Motto Tote Bag (black). Motto Books

Posted in editions, Motto Books on August 31st, 2022
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37 x 39 cm
Strap Length 65 cm
Black color with white logo

80% Recycled cotton, 20% Recycled polyester

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AGAIN, A TIME MACHINE (poster). Jonathan Monk. Book Works; Motto Books

Posted in art, editions, Motto Books, poster on August 22nd, 2022
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A Poster Project

Berlin, 2011

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11.08: Panya Routes with UTC’s African Centre for Cities | Book Launch with the author, Kim Gurney, in conversation with Neo Muyanga @ A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town

Posted in art, events, Motto Books on August 10th, 2022
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Zweikommasieben #25. Guy Schwegler, Helena Julian, Mathis Neuhaus (Eds.). Präsens Editionen; Motto Books

Posted in magazines, Motto Books, music on June 14th, 2022
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When starting to work on the 25th issue of our magazine, we were discussing whether there should be some sort of content to celebrate this milestone and the past ten years leading up to it. But, as further reading will indicate, there are no texts praising past issues or reflections on the musical developments we documented over the years. However, the anniversary helps in presenting the underlying theme of this issue. As loyal readers might know, zweikommasieben started out as a fanzine and aspired to keep this character somewhat alive. Therefore, in zweikommasieben #25, we would like to reflect on various aspects of what fandom entails.

As fans, the authors, editors, and photographers of this magazine are dependent on artists ­— niche or mainstream ­— to be willing to have their practice documented. To put it bluntly: if they don’t want to speak to us, there is not much we can do. Likewise, and without overestimating the impact of our small publication, it might have positive consequences for artists to be featured in zweikommasieben, which is not simply a unidirectional channel between fans and artists: over the years some artists highlighted their own fandom, interviewing other artists they admire for this very magazine, while some contributors developed artistic practices which led them to having fans on their own.

Such an ever-changing web of dependencies is highlighted on the following pages. This edition features a text by media theorist and artist DeForrest Brown Jr. dedicated to the multiple talents of singer-songwriter Dawn Richard: an exploration of why fans could be drawn to her practice over the past 15 years. Jasmin Hoek visits a new museum in Amsterdam that is dedicated to techno and club culture to investigate whether such an institution can be true to something we all have been fans of. In Anna Froelicher’s interview with Price, the artist elaborates on how he plays with both institutions’ and fans’ conceptualization of his music. The complexities of being a fan not only relate to other people and institutions but also to oneself and one’s personal development. In a new essay, Friedemann Dupelius uses his ever-evolving fascination with trance to reflect on the genre’s current status quo.

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7-12 JUNE 2022 > Motto @ Dropcity, Milan

Posted in events, Motto Books on June 7th, 2022
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Motto is pleased to announce its participation to Dropcity, from 7th to 12th of June.

Dropcity is a new centre for Architecture and Design that will be developed along Via Sammartini in Milan.

Over 10,000 square metres, divided across 28 tunnels, hosting: exhibition galleries production workshops, carpentry, robotics and advanced prototyping laboratories. In addition, a large area will be dedicated to research, teaching and office space for industry professionals.

A materials library and a public library, focusing on architecture and design topics, will complete the program.

Masterplan

You’ll find Motto with our books and vinyls selection at tunnel #60, in Via Sammartini, 20125 Milano.

We hope to see you there!

Robert Brambora – Images, Texts, Ceramics. Various Authors. Motto Books

Posted in Artist Book, Motto Books on April 5th, 2022
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with contributions by Susanne Mierzwiak, Moritz Scheper and a conversation between Lucie Sotty and Robert Brambora.

Graphic design: Paul Bowler

Robert Brambora (born in 1984, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He completed his studies in the class of Rebecca Warren at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2015.

The work of the artist takes as its subject the current neoliberal system and its impact on the individual, as measured under Marxist analysis. It particularly approaches issues such as working conditions, school dropouts, stress-related illnesses, anxiety and loneliness, the housing crisis, and overpopulation as so many causes leading to alienation in our contemporary societies. Also at the heart of his questioning is the analysis of a sense of loss of points of reference, of a form of time distortion generated by these stress conditions. The artist seeks to extract the waking hallucination – the onirism – from these crisis situations.
Robert Brambora practice primarily develops itself in two ways: he creates on the one hand paintings and ceramics, in the realm of traditional techniques and media, and on the other hand large format panels upon which texts are laser-engraved. The most recent text works address issues such as the real estate market crisis and financial speculation. These texts are based on political journals, excerpts of conversations and comments from internet forums, as well as personal notes. The artist draws equally from scientific articles from medical journals, evoking afflictions related to anxiety, as well as theoretical essays on the economic competition faced by individuals. These extracts are then reworked, superimposed on each other to create a three-dimensional pictorial space, which sometimes evokes the outlines of architecture.

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« Outro », a solo show by Robert Brambora | Vernissage & Book launch | Sans titre (2016) and Motto Books | Milan, Italy

Posted in art, Artist Book, exhibitions, Motto Books on March 28th, 2022
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Dear friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the opening of

« Outro »
Robert Brambora
’s first solo exhibition in Italy.

Wednesday 30th March
6 – 9pm

Via Vincenzo Gioberti 1 – Milan, Italy

Organized by Sans titre 2016

The exhibition will be on view until April 9th, 2022

During the opening, the artist’s monograph published by Motto Books and Sans titre 2016 will be presented.

