Sonidero City. Mirjam Wirz. Mirjam Wirz & Buzz Maeschi (Eds.).

Posted in books, music, photography, poster, writing on August 14th, 2013

Sonidero City. Mirjam Wirz. Mirjam Wirz & Buzz Maeschi (Eds.).

Sonidero City – Sound system and DJ Culture in Mexico and Colombia, by Mirjam Wirz

“DJs as messengers delivering greetings between friends and communiques between rival gangs: Cumbia-rhythms slowed down to accomodate traditional dance styles. Low tones and ludicrously distorted voices. The Sonidero-culture of Mexico’s neighbourhoods is impossible to ignore.” – Jonathan Fischer on Sonidero City, DU Magazine 819 / 2011

The long-term photographic reportage of Sonidero City is an homage to the Cumbia DJs / Sonideros of Mexico City, who from the 60s to today have stood behind their sound systems’ mics, sending music as well as greetings across the capital’s streets. While some stack loudspeakers into massive towers, others stick to a modest set-up, spinning their own LP collections on 70s-era record players. They go by names such as Sonido Sensación Tropical, Sonido África, Sonido La Conga.

In contrast, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, giant flourescent- painted speakers called “Picó” spill afro-colombian Champeta music through local communities, where the accompanying dance of choice is called “polishing the belt buckle.”

Over the course of three years Swiss photographer Mirjam Wirz visited the living rooms, courtyards and dance events of Mexico City, Monterrey and Barranquilla. The result is her book Sonidero City, a lively visual collection tracing the paths Mexico and Colombia’s sound system culture have forged.

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Sonidero City – Soundsystem und DJ-Kultur in Mexiko und Kolumbien
von Mirjam Wirz

“DJ’s als Vermittler von Liebesgrüssen und Botschaften für rivalisierende Gangs: Cumbia-
Rhythmen, die auf den landestypischen Tanzstil heruntergebremst sind. Tiefe Töne und
aberwitzig verzerrte Stimmen. Die Sonidero-Kultur ist aus den Nachbarschaften Mexikos
nicht mehr wegzudenken.”
Jonathan Fischer über Sonidero City, DU Magazin 819 / 2011

Die fotografische Langzeitreportage Sonidero City ist eine Hommage an die Cumbia DJ’s/
Sonideros von Mexico City, die seit den sechziger Jahren und bis heute am Mikrophon ihres
Soundsystems stehen und Musik sowie Grussbotschaften in die Strassen der Hauptstadt
hinaus senden.Einige bauen riesige Türme von Lautsprechern auf, andere spielen mit kleiner Anlage aus ihrer LP-Sammlung auf den Plattenspielern der siebziger Jahre. Sie tragen Namen wie Sonido
Sensación Tropical, Sonido África, Sonido La Conga.

An der Karibikküste Kolumbien hingegen dröhnt aus in fluoreszierenden Farben angemalten,
gigantischen Lautsprechern die afrokolumbianische Champeta-Musik durch die Nachbarschaften. Das Soundsystem heisst Picó und den Tanz dazu nennt man sich gegenseitig die Gürtelschnalle
polieren.

Die Schweizer Fotografin Mirjam Wirz hat während drei Jahren mit ihrer Kamera Wohnzimmer,
Innenhöfe und Tanzveranstaltungen in Mexico City, Monterrey und Barranquilla besucht, daraus ist das Buch Sonidero City entstanden, eine lebendige visuelle Sammlung, die den Spuren dieser Soundsystem Kultur folgt.

Language: Spanisch / English
Pages: 224
Size: 19.9 x 26.5 cm

31 €
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AM Poster Series 2013. Claire Fontaine, Masanao Hirayama, Bernadette Corporation. Art Metropole.

Posted in poster on July 20th, 2013
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AM Poster Series 2013. Claire Fontaine, Masanao Hirayama, Bernadette Corporation. Art Metropole.

AM Poster Series 2013, Litho Edition Set.

2013
Art Metropole Toronto Canada
56 x 35.5 cm.

Set of 3: 35€
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Single Poster:

Claire Fontaine: 15€
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Masanao Hirayama: 15€
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Bernadette Corporation: 15€
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Billowing. Lisa Oppenheim. argobooks.

