Miriam Jung @ Motto Berlin. 20.01.2017

Posted in events on January 17th, 2017

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Miriam Jung @ Motto Berlin. 20.01.2017
from 6pm

Looking At by Miriam Jung
(edition of 200, softcover, 64 pages, printed in Berlin, Germany December 2016)

In summer 2016 I posted an advertisement on craigslist looking for ‘attractive casual men that are comfortable being naked and looked at for an art project: one on one photo session, b/w on film, no make-up or props, definitely no porn.’ Practically all of the replies were driven by a serious interest in joining the project and I met with 7 candidates for an introduction meeting before setting up a date for the session. All sessions were held under the same condition in a daylight studio with me and the model and an analogue camera using a 50mm lens only.

The sessions gave me room to study the male body and to train my view, to explore my own gaze as an ongoing process actually, and to find my own way of representing it in the picture. Nothing about it is a natural action and it initially evoked questions of power relations and social conditioning.

The book Looking At now gathers a picture selection of 5 photo sessions.

INCA Press @ Motto Berlin. January 10th, 2017

Posted in events on January 5th, 2017
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INCA Press @ Motto Berlin
Tuesday, January 10th 7-9pm
(reading and discussion)

Please join us Tuesday, January 10th 7-9pm for the Berlin launch of the first three titles from INCA Press including “To Make a Public: Temporary Art Review 2011-16,” “Forms of Education: Couldn’t Get a Sense of It” and “Free as in Free…” published on the occasion of the 11th Gwangju Biennial. This reading and discussion will focus on contemporary challenges of teaching art within academic institutions, alternative education models, and the role of artists’ publications in times of social and political crisis with Irena Boric of INCA Press, Sarrita Hunn of Temporary Art Review, and Ferdiansyah Thajib of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta.

Institute for New Connotative Action (INCA) Press is based in Seattle, WA and Maribor, Slovenia.
Editors: Aeron Bergman, Alejandra Salinas, Irena Borić
Distributed by Motto Berlin

BOOKS:
To Make a Public: Temporary Art Review 2011-2016
A selected anthology of the first five years of online publication Temporary Art Review with contributions from Shannon Stratton, Steven Cottingham, Plug Projects, Good Weather, Transformazium, Kareem Reid, Anya Ventura, Matthew Fluharty (Art of the Rural), Cameron Shaw and Amanda Brinkman (Pelican Bomb), Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne (ARTS.BLACK), contemptorary, Ryan Wong, Rianna Jade Parker, Rozsa Zita Farkas, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Gretchen Coombs, ACRE, The Black Artists Retreat, Signal Fire, Lauren Frances Adams with Occupy Museums, Mary Coyne, Sam Gould, Abigail Satinsky, Anthony Romero, Sarrita Hunn with Jonas Staal and many others.
Editors: Sarrita Hunn and James McAnally
Design: Haynes Riley

Free as in Free…
Published on the occasion of the 11th Gwangju Biennial.
In collaboration with Publication Studio.
Don Mee Choi, Daisuke Kosugi & Ina Hagen, Cia Rinne, Talena Lashelle Queen, OEI, Klara Glosova, Rae Armantrout, Aeron Bergman & Alejandra Salinas, Mikko Kuorinki, manuel arturo abreu, Matthew Offenbacher, Jacob Wren, US English, Hami Bahadori, Justen Waterhouse.

Forms of Education: Couldn’t Get a Sense of It
Gregory Sholette, Eunsong Kim, Pablo Helguera, Duba Sambolec, MFA noMFA, Shelly Asquith, Roee Rosen, Aurora Harris, Ted Heibert, Mohamed Ali Fadlabi, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Marjetica Potrč, Escuela de Garaje, Vancouver Institute for Social Research, Judy Chicago, Bisan Abu-Eisheh, Diego Bruno, Clare Butcher, Chus Martinez, Sezgin Boynik, Audun Mortensen, Aeron Bergman & Alejandra Salinas, Irena Boric, Sondra Perry & Nicole Maloof, Robert Paul Wolff, Chris Kraus, Martha Rosler, Tadej Pogačar, and Walid Raad.
Editors: Aeron Bergman, Alejandra Salinas, Irena Borić
Design: Rafaela Dražić

GUESTS:
Irena Borić is independent curator, based in Maribor, Slovenia. She often works within a group of curators and/or artists. Current collaborative projects are Shame on You! and net.cube. Recent exhibitions include: Pipe Dream (Vienna, 2015), Dreamers (Zagreb, 2016), net.cube: The Day My Internet Art Payed Off! (Velika Gorica, 2016) and Glass Ceilings (Maribor, 2016).

