Publication Studio. Carl Skoggard @ Motto Berlin 14.11.2015

Posted in events on November 10th, 2015

Sonnets 1

Publication Studio. Carl Skoggard @ Motto Berlin 14.11.2015
from 7pm

Presentation of Walter Benjamin’s Sonnets by translator Carl Skoggard

The presentation will include an introduction to Benjamin’s sonnet writing, a reading of a selection of sonnets in English (Carl Skoggard) and German (Ursula Tax), and a discussion at the end.

Walter Benjamin’s sonnets, written to mourn his friend Fritz Heinle, constitute an important though little-known part of the philosopher’s literary achievement and a unique contribution to the history of the German sonnet. Benjamin would add to their number over a decade, having begun his project soon after the outbreak of World War I and the suicide of his friend. They were among the writings that Benjamin, forced to flee France, entrusted to Georges Bataille in 1940 for safekeeping. Here, for the first time, readers of English are offered translations of all 73 “Heinle sonnets” along with the original German text and an extensive commentary.

Carl Skoggard is the translator of Benjamin’s Berlin Childhood circa 1900 and The “Berlin Chronicle” Notices, both Publication Studio. Previously Skoggard served as the staff writer of Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors. His translation of Ein Jahr in Arkadien, a 1805 gay fiction by Duke August of Saxe-Gotha an Altenburg, appeared in 1999 as Year in Arcadia.

David Horvitz. Mood Disorder book launch @ Randy’s Donuts Parking Lot. Los Angeles. 17.10.2015

Posted in Chert, events, food, poetry on October 15th, 2015


AT 11:59 PM.

Xiu Xiu will have a gong to whisper into.*

Ed Steck will call in from Tampa Bay, FL and read poems over speaker phone.**

Michael Smoler will be telepathically reading poems from a donut store in London simultaneously with the launch.

Books will be sold for $15 us cash out of the trunk of my mom’s car. No receipts will be given.

* Xiu Xiu will buy dounuts for the first 21 people who whisper into the gong.

** Unless he falls asleep.

Mood Disorder documents the propagation of a photograph of David Horvitz across the internet. The image—a self portrait of the artist with his head in his hands, ocean waves crashing in the background—was initially uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons, and placed on various Wikipedia pages. From there, the image began to circulate, appearing on over a hundred websites as a “stock” photo to illustrate articles on a wide range of mental health and wellness issues.

David Horvitz: Mood Disorder
With a text by Ed Steck. Co-published by Chert and Motto Books, Berlin. Designed by The Future.

35 × 25 cm
72 Pages, Staple bound
ISBN: 978-1-927354-23-0
First Edition (2015)

Buy it

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

P +41 61 206 99 00
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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