Robert Brambora – Images, Texts, Ceramics

with contributions by Susanne Mierzwiak, Moritz Scheper and a conversation between Lucie Sotty and Robert Brambora

Graphic design: Paul Bowler

Published by Motto Books

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Robert Brambora (born in 1984, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He completed his studies in the class of Rebecca Warren at the Kunstak.

The work of the artist takes as its subject the current neoliberal system and its impact on the individual, as measured under Marxist analysis. It particularly approaches issues such as working conditions, school dropouts, stress-related illnesses, anxiety and loneliness, the housing crisis, and overpopulation as so many causes leading to alienation in our contemporary societies. Also at the heart of his questioning is the analysis of a sense of loss of points of reference, of a form of time distortion generated by these stress conditions. The artist seeks to extract the waking hallucination – the onirism – from these crisis situations.
Robert Brambora practice primarily develops itself in two ways: he creates on the one hand paintings and ceramics, in the realm of traditional techniques and media, and on the other hand large format panels upon which texts are laser-engraved. The most recent text works address issues such as the real estate market crisis and financial speculation. These texts are based on political journals, excerpts of conversations and comments from internet forums, as well as personal notes. The artist draws equally from scientific articles from medical journals, evoking afflictions related to anxiety, as well as theoretical essays on the economic competition faced by individuals. These extracts are then reworked, superimposed on each other to create a three-dimensional pictorial space, which sometimes evokes the outlines of architecture.

for a provisional anthology of elevated desires. Doris Maninger, Maurizio Alampi, Mirza Kahriman. CURA.BOOKS; Motto Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, exhibition catalogue, Motto Books on November 5th, 2021
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Catalogue of Doris Maninger’s solo exhibition

for a provisional anthology of elevated desires
Curated by Veronica He, Pia Lauro

STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI, Rome
21.10.21 – 08.01.22

On display forty Mongolfiere, made with recycled materials, objet trouvé and natural elements, each dedicated to a desire. The project was born in the spring of 2020 when, in response to the isolation imposed by the pandemic, the artist asked friends, family and colleagues to express a desire to be shaped, leaving all of them free to follow the flow of their thoughts and aspirations. This freedom gave birth to a choral discourse, made up of a set of desires all different from each other but united by the same strength and determination.

The anthology composed by Doris Maninger is, as the title itself explains, a provisional collection – because it is potentially in the making – of desires ironically defined as “elevated”, an allusion to both their nobility and their suspension in space.

In addition to the Mongolfiere series, the series of drawings is also on display, in which the artist returns to work on desires to give life to two-dimensional works where artistic intuition finds its maximum synthesis and abstraction. To complete the exhibition, voice overs that transform every single desire into a soundtrack. This part of the project was developed in collaboration with Maurizio Alampi, who composed a short arrangement with each desire, providing an admittedly partial poetic reading among the many possible ones.

For a provisional anthology of elevated desires it is therefore a collection of forms of desire, in which the coexistence of languages, and a composition methodology based on the circularity and the chorality of thought give life to an anthology that we could define as proximity, as story of the substance of the human relationship.

Doris Maninger (Graz, Austria 1958)
She trained as a painter and restorer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, she has moved at young age to Italy to complete her studies in various fields of arts and crafts. Her work is constantly shifting between diverse fields such as painting, sculpture, textile design and jewelry, combining traditional techniques with new formal approaches and theoretical research. In 1998, she moved to Florence and co-founded the contemporary jewellery school Alchimia with Lucia Massei. She exhibited, lectured, gave workshops and curated internationally in places such as, among the others, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Bangkok, Cairo and in various private and public institutions around Europe and America. In 2017 she left the school she co-founded and is working as consultant, free-lance educator and artist. Since 2016 she has been teaching consultant of the Design Studio Azza Fahmy in Cairo, Egypt.

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Vrach – special edition. Renaud Regnery. Motto Books

Posted in art, editions, Motto Books on October 30th, 2021
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24 original sketches for “Vrach”, 2019
Mixed techniques on print outs, 29.7 x 21 cm each

Vrach is Renaud Regnery’s collection of all the sketches made for the painting of the same name: Vrach, 2019, plaster, acrylic paint and alkyd lacquer on wallpaper on canvas, 200 x 135 cm.

The painting is photographed at various stages of its completion and these printed images are used as the basis for further Studies. The artist reuses the loose sheets he finds in his studio: fragments of theoretical texts printed for the preparation of exhibitions, essays on the work by other artists, extracts of bank statements, failed copy of car documents etc.

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Renaud Regnery | Vrach Book launch | Friday, 29 October, from 7 to 9pm



Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Books on October 28th, 2021
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Original sketches for “Vrach”, 2019. Mixed techniques on print outs, 29.7 x 21 cm each.

Book launch:

Renaud Regnery | Vrach

You are cordially invited to join us for the launch of Renaud Regnery publication Vrach,
 published by Motto Books in collaboration with Klemm’s gallery.

Friday, 29 October 2021, from 7 to 9pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof

10997 Berlin

Vrach is Renaud Regnery’s collection of all the sketches made for the painting of the same name: Vrach, 2019, plaster, acrylic paint and alkyd lacquer on wallpaper on canvas, 200 x 135 cm. The painting is photographed at various stages of its completion and these printed images are used as the basis for further Studies. The artist reuses the loose sheets he finds in his studio: fragments of theoretical texts printed for the preparation of exhibitions, essays on the work by other artists, extracts of bank statements, failed copy of car documents etc.

Vrach is the first book of a wider collection based on the same concept.

Published by Motto Books
Edition of 150 / Order your copy here
Special Edition / Order here