Sarrita Hunn is co-founder and editor of Temporary Art Review, a online platform for contemporary art criticism that focuses on alternative spaces and critical exchange among disparate art communities. Her own often collaborative practice focuses on the culturally, socially, and politically transformative potential of artist-centered activity.

Ferdiansyah Thajib is a member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta. He is currently a Phd Candidate at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. His life work is situated in the intersections of theory and praxis, with specific research interests on queer modes of endurance and forms of affective entanglement in everyday life.

e ers. Malte Lochstedt & Verlag Danny Grassow & Chain Store Mix Release MNM Ltd @ Motto Books. 15.12.2016

Posted in 2016, events, Motto Books on December 8th, 2016
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In the pedestrian zone I only entered the closed Sinn Le er department store for a short time. Stagnant moving stairways, empty product displays, old brand banners, sockets without use. Architecture and objects stick out. Best of the rest. Everything left over became fetishized, standing for something else. Outside I strolled around the building. All signs and logos were altered, now meaning literally empty sense. All shop windows were decorated with left over stuff, someone seemed to still feel responsible. In a close by drugstore I bought two single-use cameras, came back and took these pictures.

Malte Lochstedt & Verlag Danny Grassow
& Chain Store Mix Release MNM Ltd.
Thursday 15th December 2016
From 6pm – 9pm
@ Motto Berlin

Croissants & Architecture. Nicole Wermers @ Koenig Books Charing Cross. London. Dec. 1st, 2016

Posted in events on November 27th, 2016
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Croissants & Architecture

Nicole Wermers
Motto Books

Book Launch at Koenig Books, December 1st, 2016
from 6-8pm

Koenig Books
80 Charing Cross Rd,
London WC2H 0BB, UK
Phone: +44 20 7240 8190

Release Party. Foul-Up x Motto. w/ Galaxian + Beastie Respond @ Motto Berlin 18.11.2016

Posted in events on November 15th, 2016

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Foul-Up launch party @ Motto Books

Galaxian (live – experimental set)
Beastie Respond

Video by James Nunn.

Brand new Berlin based label Foul-Up presents the launch party of its inaugural release, Misantrop’s debut EP “Limerence” in-store at Motto.

Friday 18th Nov
From 6pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/332553633773067/

‘Variations on Dots and Lines’. Nico Jungel book launch @ Motto Berlin. 10.11.2016

Posted in events on November 7th, 2016
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‘Variations on Dots and Lines’. Nico Jungel book launch @ Motto Berlin. 10.11.2016
from 6pm

Join us to celebrate Nico Jungel’s new book, published by Motto Books

Variations on Dots and Lines
Author: Nico Jungel
Publisher: Motto Books
Size: 21 x 28.8 cm
Weight: 880 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524532
€28.00 Buy

a strolling reading. Asshaq+Boyadjian+Payne +De Parry+Stockton @ Motto Berlin. Nov. 4 2016

Posted in events on November 3rd, 2016

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a strolling reading @ Motto Berlin

Maia Asshaq
Tamar Boyadjian
James D. Payne
Zan De Parry
Megan Stockton

Nov. 4, 2016
7pm (sharp)

IOTU Project: Okan Yildirim: Guess who’s coming to dinner? @ Motto Zürich. 21.10.2016

Posted in events on October 19th, 2016

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yzno (http://vojkohuter.com/)
dialog (https://soundcloud.com/ddialog)
possa (https://soundcloud.com/possasilvan)

SWEET TRIBOLOGY @ Motto Berlin. 23.10.2016

Posted in events on October 18th, 2016
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(((Sweet Tribology)))
Premiere in Germany at Motto Berlin

radio picnic
chocolate records
40 women

Sunday 23.10.2016
14:00 > 16:00

FM portable radios welcome
Free event outside
Hot chocolate and glüwein

Motto
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof, Berlin 10997, +49 30 48816407

