 24th, 2016
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There is a strikingly conspicuous high-rise building behind the Leipzig Central Station that contrasts with the city horizon. The 96 meters high tower, in a dignified shining pearl color, was first called Interhotel Merkur and is now The Westin Leipzig. With 27 floors it hosts more that 400 rooms with event and seminar spaces on separate floors, shops, restaurants. It’s a little city within the city.

In 2008, shortly after starting to study at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, I learnt that it is one of the few buildings that a Japanese construction company has build in German Democratic Republic in the late 1970s (there is two other constructions to be find in Dresden and Berlin). Something around and in this building triggered me to feel at home. When I saw it, I thought of the World Trade Center in Tokyo, from the top of which I enjoyed the Summer Festival of fireworks one day before my departure to Leipzig. So at that time I started to project my personal conflicts of a stranger in a new city on this huge building which became both a symbol of my hometown (even if, to be honest, there is nothing Japanese in its architecture) and of my frustrations.

With the celebrations of the 25 year of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of GDR, I wanted to know more about this building. Until then I had just looked at it from a distance and I finally decided to enter the Interhotel Merkur after 6 years of observation. I booked a room for one night there, took my camera and opened the door.

The Four-star hotel was deserted. Its Japanese restaurant which was once the best in Leipzig had no guests. And a cleaning man said to me: « I have been working here since the opening of the hotel, it was full of business people from all over the world in the 1980s ». He also explained me that the hotel was a hotbed of “illegal” prostitution (however this prostitution took roll as the espionage). I went to the reception and asked: « I heard that this hotel was build by a Japanese company. Is that right ? » A young man answered: « never heard about that » but the next morning I found a letter in my room with that simple sentence : This hotel was built by the Kajima Corporation.

In the summer 2014 I visited the library of Kajima Corporation in Tokyo. The librarian, Ms. Oda, prepared for me archive photos of construction, company’s monthly report, and even confidential documents. She also introduced me to Mr. Shimazu who was in charge of the architectural design team and lived in Leipzig from 1978 to 1981. I got the opportunity to hear their anecdotes, like the event that happened on January 12th, 1979 when the construction office was robed and all the money (GDR-Mark) from the safe was stolen. Additionally one roll of 35mm film that was in the camera of Mr. Sako, a colleague of Mr. Shimazu, had been gone as well. The camera was still in the office, but it had been opened and the negative had vanished. What was photographed in Mr. Sako’s camera must be normally the hotel’s construction process but that disparition had something from a spy movie. They went to the police but neither cash nor the film have ever been back.

I have been photographing modern architecture in Germany since 2008 and I am continuing to shoot similar buildings depending on my trips. In the process of creation, there is always a logical decision on positioning three bodies: the architectural body, the machinal body (camera) and my own body (photographer). But with Interhotel Merkur, I was strangely so excited that I could not measure the distances between the different « actors ». This architecture has, for me, the presence of a real and existing body that contains its story and its emotion. The building has its own life (which I am probably projecting on it) and, therefore, is reluctant to my photographs. But, for the History it represents, for its architecture (between classical Plattenbau and Japanese brutalism), for its role in my personal life, I decided to give it a try, again and again, until I obtain the right portrait of that motionless character of concrete.

When I left the archive of Kajima Corporation after my third visit, the librarian said to me: « Thank you, you shed light on our work, which has been forgotten ». This made me understand the real meaning of my obsession for the Interhotel Merkur: I sensed a Japanese spirit (or a soul?) in Leipzig. And I need to follow it before it flies too far away.

*This essay was originally written by the artist, and edited by Thibaut de Ruyter, for the publication「Stadt Bild / Image of City」(Cooperation by Berlinische Galerie, Deusche Bank Kunsthalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Nationalgalerie-Staatlische Museen zu Berlin)

Japan in der DDR – Tamami Iinuma – Exhibition Opening 28.05.16 @ Motto Berlin at 6pm.

foundprints books 002 (set). Soichi Suzuki

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, Japan on November 3rd, 2015
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A set of four leporellos by Soichi Suzuki

10 x 8 x 3.8 cm

 

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NEWNEW. Shinro Ohtake. edition.nord

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, design, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, Japan, video on August 31st, 2015
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The official catalogue of Shinro Ohtake’s exhibition held at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, 2013.

