When the wind blows. Seunghee Choi. Self published

Posted in Artist Book, books, illustration on January 10th, 2022
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When The Wind Blows

What is behind this curtain ?
When the wind blows, I will go on a trip.
When I walk along with people, I feel relieved.
But why do I always like to sneak off?
Why do I keep going a long way round?
Is this path right? Should I have taken another one?
I‘m not sure. I just go where the wind blows me.
That way, if I proceed step by step, won’t I arrive at destination
one day?
Like little streams make big rivers.

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Wolfgang Stoerchle: Success in Failure. Alice Dusapin (Ed.). Daisy editions; Christophe Daviet-Thery

Posted in art, books, Monograph on January 8th, 2022
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First monograph devoted to the work of video artist and performer Wolfgang Stoerchle (1944-1976), an artistic figure of the Californian scene in the 1970s, based on extensive research and three international exhibitions.

Wolfgang Stoerchle is a particularly notable artistic figure of the early seventies who left a certain but little advertised mark on a generation of Californian artists, especially through videotapes and performances involving his body as raw material. His short but eventful life is surrounded by rumors, and his abrupt death in 1976 may have emphasized the myth around him even more. His entire body of work was produced in eleven years, between 1965 and 1976. Forty-five years after he passed away, his name still drifts across the West Coast art world, awaiting wider recognition.

Wolfgang Stoerchle: Success in Failure is the first monograph on the artist’s work, written by Alice Dusapin who has dedicated extensive research into his life and work since 2017 and organized several international exhibitions during this time (Ampersand, Lisbon; Gallery Overduin & Co, Los Angeles; Gallery Air de Paris and Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome).

The publication includes interviews with Daniel Lentz, Paul McCarthy, Matt Mullican, David Salle, Helene Winer, and an unpublished review by James Welling, alongside ephemera and documentation of Stoerchle’s video works and performances, as well as rarely seen sculptures, installations, and paintings.

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Exercises In Plebs Urbana Pdf Drill. O.D.FKLOS. ATM DIGGER GROUP

Posted in books, politics on January 7th, 2022
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An info-improvisational, cut-up and erasure work on financial paroxysm, rhetorics and the future of labor.

Edition of 100

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Dorothy Iannone, This Sweetness Outside of Time. Berlinische Galerie. Kerber Verlag

Posted in art, books, Monograph on January 6th, 2022
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Text by Jan-Frederik Bandel, Michael Glasmeier, Annelie Lütgens, Susanne Rennert. Interview by Maurizio Cattelan.

This book offers an overview of the complete works of Dorothy Iannone, as well as providing for the first time a detailed introduction to the abstract early works of the 1960s. The essays are dedicated to Iannone’s main themes, such as the relationship between text and image, the fight against censorship, and the performative forms of speaking, singing and writing. An interview conducted by Maurizio Cattelan with the artist and various statements by companions and friends as well as a richly illustrated biography round out the catalogue.

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Flower Sellers. Denise Lobont. Self published

Posted in books, photography on January 6th, 2022
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This series documents one of the oldest historical spots in Bucharest essential for the Romanian cultural patrimony and history: Coșbuc Flower-Market on Calea Rahovei Street. I am focusing specifically on male flower sellers as their macho look contrasts with the sensitive craft of floristry. Even though they are showing off a blustering bravado, becoming friends with them I discovered under this manly harness, emotions resonating with the bouquets sold. This documentary highlights the complexity of human kind and the redundancy of gender norms.

Even though the project started as an inquiry of masculinity from a feminine perspective, the fact that all the flower sellers are of Roma ethnicity should not be overlooked. Media and newspapers spread the fear about Roma people. This project is done as a pursuit of trying to overcome and question these stereotypes too.

First encounter with the flower sellers men in the market was marked by catcalling comments, a thing that is not Roma specific. Instead of passing by quickly ignoring and validating this overly masculine behavior, I used my camera as a dialogue mechanism, I wanted to take a portrait trough my feminine perspective. On the one hand to reclaim my power regarding gender differences and on the other, to question this fear that must be coming from a substrate of racism and thus it’s an excuse for inequalities between the Roma minority and Romanian majority of people.

I believe that fear produces more fear and a vicious circle is created. What if all that manly bravado comes from a layer of insecurity? Norms imposed by society where power is always praised. What if the jokes and loudly fooling around of Roma men I encountered are a product of the fear they have of white people? An ancestral fear as a result of centuries of rights deprivation, a topic that is too little discussed or acknowledged but covered up by inversed guilt trough fear spreading media.

Besides being a documentary about toxic masculinity and male mental health that encourages soft emotions associated with feminine behavior not to be repressed by men, recently this landmark place owned by Roma people in Bucharest has been evacuated by the police due to political interests taking advantage of the pandemic time when people’s attention was distracted. I associate this banning of the market’s authenticity with the social pressure of conforming to stereotypes and not being oneself.

