Artistic gestures and practices of thought— writing, drawing, and publishing @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt — 23.08.2018

Posted in events, history, illustration, Journals on August 14th, 2018
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kao_jun_honn_drawingWith KAO Jun-Honn, Pages magazine—Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi, Walid Sadek and Nida Ghouse, Alexander Schellow, Leah Whitman-Salkin, and Paola Yacoub &

Organized by Motto Books consisting of curated selection of books that are integral to the ideas discussed

 

Thursday, August 23, 2018 / 2pm – 9:15pm, see below

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10,
10557 Berlin

 

World cultural paradigm shifts not only effect social configurations but also the state of artistic production. One of the main concerns are the changing conditions of hospitality and openness to the vitality of artistic and intellectual life. What are the possibilities to foster an extended intelligibility of artistic engagement and what are the threats for artistic expression in different political contexts?

In experimenting with modes of engagement and cultural translation, multiplying perspectives, and reflecting on forms and acts, this encounter Artistic gestures and practices of thought—writing, drawing, and publishing will endeavor to activate the power of arts and of practices of thought. Doing so, it questions their modes of presentation and public reception in diversified contexts and networks of knowledge, where the conditions for the transmission have changed significantly.

Exploring the construction of symbolic and artistic spaces, necessarily heterogeneous, where experimentations and ideas are shared in direct relation to artists and writers’ practices, researches, and publishing projects, it will be conducive to formats that authorize great complexity, including editorial modalities or discursive configurations.

 

FULL PROGRAM. Free entrance, in English

     14:00  Welcome note by Annette Bhagwati (HKW)

     14:10 KAO Jun-Honn
(in Chinese with simultaneous English translation)

Through walking, filming, drawing and writing, the artistic research and practice of KAO Jun-Honn focuses on issues about economical and territorial transformations in Taiwanese contemporary society, and traces of colonial spatial politics and repression structures. The project A community still unwritten by history deals with inquiring and writing about the Daoboushe (Daobou tribe) indigenous community who once resided in the mountains on the outskirts of present-day Sanxia District in New Taipei City. The community endured the tragedy of the Japanese Governor-General of Taiwan’s “Five Year Plan for Barbarian Management,” where the Japanese government ordered police and military forces to obliterate the community in the Daoboushe Incident. The few surviving community members were relocated to the mountains of present-day Fuxing District in Taoyuan, with their ancestral land taken over by the Japanese Zaibatsu Mitsui Corporation. KAO with a team explored the area in an effort to excavate relics that remain from the Daoboushe Incident of 1906. The project is part of his recent book Notes on Traversing: Mountain Warfare, Empire and Images of Taiwan (after the book, Notes on Traversing Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range, written in 1914 by Japanese officials on the Japanese army’s conquering the indigenous tribes of Eastern Taiwan).

The book will be published in English by Motto Books. KAO Jun-Honn is an artist and researcher living in Taipei who received in 2017 from Tainan National University of the Arts a PhD in Art Creation and Theory.

     15:10 Break

     15:30 Alexander Schellow

Alexander Schellow’s practice has its basis in reconstruction through drawings from memory. Engaging in different situations (the complex urban and social texture of Tirana, Albania, Marseille, France or Taipei, Taiwan, among others), he walks and experiences them, focalizing his gaze on details. The moment of drawing comes later; a few months after the direct experience, back in his studio, Schellow explores his memories, and starts to create complex, spotted drawing-structures – point for point, focusing on actual situations/ visual surfaces he experienced in the past. As in the artist’s words: The practice of reconstruction, sometimes complemented by a set of intentional manipulations (in the form of spatial interventions, for instance), can be used as a means of research, for example in urban environments. Using one’s own perception as a possible point of departure, one can examine and figuratively ‘document’ concrete spatial and temporal references of bodily and perceptive experiences within specific contexts.

Alexander Schellow is an artist living in Brussels and Köln. He is Professor of animation film at erg, Brussels.

    16:20 Leah Whitman-Salkin
in dialogue with Alexis Zavialoff, founder of Motto Books

Leah Whitman-Salkin’s practice as an editor is focused on the collaborative aspects of editing, with her work exploring translation, the space of the visual and the written, and the process of making public through publishing. She is the founder, with Simon Battisti, of 28 November, an experiment in making community space, alternative distribution, and publishing practices through a bookshop and reading room in Tirana, Albania. In 2016 she was the curator, with Simon Battisti and Åbäke, of the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale—an editorial project on translation, music, and emotive spaces. She is deputy editor of Harvard Design Magazine, and former editor at Sternberg Press. Her talk will reflect on the economy and ecology of real and imaginary spaces, and the translation, both in thought and language, of desire, place, and making public.

