HaFI 017 – Karolin Meunier: Aller-retour et aller. On “Wanda” and “Supplément à la vie de Barbara Loden”. Karolin Meunier. Harun Farocki Institut & Motto Books

Posted in Film, Motto Books on February 23rd, 2023
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In 2019, Karolin Meunier presented the performance Aller-retour et aller for the first time at Arsenal Cinema in Berlin. This was followed by a screening of the film Wanda (1970) by Barbara Loden, one of the most important works of independent filmmaking by female directors. For HaFI 017, Meunier documents her performance script. Among other references, she engages with Nathalie Léger’s book Supplément à la vie de Barbara Loden (2012) by translating text excerpts in dialogue with a friend. In this essayistic novel, Léger follows the traces of the film in her search for the actress and director Barbara Loden.

In HaFI 017: Aller-retour et aller, Meunier’s artistic gestures of experimental translation echoes the intertwining of these three women’s quest by dissolving the biographies of the film character, the actress, and the novelist: “A woman telling her own story through that of another woman.” (Nathalie Léger). The pamphlet includes an afterword by Clio Nicastro.

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26-28.11: Motto @ 28 November – An Independent Book Fair. Tirana, Albania

Posted in Fairs, Motto Books on November 24th, 2022
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Motto is pleased to announce its participation to 28 November, from 26 to 28 November 2022.

28 November purveys texts (new, used, bootlegged) that relate to independence, anarchy, spaces of exception, desire, withdrawal, noncompliance, self-management, forms of identification, love.

by appointment
& by chance

@
Destil Creative Hub Tirana
Bulevardi Zogu 1
Tirana, Albania

Tirana Book Fair November 2022 Mix

A selection of music for the micro closed-circuit radio station broadcast during the Tirana Book Fair November 2022, this mix features sounds from:

Koray Kantarcıoğlu
Ferox Maw
Yannick Dauby
Canon singing from MIEN (YAO) hill tribes in China, Vietnam, and Laos, released on Sublime Frequencies
nula.cc
Amelia Cuni
Cheba Wahida
Barney Wilen
Sugai Ken
Michel Redolfi
154
Inoyama Land

Presentation of Panya Routes, hosted by the African Centre for Cities and Stokvel Gallery with guest Mokena Makeka @ Stokvel Gallery, Johannesburg

Posted in Events, Motto Books on October 22nd, 2022
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Motto Books is pleased to invite you to the presentation of Panya Routes, hosted by the African Centre for Cities and Stokvel Gallery with guest Mokena Makeka.

22 October 2022
from 12pm


Stokvel Gallery
*NEW ADDRESS*
27 Boxes
4th Ave, Melville
Johannesburg, South Africa

Panya Routes: Independent art spaces in Africa
Kim Gurney

Independent art spaces on the African continent have flourished, particularly over the past twenty years in tandem with a youthful population in fast-urbanising cities. This book takes the reader on a journey to discover their DIY-DIT working principles: horizontality, second chance, elasticity, performativity and convergence. The itinerary begins at an empty plinth in Cape Town to closely track the performative and artistic afterlife of a colonialist statue whose toppling turned public space into common space. Next stop: Nairobi, Accra, Cairo, Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam — all rapidly changing cities of flux. The author visits five non-profit platforms that build narratives in public space by stitching together art and everyday life. They create their own panya routes, or backroad infrastructures of divergent kinds, in response to prevailing uncertainty. Working largely in collaborative economies and solidarity networks through refusal and reimagination, these “off-spaces” demonstrate institution building as artistic practice. By thinking and dreaming beyond the status quo, they fast-forward to creatively inhabit city futures that have already arrived in the global South. The key platforms featured in the book’s research are: The GoDown Arts Centre, ANO Institute of Arts and Knowledge, Townhouse Gallery, Zoma Museum and Nafasi Art Space.

Edited by Mika Hayashi Ebbesen
Graphic design by Márcia Novais
Published by Motto Books, 2022

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 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 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 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 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.