The Glossary of Cognitive Activism, Arne De Boever, Warren Neidich

Posted in books, Motto Books, politics on November 1st, 2019
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This glossary is meant to accompany the three-volume publication The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism Part 1, 2 and 3. It reflects the concerns contained in those volumes. It marks the beginning of a long-term process of creating a dictionary of terms with which to understand and eventually destabilize the complex ways through which a future Neural Capitalism will work in creating contemporary forms of neural subsumption. Neural subsumption is a future condition brought about by an assemblage of networked neural technologies that will link our brainwaves to the Internet of Everything (IoE) and then encode them to use in advanced data analysis. No thought conscious or unconscious will be left unrecorded, encoded or surveyed. Furthermore this data will be used for a future form of data inscription upon the connectome: the data set describing the con- nection matrix of the nervous system and which represents the network of anatomical connections linking neural elements together. This in the end constitutes what I have called the Statisticon. Warren Neidich is an interdisciplinary artist and theorist working between Berlin and New York. He studied photography, art, neuro- science, medicine, ophthalmology, and architecture. Recently his practice has focused on performance, sculpture, video and film to investigate the contested milieus of the social brain. He is founder and director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, New York and Berlin, 2015–2019. Its’ curriculum focuses upon the emerging conditions of cognitive capitalism in which the brain and the mind are the new factories of the 21st century. In 1995 he conceived of the website artbrain.org and the Journal of Neuroaesthetics. It officially appeared on the web in 1997 and concentrates on the capacity of artistic practice to deregulate and estrange the social-political-cultural milieu in the end activating the material brain’s neural plastic potential.

 

Published by Archive Books.
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Book launch: ‘CONQUERING THE PRESENT IN THE LONG SIXTIES: The curatorial birth of contemporary art’ at Motto Berlin. 28 September 2019

Posted in art, books, events on September 20th, 2019
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Saturday, September 28th

5-7 PM. Talk at 5.30.

Motto Berlin Skalitzer Str. 68, 10997 Berlin, Germany

Kristian Handberg’s Conquering the present in the Long Sixties is an art historical essay. The book presents a new understanding of the art work in the 1960s and how a predominant interest in the present even brought a Soviet Cosmonaut to the Venice Biennale in 1968.

Talk with Terry Smith, author of Art to Come. Histories of Contemporary Art (2019).

Kristian Handberg., (b. 1980) Art historian, Ph.D., postdoc at the University of Copenhagen. Handberg has researched in the importance of exhibitions and their international circulation in the postwar era at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Terry Smith, Professor in Art History, University of Pittsburgh. A leading historian and theoretician on the history of contemporary art, Smith has just published the book Art to Come. Histories of Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, 2019), which will be available at the launch. Smith will be in conversation with the author on the notion of contemporary art and the exhibition as a way of staging the present.

Richard Maxwell and New York City Players: The Theater Years

Posted in art, books, curating, film, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, video on September 6th, 2019
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This is the first publication on the plays of New York–based experimental theater director and playwright Richard Maxwell (born 1967) and his company New York City Players. His plays have been commissioned by The Wexner Center, Columbus; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Performance Space 122, The Kitchen and Soho Rep in New York; and The Barbican Centre, London. The book captures the experience of actually watching the plays by way of screen-grabs and captions, and in doing so documents nearly 20 years of work.

Text by Jim Fletcher, Emily Hoffman, Richard Maxwell, Robert Snowden.
Published by Westreich Wagner and Greene Naftali.

 

€45.00

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Cristian Forte & Hybriden-Verlag. Piktogramme Book Launch @ Motto 4.10.2018

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, editions, events, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books on October 1st, 2018
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Cristian Forte & Hybriden-Verlag @ Motto Berlin
Piktogramme Book Launch
Thursday, October 4th. 6PM

Piktogramme is an artist book of original drawings and miniatures by Cristian Forte. These delicate diagrams are visual poems, singularly drawn onto each copy. Piktogramme was published in 2018 by Hybriden-Verlag in a limited edition of 10 copies.

Cristian Forte was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires. Between 1999 and 2006, Forte was a member of the interdisciplinary political group Etcétera, a collective influenced by Surrealism in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He lives in Berlin since 2009, where he runs Nicht-Verlag Milena.

Skinned / Detouched. Alice Channer. Eastside Projects, Motto Books.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, sculpture on May 2nd, 2018
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Skinned and Detouched, a pair of artists books, are a portal to a single performative stage in the industrial production of two large scale sculptures, one of which is on show at Large Glass. The books, including writing by Jennifer Boyd, photography by Thierry Bal and design by Europa, imaginatively document the multiple embodiments and disembodiments involved in one moment in the production of the two works.

Skinned and Detouched document one stage in the production of two sculptures:

210 s t r e t c h e d aluminium fingers for Mechanoreceptor, Icicles (red, red) (triple spring, striple strip) were dipped in liquid PVC at Plastic Coatings in Kingswinford, West Midlands, UK, on Friday 16 February 2018.

40 spider crab shells (Maja Brachydactyla) and 56 brown crab shells (Cancer Pagurus) for Crustacean Satellites were vacuum metallised at Dual Metallising in Tyseley, Birmingham, UK, on Monday 29 January 2018.