Posted in art, books, photography, poster on April 19th, 2013
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Zu ihrer Ausstellung Everyones Camera im Göttinger Kunstverein erforscht Lisa Oppenheim die Geschichte des Mediums Fotografie. Das Künstlerbuch Billowing zeigt Naturphänomene neben Rauchentwicklungen bei Demonstrationen und Kriegsereignissen. Dabei werden die Bilder ohne Kamera erstellt sondern beispielsweise aus Negativen kreiert oder Solarisationen erstellt. Photogramme von Protesten stehen neben Vulkanausbrüchen, Silbergelatine-Drucke von Bombardierungen im Zweiten Weltkrieg neben harmlosen Wolkenformationen.
Mittels künstlerischer Aneignung, visueller Verkürzung und serieller Anordnung verhandelt die Künstlerin subtil die Auseinandersetzungen, die bis heute die Fotografie bestimmen: die Konflikte zwischen dem Dokumentarischen und dem Symbolischen, zwischen Repräsentation und Abstraktion. (Laura Schleussner)

Author: Lisa Oppenheim
Publisher: Argobooks
Language: English
Pages: 24 with 3 posters
Size: 27x20cm
Binding: Softcover

Price: €12.00
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Voices from the corridor part 1 or Everybody’s practice of exhibiting. Stefano Faoro.

Posted in photography, poster on February 8th, 2013

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Voices from the corridor part 1 or Everybody’s practice of exhibiting. Stefano Faoro.

Image 1: The Hochspannungshalle ‘Parabelhalle’ is a high voltage test hall in Spandau, Berlin. In the laboratories researchers can generate artificial lightning, thunders, rain and other weather conditions in order to test prototypes designated to different climates. It was designed in 1961 by architect Walter Henn.

Image 2: A film-still from ‘Shock Corrdior’, directed by Samuel Fuller in 1963.

Image 3: Walter Henn was, since the early 1950s, part of a group of German architects who developed the theory of Bürolandschaft, literally ‘office landscapes’. They predicted and applied the end of corridors in working and public buildings. They designed and built rooms where desks could float free and a non-hierarchical ambiance could increase collaboration and, therefore, production. The Osram offices were built by Walter Henn in 1965, in Munich.

Part of ‘Voices from the corridor part 1 or Everybody’s practice of exhibiting’.
A production by Stefano Faoro, Berlin 2013.

D 4€

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UBER ALLES, Erik Steinbrecher, Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, photography, poster on January 17th, 2013

This artist’s book is a collection of eleven items including booklets, photography, posters by Erik Steinbrecher. This publication accompanies the artist’s exhibiton at the Kunstbibliothek in Berlin from 8 November 2012 to 17 February 2013. The show presents books, prints and other artworks from 1995 to 2012.

The titles of the items included in the bag UBER ALLES are:

Zermatt
1 Paar Schuhe/ pair of shoes
Keramik
Butike
Feuerzeug
Astra Turbo
Knacki Knacki
Bierli
Frutta
Wie am Schnürli
Free Poster ( Ei/ egg)

Author: Erik Steinbrecher
Publisher: Erik Steinbrecher, Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Rakete.co
Language: English
Size: 30.5 x 24 cm
Binding: Softcover

Price: €35.00
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AZURAZIA, «Lowering the Mediterranean, irrigating the Sahara»

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, music, poster, travel on January 9th, 2013
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AZURAZIA, «Lowering the Mediterranean, irrigating the Sahara»: the first volume of “original soundtracks produced for film which doesn’t exist yet”. Produced in Morocco during the summer of 2011, this record contains tracks made out of local music in North Africa and field recordings, transformed and remixed. Welcome to the Azurazian world, along the lowered Mediterranea by the Gibraltar dam, and follow the adventures of Ghazi Van Keering, searching to learn the new Daseinphilosophy in wasted landscapes. A print art work is included with the record.