    17:10 Break

    17:30 Paola Yacoub

Paola Yacoub is an artist based in Berlin and the founding director of ARP—Artistic Research Practices at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut. In promoting the relevancy of the arts, the program ARP proposes an active platform of inquiry of contemporary practices offering the necessary conditions for pushing forward artistic action and new pedagogical perspectives, exchanges among artists, writers, architects, critics and researchers from various fields (arts, sciences, philosophy, politics), as well as the diversity in the performance realm. It is engaged with ethical, social and political questions surrounding artistic and editorial practice.

Artistic works from the 2000s in Lebanon were generally part of the post-conceptual movement. One of the main inquiry conducted at ARP defined it as a field of application of a norm: the permission to remain indifferent to the agents’ intentions. We postulated its dissolution. Editorial practices have a strategic function from this point of view as they engage intentionalist or anti- intentionalist positions. Examples will be presented.

Paola Yacoub graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, and worked at the Institut Français d’archéologie du Proche-Orient in charge of the excavation in downtown Beirut from 1995 to 1999. She collaborated with Michel Lasserre on notations of aspect variations of territories in conflict and post-conflict situations. Her monographic exhibitions include among others Paola Yacoub, Drawing with the things themselves (Beirut Art Center, 2011), and Paola Yacoub, kiss the black stones (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2012).

    18:20 Dinner pause

    19:00 Walid Sadek, with Nida Ghouse

How does the troubled history of civil war continue to impact the conditions of living in postwar Lebanon? In The Ruin to Come, a collection of essays, written in Beirut between 2006 and 2016, Walid Sadek looks at the conditions of living under a temporality theorized as the “protracted now” of a civil war—one structurally capable of perpetuating the conditions of its own dominance—and argues, that although this temporality seems dominant, it nevertheless remains untranquil in the many unfinished strains of a troubled history that resist falling back into a settled and distant past. The book proposes and investigates diverse concepts of labor: the labor of ruin, the labor of the corpse, the labor of near blindness and the labor of missing.

The presentation of The Ruin to Come, Essays from a Protracted War (Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016) and reading by the author will be followed by a conversation with Nida Ghouse. Walid Sadek is an artist and writer living in Beirut. He is Professor and currently Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut. His early work investigates the familial legacies of the Lebanese civil war. He later began to posit, mostly in theoretical texts, ways of understanding the complexity of lingering civil strife in times of relative social and economic stability. His later written work proposes a theory for a post-war society disinclined to resume normative living. More recently, his artworks and written texts seek a poetics for a sociality governed by the logic of protracted war and search for eruptive temporalities to challenge that same protractedness.

Nida Ghouse is a writer and curator. Her ongoing writing project «Lotus Notes» has appeared variously in Mada Masr (Cairo 2014), After Year Zero (University of Chicago Press 2015), ARTMargins (MIT Press 2016), and Critical Writing Ensembles (Mousse Publishing 2016). She recently co-curated Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (2017), and is currently working towards The Matrix of All Possible Narratives (with Anselm Franke and Erhard Schüttpelz, slated 2020), both at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. She was previously director of Mumbai Art Room, where she installed Walid Sadek’s Thoughts on Speaking Dead.

        20:00 Pages, Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi

Pages is a bilingual Farsi/English magazine developed and edited by artists Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi alongside their collaborative projects. Produced both in Iran and the Netherlands, it was initiated in 2004 and until now nine issues have been published. Pages has recently expanded to an online platform which aims at creating a space beyond the predefined economies of accumulation and distribution in archiving and publishing. In their presentation, Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi will talk about the trajectory of ideas that led to initiating Pages’ new platform (www.pagesmagazine.net) and delve into the relation to archiving and writing pursued in this platform while presenting sections of contributions by invited authors.

Pages: Issue 1, Public & Private, February 2004 / Issue 2, Play & Location, May 2004 / Issue 3, Desire & Change, September 2004 / Issue 4, Voice, June 2005 / Issue 5, On the Verge of Vertigo, August 2006 / Issue 6, Eventual Spaces, September 2007 / Issue 7, In Translation, March 2009 / Issue 8, When Historical, May 2011 / Issue 9, Seep, October 2013.

Artistic gestures and practices of thought—writing, drawing, and publishing is organized in collaboration with curator Corinne Diserens and Motto Books.

With the support of

Motto, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, National Culture and Arts Foundation & Taipeh Vertretung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Cheng Xinyi / BHKM @ Motto Berlin. 03.08.2018

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Cheng Xinyi / BHKM @ Motto Berlin. 03.08.2018

(talk 8pm sharp)

Blink at the silky space

Read within another time

On the occasion of the launch of The Blower (BHKM, 2018), artist Cheng Xinyi talks with publisher BHKM about the relationship between Cheng’s photography practice from 2012 to 2018 and her paintings.

