Croissants & Architecture. Nicole Wermers. Motto Books.

Posted in art, Artist Book, distribution, Motto Books, Wholesale on April 25th, 2017
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Croissants & Architecture
Nicole Wermers
Published in an edition of 250 by Motto Books, Lausanne/Berlin

With special thanks to Gregorio Magnani, Thomas Bush, Arnaud Desjardin & Steve Bishop
©2016

Size: 23 x 27.7 cm
Weight: 495 g
Binding: Softcover

€58.00

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The Ruin to Come, Essays from a protracted war. Walid Sadek. Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016.

Posted in distribution, Motto Books, Wholesale, writing on February 8th, 2017
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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.

Written by Walid Sadek

Published by Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016

Language: English
Pages: 253
Size: 13 x 20.5
Weight: 198 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524563

€15.00

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UNTITLED (2011). Erik Steinbrecher. Rakete.co & Motto Books

Posted in 2016, Motto Books, photography on December 9th, 2016
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First edition 300 copies
Stamped and Signed.

ps… to read in the dark.

€ 10.00

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Mousse #56. Edoardo Bonaspetti (ed.). Mousse Magazine

Posted in 2016, art, Motto Books on December 9th, 2016
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2006–2016: A SMALL ANTHOLOGY

A selection of essays, interviews, conversations, and projects that appeared in the first ten years of Mousse.

Featuring: Chantal Akerman; Cecilia Alemani; Jennifer Allen; Kai Althoff; Bruce Altshuler; Ed Atkins; Lutz Bacher; Darren Bader; Alex Bag; John Baldessari; Phyllida Barlow; Kirsty Bell; Andrew Berardini; Jonathan Berger; Michael Bracewell; Tom Burr; Maurizio Cattelan; Marc Camille Chaimowicz; Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev; Stuart Comer; Lauren Cornell; Nicholas Cullinan; Roberto Cuoghi; Nick Currie; Massimo De Carlo; Gino De Dominicis; Gigiotto Del Vecchio; Simon Denny; Brian Dillon; Jimmie Durham; Dominic Eichler; Peter Eleey; Matias Faldbakken; Luigi Fassi; Elena Filipovic; Morgan Fisher; Isa Genzken; Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi; Liam Gillick; Massimiliano Gioni; Isabelle Graw; Ed Halter; Jens Hoffmann; Judith Hopf; William E. Jones; Omar Kholeif; Alexander Kluge; Jiří Kovanda; William Leavitt; Élisabeth Lebovici; Andrea Lissoni; Helen Marten; Chus Martínez; Nick Mauss; Lucy McKenzie; Fionn Meade; Simone Menegoi; John Menick; Ute Meta Bauer; Massimo Minini; Hans Ulrich Obrist; Trevor Paglen; Stefania Palumbo; Francesco Pedraglio; Otto Piene; Laura Poitras; Elizabeth Price; Seth Price; Laure Prouvost; Alessandro Rabottini; Carol Rama; Filipa Ramos; Jason Rhoades; Dieter Roelstraete; Esperanza Rosales; Nicolaus Schafhausen; Fender Schrade; Stuart Sherman; Frances Stark; Jamie Stevens; Hito Steyerl; Sturtevant; Sabrina Tarasoff; Ana Teixeira Pinto; Oscar Tuazon; Giorgio Verzotti; Jan Verwoert; Francesco Vezzoli; Adrián Villar Rojas; Peter Wächtler; Ian Wallace; Klaus Weber; Cathy Wilkes; Christopher Williams; Jordan Wolfson.

€ 10.00

e ers. Malte Lochstedt & Verlag Danny Grassow & Chain Store Mix Release MNM Ltd @ Motto Books. 15.12.2016

Posted in 2016, events, Motto Books on December 8th, 2016
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In the pedestrian zone I only entered the closed Sinn Le er department store for a short time. Stagnant moving stairways, empty product displays, old brand banners, sockets without use. Architecture and objects stick out. Best of the rest. Everything left over became fetishized, standing for something else. Outside I strolled around the building. All signs and logos were altered, now meaning literally empty sense. All shop windows were decorated with left over stuff, someone seemed to still feel responsible. In a close by drugstore I bought two single-use cameras, came back and took these pictures.

