[theatro]. Maria Lalou’s Book Launch & Exhibition @ Motto Berlin 19.11.2015

Posted in Artist Book, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event, performance, Uncategorized on November 15th, 2015
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Questioning the physicality of space and the meaning of an object within its relation to a viewer, I tend to intertwine the viewer’s visual memory and imagination by repeating previous moments of an experience. The architectonic theatre features various objects and [theatro] expands on the notion of ‘view’ (‘thea’ in Greek, where the word ‘theatre’ comes from). The word ‘view’ is also the root of the word ‘theory’ [coming from the junction of the words ’thea’(=view) and ‘oro’( =to perceive)]. Intending the theory as practice, Ι composed [theatro] as an act of theory, asking ‘Does a de-construction of a composition inquire or does it request a knowledge of the past?’

[theatro] is a rhythmical reading experience, a 5.5 meters long transcript of a seminar performance reflecting it’s original pulse and duration. It is based on the seminar performance “PUZZLE”, that took place at FROWN, Athens initiated by Maria Lalou, consisted of Katerina Drakopoulou [A], Maro Zacharogianni [B], Maria Lalou [O], Mirrored Glass Object [X] and a live-feed camera. In this work Maria Lalou uses two software platforms for writing. Powerpoint for the pre-fabricated text and a live performed text on ‘Word’, both projected on the screen from her computer. [theatro] is verbatim transcription of the piece with several functions. Next to the documentation of the PUZZLE performance and a manual reading, it also serves as a script for the play, ‘I AM A ‘Φ’.

During the book launch in Motto Lalou will introduce the work with the lecture performance ‘theatre of consciousness’ a work based on a critical text that Lalou has written in 2013 for the academic press ‘activate’ published in London prior to the idea of [theatro]. The performance’ theatre of consciousness refers to the seen and the seer through an analysis that places the audience in a central position and as a core thematic of ‘the seen’.

[theatro] is published by Onomatopee launched primary in Eindhoven at Lalou’s solo exhibition ‘a spect’ during June 2015. The publication is designed in collaboration with Yin Yin Wong/Werkplats and includes an introduction to the work by Alena Alexandrova.

[theatro] leporello will be installed in its full length from the 19th November in the vitrines of Motto accessed through the public space. Lalou is producing a limited edition of prints of the floor plan ‘archetype’ which is one of her basic tools for this series of work, to will be installed in the exhibition space.

Maria Lalou is an artist born in Athens in 1977. She works with the science of objects – containers, spatial installations, film and accumulated performances, developing context as of extensions of architecture. Lalou’s specialization at glass science has been evolving in contextualizing aspects of mass / surface / space/ time /duration in the sphere of cognition by challenging the bodily experience and questioning alignment of the vertical and horizontal, disposition and disorientation. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Fine Arts and from Technical University of Athens in Architecture, Design of Space – Object and Constructive Arts. She has been researcher at DasArts Amsterdam and an invited resident in e- mobilArt program for Interactive Artists. Lalou’s works have been shown amongst others in the Contemporary Art Museum of Thessaloniki during the 2nd Biennale of Thessaloniki, in ‘Technopolis’ Industrial Museum of Athens and at ‘Living Spaces’-2nd Contemporary Art Festival in Damascus, ‘Manobra’ Festival in Sao Paolo Brazil. She has been in collaboration with institutions as the E-Engineering of the Hogeschool of Amsterdam as an external adviser, with Roehampton Univesity in London as a writer on a post academic journal and an invited lecturer by Rijksacademie Studios in Amsterdam in 2012. For more info visit: http://reaction-lalou.com

Free Shop. Superflex. Pork Salad Press

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, performance on August 31st, 2015
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Free Shop Book documents the project Free Shop in Germany, Japan, Poland, Denmark and Norway. It contains interviews with customers and participating shop owners.

Free Shop takes place in an ordinary shop, anything purchased in the shop by any given customer, while Free Shop is performed, is free of charge. There are no signs or other means of information communicating that merchandises, goods, services, etc. in the shop are free of charge. A customer in the shop may not realize that merchandises, goods and/or services have been purchased for free until the counter clerk gives the customer the bill for the purchase, stating the amount of 0. Performed for the first time in 2003 in Bremen, Germany, Free Shop has since been held in Japan, Poland, Denmark and Norway.



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CRU #1 (+ CD + DVD)

Posted in art, magazines, music, performance on August 1st, 2015
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CRU (Contemporary Radical Underground), is the annual magazine that documents what’s happening at La Plaque Tournante, a non commercial artist space in Berlin and run by French composer Frédéric Acquaviva and English mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg.

This first issue of Frédéric Acquaviva and La Plaque Tournante’s audio / video hybrid magazine, includes a CD with music by Frédéric Acquaviva and Phill Niblock, a DVD with performances by Tomomi Adachi, Bernard Heidsieck, Katherine Liberovskaya, Jacques Lizène, Alvin Lucier, and Alex Mincek. Packaged in 12“ sleeve with postcards, posters, and various documents.

CD with Phill Niblock ’V & LSGH’ (2015) performed by Loré Lixenberg (voice) and Guy de Bièvre (lapsteel guitar). Frédéric Acquaviva‘Loré Ipsum’ performed by Loré Lixenberg (voices) and Frédéric Acquaviva (dead electronics), Berlin version.  