Text by Jennifer Boyd

Photography by Thierry Bal

Design by Europa

Printed in Birmingham by Genie in an edition of 1000
Supported by Eastside Projects, Konrad Fischer Galerie and Large Glass
Published by Eastside Projects and Motto Books in 2018

 

Language: English
Size: 21.5 x 30
Weight: 250 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9781906753405
€23.00
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Nicole Wermers: Women Between Buildings. Gregorio Magnani (Ed.) Publisher: Kunstverein In Hamburg.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, exhibition catalogue, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, photography, sculpture on April 30th, 2018
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Women Between Buildings focuses on Wermers’ practice of the past 15 years, and includes essays by Sabeth Buchmann, David Bussel and Kerstin Stakemeier. Designed by Daly & Lyon, published by Kunstverein in Hamburg, Compagnia and Motto Books.

Women Between Buildings was published in conjunction with Wermer’s solo exhibition at Kunstverein in Hamburg.

 

Language: English / German
Pages: 172
Size: 21.7 x 28.5
Weight: 1.2000 kg
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9782940524747
€38.00

Distributed. David Blamey & Brad Haylock (Eds.). Open Editions.

Posted in art, books, critique, Motto Berlin store, writing on April 25th, 2018
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For those who would seek to influence others, the dissemination of ideas is
paramount. Similarly, for those holding ambition to secrete knowledge for reasons of
authority, or to protect the fruits of intellectual labour for reasons of profit or ethical
concern, distribution is key. Certainly before, but more importantly since the
Gutenberg Bible, the predicament of the power of knowledge has lain not with its
generation but with the control of its dispersion.

This new volume in the critically acclaimed Occasional Table series of books
published by Open Editions focuses attention on the act of distribution as a subject
for serious creative consideration and one of great social and economic importance.
Contributors from a variety of backgrounds paint a big picture that embraces the
actions of the individual alongside the workings of global markets. From the
attention-seeking impulse of the poseur, to the democratisation of art and knowledge
in the form of books, pop music, digital networks, self-organised libraries, and the
question of what can be known, and by whom, the urge to disseminate is explored
here as an elemental phenomenon of our time.

Language: English
Pages: 264
Size: 21.5 x 16 cm
Weight: 430 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9790949004093
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Roberto Burle Marx Lectures: Landscape as Art and Urbanism. Gareth Doherty (Ed.). Lars Müller Publishers

Posted in architecture, art, books, design, Motto Berlin store, writing on April 20th, 2018
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Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994) remains one of the most important landscape architects in the history of the field. His distinctive and widely acclaimed work has been featured and referenced in numerous sources, yet few of Burle Marx’s own words have been published.

This collection of a dozen of Burle Marx’s lectures, most of which have never before been available in English, fills that void. Delivered on international speaking tours, they address topics such as Concepts in Landscape Composition, Gardens and Ecology and The Problem of Garden Lighting. Their publication sheds light on Burle Marx’s distinctive ethic and aesthetic of landscape, as “the real art in living.”

Language: English
Pages: 288
Size: 15 x 20
Weight: 420 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783037783795
€30.00
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Steppe by steppe romantics. Slavs and Tatars.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, editions, Motto Berlin store, politics, writing on April 18th, 2018
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“By their very nature secret practices, being secret, are generally hard to comment on. Still, we can imagine that the institution of secret marriage must be at least as old as that of the public one, possibly older, in fact, if one is to imagine the birth of ‘coupledom’ as taking place between two people alone under the cover of night. Secret marriage today remains an incalculable part of the institution – and perhaps one of its most romantic forms. […]

As though to compensate, we celebrate the secret ceremony – gay, straight or non-binary – not with equal but greater fervour. Just as a stolen glance is more arousing, a forbidden tryst more urgent, so too is the secret marriage more alive, more keen. Marry in secret in solidarity, in lust, out of an exhaustive need. Marry in secret and do with the heart what the gun cannot: melt the frozen conflicts, be they in Abkhazia or in Glendale.”

Excerpt from the publication

Offset print, 26 × 20 cm, 16 pages, stitched binding, mimeograph print
Edition of 35

 

€100.00
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Estórias do Livro de Artista / Stories of the Artist Book. Ana João Romana.

Posted in art, books, curatorial studies, Motto Berlin store, writing on April 3rd, 2018
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Bilingual edition of 50 (Portuguese and English)

Offeset digital print Munken Pure paper.

Interview series by Ana João Romana in 29 chapters.
Artists, editors, librarians, collectors, and curators.


Esta conversa acompanha a mostra bibliográfica com o mesmo título presente na vitrine do átrio e na Biblioteca de Arte.

Com
Ana João Romana, que orienta a conversa com André Cepeda (artista e fundador da Inc. – Livros e Edições de Autor), David Guéniot (Editor – Ghost Editions), Luiza Teixeira de Freitas (curadora e colecionadora), Pedro Barateiro (artista) e Ana Barata (bibliotecária – Biblioteca de Arte e Arquivos Gulbenkian).

Série de entrevistas a intervenientes ligados ao livro de artista (artistas, editores, livreiros, colecionadores, curadores e bibliotecárias), no âmbito do doutoramento de Ana João Romana. Publicar a estória/história do livro de artista em Portugal.

 

Size: 21 x 15 x 7
Weight: 1.366 kg
Binding: Cardboard box with softcover booklets inside
€50.00
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