Broadcast by Reboot FM 88.4 FM between 15:00 and 16:00
http://reboot.fm/

Artists:

Camille Antoine, Felicia Atkinson, Frieda Beukenkamp, Dinah Bird, Maya Boquet, Emma Bugg, Tania Buisse, Andrea Cohen, Lou Conboy, Selena De Carvalho, Kate Geck, Emmanuelle Gibello, Rosalind Hall, Hanna Hartman, Carola Haupt, Julie Honoré, Cat Hope, Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Zoe Irvine, Coraline Janvier, Shannon Johnson, Anne Laplantine, Sally Ann McIntyre, Mish Meijers, Miss Despoinas, Rosa Menkman, Maria Papadomanolaki, Edith Perrenot, Nadège Philippe-Janon, Sally Rees, Eve Risser, Elissa Ritson, Anne-Laure Robin, Sabio Design, Pip Stafford, Rachel Tribout, Maia Urstad, Valérie Vivancos, Tricky Walsh, Sarah Washington.

https://sweet-sweet-tribology.hotglue.me/home

Everything is About to Happen (Porto): artists’ books and editions. Serralves. Porto. 14.10.2016

Posted in events, exhibitions on October 10th, 2016
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Everything is About to Happen (Porto): artists’ books and editions @ Fundação de Serralves, Porto
Opening Friday 14 October
Exhibition from October 15 2016 to February 12 2017.

Works by Patrícia Almeida and David-Alexandre Guéniot, Karl Holmqvist, Janice Kerbel, Sara McKillop, Kristen Mueller, Luís Muñoz-Santini, Preston is My Paris, Simon Popper, Erik Steinbrecher, Fritz Welch, Nicole Wermers.

‘Everything is About to Happen (Porto): Artists’ Books and Editions’ is dedicated to the most recent developments in the field of artists’ books as a medium and context for contemporary art. The exhibition presents more than 200 works ? many of them published in small, hard to find editions ? to give an overview of the most recent developments in the field of artists’ books. Through them it looks at burlesque reversals, authorship fluidity, sub-activism, unproductive labour, nonsensical and non-linear languages as tools to reaffirm and question our collective desire for collectivity. It suggests that artists’ books should be seen both as individual artistic expressions and as participants in a forum whose culture and freedom are essential to our future.

For the duration of the exhibition, the Serralves bookstore will become an integral part of the show and present recent artists’ books that respond to the concerns it articulates. The bookstore selection is curated by Gregorio Magnani in collaboration with Motto, Berlin.

Artists’ books ? works of art that adopt the format and particular modes of distribution of the book ? first came to prominence in the mid-1960s. They offered artists a cheap and easily distributed art form that responded to the widespread desire to bring art out of the gallery context. After almost disappearing from view in the 1980s, artists’ books found new energy as a form of artistic expression in the mid-1990s. Then, the wide availability of increasingly affordable digital editing and printing technologies paired with the ease of communication afforded by the internet made it relatively easy to publish or self-publish a book or fanzine. Artists could adopt the book as their chosen medium and become publishers of themselves or choose to rely on a vast network of artist lead, small, adventurous, and often short lived, publishing houses. It was a media that allowed them to be in full control of their own work ? from the first glimpse of an idea, through its development in editing and publishing, to its final marketing. This was liberating: it allowed free experimentation that bypassed the need for institutional support and validation and relied instead on an alternative peer-to-peer network. It also responded perfectly to the 1990s dream of self-empowerment embodying its promise to make each of us a one-man-act on a constant path of self-reinvention. Today the hope of a non-exploitative relation between capital and independent cultural producers seems as unrealistic as the 1960s notion of liberation through commerce. In the creative arts, self-expression reads more and more as labour performed as entertainment for somebody else’s gain. But the productive power of the shared language that constituted the community around artists’ books remains. It relies on low costs, high affective investments, peer-to-peer exchanges and on the focus on the ability of the book to create social exchanges. Threatened by capital’s capacity to survive its crisis through the consumption and production of social spaces, it reaffirms its communal energy by acknowledging the dangers it faces.

‘Everything is About to Happen (Porto): Artists’ Books and Editions’ is organized by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, and is curated by Gregorio Magnani.