New Dirty Enterprises @ Motto Berlin. 29.07.2016

Posted in events on July 25th, 2016

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New Dirty Enterprises:The First Annual Report
Record Release Party @ Motto Berlin. 29.07.2016
6-10pm

Jerszy Seymour with Travis Broussard, Olivier Lellouche, Victor Delestre, Kerwin Rolland,
Yanik Balzer, David Kaltenbach and Veronika Bjarsch
featuring Hot Tub Jazz Allstars DJ crew
of Egon Elliut and Steffen Sennert
and a Birthday Cake for Resi

2NCBOOKS/MottoBooks @ SFABF, July 22-24 2016. San Francisco

Posted in events on July 19th, 2016
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2NCBOOKS and Motto Books at San Francisco Art Book Fair, July 22-24 2016

San Francisco Art Book Fair
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco CA 94107

Saturday, July 23rd: 11am – 6pm Sunday, July 24th: 11am – 5pm

Preview on Friday, July 22nd: 6pm – 10pm

OnCurating @ Motto Berlin. 23.07.2016

Posted in events, magazines, Motto Berlin event on July 15th, 2016
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On Curating @ Motto Berlin. July 23rd from 7pm

OnCurating #31- Spheres of Estrangement: Art, Politics and Curating

With contributions from

Josephine Baker-Heaslip, Jonas Becker, Franco ‘Bifo’ Beradi, Benjamin T. Busch, Dan Bustillo, Lilian Cameron, Joey Cannizzaro, Carson Chan, Jeni Fulton, Ken Gonzales-Day, Matthew Hanson, Anke Hennig, Alistair Hudson, Alison Hugill, Suzana Milevska, Jared Pappas Kelley, Penny Rafferty, PUNK IS DADA, Claire Ruud, Jack Schneider, Adrian Shaw, Paul Stewart, Sam Thorne.
Editors: Jonas Becker, Benjamin T. Busch, Matthew Hanson, Penny Rafferty, Paul Stewart

Today’s estrangement is a fully incorporated component of the modern experience, a stimulant for ‘surplus alienation’. Therefore, this issue asks what artistic, architectural and curatorial approaches to estrangement offer current discourse in organisation, aesthetics and activism. The articles unpack estrangement for the political, social and cultural sprint of our time.

Publisher: Dorothee Richter
Co-Publisher: Michael BirchallRonald Kolb
Editors: Jonas Becker, Benjamin T. Busch, Matthew Hanson, Penny Rafferty, Paul Stewart
Proofreading: Stephanie Carwin
Graphic Design: Ronald Kolb, Biotop 3000

 

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Dreams First. Erik Steinbrecher @ Motto Berlin 13.07.2016

Posted in events on July 11th, 2016
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Wednesday July 13th, from 7pm @ Motto Berlin

Dreams First

During years Erik Steinbrecher sorted out daily dirt, leftovers and all kinds
of wrappings. The design of this artist book is based on photographes
of made layouts of waste, moody notes, scribbelings and liquid stains.

For this new episode the artist will decorate Motto’s vitrines in an instant and enjoyable way.

Recent Titles:
YOU AND ME AND EVERYBODY
SUNKA BUCH

Dreams First
Erik Steinbrecher
Motto Books
12€
Free beer and cigarettes for any purchase.

Dan Rees / Dieter Roelstraete / Mousse Publishing @ Motto Berlin. 10.07.2016

Posted in events on July 6th, 2016

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Sunday July 10th, from 5pm @ Motto Berlin

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Dan Rees’ new monograph, Road Back to Relevance. The event will include a conversation between the artist and Documenta 14 curator Dieter Roelstraete.

Published by Mousse on the occasion of his exhibition at Nomas Foundation in Rome, Road Back to Relevance gives insight into the last decade of Rees’ practice. It brings together groups of works that have never before been viewed simultaneously, and reveals the complex nature of the artist’s research. The title refers to a slide presentation made in collaboration with an advertising strategist and designer that, by charting the course of a specific solidarity campaign between Wales and Nicaragua started in the 1980s, questions how pre-”clicktivist” modes of social engagement, activism, and international solidarity can remain relevant today. As Dieter Roelstraete writes in his essay contribution, “The work of Dan Rees touches upon a wide range of topics, subjects, and issues, but one dominant, recurring preoccupation doubtlessly concerns the politics of taste. ‘Taste’ – its cultural corollaries, its political over and undertones, and most importantly its social sources – is one of Rees’s preferred problems. And where it is addressed most directly and unapologetically – that is to say, in the so-called Artex paintings – is exactly where his work becomes most willingly, egregiously ‘problematic.’”

with special thanks to Tanya Leighton Gallery and Mousse Publishing

Tine Melzer / Rollo Press @ Motto Zurich. 24.06.2016

Posted in events, Motto Zürich event on June 22nd, 2016

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TAXIDERMY FOR LANGUAGE-ANIMALS: A book on stuffed words by Tine Melzer

Book Launch on Friday June 24 at 7.30 pm at Motto Zurich, Müllerstrasse 57, 8004 Zürich.
Live music performance, reading and talks with special guests from Amsterdam, London, Bern and Zürich.

