Jimmy Robert: Draw the Line. The Power Plant @ Motto Berlin. 24.11.2014

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Jimmy Robert: Draw the Line

Lecture / performance with Jacob Korczynski
Presented by The Power Plant
Monday November 24th
start 7pm

Record Label Symposium: Chapter Music, Bedroom Suck & Room40 in Conversation @ Motto IMA. 20.11.2014.

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Record Label Symposium: Chapter Music, Bedroom Suck & Room40 in Coversation @ Motto IMA. 20.11.2014.

The IMA, Motto and Room40 present a public conversation between three of Australia’s most influential record label owners: Guy Blackman (Chapter Music), Joe Alexander (Bedroom Suck) and Lawrence English (Room40).

A selection of merchandise from each label will be available during the evening, as well as giveaways and a special Room40 raffle. The evening will be brought to a close with our speakers playing some of their favorite records.


Event will begin at 6.00pm.
Talk will begin at 6.30pm (approx. 45 mins).

Refreshments will be served. This is a public event, admission is free.

Thursday 20th November.

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


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


Behnam Sadighi @ Delfina Foundation, London 24.10.2014

Posted in events on October 20th, 2014


Delfina Foundation in collaboration with MOP CAP 2013 hosts a publication launch


24 October 2014

Delfina Foundation
29/31 Catherine Place
London SW1E 6DY

With text contributions in English and Farsi by Behnam Sadighi, an essay by Doreen Mende, and a conversation with Hamid Severi (on Skype). The graphic concept was conceived by Laure Giletti. The print edition is published by Motto Books.

A special edition of THE REMINDER will be available at the launch.

The publication is part of THE REMINDER project by Behnam Sadighi, conceived in the frame of the fellowship programme MOP CAP 2013 with an exhibition at The Showroom from September 8 – 13, 2014 and a residency Delfina Foundation in London.

THE REMINDER is an attempt towards another look at the Facebook profile pictures of Iran’s youth. These pictures, usually taken as snapshots, seem to conceal the represented person as well as all of the elements that characterise them. What does a photograph tell us about the user’s proposal of a social space, articulated through a profile image, and what may it hide to protect its portrayed author? What does a photograph loose in the midst of the unaccountability of photographs in a social media platform? To explore these questions, Sadighi reconstructed eight of these profile portraits while meeting those portrayed in person at the locations where the pictures were taken. With investigative commitment, he includes the surrounding details in each photo in order to reproduce them in a large-scale with the help of a 4 × 5 view camera. This project, like a clue in an adventure, proposes the greater question of how to reconnect to our transformed identity within today’s digital age, and how not to reveal it. Because, here the revelation is like a reminder of loss.

32 pages + cover print
Edited by Doreen Mende
Design by Laure Giletti
Published by Motto Books
ISBN 978-2-940524-29-7

Funded by MOP Foundation

‘buch 3b de 10′. Kristen Mueller @ Motto Berlin. 17.10.2014

Posted in Artist Book, events, exhibitions on October 16th, 2014
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‘buch 3b de 10′. Kristen Mueller @ Motto Berlin.
Opening on 17.10.2014, from 7pm

‘buch 3b de 10′ is the tenth in a series of books based on Dieter Roth’s ‘bok 3b’, a collection of comic book pages in which numerous holes were die cut before the pages were re-bound. Using Roth’s book was as a template, holes were hand-cut into a selection of papers found in Berlin, pulled from books on German history, nature, film stars and cooking, as well as newspapers, comic books, advertisements, etc. ‘buch 3b de 10′, made for the vitrines lining Motto’s courtyard, consists of 56 double-page spreads which together form an entire ’3b’ buch.


Motto IMA opening. 11.10.2014.

Posted in books, events, Motto IMA, Stores on October 9th, 2014
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Motto IMA opening. 11.10.2014.

Please join us for the opening of Motto IMA, hosted within the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Motto IMA is a specialist book shop within the institution, functioning as a platform for discourse around publishing within an expanded field of art and design. The selection is carefully curated by Motto and IMA staff. In collaboration with the IMA and separately, the bookstore will host talks, readings, book launches, and features projects and events organised by artists or other art professionals. The premises has been designed by Berlin based Studio Miessen.

This collaborative initiative builds on the IMA’s rich history of publishing catalogues, monographs, and academic writing, often in partnerships with others. The IMA currently publish three to four books a year, as well as smaller exhibition-based publications and artists editions.

The bookshop’s opening will accompany the opening of two new shows: Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art Works 1969–1980 and Sarah Browne: Hand to Mouth.

Saturday 11th October, 17.00 – 22.00.

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

Motto Bed-Stuy stoop sale, w/ David Horvitz Art in America signing. Oct 5th 2014. NY

Posted in events on October 1st, 2014


Motto Bed-Stuy stoop sale, w/ David Horvitz Art in America signing. Oct 5th 2014. NY
from 1pm to 7pm

Come and browse our NYABF selection of books at friendly prices!

Get your signed copy of David Horvitz’s ‘Between the jurisdiction of time’, published by Art In America @ 2pm

99 Vernon avenue, 11206 Brooklyn, NY
Subway: Myrtle Willoughby, G line

The Library Vaccine. Opening Sept. 24 @ Artists Space. New York

Posted in events on September 22nd, 2014


Lee Gamble Album Launch and Talk @ Motto Berlin. 25.09.2014.

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, music on September 22nd, 2014
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KOCH album launch / In conversation with Lee Gamble & Lisa Blanning.

Please join us in celebrating the release of Lee Gamble’s new album KOCH, his second for the illustrious record label, PAN. Lee will also discuss his work with music Journalist, Lisa Blanning (The Fader, Electronic Beats).

Sharing some stylistic affinity with his previous records, which excavated his deeply personal history with UK jungle and rave, and techno, this new work dives even deeper to reveal a singu- lar and intimate musical vantage point, shifting to approaching music as projection, state, hallucination, an other place. In ‘KOCH’, we experience an artist constructing a future after time spent deconstructing the past.

Thursday 25th September, 19.30 – 22.00.

Motto Berlin
im Hinterhof
Skalitzerstr. 68
10997 Berlin

Ken Kagami ‘MILKMAN’ book signing @ Tokyo Art Book Fair. 20.09.2014

Posted in events on September 18th, 2014


加賀美健 ミルクマンによるサイン会
会場:Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014 日時:2014年9月20日 14:30頃から
ラジオ番組「Ken Kagamiのオールナイトすっぽんぽん!」の収録後に開催します!
ブックフェアのMotto Booksのブースにて新発売!

Ken Kagami ” MILK MAN” Book Signing
At Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014
September 20th around 14:30 (after the radio recording)
Presented by MOTTO BOOKS
You can see Milk Man!!!