The Blower is the second publication by BHKM.

BHKM is a conceptual publishing house founded by Ho King Man.

Cheng Xinyi (b. 1989, Wuhan, China) lives and works between Shanghai and Paris. She studied painting at Maryland Institute College of Art (USA) and attended Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (NL). Her solo exhibitions include: Harnessing the power of wind, Antenna Space, Shanghai, 2018; Hands of a barber, they give in, Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, 2017, Swimming Hole, Practice, New York, 2015. Recent group exhibitions include: Painting Now and Forever, Part III, Greene Naftali Gallery, Mathew Marks Gallery, New York, 2018; Scraggly Beard Grandpa, Capsule, Shanghai, 2017; Economy Plus, Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, 2017.

 

Sandra Peters BOOK LAUNCH The Book as an Exhibition Space @ Motto Berlin. 27.07.2018

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PER/TRANS Performing the Cube, Transforming the Cube Works by Sandra Peters. 1998–2017

EDITORS Sandra Peters, Abu Dhabi / Berlin
ESSAYS Michael Ned Holte, Fiona McGovern, Sandra Peters, Gregor Stemmrich
DESIGN Cyan, Berlin
DETAILS English, Hardcover, 30,7 x 24,6 cm, 208 pages, numerous color illustrations 
PUBLISHER Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna

The Book as an Exhibition Space 

Sandra Peters presents her recently released book PER/TRANS. Performing the Cube, Transforming the Cube: Works by Sandra Peters 1998–2007. This extensive monograph presents more than 20 complex work ensembles. For some pieces, which have not to date been presented to a larger public, this publication represents a premiere. This publication is the product of a so to speak artistic-curatorial process that has lasted a number of years. Its inception goes back to the year 2016, when the artist rented a 700 m² hall in Berlin, which she converted into a temporary display space. Working together with a technical team she had assembled personally, Peters then began to configure her installations in the space. In close collaboration with the photographer Jens Ziehe, the resulting arrangement was documented in high visual quality. This new publication, with its retrospective orientation, contains many of these work series, photographed in situ, along with additional materials, also previously unpublished. Sandra Peters will speak about the contents of her oeuvre, along with the genesis and production of the monograph.This book presentation becomes an occasion to discuss questions concerning the relationship between exhibition and book formats, and to speak in new way about private and public, about publicity and modes of presentation in relation to specific and general viewpoints.

Artist talk & Book launch

The book will be presented on Friday 27.07.2018, with a talk at 8PM:

Sandra Peters in conversation with Fiona McGovern and Eva Meyer-Hermann (In English)

 

 

Alpina Huus x Motto. 10.08-07.09.2018

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Alpina Huus x Motto

10 August—7 September 2018

Adam Fearon, 10 August
Claude Eigan, 17 August
Tarik Hayward, 24 August
Nastasia Meyrat, 31 August

Exploring performance and domestic space
In August 2018, four artists are challenged to think the
outdoor exhibition space and the historical window
displays located in the courtyard of a bookstore in Berlin.
Over the course of a project exploring the performative
potential of their visual and sculptural practices, you are
invited to a weekly gathering, during which one of the
artists will unveil their contribution.

Motto
Skalitzer Str. 68
10997 Berlin

This project is curated by Elise Lammer and kindly supported by Pro
Helvetia the Swiss Arts Council, Motto and Domus Alpina.

HOW DO WE MAKE A WE booklaunch + Karl Holmqvist. 09.06.2018

Posted in events on June 1st, 2018

 

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HOW DO WE MAKE A WE
BOOK LAUNCH AND A PERFORMANCE BY KARL HOLMQVIST
09.06.2018

Please join us on Saturday June 9th from 7 till 9 PM at Motto Berlin for the book launch of How do We make a We, a publication that grew out of the Ratti Foundation’s XXIII CSAV artists’ research laboratory  Language and Sound as Sculpture held in Como, Italy, in the summer of 2017.

 

Designed by Claudia de la Torre and Gregorio Magnani in collaboration with the participants , the publication reflects on the experiences shared at the laboratory and on its overall theme. Through individual and collaborative contributions it investigates how sound, performance and language may become tools in the creation  of a ‘we’ that is both capable of agency and in a continuous process of dismantling itself and of an ‘I’ that is always at war with itself.

