Politics of study

Posted in art, books, history, literature, performance, photography, politics on July 6th, 2015
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Universities and art schools alike have been subjected to the pressure of recent austerity politics and the ongoing attempt to transform higher education according to the demands of reigning neoliberals. In this context, it is urgent to conceive of alternative frameworks and methodologies of study–whether within, outside or at the margins of academic institutions.

This book examines the current interest in education through a series of conversations with artists, theorists, activists and educators -including Suhail Malik, Brian Holmes, Ruth Sonderegger, Gerald Raunig, Judy Chicago, Gal Kirn, Mohammad Salemy, Melissa Gordon, Marina Vishmidt and Andrea Fraser-who are all actively involved in developing new models of study. Ranging from self-organized learning to critical teaching methodologies, the alternatives gathered here offer a resource for those interested in the renewed politicization of education, new modes of knowledge production and teaching methodologies.

€ 23.00

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The White Review No. 12

Posted in art, distribution, literature, magazines, writing on March 11th, 2015
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The White Review No. 12 features interviews with choreographer Yvonne Rainer and novelist/artist Douglas Coupland. The incomparable Lydia Davis translates the ‘zeer korte verhalen’ (‘very short stories’) of Dutch writer A. L. Snijders; Mexican author Álvaro Enrigue gives us the story of a samurai in sixteenth-century Acapulco; Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams present the first installment of their collaborative novel; and Mark von Schlegell envisages a time travel bureau that pilfers plot lines from a paranoid writer popular with ‘the European crowd’.

Johanna Drucker rails against the impotence of contemporary art’s critical establishment and the failure of critique (citing counterexamples including Marcia Hafif, whose work is reproduced on a pull out card); elsewhere Owen Hatherley compares urbanism in Hamburg to the parlous state of British town planning. Caleb Klaces contributes a long, looping poem and we publish a series by New York-based poet Lonely Christopher. We are pleased to include series by British photographer Clare Strand and Dutch artist Parra. Our guest foreword is courtesy of George Szirtes, while the cover comes from Andrew Brischler.

Foreword: A Pound of Flesh
George Szirtes

Eight Stories
A. L. Snijders (tr. Lydia Davis)

Interview with Yvonne Rainer
Orit Gat

Caleb Klaces

Social and Democratic/Free and Hanseatic
Owen Hatherley

A Samurai Watches the Sun Rise in Acapulco
Álvaro Enrigue (tr. Rahul Bery)

Rags (1986-2014)
Clare Strand

After After
Johanna Drucker

Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams


Interview with Douglas Coupland
Tom Overton

From ‘In A January Would’
Lonely Christopher

Return to Sender
Mark von Schlegell

Language: English
Binding: Softcover
Price: €17.99

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E.R.O.S. #4. Issue launch & presentation @ Motto Berlin. 19.06.2014.

Posted in art, critique, events, Journals, literature, writing on June 17th, 2014
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E.R.O.S. #4. Issue launch & presentation @ Motto Berlin. 19.06.2014.

Please join us to celebrate the Berlin launch of E.R.O.S. #4 at Motto Berlin.

Featuring readings by the editors:

Sami Jalili
Rebecca La Marre
Emma Letitizia Jones


7pm start.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
10097 Berlin

The Burning Sand Vol. 3. Sarah Lowndes (Ed.).

Posted in art, distribution, literature, magazines, music, poetry, writing on June 12th, 2014


The Burning Sand Vol. 3. Sarah Lowndes (Ed.).

Volume 3 of Glasgow-based bi-annual prose poetry and art magazine The Burning Sand, was edited by Sarah Lowndes and designed by Sophie Dyer and Maeve Redmond.

It includes distinctive voices including a new image-text work from artist Kathryn Elkin, a collaborative contribution by Wolf (musician and composer Kim Moore and artist Fergus Dunnet), Jenny Brownrigg’s story, Five art curators consider transforming an interior, three Untitled acrylic paintings composed on pieced newspaper by Tony Swain, Nerea Bello’s eloquent analysis of the controversial annual ritual Alarde parade, Lauren Gault’s evocative composition Such Lush Detail and Luke Fowler’s researches into the live electronic work of maverick Canadian composer Martin Bartlet.

Language: English
Pages: 48

Price: € 4,70

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Kelly Lake Store & other stories. Chris Kraus. Companion Editions

Posted in distribution, literature, photography, poetry on May 13th, 2014


Language: English
Binding: Softcover

Price: €12.00
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Language To Cover A Page Edition. Kristen Mueller. Motto Books / & So.

Posted in editions, literature, poetry, typography on March 10th, 2014


Language To Cover A Page Edition. Kristen Mueller. Motto Books / & So.

Text extracted from the final spread of the book Language to Cover a Page.

