Landscape in Modern Architecture. Tamami Iinuma(ed.)

Posted in architecture, art, Artist Book, books, events, Japan, Motto Berlin store on May 30th, 2016
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Landscape in Modern Architecture

The color palette-like geometric patterns in the images of the “Landscape in Modern Architecture” series were shot in the Dessau Master’s Houses, where Bauhaus masters such as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee lived, and the Bauhaus Building, where the same masters taught courses on color theory in the early 20th Century. In this series Iinuma takes “corners of a room” as the smallest compositional unit of an urban landscape and combines snapshots with images of corners of rooms, which she shot at Bauhaus. To produce her first artist book “schwarzschild” in 2012, she confronted the approximately 100,000 photographs she had shot in the past eight years and hypothesized that the collection of room corners constitutes a building, and the street running between buildings constitute urban space, the stage of everyday events. She explains that she was concious of Japanese poetry when she selected the images based on the concept explained above. In Hyakuninisshu (100 Poems by 100 Poets), poem that share keywords such as “mountain”, “river”, or “cherry” are juxtaposed to create a grid 10 cards wide and 10 cards high. “Landscape in Modern Architecture”, which takes framed world as “keywords” and connects them to produce an expansive space in nothing less than an attempt to redefine landscape photography.

30 x 21 cm
Signed
Edition of 100
Self Published

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Tamami Iinuma. Japan in der DDR. Opening 28.05.16 @ Motto Berlin at 6pm.

Posted in art, events, exhibitions, Japan, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books, Uncategorized on May 24th, 2016
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There is a strikingly conspicuous high-rise building behind the Leipzig Central Station that contrasts with the city horizon. The 96 meters high tower, in a dignified shining pearl color, was first called Interhotel Merkur and is now The Westin Leipzig. With 27 floors it hosts more that 400 rooms with event and seminar spaces on separate floors, shops, restaurants. It’s a little city within the city.

In 2008, shortly after starting to study at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, I learnt that it is one of the few buildings that a Japanese construction company has build in German Democratic Republic in the late 1970s (there is two other constructions to be find in Dresden and Berlin). Something around and in this building triggered me to feel at home. When I saw it, I thought of the World Trade Center in Tokyo, from the top of which I enjoyed the Summer Festival of fireworks one day before my departure to Leipzig. So at that time I started to project my personal conflicts of a stranger in a new city on this huge building which became both a symbol of my hometown (even if, to be honest, there is nothing Japanese in its architecture) and of my frustrations.

With the celebrations of the 25 year of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of GDR, I wanted to know more about this building. Until then I had just looked at it from a distance and I finally decided to enter the Interhotel Merkur after 6 years of observation. I booked a room for one night there, took my camera and opened the door.

The Four-star hotel was deserted. Its Japanese restaurant which was once the best in Leipzig had no guests. And a cleaning man said to me: « I have been working here since the opening of the hotel, it was full of business people from all over the world in the 1980s ». He also explained me that the hotel was a hotbed of “illegal” prostitution (however this prostitution took roll as the espionage). I went to the reception and asked: « I heard that this hotel was build by a Japanese company. Is that right ? » A young man answered: « never heard about that » but the next morning I found a letter in my room with that simple sentence : This hotel was built by the Kajima Corporation.

In the summer 2014 I visited the library of Kajima Corporation in Tokyo. The librarian, Ms. Oda, prepared for me archive photos of construction, company’s monthly report, and even confidential documents. She also introduced me to Mr. Shimazu who was in charge of the architectural design team and lived in Leipzig from 1978 to 1981. I got the opportunity to hear their anecdotes, like the event that happened on January 12th, 1979 when the construction office was robed and all the money (GDR-Mark) from the safe was stolen. Additionally one roll of 35mm film that was in the camera of Mr. Sako, a colleague of Mr. Shimazu, had been gone as well. The camera was still in the office, but it had been opened and the negative had vanished. What was photographed in Mr. Sako’s camera must be normally the hotel’s construction process but that disparition had something from a spy movie. They went to the police but neither cash nor the film have ever been back.

I have been photographing modern architecture in Germany since 2008 and I am continuing to shoot similar buildings depending on my trips. In the process of creation, there is always a logical decision on positioning three bodies: the architectural body, the machinal body (camera) and my own body (photographer). But with Interhotel Merkur, I was strangely so excited that I could not measure the distances between the different « actors ». This architecture has, for me, the presence of a real and existing body that contains its story and its emotion. The building has its own life (which I am probably projecting on it) and, therefore, is reluctant to my photographs. But, for the History it represents, for its architecture (between classical Plattenbau and Japanese brutalism), for its role in my personal life, I decided to give it a try, again and again, until I obtain the right portrait of that motionless character of concrete.

When I left the archive of Kajima Corporation after my third visit, the librarian said to me: « Thank you, you shed light on our work, which has been forgotten ». This made me understand the real meaning of my obsession for the Interhotel Merkur: I sensed a Japanese spirit (or a soul?) in Leipzig. And I need to follow it before it flies too far away.

