Curating Research. Paul O’Neill & Mick Wilson (Eds.). Open Editions.

Posted in books, distribution, Theory on December 12th, 2014
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Curating Research. Paul O’Neill & Mick Wilson (Eds.). Open Editions.

This anthology of newly commissioned texts presents a series of detailed examples of the different kinds of knowledge production that have recently emerged within the field of curatorial practice.

Language: English
Pages: 266
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9780949004031

€24.00
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Surpllus: Talk and book launch @ Motto IMA. 01.11.2014.

Posted in architecture, art, books, critique, design, events, graphic design, Motto IMA, Theory on October 29th, 2014
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Surpllus: Talk and book launch @ Motto IMA. 01.11.2014.

IMA and Motto present a talk by Melbourne-based designer and publisher Brad Haylock.

Haylock is program manager of the newly updated Master of Communication Design program at RMIT University, and founding editor of Surpllus, an independent publishing imprint that focuses on critical and speculative practices across art, design, architecture and writing. This talk will consider the politics of publishing and the contested significance of print in the digital age.

Haylock’s talk will be followed by the Brisbane launch of Surpllus #17, Tom Nicholson’s Cartoons for Joseph Selleny, an artist’s book produced as a part of the solo exhibition of the same name at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and shown in the exhibition Allegory of the Cave Painting at Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, both in 2014.

Saturday 1st November, 4pm

Motto IMA
Institute of Modern Art
Ground Floor, Judith Wright Centre
420 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley
Brisbane QLD 4006
Australia

 

NOIT – 2: Burning. Lisa Le Feuvre (Ed). Camberwell Press & Flat Time House.

Posted in books, critique, magazines, Theory, Uncategorized, video, writing on July 23rd, 2014

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NOIT – 2: Burning. Lisa Le Feuvre (Ed). Camberwell Press & Flat Time House.

Flat Time House is pleased to announce the publication of the second issue of NOIT, FTHo’s creative journal published in conjunction with Camberwell Press. NOIT–2, guest edited by Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, considers how burning, an action predominant in Latham’s ideas, has been deployed by artists in various ways.

In addition, NOIT–2 Burning includes interviews with William Raban on Stephen Cripps, and with Annea Lockwood on her ‘Piano Burnings’; and visual contributions by artists Anthony McCall, Camila Sposati and Marlie Mul. Also included with NOIT is a DVD documenting a series of recent ‘Skoob’ performances undertaken as experiments in relation to the recent exhibition, God is Great (10 -19) – John Latham and Neal White at Portikus in Frankfurt.

Pages: 107
Price: €13,50

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Of Democracy / De la Démocratie, Henri Chopin. Motto Books & Supportico Lopez.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, Motto Books, politics, Theory, writing on June 25th, 2014
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Of Democracy / De la Démocratie by Henri Chopin

© 1984 Henri Chopin ‘Enluminure’, Fondazione Morra, Naples

Published by Motto Books & Supportico Lopez, June 2014
English and French facsimile
Staple bound
Edition of 1000 copies

Price: €10.00
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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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Recurating: When Exhibitions Become Reified / Thinking Contemporary Curating, book launch @ Motto Melbourne. 06.12.2013.

Posted in art, critique, events, Motto Melbourne event, Theory on December 3rd, 2013
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- Recurating: When Exhibitions Become Reified
- Thinking Contemporary Curating, Terry Smith. Book launch

Terry Smith, Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Pittsburgh
with Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director, Curatorial Practice, MADA
and Rebecca Coates, Independent curator and lecturer, Art History, University of Melbourne

This talk examines the recent phenomenon of restaging historical exhibitions, culminating in the dramatic and polarizing rehang of When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013 at Fondazione Prada in Venice this year, undertaken by Germano Celant with Thomas Demand and Rem Koolhaas. The topic will be introduced and contextualized by Tara McDowell and concluded by a conversation among Terry Smith, Tara McDowell, and Rebecca Coates.

The talk is followed by the Australian launch of Smith’s recent book, Thinking Contemporary Curating, published by Independent Curators International. The book launch is, in turn, followed by the launch of issue 7.2 of un Magazine, a free and independent magazine for dialogue in contemporary art.

Talk: 3:00–5:00pm
Book launch: 5:00–6:00pm

Friday 6 December 2013

Free entry

Motto Melbourne / Magic Johnston
27–29 Johnston St
Collingwood
Victoria 3066

Walter Benjamin – Recent Writings. New Documents.