Edition of 25 each, numbered.

42 x 59.4 cm (A2)


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The Crossdresser’s Secret. Brian O’Doherty. Sternberg Press.

Posted in books, literature, writing on February 22nd, 2014


The Crossdresser’s Secret. Brian O’Doherty. Sternberg Press.

The eighteenth century was an era of violent contrasts and radical change, intellectual brilliance and war, spies and diplomatic intrigue, elegance and cruelty. One of the century’s most mysterious figures was the Chevalier d’Eon, who lived as both man and woman, French spy and European celebrity. Written from the perspective of this historical figure, the novel by Brian O’Doherty—artist and author of, among others, the critical milestone Inside the White Cube and the Booker Prize-shortlisted The Deposition of Father McGreevy—reveals d’Eon’s radical modernity, certified by his attitudes to gender and his examination of his own nature. He ponders the social determinants of sexual identity and studies the manners and conventions governing discourse between the sexes. At the same time, as diplomat and spy, he is involved in the power politics of nations. The novel holds close to historical facts and reproduces some of d’Eon’s comments as recorded in his voluminous journals. Apparently his life did not become real to him until he had rehearsed it in writing.

Design: OK-RM
Published: February 2014
Language: English

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Language to Cover a Page. Kristen Mueller. Motto Books / & So.

Posted in distribution, literature, poetry, typography, writing on January 15th, 2014
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Language to Cover a Page. Kristen Mueller. Motto Books / & So.

Working within a lineage which encompasses Joseph Kosuth’s Purloined (in which the author assembled a single novel from individual pages of different books), Tom Phillips’s A Humument (in which the author creates a new narrative by drawing on top of existing pages) and Ronald Johnson’s Radi Os (in which the author erases words from Milton’s Paradise Lost to create a stirring new poem), Mueller has done more than simply “compose the holes.” With Language to Cover a Page, Mueller has carefully aligned excerpts from disparate books—with differing typefaces intact—into two evolving pages. These pages crescendo before our very eyes, a flipbook of accumulating meaning, where with the passing of every page the narrative becomes aware of its own developing presence. —Derek Beaulieu (excerpt from text insert accompanying the book)

Language: English
Pages: 316
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-2-940524-09-9


Price: €22.00
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Making Worlds. Amelia Barikin & Helen Hughes (Eds.). Surpllus.

Posted in art, books, critique, distribution, film, literature, science, Theory, writing on January 7th, 2014
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Making Worlds. Amelia Barikin & Helen Hughes (Eds.). Surpllus.

Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction is an anthology of new texts by artists, curators, art historians and writers who are self-confessed science fiction fans. The linking point is the idea of science fiction as a platform for the building of alternate art histories. This collection is concerned with the ways in which science fiction might be performed, materialised or enacted within a contemporary context.

Edited by Amelia Barikin and Helen Hughes, with contributions by: Adrian Martin, Amelia Barikin, Andrew Frost, Anthony White, Arlo Mountford, Brendan Lee, Charles Green, Chris McAuliffe, Chronox, Damiano Bertoli, Darren Jorgensen, Dylan Martorell, Edward Colless, Helen Hughes, Helen Johnson, Justin Clemens, Lauren Bliss, Matthew Shannon, Nathan Gray, Nick Selenitsch, OSW, Patrick Pound, Philip Brophy, Rex Butler, Ryan Johnston, and Soda_Jerk.

Design by Brad Haylock

Softcover, 320 pages.

15 €

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The White Review No. 9.

Posted in art, distribution, Journals, literature, poetry, writing on December 21st, 2013


The White Review No. 9.


Ordinary Voids by Patrick Langley (Essay)

Vladimir Sorokin (Interview)

Chess Review Storyboard by Marcel Dzama (Art)

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author James Murphy’s Notes on Nicola Morelli Berengo by Francesco Pacifico (tr. Livia Franchini) (Fiction)

Poems by Adam Fitzgerald, George Szirtes, Matthew Gregory (Poetry)

Dr Gaz by Jeff Keen (Art)

Even Pricks by Ed Atkins (Fiction)

Gustav Metzger (Interview)

Leaving Theories Behind by Enrique Vila-Matas (tr. Rahul Bery)

Poems by Gerður Kristný (tr. Victoria Cribb and Sigurður A. Magnússon) (Poetry)

Utopia Welcomes You!! by Mark Mulroney (Art)

The Drained Pool by Hunter Braithwaite (Essay)

Rebecca Solnit (Interview)

Eat My Heart Out (Fiction)

Cover art: The Secret Map by Raphaël Garnier

Editors: Benjamin Eastham, Jacques Testard
Language: English
Pages: 176
Size: 17 x 24
Binding: Softcover

16.99 €

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