Limited edition of 25 copies.

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Book release: Van Gogh TV’s »Piazza Virtuale« by Tilman Baumgärtel | December 1st, from 7pm | Motto Berlin

Posted in Book launch, books, events, Motto Berlin store on November 30th, 2021
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Dear friends,
We are pleased to invite you to

Book release, December 1st, from 7pm

Van Gogh TV’s »Piazza Virtuale«
The Invention of Social Media at documenta IX in 1992
@ Motto Berlin

In presence of the members of Van Gogh TV and the author Tilman Baumgärtel

Piazza virtuale by the group of artists known as Van Gogh TV was not only the biggest art project ever to appear on television, but from a contemporary point of view the project was also a forerunner of today’s social media. The ground-breaking event that took place during the 100 days of documenta IX in 1992 was an early experiment with entirely user-created content. This is the first book-length study of this largely forgotten experiment: It documents the radicality of Piazza virtuale’s approach, the novel programme ideas and the technical innovations. It also allows, via QR codes, direct access to videos from the show, which until now have been inaccessible.

LAST DAYS TO SEE!
Ongoing Exhibition till Sunday 5th of December 2021

VAN GOGH TV PIAZZA VIRTUALE
Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien
Kottbusser Straße 10
10999 Berlin
Free entry
Daily 2 – 7pm
 (Tuesday till Sunday)

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Hypnotised: A Journey Through Trance Music 1990-2005. Arjan Rietveld. Mary Go Wild

Posted in books, music, writing on November 25th, 2021
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Trance has been the flagship for electronic music across the globe during the nineties and early zeroes. The sound’s trademark optimistic and euphoric aspects has brought some of the most compelling musical pieces of its time, and undoubtedly had a significant influence on future electronic music to come. Yet, its historical significance has been highly overlooked.

Hypnotised is the first encyclopedia to cover the global trance movement during its most prolific years. The 322-page book spans a near-complete discography of supposedly essential albums, labels and releases, alongside exclusive photos and in-depth interviews with influential artists and label owners.

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Pool. Anna-Lena Wenzel. Monroe Books

Posted in books, photography on November 13th, 2021
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”I don’t know whether it’s because I’m a Pisces or because my parents first met at a pool, but I’ve always loved swimming. At some point, I started training for swim meets and took third place in my age-group at the Hamburg Championships. Then I began playing water polo, surprisingly became the German youth champion in 1994 and ended up playing in the national league for six years.

I began collecting pool photos only after all this—sort of as a way to remember the place where I had spent so much time and which for me embodied as much pleasure as it did discipline and exhaustion. My collection of film stills, found images and personal photographs contains a similar ambivalence: it pays homage to the symbol of summer and recreation while at the same time capturing the melancholy of empty pools and public swimming places.“ —Anna-Lena Wenzel

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Notes App. Matt Brand. Qualitative Methods

Posted in books, writing on October 13th, 2021
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Matt Brand’s second book could not be more of a departure from his first. To embrace the value of incompletion and observing works in progress, the author has published his “Free Writing” note from the Notes app on his phone, where he would capture lines and fragments whenever they came to him between the dates of 9/4/18 and 12/08/20. Some entries are only 2 or 3 words, whereas others are entire poems and paragraphs of thought.

Most published books can only provide a reader with an obscured vantage of the text’s origin, after having taken it through countless rounds of edits and revisions prior to release. Notes App aims to eliminate these confounding factors and hauntological smudges by instead showcasing creative writing ideas and fragments in their original state. The book offers readers the linguistic equivalent of a fine artist’s sketchbook or a recording artist’s draft folder. Here entries may be just as likely to stimulate inspiration as they are to spur reflection on the nature and lifespan of creative ideas.

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Dear world you have made the persons slow. Elena Kaufmann. COISAS QUE MATAM

Posted in Artist Book, books, graphic design, politics on September 10th, 2021
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Dear world you have made the persons slow uses the World Health Organization’s collected 2020 press statements about COVID-19 as its source material. Composed using blackout poetry, the project casts light on the ongoing and mostly unconscious consumption of online information. In reproducing the affect of online communication, these poems are both violently abridged and easy to consume.
In a world filled with transnational commercial chains, empathy and solidarity tend to stay local; the sudden violence of a worldwide pandemic paired with personal crises raises long overdue awareness for a more global concern for other subjects as well. Dear world you have made the persons slow contains potential further worldwide statements and there, they just need to be dis-covered.

Elena Kaufmann, born in 1992, is a contemporary artist based in Berlin, working primarily with poetry and language.

COISAS QUE MATAM (THINGS THAT KILL) is a label of the present, unleashed to publish sound and visual works afflicted by the now. If there are things that kill, there are also those that ignite and exhort. Since 2017, Stefanie Egedy and Simon Fernandes have been creating this circumstance between São Paulo and Berlin.

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