*This essay was originally written by the artist, and edited by Thibaut de Ruyter, for the publication「Stadt Bild / Image of City」(Cooperation by Berlinische Galerie, Deusche Bank Kunsthalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Nationalgalerie-Staatlische Museen zu Berlin)

Japan in der DDR - Tamami Iinuma - Exhibition Opening 28.05.16 @ Motto Berlin at 6pm.

Piles of Books: Art as Publishing in the 20th and 21st Centuries. A Talk by David Senior. 26.05.16, 7pm @ Wendy’s Subway, Brooklyn

Posted in events on May 17th, 2016
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David Senior, Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York, will discuss a history of artists’ publications in the 20th and 21st centuries. Senior presents examples of how artists and designers have used little publications as experimental containers for new ideas, creating lively and accessible spaces to communicate work and archive art actions. Most examples will come from the collection of books that he works with at the MoMA Library and several recent library exhibitions he has organized of artists’ books and ephemera.

This event is presented by Wendy’s Subway and Motto Books, Berlin, on the occasion of the Motto Books temporary bookstore, open weekends from 12pm to 6pm, May 1st through May 29th.

David Senior is the bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library, where he manages collection development, including the library’s artists’ books collection. Senior lectures often on the history of artists’ publications and contemporary art and design publishing. He also curates exhibitions of MoMA Library materials including: THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY (2016), Ray Johnson Designs (2014), Please Come to the Show (2013), Millennium Magazines (2012), Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74 (2011). Please Come to the Show, a book documenting his exhibition of artists’ invitations and show flyers from the MoMA Library, was published by Occasional Papers in 2014. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Dot Dot Dot, Bulletins of the Serving Library, ART PAPERS, and C Magazine. He organizes a regular program of events for Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair and the LA Art Book Fair called the Classroom. Senior edited an artist’s book series through Printed Matter and the NYABF from 2008-2014, which included publications with Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon, Aaron Flint Jamison, James Hoff and Eve Fowler. He serves on the board of directors of Primary Information and Yale Union.

Transparenzen / Transparencies. Sternberg Press. Book Launch @ Motto Berlin 17.05.2016 at 7.30 pm

Posted in art, books, events, Motto Berlin event on May 11th, 2016
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Wir freuen uns, die Neuerscheinung der Publikation
TRANSPARENZEN ankündigen zu können!

We are happy to announce the release
of the publication TRANSPARENCIES!

Mit einem BOOK LAUNCH im Motto Buchladen, Berlin
With a book launch at Motto bookstore, Berlin
(Motto, Skalitzer Str. 68, 10997 Berlin)

Dienstag, 17. Mai 2016, 19.30 Uhr
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 7.30 pm

Die Publikation ist ab sofort erhältlich bei:
The publication is available now at:
Sternberg Press

TRANSPARENCIES
The ambivalence of a new visibility

Simone Neuenschwander, Thomas Thiel (Ed.)
With contributions by Emmanuel Alloa, Neïl Beloufa, Clare Birchall, Juliette Blightman,
Ryan Gander, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, David Horvitz, Metahaven, Simone Neuenschwander, Katja Novitskova, Yuri Pattison, Manfred Schneider, Thomas Thiel

The globalized world seems at once transparent and opaque. The exhibition project »Transparencies« examined the cultural facets and atmospheres of these (non-)transparencies. The two-part, joint exhibition project in Bielefeld and Nuremberg was dedicated to developments in »transparent society«, asking how these are reflected in the current work by contemporary artists. The paradigm of transparency and the ambivalence of the term was addressed by participating artists in multiple, diverse ways. This book documents both exhibitions and outlines all of the contributions to this substantial project. Conceptually designed by Metahaven, it contains artistic statements and scientific essays that encourage an ongoing discussion of the subject.

Copublished by Bielefelder Kunstverein, Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft and Sternberg Press.

Design by Metahaven
April 2016, German/English, 34 x 24 cm, 162 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-223-6
Price: € 26

Shelter Press: Outside and After. 14.05.16, 7 pm @ Wendy’s Subway, Brooklyn

Posted in events on May 10th, 2016
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Please join us Saturday, May 14th for a reading and discussion with the French publisher, Shelter Press. The evening will address the many lives of published material across a number of formats and platforms (performances, exhibitions, workshops) and consider the potential activations of printed matter and records.

A reading by Shelter Press author and publisher, Félicia Atkinson, will be followed by a conversation with Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson (Shelter Press), moderated by Kristen Mueller and Rachel Valinsky.

This event is presented by Wendy’s Subway and Motto Books, Berlin, on the occasion of the Motto Distribution temporary bookstore, open weekends from 12pm to 6pm, May 1st through May 29th.

