Tags: Guy Meldem, maximage, motto berlin, Motto Books
Tags: Ivana Palečková, Štokovec
Graphic designer Ivana Palečková was born exactly seven days before the Velvet Revolution. She doesnʼt incline to nostalgia or retro. Despite this fact, she choses to work with the “classic” 35mm color negative film. She uses her mobile phone mostly for phone calls. This book is a selection from a large photographic archive of this young artist who sees taking photos of her closest surroundings, visited places and situations around her as a natural addition to creative life of a graphic designer. Without aspiring to make it as a photographer. The artist who works as a graphic designer has put together a visual essay whose words (photographs) can be taken apart and “reassembled” by readers according to their taste. The readers create new sentences of their own (photographic diptychs and triptychs).
Tags: Jessika Thörnqvist, Kim Ramberghaug
Stasis is the first publication by artist duo Jessika Thörnqvist and Kim Ramberghaug and is made up of a selection of images from the period between 2011 and 2015. It contains paradoxical moments of change and transition when the world and its things are not given, but appear more ambiguously – in their making or dissolution. Capturing moments when light not only illuminates, but itself becomes presence – as reflection, mist, shimmer, haze, shadow and spectra – this literal photography documents a collection of deflected gazes. Instead of being presented as facts to be accepted, these images could rather be characterized as traces of looking away – looking away at the coloured shadow on the wall, or keeping the head turned to the angle at which the sunspot stays in view.
Performed as negation of habitual patterns of attention and perception, these exercises are done with succinct gestural eloquence so that the most transient perceptual objects are approached in a noncoercive relation. The photos in Stasis convey whole experiences of emphemeral phenomenality where reality is suspended, and replaced by something more immediate and sensuous. As Rei Terada (2009) has described, enforcement of the right to look away coincides with a deeply ethical position. The absence of grammar for some feelings reflects a prevailing, and deeply internalized, unfreedom, the alleviation of which only happen on the edge of the aesthetic.
edition of 300 copies
Tags: Martin Zet
Martin Zet: NEKROLOG / OBITUARY – Book Launch
Saturday, April 16 at 7pm in Motto Berlin
KINO TIC – video compilation
COVER PAINTINGS – vitrines installation
BOOK MANIA – a complete survey on the author’s book production.
NEKROLOG / OBITUARY
Tags: Benjamin Jaubert, Komplot, Sofie Van Loo, Stefaan Willems
This book titled ‘The Cure’ is edited by the three curators Benjamin Jaubert, Sofie Van Loo and Stefaan Willems who programmed the year 2015 in Komplot. This book is the result of a collaboration in three chapters : ‘There Is No Cure’, ‘The Rape – Stiff Hip Gait – The Catwalk’ and ‘Passion and Romance’. This book is the affirmation of three subjectivities through their choices and thematics. The designers Uberknackig put together the contributions of artists, thinkers and poets invited by the curators in a kind of spiritual user guide like the one you find in the drawer of your hotel room to coach you through the night…
Tags: Martin Zet
Obituary / Nekrolog
1959 – 2015
Tags: Humboldt Books
Railway Flora. Ernesto Schick.
Third Edition published by Florette and Humboldt Books.
Schick devoted a decade of his life (1969-1978) to observing, classifying and illustrating the wild vegetation that infests the grounds of the international railway marshalling yard in Chiasso. First published in 1980, Railway Flora has maintained all its original charm. Its bond with the territory and with the history of one of the symbols of its economic development, the painstaking research of an all but common man and his scrutiny of the complex relationship between human beings and their environment offer a testimony which remains as intriguing as it ever was.
The new edition features writings and original illustrations by the author, as well scientific updates by Nicola Schoenenberger and a literary contribution by the poet Fabio Pusterla.
Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968 presents the complex and ever-changing story of Italian fashion through a contemporary lens. It is a symphonic account of the many creative components that continue to interact and shape the success and enormous appeal of the “Made in Italy” brand. This catalog showcases the amazing garments chosen for the exhibition and designed by creators such as Simonetta, Valentino, Roberto Capucci, Irene Galitzine, among many others: the spectacular dresses that illuminated ball rooms and theater galas, as well as cocktail dresses of restrained elegance or tantalizing embellishments inspired by fantasized designs or the leading postwar art movements – the Zero Group, Pop art and Op art.
Tags: Alexandra Leykauf, Felix Weigand, Roma Publications
Alexandra Leykauf. Roma Publications @ Motto Berlin. 17.03.2016
Alexandra Leykauf, in conversation with Dominikus Müller about her new book published by Roma Publications
Caroline Soyez Petithomme: … the reproduction of your own work is always at stake, and even more so here in the context of the current book: an artist’s book and an autonomous work playing with the publication format as opposed to a conventional exhibition catalogue or a classical artist’s monograph. Was this a way for you to ‘get around’ the reproduction of your works?
Alexandra Leykauf: … I consider installation views not only as documents of a past situation, but as something like shards, pieces of a whole — to stay with the metaphor of the kaleidoscope you introduced. You’ve suggested earlier that there is an “elsewhere” that arises within the various layers of reproduction in my work; maybe here that’s located between the pages of this book.
CSP: And is it also a way to mirror your own process of creation — where the book remains the initial vehicle and source of your work, here to return again as a form, as in the current book …?
AL: … yes, at the end of our conversation we return to the book, but also to the beginning: an observation of the act of looking and of our own position towards that at which we look.
Infrastructure Canada Book Presentation, Daniel Young & Christian Giroux, with graphic designer Katja Gretzinger, interviewed by AA Bronson @ Motto Berlin 14.03.16Posted in 2016, Artist Book, books, events, Motto Berlin event on March 10th, 2016
Tags: Katja Gretzinger
Bridges, tunnels, pipelines, hydroelectric lines, public transit, dams, ports, navigational aids for waterways and
airspace, communication towers—infrastructure is the foundation of our economy and society. Filmed using a
35mm motion picture camera, this project provides a core sample of infrastructure interventions in Canada’s
landscape. Drawing on statistical information on expenditures since 1947 in order to proportionally represent
investment in different sectors, the artists chose these one hundred objects and locations as a subset reflecting diversity
of region and type. Presented in random order, they function as a rigorous dérive through nodes in the network of a material body that can be thought of as comprising a single piece of architecture.
Project book includes essays by Jonathan Shaughnessy, Richard William Hill, and Carlotta Daró
Published by Oakville Galleries
Monday March 14th