A Step Towards the Sea (+ DVD). Roman Signer. Humboldt Books

Posted in art, distribution, exhibition catalogue, video, Wholesale on August 29th, 2016
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A Step Towards the Sea tells the relationship between the artist and Italy through a selection of installation views and video works. The accompanying DVD includes an unreleased film and a documentation on every actions carried out in Italy by Signer since the 1990s.
Signer’s bond with the country is a special one, bearing in mind some of his most renown works, produced on the Stromboli volcano, or the numerous actions and sculptures that revolve around an Italian iconic subject such as the Ape Piaggio. The central section of the book is dedicated to Sardinia, with a conversation between Lorenzo Giusti and the artist and a photographic essay by Barbara Signer. A text by Barbara Casavecchia contextualizes Signer’s Italian dimension by introducing the viewing of Reisen Italien: a personal collection of filmic notes produced by the artist in the course of his journeys with the family in the 1990s. The essay by Rachel Withers introduces the hefty iconographic setting of his entire Super-8 production, which consists of 205 clips filmed between 1975 and 1989 and presented in a large installation within the exhibition in Nuoro. The book is accompanied by a DVD which, in addition to the unreleased film, gathers all of the actions Signer carried out in Italy starting from the 1990s and a piece he produced specifically for the exhibition, after which the book is titled.
Published following the exhibition “Roman Signer. Films and Installation,” at the MAN, Nuoro, from April 22 to July 3rd, 2016.
Born 1938 in Appenzell, Switzerland, Roman Signer lives and works in St. Gallen.

 

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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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The Best of Keren Cytter / The Worst of Keren Cytter. Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Posted in art, Artist Book, video on August 18th, 2015
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Published by Kunsthal Charlottenborg/Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Text by Naomi Beckwith, Jacob Fabricius

The Best of Keren Cytter/The Worst of Keren Cytter is the first comprehensive publication of the video screenplays written by Keren Cytter (born 1977). Cytter has been widely heralded for her video work, which challenges conventions of narrative cinema through its pared-down style, deliberately kitschy effects, knowing manipulation of familiar genres and fractured storylines. For her exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the artist invited the exhibition’s two curators, Jacob Fabricius and Naomi Beckwith, to read and categorize transcripts of the entire body of her video work. The curators then debated the merits of every screenplay, dividing them into the “best” or “worst” of Cytter’s work. This two-volume publication anthologizes all of Cytter’s screenplays and includes short essays by the two curators.

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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

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Joe Hamilton: Hyper Geography book launch and screening @ Motto IMA. 13.11.2014.

Posted in art, Artist Book, Motto IMA, video, writing on November 11th, 2014
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Joe Hamilton: Hyper Geography book launch and screening @ Motto IMA. 13.11.2014.

Motto and IMA is pleased to present the Australian launch of Joe Hamilton’s artist book, Hyper Geography, published by Jean Boîte Éditions, 2014. The publication, a four meter long unfoldable leporello, includes a previously unpublished essay by Nicolas Thély – Landscapes Without Roots: In Search of the Foundations of an Interconnected World.

The launch will be accompanied by a looped projection of selected works by the artist.

Thursday 13th November, 6pm start.

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

 

NOIT – 2: Burning. Lisa Le Feuvre (Ed). Camberwell Press & Flat Time House.

Posted in books, critique, magazines, Theory, Uncategorized, video, writing on July 23rd, 2014

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NOIT – 2: Burning. Lisa Le Feuvre (Ed). Camberwell Press & Flat Time House.

Flat Time House is pleased to announce the publication of the second issue of NOIT, FTHo’s creative journal published in conjunction with Camberwell Press. NOIT–2, guest edited by Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, considers how burning, an action predominant in Latham’s ideas, has been deployed by artists in various ways.

In addition, NOIT–2 Burning includes interviews with William Raban on Stephen Cripps, and with Annea Lockwood on her ‘Piano Burnings’; and visual contributions by artists Anthony McCall, Camila Sposati and Marlie Mul. Also included with NOIT is a DVD documenting a series of recent ‘Skoob’ performances undertaken as experiments in relation to the recent exhibition, God is Great (10 -19) – John Latham and Neal White at Portikus in Frankfurt.

Pages: 107
Price: €13,50

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Print Response. Christian Burnoski

Posted in art, collage, drawing, editions, exhibitions, painting, video on December 20th, 2012
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Print Response is a series of prints that were altered by various artists whom Burnoski had approached by mail or in person.
In his request to the artists, Burnoski left it open to what could be done in response to the print, saying only that it could be as simple as they wished.

The artists include:
John Baldessari, Pierre Bismuth, Martin Boyce, Herbert Brandl, Angela Bulloch, Martin Creed, Richard Deacon, Jimmie Durham, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Valie Export, Peter Fischli, Ryan Gander, Joe Goode, Rodney Graham, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Isabell Heimerdinger, Carmen Herrera, Susan Hiller, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jenny Holzer, Joan Jonas, Jannis Kounellis, Louise Lawler, Paul McCarthy, Jonathan Monk, François Morellet, Olivier Mosset, Marcel Odenbach, Albert Oehlen, Roman Ondák, Tobias Rehberger, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Anri Sala, Roman Signer, Nedko Solakov, Stephanie Taylor, Jeffrey Vallance, Kelley Walker, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Williams & Johannes Bendzulla, Jack Youngerman, Heimo Zobernig

Print Response, 2012
by Christian Burnoski
Designed by Daria Holme

Special Edition of 50 + 10 AP includes a DVD titled “Put It Back Together – Tape It Together” 49 mins (A film of Paul McCarthy’s response being taped back together.)
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You Killed Me First: The Cinema Of Transgression. KW Berlin. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue, performance, video on August 6th, 2012
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You Killed Me First: The Cinema Of Transgression.