DVD with Tomomi Adachi, Loré Lixenberg, Alex Mincek, Jacques Lizène, ‘Silver streetcar for Orchestra’ from Alvin Lucier, ‘Vaduz’ from Bernard Heidsieck, a film from Katherine Liberovkaya with a music from Phil Niblock.

Paper cover in plastic sleeve, 33 x 33 cm., containing:

2 folded posters, 60 x 80 cm. each
2 folded posters, 42 x 59 cm each.
2 postcards, 10,5 x 14,5 cm. each
1 loose printed sheet, 452 x 29,5 cm.
2 press realese, 4 mimeographed pages each, 29,5 x 21 cm.

Published by Editions Acquaviva.


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Politics of study

Posted in art, books, history, literature, performance, photography, politics on July 6th, 2015
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Universities and art schools alike have been subjected to the pressure of recent austerity politics and the ongoing attempt to transform higher education according to the demands of reigning neoliberals. In this context, it is urgent to conceive of alternative frameworks and methodologies of study–whether within, outside or at the margins of academic institutions.

This book examines the current interest in education through a series of conversations with artists, theorists, activists and educators -including Suhail Malik, Brian Holmes, Ruth Sonderegger, Gerald Raunig, Judy Chicago, Gal Kirn, Mohammad Salemy, Melissa Gordon, Marina Vishmidt and Andrea Fraser-who are all actively involved in developing new models of study. Ranging from self-organized learning to critical teaching methodologies, the alternatives gathered here offer a resource for those interested in the renewed politicization of education, new modes of knowledge production and teaching methodologies.

€ 23.00

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Fraustellungen: Exercises in Self Sabotage. Kasia Fudakowski. Chert & Motto Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, Chert, distribution, Motto Books, Paul Haworth, performance on June 10th, 2015
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Fraustellungen is a non-collaborative publication by the artist Kasia Fudakowski and gallerist Jennifer Chert. This two-sided leporello presents the artist’s four exhibitions from her Fraustellungen series: Enthusiastinnen (2012), Pessimistinnen (2013), Stoikerinnen (2014) and finally Sexistinnen to be presented at Art Basel Statements 2015. Each side is designed respectively by artist and gallerist, demonstrating two opposing aesthetic approaches to the work, the tug of war of forced collaboration, and reinforces the blatant destructive nature of self-sabotage.

Texts by Jacob Fabricius and Paul Haworth.


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Mount Moon: the Basel Tour (2013). Saâdane Afif. Motto Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, drawing, fairs, performance on June 9th, 2015


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Original drawings by: Wesley Bryon, commissioned by Saâdane Afif for Mount Moon: the Basel Tour (2013), performed in the framework of LISTE 18 performance project, June 11 – June 16, Basel, Switzerland, 2013, curated by Fabian Schöneich.

The book comes with a dust jacket designed by Katharina Kritzler.

Edition of 1000


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Stoikerinnen. Kasia Fudakowski. Apparent Extent

Posted in art, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store, Paul Haworth, performance on September 1st, 2014
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Stoikerinnen. Kasia Fudakowski. 

This record is part of the exhibition ‘Stoikerinnen\’ by Kasia Fudakowski, June 14 – September 19, 2014 at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, curated by Anna Sabrina Schmid.

Music sampled with kind permission from ‘Don’t Split Valley and Hill’ by Tobias Levin and Volker Zander. Recorded at Electric Avenue Studio, Westwerk e. V., Hamburg, 2014. Published by Apparent Extent and Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. All rights reserved.

Featuring Alexander Brenchley, Dorothy Feaver, Christopher Fillipini, Kasia Fudakowski, Sam de Groot, Paul Haworth, William Kherbek, Helen Marten, Ayumi Rahn, Anna Sabrina Schmid and Anna Szaflars


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Releeeeease party of PEACOCKS WITH HICCUPS @ Motto Berlin. 25/5/2014.

Posted in Motto Berlin event, performance on May 22nd, 2014
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Releeeeease party of PEACOCKS WITH HICCUPS @ Motto Berlin

Sunny sunday afternoon releeeeease party of new issue of Poetic Series; PEACOCKS WITH HICCUPS
featuring poems by Luna Miguel, Catherine Wagner and Karl Holmqvist and drawings by Koo Jeong-A. There will be a bar and a spoken word reading by Karl Holmqvist so pleeeease swing by.

Sunday 25/05
4pm @ Motto Berlin

Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
Berlin 10997

A Scent Of Danger. Kahil Janssens. Möbius Publications

Posted in books, graphic design, performance, writing on April 3rd, 2014

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A Scent Of Danger

An essay about ritual with texts by Jon P. Mitchell, Richard Schechner, Tracey Warr, Dawn Perlmutter. Concept and design by Kahil Janssens.

Author: Kahil Janssens
Publisher: Möbius Publications
Language: English
Pages: 188
Binding: Softcover

35 €

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Permafo 1970-1981. Wroclaw Contemporary Museum. Motto Books.

Posted in art, books, distribution, performance, photography, writing on March 27th, 2014


First published in Polish in 2012 on the occasion of the exhibition Where is PERMAFO? at Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (30 November 2012- 4 February 2013)

Date of publishing: Nov 25, 2013
Language: English
Pages: 456
Size: 30.5 x 22.5 x 3.5
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9788363350093

Price: €29.80
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