Malte Lochstedt & Verlag Danny Grassow
& Chain Store Mix Release MNM Ltd.
Thursday 15th December 2016
From 6pm – 9pm
@ Motto Berlin

Zweikommasieben #14. Remo Bitzi (ed). Präsens Editionen, Motto Books.

Posted in distribution, magazines, Motto Books, music, Wholesale on December 8th, 2016
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Zweikommasieben #14

Zweikommasieben is a Swiss magazine that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary club culture since the summer of 2011. The magazine features artist interviews, essays and columns as well as photography, illustration and graphics. In addition, zweikommasieben organizes concerts, parties, club nights, matinees, raves and other fun events in various cities.

Featuring: Noological Multiobjective Outlines, Endgame, Phuong-Dan, Carla dal Forno, Zuli, Ekman, Telephones, Broshuda, meandyou, etc.

Edited by Remo Bitzi.

Co-published with Motto Books.

Pages: 146
Size: 29.7 x 21 cm
Weight: 386 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783906282077

€12.00

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Fucking Good Art #35: New Existentialism. Jan Verwoert. edition fink

Posted in Motto Books, writing on October 22nd, 2016
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New Existentialism
Existentialism, existential, existence … the subject is simply too large and too complex, too personal to say anything sensible.

Conversations  with Ger Groot, Alana Jelinek, and Alexandra Blättler and an essay by Jan Verwoert.

Published by Fucking Good Art and edition fink

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¨Strangers’ Guide to Home Territories¨. Steve Bishop. Motto Books, Supportico Lopez

Posted in books, distribution, Motto Books on October 21st, 2016
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Steve Bishop
Strangers’ Guide to Home Territories
1st edition, 250 copies

Photos taken at the following exhibitions:
Standard Ballad (2015)
Carlos/Ishikawa, London

You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (2016)
Supportico Lopez/6817 Los Angeles

Insulated by the Boundary (2016)
AND NOW, Dallas

1st edition, 250 copies
60 C-prints on Fuji Crystal Archive photo paper
Screen printed PVC jacket
ISBN: 9782940524518
Published by Motto Books, Supportico Lopez

35€
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Harun Farocki: What Ought to be Done / Was getan werden soll. Harun Farocki Institut & Motto Books.

Posted in film, Motto Books, writing on August 16th, 2016
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In the mid-1970s, Harun Farocki wrote a two-page call programmatically entitled What Ought to Be Done, followed by a survey addressed to potential collaborators and supporters. He envisioned an institution to “organize a coalition of working people, not from an abstract understanding but from the contact points of their work.” The purpose of this institution, devoted to documentary practices, was twofold. It was “intended to collect, i.e. secure what is there,” but also “to produce, i.e. initiate what is not yet there.” In doing so, it was meant to facilitate social and collaborative processes, comprehensive and interdisciplinary studies without time pressure.

At the occasion of Farocki’s working paper, the Harun Farocki Institut, founded in 2015, historically situates Farocki’s initiative and reflects upon the proximities and differences between creating an institution in 1976 and forty years later.

The publication includes Farocki’s text, a commentary by Tom Holert, Doreen Mende and Volker Pantenburg, as well as a letter written in 1975 by documentary filmmaker Peter Nestler in response to Farocki’s circular.

Editorial responsibility: Elsa de Seynes.

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Good boy 0372. Giovanna Silva. Motto Books.

Posted in distribution, Motto Books, photography, Wholesale on August 5th, 2016
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Sudan, the only remaining male northern white rhinoceros.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya.
This project documents Sudan, the last white rhinoceros of North Africa. Sudan lived his life inside the Prague zoo, before being transferred to Kenya for reproduction and specie preservation. Sudan lives under armed protection. Giovanna Silva spent ten days in his wildlife preserve, following him from a close distance. The book, entitled Good Boy – the way the guards call the rhinoceros, this lullaby which endlessly accompanied Giovanna’s days with the rhino – 0372, his breeding number, is a tribute to this prehistoric and unique animal. The book is conceived as a sequence of abstract images, in which the animal is barely recognizable, and close-up of his skin and his body progressively fading away.

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Special Edition for Giovanna Silva’s Good Boy 0372. Comes in four variations each with a different numbered print.

50€

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