Albtraumhafte Gewaltszenarien, dramatische Seelenzustände, perverse sexuelle Abgründe: Die bewußt auf Schock, Provokation und Konfrontation angelegten Filme des Cinema of Transgression zeugen von einer außergewöhnlichen Radikalität. In den 1980er Jahren ging eine Gruppe von Filmemachern in der New Yorker Lower East Side auf Kollisionskurs mit der amerikanischen Gesellschaft. Alle moralischen und ästhetischen Grenzen überschreitend, enthüllten sie in ihren Filmen eine soziale Härte, die auf gesellschaftspolitische Gleichgültigkeit trifft. In den teilweise mit geklautem Kameraequipment gedrehten Low-Budget-Filmen manifestieren sich scharfe Analysen des von Kriminalität, Brutalität, Drogen, Aids, Sex und Exzessen geprägten Lebens in der Lower East Side. Standphotos, Bildausschnitte, Flugblätter und die harte Typographie vermitteln perfekt die Ernsthaftigkeit der Künstler.

Nightmarish scenarios of violence, dramatic states of mind, and perverse sexual abysses – the films of the Cinema of Transgression that were consciously aimed at shock, provocation, and confrontation, bear witness to an extraordinary radicality. In the 1980s a group of filmmakers from the Lower East Side in New York went on a collision course with the conventions of American society. Transcending all moral or aesthetic boundaries, the low budget films reveal social hardship met with sociopolitical indifference. Sometimes shot with stolen camera equipment, the films contain strident analyses of life in the Lower East Side defined by criminality, brutality, drugs, AIDS, sex, and excess. The catalogue is published on the occasion of the worldwide first exhibition on the Cinema of Transgression, YOU KILLED ME FIRST at KW Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin. The catalogue includes contributions by Sylvère Lotringer, Carlo McCormick, Jonas Mekas, Susanne Pfeffer, Jack Sargeant and Nick Zedd.

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Compiler *04

Posted in art, distribution, video on April 26th, 2012
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Compiler *04

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reuse, reassemble, reinterpret, repurpose, rework, recombine, reappropriate, recontextualise, reinvent
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The videos on COMPILER*04—Replay evince and reflect on the creation of versions and remixes, the use of found footage, and the reinterpretation of past events and artefacts. The backdrop to this production is the mass dissemination of tools able to modify digital images and sounds, the sheer infinite availability of online source material, and the carefree deployment of these means and methods by dedicated amateurs.

The growing tendency among amateurs, to pursue image manipulation, simulation, and remix and sampling techniques, plus the accelerated dissemination and remodification of such aesthetic practices (and the products that ensue) in Internet sub / cultures, throws new light on the contemporary as well as the historical deployment of these same practices in the art world, particularly on their deployment by artists active also within Net-based cultures.

A role is played thereby not least by paradox, for a creativity im- perative is inherent to contemporary consumerist culture—the Sony slogan “Be creative!” spells this out clearly—yet this imperative (which is intended also to foster the much-vaunted user-generated content), implicitly requires users to steer clear of any material for which those who voice it happen often to hold copyright…

Of course, the phantoms of emphatic concepts of authorship and originality are still among us.

The Videos:
Keller Kosmas
Alden Volney
Sabrina Ratté / Boxcutter
Aleksandra Domanovic´
John Michael Boling & Javier Morales
Paul Slocum
Oliver Laric
Kari Altmann
Harm van den Dorpel
Guthrie Lonergan
Beni Bischof
Marisa Olson / Tanlines
Körner Union/Larytta
Goldin + Senneby, Hinrich Sachs, Ethidium Gould & Jochen Schmith
Patrick Ward

Texts by Raffael Dörig, translated by Jill Denton
Graphic design by Dan Solbach, Basel
DVD-Authoring by Martina Jung

DVD PAL 16:9
No Region Code
78 Minutes

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Pater Noster Video Stories. Michal Pěchouček. Jiri Svestka Gallery

Posted in art, video on September 7th, 2011
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Pater Noster Video Stories
Michal Pěchouček

Michal Pechoucek fits neither the label of a video-artist nor that of a film-maker; however, his moving images are among his most remarkable artistic achievements – next to his analogue photography and fabric artworks. Michal is a visual artists who analyses the language of various media through thorough observation of daily routine, from which he extracts his stories of moving images, sometimes slapstick, always funny.

The DVD comprises 12 short films made from 1999 to 2005:
– Magic Skyscraper
– Back to School
– Usual Hostage
– Gentle Mail
– Greetings from Prague
– Guard of Honour
– Collector
– Playtime
– Zrzavy Film
– Pram Room
– Passenger Train
– Pater Noster

Includes an interview with the artist by Martin Mazanec.

107min
Published by Jiri Svestka Gallery

D 15€

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