Posted in art, distribution, Theory on November 1st, 2013
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Walter Benjamin was an influential philosopher and art theoretician, best known for his 1936 essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” In 1986—many years after his tragic death—Walter Benjamin reappeared in public with the lecture “Mondrian ’63–’96” organized by the Marxist Center in Ljubljana. In recent years, Mr. Benjamin has been an associate of the Museum of American Art in Berlin, giving interviews and publishing articles internationally.

Recent Writings collects nine essays by Walter Benjamin written between 1986 and 2013. Augmented with interviews and an extensive bibliography, these texts cover art, originality, museums, and art history, among other subjects.

Edited by Jeff Khonsary

Language: English
Pages: 216
Size: 10.7 × 17.6cm
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781927354117

Price: €22.00
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Opening Week: A Platform for Art/Theory/Design. Jan van Eyck Alumni Association e.V.

Posted in art, design, Motto Berlin event, Theory on July 9th, 2013
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17.07.2013. 19:00. Motto Berlin.

Opening Week: A Platform for Art/Theory/Design. Jan van Eyck Alumni Association e.V.

In times when norms of commerce and technology seem to pervade all activities, the example of the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht stands out. Until its recent entrepreneurial recasting under austerity programmes, the Academie had been a site of encounters which had surpassed the sterile confines of academia and the consensual norms of market-oriented work, as it welcomed examinations and radical critiques of the spaces of artistic creation, theoretical inquiry and design, while also questioning the relations and boundaries between these fields. Building upon this experience, while at the same time surpassing its institutional limitations, it is our intention to construct a platform for collaboration between theorists, designers and artists, by suspending the borders between their respective disciplines, by affirming the need for collective and experimental work, by engaging in projects which do not shy away from questioning the very possibilities of different domains, whether aesthetic, scientific or political. Within the framework of a three-day inaugural meeting, we will present and discuss works in design, art and theory by those formerly related to or supporting the Academie as well as others who are joining us. A series of lectures and performances, seminars and screenings, as well as displays of works and book presentations will serve us, in this sense, not only as materials for a broader discussion, but also as a nucleus for future collaborative work.

Organized by the Jan van Eyck Alumni Association e.V. in cooperation with the ICI Berlin Kulturlabor, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Motto Berlin and the Silberkuppe Gallery.

Full Programme:
http://www.ici-berlin.org/events-news/

The Human Snapshot. Thomas Keenan, Tirdad Zolghadr (Eds.). Sternberg Press, LUMA Foundation, & the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Posted in art, books, photography, Theory, writing on June 6th, 2013
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The Human Snapshot. Thomas Keenan, Tirdad Zolghadr (Eds.). Sternberg Press, LUMA Foundation, & the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

With contributions by Ariella Azoulay, Bassam El Baroni, Roger M. Buergel, George Didi-Huberman, Michel Feher, Hal Foster, Anselm Franke, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Maja Hoffmann, Denis Hollier, Thomas Keenan, Alex Klein, Suhail Malik, Marion von Osten, Katya Sander, Hito Steyerl, Eyal Weizman, Tirdad Zolghadr

The Human Snapshot draws upon a conference of the same name organized by the LUMA Foundation and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College that took place in Arles, France, in 2011. The conference contributions and subsequent essays examine contemporary forms of humanism and universalism as they circulate and are produced in art and photography. The look toward these two terms stems from theorist Ariella Azoulay’s research on the seminal exhibition “The Family of Man,” first installed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955, which she frames as a lens through which to view universalism at play. These values have been under conceptual assault in recent years, yet they continue to proliferate—even through the visual arts, where humanism and universalism are customarily dismissed. The Human Snapshot takes these themes and wrestles with their application in the use of photography, the exhibition format, contemporary democracy, human rights discourse, and the power of the image at large.

Copublished by the LUMA Foundation and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard)
Design by Zak Group

April 2013, English
18.5 x 26.5 cm, 320 pages, 134 b/w and 32 color ills., hardcover, cloth binding
ISBN 978-3-943365-63-4

Price: €35

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Add Metaphysics. Jenna Sutela (Ed.). Aalto University

Posted in art, distribution, Theory on May 28th, 2013
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Add Metaphysics is a publishing project at the Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory. Borrowing from a schoolbook format, it presents an experimental curriculum for designers and artists in the midst of a changing electro-cultural field of material.
In discussion with mechanical engineers and material scientists, the project builds a case for critical, inquisitive practice that converges around not only the material and the digital but also the metaphysical: molding the perception of the material world as much as materials themselves.
Out in spring 2013, the first publication in the series focuses on devising literacies for a digital materiality. It includes essays and assignments by select practitioners and researchers, such as Jane Bennett, Vera Bühlmann, and Graham Harman.

Publisher: Aalto University
Language: English
Pages: 117
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-952-60-4954-0

Price: €20.00

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