zweikommasieben #9 launch w, Call Super (Houndstooth) @ Sounds of the Universe, London.10.07.2014.

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zweikommasieben #9 launch w, Call Super (Houndstooth) @ Sounds of the Universe, London.10.07.2014.

Please join us for the London launch of zweikommasieben #9, with:

Call Super  (Houndstooth)

zweikommasieben (2,7) is a Swiss music journal that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary club culture since the summer of 2011. Each issue features artist interviews and essays, as well as a particular focus on design, photography and illustration.

Artists featured in the new issue include: Andy Stott, The Haxan Cloak, TR\\ER (aka Truss & Tessela), Cyclobe, Helena Hauff, Ensemble Economique & AUN, Terranova, Call Super and Vatican Shadow.

Published by Präsens Editionen & Motto Books.

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Thursday 10th July, 18.30 start.

SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE
7 Broadwick Street
Soho
London
W1F 0DA

Buy this issue

Alfabeto Dactilar – Finger Alphabet. Cristian Forte. L.U.P.I. @ Motto Berlin 13.07.14

Posted in art, Artist Book, events, poetry, writing on July 7th, 2014
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We are glad to invite you to the launch of Alfabeto Dactilar (Finger Alphabet), published by L.U.P.I. (Bilbao). In this artist book the Argentinean artist Cristian Forte presents a system of poetic writing based on fingerprints that goes beyond conventional alphabets and allows him to explore concepts such us identity, memory and literature.

Limited edition of 70. Including original fingerprints.

Sunday 13th of July, 17:00 start

zweikommasieben #9 launch w, Helena Hauff (PAN, Werkdiscs) @ Motto Berlin.05.07.2014.

Posted in distribution, events, graphic design, illustration, magazines, Motto Books, music, photography, writing on July 1st, 2014
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zweikommasieben #9 launch w, Helena Hauff (PAN) @ Motto Berlin.05.07.2014.

Please join us for the Berlin launch of zweikommasieben #9, with:

Helena Hauff  (PAN, Werkdiscs, Panzerkreuz Records)
Four S  (Haunter Records)
Konkrit

zweikommasieben (2,7) is a Swiss music journal that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary club culture since the summer of 2011. Each issue features artist interviews and essays, as well as a particular focus on design, photography and illustration.

Artists featured in the new issue include: Andy Stott, The Haxan Cloak, TR\\ER (aka Truss & Tessela), Cyclobe, Helena Hauff, Ensemble Economique & AUN, Terranova, Call Super and Vatican Shadow.

Published by Präsens Editionen & Motto Books.

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Saturday 5th July, 16.00 start.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin

Buy this issue

Dodo Magazine @ Motto Berlin. 27.06.2014

Posted in events, Uncategorized on June 26th, 2014

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To celebrate the launch of Dodo Magazine issue #2, we’re inviting you to a special celebration at Motto Berlin. We will set up a temporary exhibition about the history of time capsules along with the official Dodo Time Capsule. You can bring along any small object you’d like to put inside. We will photograph and document all the objects and they will appear in Dodo’s “Future” issue. These objects and the magazines will be inside the time capsule until April 2024. Then it shall be opened and the magazines will be delivered to their ten-year-older owners. The objects collated at the launches in Berlin and Madrid will remain in the time capsule and be buried somewhere secret forever, so it can be discovered again in three thousand years by some future living being, giving information about what we were like. What small object do you want to be remembered by in the future?

Dodo Magazine Issue 2:

This unusual experiment in publishing aims to remind people to maintain their spontaneous, lively spirit in years to come. Buyers of the current issue will receive the first half of the magazine, ‘Present’, on the day of purchase, and then can provide as many contact details as possible in order to be found again in April 2024 to receive their ‘Future’ magazine. Readers will also receive a letter written by themselves to their future selves.