As the title suggests, “NEWNEW” consisted of only new, recent and never-exhibited works by the artist, deliberately placed throughout the museum to make the most of its unique locational environment and architectural structure.
The exhibited works included installations such as “MON CHERI: A Self-Portrait as a Scrapped Shed,” his contribution to Documenta 13, in addition to large-scale sculptures, collages, oil paintings, oversize drawings and small Gouache paintings on paper.

The catalogue consists of separate sheets, leaflets and a DVD, tied together with a paper faster that is also detachable. Sorted according to their techniques or where they were exhibited, the works are reproduced either in the books or on the sheets. The DVD contains a video documentation of the exhibition from a visitor’s perspective, beginning from a front view of the museum to the deep end of its exhibition rooms.

Larger than A3 in size, each of the eight sheets documents a different large-scale installation by the artist. With the front side covered by a full-bleed photo showing a whole picture of the work, they could be hung on a wall as a poster, while the back side shows details of the work and informs of other related works along with their captions. The three leaflets are formatted in different sizes; two feature image-based works (oil paintings / collages and drawings) and the other contains texts and reference data.

Printed and bound in Japan

 

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Coterie Photo Magazine KYUSHU I. Miki Matsuoka, Yoshinbu Uchida, Yuya Ozaki

Posted in art, Japan, magazines, photography on May 13th, 2015
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Date of Issue: Sep. 4th, 2014

Binding Specification: Wireless stitch

No. of Issues: 300 copies

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Bookstores from Tokyo @ Motto Berlin. 22.03.14 – 05.04.14.

Posted in books, Japan, magazines, Motto Berlin store on March 28th, 2014
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Bookstores from Tokyo

Motto Berlin presents the small fair ‘BOOKSTORES from TOKYO’ for two weeks; a project which introduces new & old Japanese books selected by five independent bookstores in Tokyo:

Archipelago Books
http://archipelago.co.jp/

Book Apart
https://www.facebook.com/mybookapart

Book Storage
http://bookstrg.net/

Nostos Books
http://nostos.jp/

Snow Shoveling
http://snow-shoveling.jp/

Accompanying the publications is a collection of unique stationery products made in Japan.

The project is conceived and curated by Jun Harada.

http://bookstoresfromtokyo.info/

BOOKSTORES from TOKYO @ Motto Berlin. 22.03-05.04.2014

Posted in books, design, events, illustration, Japan, photography, zines on March 19th, 2014

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Japanese books and stationery fair @ Motto Berlin
Saturday 22 March – Saturday 5 April 2014
Opening on 22 March – from 5 pm

Five independent bookstores from Tokyo are coming to Berlin:

Motto Berlin presents the small fair ‘BOOKSTORES from TOKYO’ for two weeks. A project which introduces new & old Japanese books selected by five independent bookstores in Tokyo, run by young owners in their 20s to 30s, as well as a collection of unique stationery products made in Japan.

http://bookstoresfromtokyo.info/
https://www.facebook.com/bookstoresfromtokyo

Study. Go Itami. Rondade. Motto Berlin. 2-6.08.2013.

Posted in books, distribution, exhibitions, Japan, photography on August 2nd, 2013
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Study. Go Itami. Rondade.

Photographs by Go Itami

1976: Born in Tokushima, Japan / 2011: Sraunus / 2012:
The 2012 Unpublished Award, Unseen Photo Fair, Offprint,
Offprint Paris (Paris Photo), KiOSK (Paris Photo), 10×10
Japanese Photobooks at ICP (NY Art Book Fair), Space
Cadet Actual Exhibition#1 / 2013: sktnkyshi at Vacant
Tokyo, Compilation Tokyo

Published by the Tokyo-based music and art label RONDADE.

Size: 29.6 x 41.7 cm

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Setsuko Hara. Richard Bevan & Tamsin Clark. The Block.

Posted in books, film, Japan, photography on March 4th, 2013
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Setsuko Hara. Richard Bevan & Tamsin Clark. The Block.

Photos and film stills of the Japanese actress Setsuko Hara, who is known for performing in, among many other films, Yasujirō Ozu’s “Late Spring” and “Tokyo Story.”

Published in London 2013
Designed by Wolfram Wiedner Studio
96 Pages
ISBN 978 0 9566757 4 3

D 9€

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