Pressed by: Grautag Records

D 20 €

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Horizon Pages @ Motto Melbourne. 02.11.12

Posted in events, graphic design, Motto Melbourne event, music, newsprint, performance, poster on October 20th, 2012
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Horizon Pages and Motto Melbourne present the launch of Horizon Pages’ third publication, Small Entry by Sydney based artist and musician Matthew P Hopkins.

Including performances by Matthew Hopkins and Peasant Genes (Christopher L G Hill and Alex Vivian).

Small Entry by Matthew P Hopkins
Broadsheet Poster and one sided flexi-disc
Edition of 250

5pm – 8pm

Motto Melbourne
15-25 Keele St.
Collingwood
VIC 3066
Australia

Performances start at 6pm.

Sydney Launch: November 6th at The AV Club, Leichardt with Hair Hochman (Yoni of Holy Balm) and Moffarfarrah (Christopher L G Hill)

Mirjam Wirz. Sonidero City / Mexico.

Posted in photography, poster on August 21st, 2012
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Mirjam Wirz. Sonidero City / Mexico.

Double-sided poster, printed in Mexico City, 2010/2011
57 x 87 cm

D 12 €

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South # 1

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, politics, poster, Theory, writing on June 27th, 2012
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South Magazine #1 . Summer 2012,

SOUTH magazine a new collaboration / co- publication of LifO and Kunsthalle Athena

SOUTH is an arts and culture magazine published in Athens and distributed internationally. Possessed by a spirit of absurd authority, we will try to contaminate the prevailing culture with ideas that derive from southern mythologies such as the “perfect climate”, “easy living”, “chaos”, “corruption”, and the “dramatic temperament”, among others. Through our twisted – and “southern” – attitude…, expressed through critical essays, artist projects, interviews and features, we would like to give form to the concept of the South as a “state of mind” rather than a set of fixed places on the map. People from different – literal or metaphorical – ‘Souths’ will renegotiate the southern attitude, partly to define it and partly to invent it, within the post-crisis world. Opening up an unexpected dialogue among neighbourhoods, cities, regions and approaches, SOUTH will be both a magazine and a meeting point for shared intensities.

Published by: Dyo Deka Ekdotiki SA, A collaboration of LIFO free press & Kunsthalle Athena
Editor-in-Chief: Marina Fokidis
Creative Director: Yannis Karlopoulos
Editorial Team: Daphne Mangalousi, Eleanna Papathanasiadi, Angeliki Roussou, Apostolos Vasilopoulos
Editorial Consultants: Dimitris Politakis, Pablo León de la Barra

€ 10

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DIA Issue Nr. 2 – bedrucktes Papier in Zeiten der Print-Krise. Launch @ Motto Zurich, 11.05.2012

Posted in magazines, Motto Zürich event, poster on May 1st, 2012
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DIA Issue Nr. 2: Launch @ Motto Zürich, May 11th, 7pm.

Das DIA-Issue ist eine Print-Publikation in kleiner Auflage, die viermal jährlich erscheint und im Kontrast zur herrschenden Online-Euphorie steht. Die Faltbroschüre ist einerseits als Zeitschrift zu lesen, andererseits soll es aber auch Artefakt-Charakter haben und als Poster aufhängbar sein – die Produzenten nennen die Form dieser Publikation Feuilleton-Poster. In jeder Ausgabe werden Essays zu einem Thema abgedruckt, die von einem offenen Redaktionsteam erarbeitet werden. Diese Texte werden von einer Selektion von Dias illustrativ begleitet, wobei die Aufnahmen so ausgewählt werden, dass diese zwar sehr wohl das Ausgabenthema bebildern, sich aber ein direkter Bezug zwischen Essay und Illustration nicht zwingend sofort aufdrängt.
Die Idee für DIA-Issue entstammt dem Verlangen den fotografischen Nachlass des Herrn Dr. Rudolf Becks würdigend zu verwerten. Herr Dr. Rudolf Beck war ab 1950 für das Unternehmen Shell tätig und bereiste in deren Auftrag die ganze Welt. Er hinterliess einen überaus umfangreichen Fundus von Fotografien und Dias, die während seinen Reisen entstanden.