“Present” Issue summary:

This issue celebrates the time now with content aimed to wake up your inner child. Inside you will find a guide to the stars, tips to pass unnoticed, an interview with Audrey, the plant of the little shop of horrors, an adventure bazaar, unexpected plants, a history of high fives, an interview with Hungry Castle, a trip to Pangea, pictures from Tobu World, a thorough guide to keeping a stick insect as a pet, the story about the strange inhabitants of Mecerreyes, the definitive article about Muppets creator Jim Henson, an adventure in finding Big Foot, a guide to survive a curse, and even more… The content is fully made by amazing collaborators from all over the world, Adam J. Kurtz, Aitor Saraiba, Álvaro Mingo, Bandid8, Bubi Canal, Cristina Velar, David Méndez Alonso, Emo Díaz, Enrique del Rivero Cuesta, Felipe Olaya, Gonzalo Baró, Ian Edgehill, James Clapham, Jan Buchczik, Lauren Ingram, Lilly Friedeberg, Lucía Martín, Miguel Ángel Belando, Noa Snir, Popy Blasco, Roc Canal, Rosa Soro, Rut Briones, Saria Dy, Sean Ford, Tak Tokio, Teresa Fernández, Thom Lambert, etc…

“Future” Issue summary:

The “Future” issue is a magazine exclusively made to be read in 2024. The topics included will discuss the future but with the key of the past. There will be an interview with a fortune teller about what life will be like in 2024, so when we read the Future issue we’ll finally find out whether or not they are a fake. Articles about time machines and time capsules, a guide on what to do if the future is not what you expected, and many surprises that you will be just able to read if you order it now. This double issue is a limited edition because we will have to undertakeplenty of research in the future to find all of the owners. So be fast and don’t stay without your copy.

split/fountain. Book launch & presentation @ Motto Berlin. 28.06.2014.

Posted in architecture, design, events, graphic design, writing on June 24th, 2014
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split/fountain. Book launch and presentation @ Motto Berlin

Please join us in welcoming Layla Tweedie-Cullen (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Werkplaats Typografie, Walker Art Center) who will be speaking about her Auckland based project split/fountain, her recent distracted-workshop project at Brno design biennial and also introduce the distracted-reader publication series.

distracted-reader is a new publication series that seeks readerly parkour through selected terrain of art and design. We see rhythmised literacies of image, text, and concept. distracted-reader does thinking as making, and print design as speculative thought. With general art monographs as coffee-table artefacts, and university presses not funding conjecture, distracted-reader notes accented sequencing. Less clarion call to a vanishing new, more through-lines with incidents and discernible increments; writing and thinking as marked-up copy; stuttered narration; material views.

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distracted-reader #1 Mixtures: Xin Cheng and Allan Smith. 156 pages with drawings, photographs and texts by Xin Cheng, and drawings, photographs and texts by Allan Smith. The title Mixtures comes from a 2011 Xin Cheng exhibition; in this publication Cheng mixes memories of a Chinese childhood with recipes for healthy eating, photographed pages of anthropology texts showing Mongolian Yurts, and knitted socks from Scandinavia, images of ingenious low-tech merchandising stands in Cambodia, drawings of stone walls, and a bread igloo. Smith writes about the copiousness and fabricational inventiveness of Cheng’s practice, and about the accumulative materiality in the collages and architectural practice of ex-pat architect M.K. Smith. Allan Smith’s ‘un-illustrations’ set old school ink drawing and comic-book sequencing to work on the textured ‘push and pressure’ of a densely textured world.

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distracted-reader #2 Michael Parr and Blaine Western. A ridge, a section, an existing boundary, additions, a removed partition. A floor; concrete (where possible). 160 pages; includes 10 tipped-in colour plates. With essays by Michelle Menzies, Lance Pearce, and Henry Babbage. Parr and Western segue a photographic essay on the ruinous state of Barton Gillespie’s modernist house in Westemere into photographs of mutely eloquent architectural and landscape fragments taken in Los Angeles and Mexico. Menzies’ essay reads the Barton Gillespie house as a figure of rapport between people, topography and climate. Pearce considers the itinerancy and conceptual mobility of Parr and Western’s practice. Babbage reflects on the different audiences that Parr and Western’s temporary, quasi-architectural spaces create, and the way the spaces operate as platforms for occupancy and performance.

Saturday 28th June, 19.00 start.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
Berlin 10997

Olaf Nicolai / Rollo Press @ Kunsthalle Basel. 19.06.2014

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Olaf Nicolai / Rollo Press @ Kunsthalle Basel. 19.06.2014
from 4pm

olaf nicolai
hotel nacional rio
rollo press zürich (rollo no. 40), 256 photographs, 148 pages
isbn 978-3-906213-07-1

KUNSTHALLE BASEL
STEINENBERG 7 CH-4051 BASEL
T: +41 61 206 99 00 · F: +41 61 206 99 19
info@kunsthallebasel.ch · www.kunsthallebasel.ch

E.R.O.S. #4. Issue launch & presentation @ Motto Berlin. 19.06.2014.