A parrot can be trained to repeat the sounds we make when we speak. But what does a parrot say? ‘Taxidermy for Language-Animals’ examines language fragments from different practices – philosophy, literature, visual art – by exploiting some of our linguistic habits and tools. This book includes examples of ordinary language trapped in images. Games we play with language and games language plays with us are introduced. Like language itself, language-games are based on perception, habit and memory and are played in collaboration with others.

464 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 26 cm, pb, English
Rollo Press, Graphic Design Urs Lehni

Jean-Max Colard – Die Ausstellung meiner Träume (The exhibition of my dreams). Book launch @ Motto Berlin on July 5th at 7:30 pm

Posted in 2016, events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store on June 20th, 2016
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Book Launch: Jean-Max Colard – Die Ausstellung meiner Träume (The
exhibition of my dreams)

Jean-Max Colard is an art critic, exhibition curator and literary scholar.
On July 5th Wolff Verlag will present the german translation of his book
L’exposition de mes rêves, MAMCO, 2013, a collection of dreams linked to
contemporary art exhibitions, either probable, imaginary or real. A set of
texts which propose through dreams another form of art exploration and
writing.

Book presentation in the presence of the author Jean-Max Colard and the
translator Christian Hartwig Steinau.

Reading of selected dreams by the actress Stefanie Tiedtke.

JEAN-MAX COLARD: art critic for Les Inrockuptibles, France Musique, France
Culture, curator of numerous exhibitions, including the Exhibition for the
100th anniversary of the writer Marguerite Duras “Duras Song” (October 15,
2014 – Jan 12, 2015) at the Centre Pompidou and the parallel to the
European Football Championships in France presented exhibition “La Grande
Galerie du Foot “(5. Jun. – July 10, 2016.) in La Villette, Paris.
JeanMaxColard.com

Free admission, In German

Jean-Max Colard: Die Ausstellung meiner Träume. Edited and translated from
French by Steinau, 118 pages, paperback, Wolff
Verlag Berlin, ISBN 978-3-941461-34-5, 14,90 Euro

 

The First Summer Fest of Western Liberation @ Reunion. Zurich June 3 – 5, 2016.

Posted in events on May 31st, 2016

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The First Summer Fest of Western Liberation June 3 – 5, 2016

Artist Keren Cytter is returning to her former gallery location Elisabeth Kaufmann (now Réunion) and initiates together with Natalie Keppler and Andreas Wagner a summer festival for all forms of art.
The First Summer Fest of Western Liberation is formed for the non-globetrotting crowd and the young people of Zurich. The festival wants to expand the idea of contemporary art, art-space, art-event and time in general with music performances by the all-girl jazzy, post-pop-punk band Ravioli Me Away, the theatrical music performer Mathias Ringgenberg aka PRICE and Hove aka Marc Hofweber, among others.

The First Summer Fest of Western Liberation is a non-institutional art event that aims to present time-based art in a weekend of hard and light-hearted entertainment: From a curated library by Christoph Schifferli & MOTTO, to a Brunch based performance by Dafna Maimon and Hanne Lippard, among others.

The First Summer Fest of Western Liberation separates art from capital and delivers it to the general public in one weekend of relief with screenings by the talented Berlin based Kerstin Cmelka and the New York It girl Maggie Lee.

The face of the festival and host is Robert Steinberger. Location: RÉUNION, Müllerstrasse 57, Zurich
Date: June 3-5, 2016
 Daily: 2PM – 1AM

Participants: Christoph Schifferli & MOTTO, Andrew Kerton, Antonio Grulli, Keren Cytter, Ravioli Me Away, Thomas Moor, Maggie Lee, Cosima Grand, Marc Hofweber aka HOVE, Mathias Ringgenberg aka PRICE, Dafna Maimon & Hanne Lippard, Kerstin Cmelka, Sophie Jung and Pascal Sidler.

RÉUNION: combines, condenses and converts curatorial field research and experimental art production.

FULL PROGRAM

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

40 €
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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.