Elisa Storelli and Constantin Engelmann @ Motto Berlin 15.9.2015

Posted in art, events, exhibitions on September 14th, 2015


Elisa Storelli and Constantin Engelmann @ Motto Berlin 15.9.2015
from 19.00

Time Piece (additive synthesis bell)

This installation changes the time at Motto. Its bell strikes the hours according to the sci-fi time “System Sin 1.0” (developed by the artists). In place of the regular hours in UTC time, the hours in “System Sin 1.0” are spread along a sinusoidal curve, so that their duration varies throughout the day.

In “System Sin 1.0 time”, as in ancient Rome, day and night are fixed by sunrise and sunset. Between these solar events, sin hours shorten towards noon and midnight. As the duration of daylight increases or decreases slightly every day, the duration of sin hours varies accordingly.

Motto Art Book Exhibition and Sale @ Expo Georgia. Tbilissi. 12-13.09.2015

Posted in books, events, exhibitions on September 11th, 2015
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The Book Art Center at Expo House invites you to an an exhibition/art book sale. 
Presenting independent publications from local Georgian artists and books courtesy of Motto. The selection includes experimental and independent works from artists, designers, poets, philosophers, architects and photographers made by their own efforts. The exhibition explores modern publications as a means to examine the book as a new form for expressing creative impulses and ideas.
Supported by Goethe Institute and Expo Georgia.
The Exhibition/Sale takes place at Expo House, Tsereteli ave. 118 (wooden cottage near cafe “Terrace”).
Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th September, 6pm – 10pm



Visvaldas Morkevičius – Public Secrets @ Motto Berlin. 08.09.2015

Posted in books, events, photography on September 2nd, 2015


Visvaldas Morkevičius – Public Secrets @ Motto Berlin. 08.09.2015
from 7pm

Visvaldas Morkevičius’ photo book project Public Secrets can be seen as a visual anthropological essay, inquiring on the possibility of voyeurism on self-proclaimed objects of gaze. The book compiles individuals and their bodies that incidentally demand to be looked at, and documents environments and settings that provide the scenography for these staged disclosures.
City patterns, nightlife shots and semi-private spaces are taken into the coming back and forth query, varying in physical and intimate distances. This conceptual camera movement results in pictures of queer places and behaviours, somehow too familiar for a viewer to be identified as ‘secrets’. Precisely the forwardness is uncanny in this book, the voluntary elimination of private, secret and counter, or intelligibly devised disguises that no longer hide, but expose.

Visvaldas Morkevičius (b. 1990, lives and works in Vilnius) is a Lithuanian photographer and media artist whose work situates itself in between fashion, documentary and artistic fields. His minimalistic visual regard holds interest in subcultural scenes, bodily identities and urban lifestyles.

Where To Now? In-store presentation @ Motto Berlin. 14.08.15

Posted in events, music on August 12th, 2015
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Where To Now? In-store presentation @ Motto Berlin. 14.08.15

Where To Now? label heads Matt Hendon and James Hines and Berlin based electronic artists, Moon Wheel, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier, and N.M.O join us in-store to play some records and celebrate the release of their respective releases on the label. WTN? alumni FDG - and KETEV, who are both preparing albums for the label will also be of attendance.

Where To Now? Stock available in store!


Jesse Osborne-Lanthier is a conceptual electronic musician, sound/visual artist aiming to make material which engenders different cognitive responses than those engendered by established music, but which is all the while accessible through the modification of recognisable tools used in that very music. However, Jesse is not just an artist. He’s a refreshing phenomenon in the music world who constantly keeps surprising us with his dynamic, multifaceted productions and collaborations.”
—Sounds of a Tired City.

Moon Wheel’s cerebral, shape-shifting compositions are inspired by “nature, history, and wandering”, synthesizing electronic and organic sounds through dubby groove deconstructions, uncanny ghost-in-the-machine moods, and grey psychedelic hazes.”

“N.M.O. are an exceptional, pan-European duo deploying SuperCollider software and stripped-down, roiling drums under the mantra, As Strict As Possible….they’ve coined a visceral, effectively unprecedented sound that’s hard to ignore. Like their radical, aerobic take on live performance (if u get a chance, go see ‘em!) these trax are a playful snub to convention, primed for adventurous DJs and dancers alike.”

6pm – 9pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
Berlin 10997

Refreshments will be served!

THE CALABASH SHOW. Opening July 31, 6-9pm @Motto Berlin

Posted in events, exhibitions on July 29th, 2015
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Two independent publishers from Taiwan, Shen Shen Books and nos:books, have arrived in Berlin to showcase their exceptional works and publications at “The Calabash Show”, to take place at Motto Berlin from July 31 to August 30.