 

The XXIII CSAV was : Lorenzo Benedetti, Hannah Black, Isaac Contreras, Michael Dean, Claudia de la Torre, Kiah Endelman Music, Hugo Esquinca, Romain Grateau, Russel Haswell, Karl Holmqvist, Doris Hardeman, Marine Julie’, Annett Kottek, Youngjae Lih, Gregorio Magnani, Jan Moszumanski Kotwica, Annie Ratti, Natalia Rebelo, Sara Rodrigues, Alex Turgeon,Titus Wonsey and Giulia Zabarella

Performance by Karl Holmqvist 8 PM sharp.

Snacks and drinks .

How do We make a We is published by Compagnia with the kind support of Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Motto Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin
U1 Schlesisches Tor

Nicole Wermers @ Motto Berlin. 26.04.2018

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Nicole Wermers Women Between Buildings
Book Launch 26.04.2018
7-10 PM

Please join us on the 26th of April for the launch of Nicole Wermers’ new monograph, Women Between Buildings, published to coincide with her solo exhibition at Kunstverein in Hamburg.

The publication focuses on Wermers’ practice of the past 15 years, and includes essays by Sabeth Buchmann, David Bussel and Kerstin Stakemeier. Designed by Daly & Lyon, published by Compagnia, Motto Books and Kunstverein in Hamburg.

Eigenmischung, a new installation by Nicole Wermers for the Motto vitrines, will be presented on the same evening.

Revue Or @ Motto Berlin. 29.03.2018

Posted in events on March 26th, 2018

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Revue Or @ Motto Berlin. 29.03.2018
from 7pm

Presentation and readings with poets
Anna Serra (France)
Cristian Forte (Argentina)
Kinga Toth (Hungary)

OR review, is a new relation between poetry and paper. An app makes it possible to hear the poem from the very mouth and instruments of its writer. During each listening, the page is enhanced by a visual poem escaping from the paper.

Download the App Here

http://orrevue.com/

Buy issue 1

Slavs and Tatars @ Motto Berlin. 05.04.2018

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Slavs and Tatars @ Motto Berlin. 05.04.2018

Book Launch / Presentation 7pm

Slavs and Tatars, Motto Books and Westfälischer Kunstverein are proud to present Kirchgängerbanger : a new, bi-lingual (Eng/DE) reader on Johan Georg Hamann, the 18th century polemicist, frenemy of Kant, and proto-Postmodernist who mixed faith and sexuality in ways that would make even Bataille blush: “My coarse imagination has never been able to conceive of the creative spirit without genitalia.” Includes the triple-platinum hits “New apology of the Letter H” and “New Apology of the Letter H by Itself.” Offset print, 92 pages, 20 x 14 cm. 12€

BUY

 

Discwoman @ Motto Berlin. 21-22.03.2018.

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Discwoman merchandise pop-up @ Motto Berlin

Founded by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, Emma Burgess-Olson and Christine McCharen-Tran, Discwoman is a New York-based platform, collective, and booking agency—that showcases and represents cis women, trans women, and genderqueer artists in electronic music. Started as a two-day festival in September 2014 at Bossa Nova Civic Club, Discwoman has since produced and curated events in 15+ cities—working with over 250 DJs and producers to-date.

From the 21st-22nd of March, they will be selling a selection of merchandise at Motto, including their popular tees and sweatshirts.

 

PpR Journal @ Motto Berlin. 29.11.2017

Posted in events on November 22nd, 2017

PpR Issue 3 Anton Gottlob

PpR Journal @ Motto Berlin Wednesday November 29th, from 7pm

PpR Journal, Issue 3
The coco Issue

How do education and creativity exist together? In an age where students are faced with ‘learning outcomes’ and institutions are scrutinised on success rates and league tables, what does that mean for the student, and how does this impact on creative development, for both the individual and as an industry as a whole?
Looking at the wider context within the creative arts, including music and cinema, what does freedom to create on one’s own terms really mean, and is this possible within the frameworks of today’s commercial, art, and educational sectors? Is there an alternative model, and can it work?
This issue of PpR Journal originated from the idea of a ‘free school’. The Japanese fashion designer Yoshikazu Yamagata (writtenafterwards and Written By) founded coconogacco, an independent fashion school in Tokyo. A school where students do not follow learning outcomes and assessment criteria, and instead are free to explore their individual creative potential without such constraints. Exploring the notion of freedom singer/songwriter Tanita Tikaram discusses the creative process in an intimate conversation, Anton Gottlob photographs Kazuko Hohki of Frank Chickens, and Chikashi Suzuki joins a class of students at coconogacco.

Contributors:
Chikashi Suzuki, Anders Edstrom, Olu Odukoya, Hajime Sawatari, Anton Gottlob, Hajime Sawatari, Elizabeth Gregory, Miho Miyachi, Ayako Shuto, Laura Gardner, Maya Akashika, Sumire Hayakawa, Yoshiko Kurata, Marija Radakovic.