Shelter Press is a French publishing / curatorial platform founded in 2011 by publisher Bartolomé Sanson and artist Félicia Atkinson. Shelter Press works as a nomadic artist-run organization building up dialogues between contemporary art, poetry and experimental music through publications, pedagogical experiences, and exhibitions. Argument is a nomadic research center lead by Bartolomé Sanson and Felicia Atkinson (Shelter Press) and hosted by institutions and art centers.
http://shelter-press.org/
http://a-r-g-u-m-e-n-t.com

Motto Pop-Up Bookshop. 01-29.05.16 @ Wendy’s Subway, Brooklyn

Posted in 2016, events on April 27th, 2016
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Motto and Wendy’s Subway are pleased to present a second iteration of the Motto pop-up bookstore at Wendy’s Subway, a non-profit library and workspace located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This pop-up is one in a series of curated libraries, shops, and collections displayed in the storefront of Wendy’s Subway’s Bushwick location.

Opening Hours: 12-6pm every Saturday and Sunday in May and during evening events.

Upcoming Events:

May 1: “Prose and Poetry reading for the working class and other laborers.” Contributors: Nora Schultz, Kayla Guthrie, Nicholas Sewitz, Clarice Lispector, Juliana Huxtable, Keren Cytter. 01.05.2016, 7pm.

May 14: “Shelter Press: Outside and After.” Felicia Atkinson, Bartolomé Sanson, Ben Vida. 14.05.2016, 7pm.

May 25: Piles of Books: Art as Publishing in the 20th and 21st Centuries. A Talk by David Senior. 25.05.2016, 7pm.

Wendy’s Subway
*New Location*
379 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206

http://www.wendyssubway.com/

“Prose and poetry reading for the working class and other laborers.” Contributors: Nora Schultz, Kayla Guthrie, Nicholas Sewitz, Clarice Lispector, Juliana Huxtable, Keren Cytter. 01.05.2016, 7 pm @ Wendy’s Subway, Brooklyn.

Posted in 2016, events, poetry, politics on April 27th, 2016
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Dear friends and families,

Please join us to celebrate an Asexual international working day on May 1.

With contributions by Nora Schultz, Kayla Guthrie, Nicholas Sewitz, Clarice Lispector, Juliana Huxtable and Keren Cytter.

The event is hosted by Jack Gross.

On the occasion of Motto’s temporary bookstore at Wendy’s Subway, open every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm and during evening events, May 1st through May 29th.

**Free Vodka**

May Day for Worker and Communists – “A decidedly non-pagan, asexual May Day celebration is that of International Workers’ Day, a holiday created by socialists and labor organizers in commemoration of the Haymarket Riot of May 4th, 1886 (also called the Haymarket Massacre or, more cautiously, the Haymarket Affair).

In post-Civil War America, the Industrial Revolution was in full blaze and workers were suffering. Machines were replacing skilled laborers, hours were increasing, conditions were worsening, and the wages were inadequate. The revolutionary ideas of socialism and Marxism caught on with many of these disenfranchised and antagonized laborers, and the movement for an eight-hour day had gained powerful momentum. With all of this brewing, disputes and riots ignited again and again. Then at a large protest in Chicago’s Haymarket Square someone threw a dynamite bomb at the cops, which triggered a battle that left at least twelve dead and many more wounded. The riot was followed by a hugely publicized trial and the eventual hanging of four anarchists, the “Haymarket Martyrs.” This violent clash in Chicago became a powerful symbol for radical labor groups. A few years later, the Second International officially initiated the tradition of May Day labor demonstrations that continue still.”

Poetry – “Literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.”

Prose – “written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure.”

Vodka – “an alcoholic spirit of Russian origin made by distillation of rye, wheat, or potatoes.”

Guy Meldem. AMPUTEE LOVE + Maximage. NO NEIN NU! NIET. Opening 28.04.2016 @ Motto Berlin at 6pm.

Posted in art, books, events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Books on April 26th, 2016
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Guy Meldem
AMPUTEE LOVE

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Maximage
NO NEIN NU! NIET

28.04.2016
from 6pm

Exhibition runs from 19.04 until 25.05, 2016

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
D-10997 Berlin

Motto Zurich (re)Opening @ Réunion. 23.04.2016

Posted in events on April 22nd, 2016

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Motto Zürich returns at Réunion

The bookstore will open from 12pm with a selection of books and editions on display, followed by an Apero towards the end of the day.

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6-8pm
Arron Sands & James Stephen Wright

Still Life

Painter paints person at book shop event in Zürich. Prices on request.
Arron James Sands & James Stephen Wright working collaboratively to mark the release of ‘Still Life Standing Woman’, a new collection of writings by Arron Sands.

http://arronsands.co.uk/
http://www.jamesstephenwright.com/
http://nicepress.co.uk/

Motto Zurich @ Réunion
Muellerstrasse 57
8004 Zurich

http://www.reunion.la/Reunion/intro.html

Martin Zet. NEKROLOG / OBITUARY – Book Launch @ Motto Berlin 16.04.2016 at 7pm

Posted in art, books, events, Motto Books on April 13th, 2016
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Martin Zet: NEKROLOG / OBITUARY – Book Launch
Saturday, April 16 at 7pm in Motto Berlin

Accompanied by

KINO TIC – video compilation

COVER PAINTINGS – vitrines installation

BOOK MANIA – a complete survey on the author’s book production.

NEKROLOG / OBITUARY
25€
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