At The Calabash Show, the two publishers come to Berlin together with several of their artists. The show takes inspiration from an ancient mythical story about people entering the calabash for one day for spiritual practice. They left the calabash after many ordeals, without achieving immortality. When returned to the real world, one year had passed. At Motto Berlin,  the two mortal publishers and their artists present their latest works and publications, and share their thoughts behind the many ordeals of art and publishing.

Participating artists include Chihoi, Eva Lin, Ling Yu Tai, Pei Yu Shen, Son Ni and Ting Cheng. Come and meet them in person at the opening on July 31 at 6pm-9pm at Motto Berlin. The show is supported by the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan, and The Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong SAR.

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Live DJ: Dan Raw 

Drink: Motto Bar


Publishers from Taiwan: Shen Shen Booksnos:booksWaterfall

Stefan Sulzer / Edition Taube @ Kunsthalle Basel 18.07.2015. 3pm

Posted in events on July 17th, 2015
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18. July 2015 / Sat / 15:00 – 16:00
Book Launch with Stefan Sulzer: The day my mother touched Robert Ryman

The artist book The day my mother touched Robert Ryman by Stefan Sulzer tells the story of a visit to the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, New York, during which the mother of the artist felt so irritated by the elegant simplicity of Ryman’s paintings that she slowly let her hand slide over one of the paintings. Stefan Sulzer combines this story with statements and information about the work of Ryman and thereby creates a selective and poetic narration about the reception of art.

The reading, which comes on the 40th anniversary of Ryman’s first institutional solo in Switzerland—at Kunsthalle Basel, of course!—is followed by a talk in German with the curator Samuel Leuenberger (SALTS, Birsfelden).

The first 17 copies of The day my mother touched Robert Ryman were published as a special edition by Edition Taube, numbered, signed, and touched by the mother. Stefan Sulzer’s exhibition of the same title at Galerie Bernhard has just been extended until July 25.

-Robert Ryman during the installation of his solo show at Kunsthalle Basel, 1975. Photo: Christian Baur © photo archives Kunsthalle Basel
-Stefan Sulzer, The day my mother touched Robert Ryman, Special Edition published by Edition Taube

Motto @ Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7
CH-4051 Basel

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Felicia Atkinson / Shelter Press @ Motto Berlin. 04.07.2015

Posted in Chert, events on July 2nd, 2015


Felicia Atkinson / Shelter Press @ Motto Berlin. 04.07.2015
performance 8pm (sharp)

Felicia’s sound performance derives from her LP ‘A Readymade Ceremony’ and her book ‘Improvising Sculpture As Delayed Fictions by Felicia Atkinson’, both published by Shelter Press

On the same evening, Chert opens

Ceramics & Graphite

Artists: Laura Aldridge, Felicia Atkinson, Peppi Bottrop, Lucy Coggle, Tommaso Corvi-Mora, Emilie Ding, Jérémie Gindre, Emma Hart, Hannah James, Klara Kayser, Marthe Krüger, Bevis Martin and Charlie Youle, Lucie Mičíková, Diogo Pimentão, Vanessa Safavi, Erik Steinbrecher, Ignacio Uriarte, J. Parker Valentine, Renata Ward

Corruption Feeds. Will Benedict. Bergen Kunsthall, Motto Books. Book launch @ L39. Basel. 19.06.2015

Posted in events on June 14th, 2015


Corruption Feeds. Will Benedict book launch
Friday, June 19
from 6pm

Published by Bergen Kunsthall and Motto Books

L39 Bar
Rebgasse 39
4058 Basel

Mount Moon: the Basel Tour (2013). Saâdane Afif signing @ Mehdi Chouakri booth (R17). Art Basel. 18.06.2015. 4pm

Posted in events on June 14th, 2015


Mount Moon: the Basel Tour (2013). Saâdane Afif signing @ Mehdi Chouakri booth at Art Basel (R17)
Thursday, June 18, 4pm

7,070,430K of Digital Spit, A Memoir. Anicka Yi book launch @ Kunsthalle Basel. 16.06.2015

Posted in events on June 14th, 2015


7,070,430K of Digital Spit, A Memoir. Anicka Yi
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7 pm, Kunsthalle Basel

Kunsthalle Basel, Fondation Galeries Lafayette, and 47 Canal invite you to the presentation of the limited edition, specially fragranced artwork-as-publication 7,070,430K of Digital Spit, A Memoir, followed by drinks.

The exhibition and publication are co-produced with the Fondation Galeries Lafayette and generously supported by the Gaia Art Foundation, Roldenfund, and 47 Canal.

Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7
CH-4051 Basel