12.05: MICHAËL SELLAM / EVERYTHING LOOKS BETTER WITH LOVE / THE BERLIN BIRTHDAY / SALON DU SALON MARSEILLE @ Motto Berlin

Posted in Artist Book, events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store on May 10th, 2022
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Dear friends,

Please join us for the release of EVERYTHING LOOK BETTER WITH LOVE, artist book by MICHAËL SELLAM published by SALON DU SALON.

THURSDAY MAY 12th, at 7pm

In the presence of the publisher and friends.

MOTTO BERLIN
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin

EVERYTHING LOOKS BETTER WITH LOVE

The protocol for the production of the book EVERYTHING LOOKS BETTER WITH LOVE published at Editions Salon du Salon is simple. There is a certain nonchalance, few gestures. These gestures directly question how a work is produced. The forms produced would have what Tristan Garcia calls an equal ontological dignity.

“We live in this world of things, where a cutting of acacia, a gene, a computer-generated image, a transplantable hand, a musical sample, a trademarked name, or a sexual service are comparable things”. (Tristan Garcia, Form and Object: A Treatise on Things, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, p. 1.)

It is a question of experimenting with a whole system of possible operations carried out with an unfailing form of love for things, gestures and beings.

—Michaël Sellam, Paris

SALON DU SALON is a project dedicated to contemporary art and a publishing house based in Marseille, France. Since December 2013, SALON DU SALON work with artists, authors and curators invited to develop proposals. Forms and development of collaboration are based upon the projects themselves, and have included, residencies, research, performance art, exhibition, publishing, and more.

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Borrowing Positions: Role-playing Design & Architecture. Ott Kagovere, Kaisa Karvinen, Tommi Vasko (Eds.). Lugemik

Posted in architecture, Artist Book, books, design on May 6th, 2022
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2nd Edition

A speculative book reflecting on design and architecture centred LARPs (Live Action Role-Play) organised by the Trojan Horse collective. The book is an exploration of Live Action Role-Play as a design and architecture research tool. By inviting the reader to try on different characters, switch roles and reconsider their everyday practices, the book aims to approach issues such as identity, performativity, gender, colonialism, care and fear in the context of architecture, design and urban planning.

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AIDS: You Can’t Catch It Holding Hands. Niki de Saint Phalle. The Lapis Press

Posted in Artist Book, illustration on April 20th, 2022
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Provides the facts on how AIDS can and can’t be transmitted, and how to prevent the spread of this disease, in the form of a letter from a mother to her son.

Condition: fine. Minor shelf wear and signs of age.

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Taxonomy of The Barricade. Image Acts of Political Authority in May 1968. Wolfgang Scheppe. NERO

Posted in Artist Book, books, history on April 14th, 2022
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An iconographic taxonomy—researched, conceived, and ideated by Wolfgang Scheppe, also author of the book’s final essay—that traces the state and police visual control through almost 500 images from the May 1968 police archives in Paris.

The pictorial order of a regime of surveillance applied during the last wide-ranging insurgence in Europe’s history surfaces from the analysis of this unique visual archive. Following the events happening at the Sorbonne in May 1968, alongside general strikes and nationwide factory occupations, France’s state of emergency becomes apparent through a specific iconography of visual control.

This critical moment in the development of governmental visualization strategies towards a totalitarian god’s perspective on the urban fabric has been researched and documented for the first time, by employing the vast photo archives of the Archives de la Préfecture de police de Paris. Among other characteristic typologies of authoritative monitoring aspects, the events in May ’68 marked the historic beginning of the deployment of helicopter based aerial photography as a means of governmental crowd control in a situation of escalating insurrection. The political will to gain an unobstructed view on any individual motion pattern represented in the project leads to epistemically-new technologies that combine observation with political governance, and the use of force as recently manifested in the agency of drones and face recognition.

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The Library of Mr. & Mrs. Neutra. Jeff Khonsary, Benjamin Critton (Eds.). New Documents; Marta

Posted in Artist Book, books on April 13th, 2022
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The Library of Mr. & Mrs. Neutra uses the built environment of Richard and Dione Neutra’s VDL House (1932/1965) as a space for site-specific research into the content and material structure of the modernist architect’s library. Working to document the volumes collected in the Los Angeles residence and studio’s extensive library, this book indexes the specific, lived history of a personal book collection marked by its owner’s professional, personal, and familial relationships.

Published on the occasion of Built In organized in the fall of 2021, co-curated by Erik Benjamins and Marta, Los Angeles.

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A Book On A Proposed House Museum For An Unknown Crying Man. Mahmoud Khaled, Sara El Adl (Eds.). DAAD

Posted in Artist Book, books on April 12th, 2022
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This book is an extension and continuation of an artwork titled Proposal for a House Museum of an Unknown Crying Man by artist Mahmoud Khaled, in which he imagines a house museum for an anonymous person who has entered Egypt’s queer history as an „unknown crying man“ and iconic image.

Mahmoud Khaled was able to continue and complete his work on the performative publication A Book on a Proposed House Museum for an Unknown Crying Man during his residency as a Fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2020 and 2021.

With texts by Sara El Adl, Bassam El Baroni, Edwin Nasr, Hannah Elsisi, Lina Attalah, Ismail Fayed, Hicham Awad.

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Robert Brambora – Images, Texts, Ceramics. Various Authors. Motto Books

Posted in Artist Book, 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 art, Artist Book, 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.

Autobiography n. 4- Jonathan Monk. Tonini Editore.

Posted in Artist Book on March 11th, 2022
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Autobiography is a series by Tonini Editore, published monthly. Each volume will be dedicated to an artist, who will be free to carry out the topic of the autobiography by means of text or visual supports.

The selection of the artists participating to the series is coordinated by a scientific committee made up of six renown personalities in the world of the art research and collection: Pedro Barbosa (collector and founder of the Coleção Moraes – Barbosa), Alex Bacon (art historian), Claudio Guenzani (gallery owner in Milan, owner of the Studio Guenzani), Michele Lombardelli (artist, composer, typographer and consultant for several publishing houses), Shwetal Ashvin Patel (writer and researcher, founding member of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale), Christoph Schifferli (collector and scholar), Valentino Tonini (director of the homonymous publishing house).

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Autobiography n. 3. Alessandro Pessoli. Tonini Editore.

Posted in Artist Book, illustration on March 10th, 2022
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Autobiography is a series by Tonini Editore, published monthly. Each volume will be dedicated to an artist, who will be free to carry out the topic of the autobiography by means of text or visual supports.

The selection of the artists participating to the series is coordinated by a scientific committee made up of six renown personalities in the world of the art research and collection: Pedro Barbosa (collector and founder of the Coleção Moraes – Barbosa), Alex Bacon (art historian), Claudio Guenzani (gallery owner in Milan, owner of the Studio Guenzani), Michele Lombardelli (artist, composer, typographer and consultant for several publishing houses), Shwetal Ashvin Patel (writer and researcher, founding member of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale), Christoph Schifferli (collector and scholar), Valentino Tonini (director of the homonymous publishing house).

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