Posted in art, critique, events, Journals, literature, writing on June 17th, 2014
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E.R.O.S. #4. Issue launch & presentation @ Motto Berlin. 19.06.2014.

Please join us to celebrate the Berlin launch of E.R.O.S. #4 at Motto Berlin.

Featuring readings by the editors:

Sami Jalili
Rebecca La Marre
Emma Letitizia Jones

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7pm start.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
10097 Berlin

Konzert Minimal & Ensemble Quiver plays Antoine Beuger @ Motto Berlin. 12.06.2014

Posted in events, music on June 11th, 2014

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Konzert Minimal & Ensemble Quiver plays Antoine Beuger
Thursday, June 12th @ Motto Berlin
from 7pm
Free entrance / Suggested donation

Konzert Minimal meets Quiver
to play Antoine Beuger’s Ockeghem Octets

in the Courtyard of the Motto bookshop

A celebration of Konzert Minimal’s first CD release on the British label:
‘Another Timbre’ featuring the piece ‘Tschirtner tunings for Twelve’ by Antoine Beuger

Preview: http://youtu.be/8AA1VA4mcH0

This CD, and others by the different members of the ensembles,
will be for sale in the Motto bookshop.

Konzert Minimal (Berlin)

Johnny Chang – viola
Catherine Lamb – viola
Koen Nutters – bass
Rishin Singh – trombone

Ensemble Quiver (Melbourne)

Aviva Endean – clarinets
Jonathan Heilbron – bass
Rebecca Lane – flutes
Matthias Schack-Arnott – percussion

http://www.timescraper.de/_concert-series/konzert-minimal.html

http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/article/quiver

http://www.anothertimbre.com/

Remco Torenbosch & Patricia Reed. Black Dog Publishing @ Motto Berlin. 14.06.2014

Posted in events on June 11th, 2014

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Bookpresentation with a talk between Remco Torenbosch (artist) and Patricia Reed (artist and writer)
June 14, 2014
from 7pm

This publication is the result of an extensive period of research into the history of the European Flag, opening up intriguing discussion on the changing socio-economics of EU nations, the disappearance of once booming textile industries and the strong individual identities of a union in flux.

This publication profiles the documents, design proposals and written correspondence between Heitz, Lévy, and further collaborators they would form the painstakingly diplomatic development of an iconic vexillological moment.

As part of the book’s research, a collection of fabric monochromes woven by weavers from all 28 member states of the EU in th base colour of the flag was compiled. These collated monochromes as such become a map themselves of the socio-economic shift within EU member communities, an embodiment of the disappearing textile industries of Europe.

— Contributors: Charles Esche, Mihnea Mircan, Council of Europe Archive

European contextualising (…)
Hardback: 244 pages
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing London
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908966696
ISBN-13: 978-1908966698

Jan Verwoert / Piet Zwart Institute / Sternberg Press @ Motto Berlin. 06.05.2014

Posted in events on June 3rd, 2014
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Friday, June 6th, from 7pm @ Motto Berlin
Please join us in Berlin to celebrate the publication of Jan Verwoert’s COOKIE!

Edited by Vivian Sky Rehberg and Marnie Slater

Co-published by Sternberg Press and the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy

Design by Nienke Terpsma

This new volume brings together a selection of Jan Verwoert’s most recent writings. COOKIE! is a sequel to Verwoert’s Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want (edited by Vanessa Ohlraun, 2010), and third in a series of books published with the Piet Zwart Institute.

If we don’t merely reduce art to clever code play in the arenas of representation, how do we speak about what is at stake? In response to this question, Verwoert addresses the forces at the heart of the tragicomedy that making, showing, and critiquing art implicates us in. He honors the basic joys of turning one thing into another, and the miracles of rhythm and rhyme that characterize the residual level of mimetic magic in art. In this key, the unverifiable is practiced daily: bodies are remade, feelings transfigured. As Alina Szapocznikow wrote, the mouth chews and out comes sculpture. Verwoert’s COOKIE! renders visible the endless emotional labor of setting the stage (for others), poses the thorny question of whether there could ever be a labor union for con-artists (like us), and gestures toward an ethics of disappointment to battle false expectations and as a way to come to terms with the fact that, no matter how you look at it, criticism hurts.

Published January 2014, English
12 x 18 cm, 252 pages, 13 b/w ills., hardcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-029-4
€18.00