Michael Schmid @ Motto Berlin. March 13th 2019

Posted in events on March 11th, 2019




Michael Schmid in conversation with Yuki Higashino 7:30pm, March 13th @ Motto Berlin

With its two titles the publication Quotation Marks or „ ” appears as both a catalogue and an artist’s book and accompanies Michael Schmid’s work via photography and pictorial representation into physical space and then back into the form of a book. The architecture of a book and the exhibition space are reflected in the structural elements of the photographic medium.


Michael Schmid
Born in Langenau, Germany, 1981, lives and works in Berlin.
Education: University of the Arts Bremen, Fine Arts, Master Student Degree, 2014 with Korpys/Löffler, University of the Arts Bremen, Fine Arts, Diploma Examination Degree, 2013 with Korpys/Löffler, Franka Hörnschemeyer, Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, Photography Class with Beate Gütschow, 2010.
Publications: „Quotation Marks”, Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Vienna, AT, 2018 „SHOW“, 2015, Barbara Oberem Gallery, Bremen „Kunst und Küche”, Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, 2014 „Of The Universe”, Weserburg, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen.
Curatorial projects: FORM, FAQ, Bremen
Texts: „Still Images”, Yuki Higashino, Vienna, AT, 2017
„How to show”, Yvonne Bialek, Berlin, 2015
„Text”, Jens-Peter Koerver, Cologne, 2014

Yuki Higashino
Born in Shizuoka, Japan, 1984, lives and works in Vienna.
Education 2005 – 2010 HfBK Städelschule, Simon Starling Class, Frankfurt am Main, 2009 – 2010 Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art (as an exchange student), Copenhagen.

Curatorial projects (selection): 2017 “Avi Beracha: Pottery”, Florian Pumhösl Studio, Vienna 2016-2017 “Stranded at Schwimmen-zwei-Vögel”, Cinema program, Mumok Kino, Vienna, 2014 “F. Hodler”, Two-person show by Willem Oorebeek and Robin Vanbesien pinacoteca, Vienna “To take a landscape from”, Neue Galerie, Innsbruck (with Elisabeth Kihlström) 2013 “Curated by Ilse Lafer”, Post Chimney (with Elisabeth Kihlström) “Luster”, solo show by Amy Croft, Schneiderei, Vienna “Composition as Explanation”, solo show by Constanze Schweiger, Schneiderei, Vienna “eins zwei drei vier” , Video works by Stefan Lux, Schneiderei, Vienna “duchampeinereretrospektivevonfranzpart”, solo show by Franz Part, Schneiderei, Vienna “Screening by Constanze Ruhm”, Schneiderei, Vienna “Constanze Schweiger/Robert Rauschenberg”, Schneiderei, Vienna “Hannes Böck/Anna Hofbauer”, Schneiderei, Vienna, 2009 “Cecelia Condit: Works 1983 – 2008”, Platform Sarai, Frankfurt.

Use of time (3). ENSP Arles @ Motto Berlin. 19.02.2019

Posted in events on February 17th, 2019
Use of time (3)
19.02.2019 from 7pm
Use of time is a research project on our relation to time. Each presentation of the project and its archive is made with an artist. This third presentation will feature an on site work by Daniel Gustav Cramer. 
Use of time is a project led by Nicolas Giraud and the students of the french école nationale supérieure de la photographie. 

CANCELLED Book Launch and Reading by Marlie Mul @ Motto Berlin. 07.02.2019

Posted in events on February 2nd, 2019



Please join us on Thursday February 7th from 7 till 10 PM at Motto for the book launch of CANCELLED, a new book by Marlie Mul that addresses her public cancellation of a solo exhibition that had been planned to open in May 2017 at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow, Scotland.

Designed by Maximage, the book brings together photographs of the cancellation’s billboards, and texts by Marlie Mul, Linda Stupart and Georgia Horgan.

Reading by Marlie Mul at 7:30PM sharp.

Snacks and drinks.

CANCELLED is self-published by Marlie Mul with the kind support of Südhausbau,
 PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. Munich.

BizaarBazaar #2 X Zweikommasieben @ Motto Berlin. 02.02.2019

Posted in events on February 1st, 2019


A City Curating Reader. PAM 2018 launch at Spike, Berlin. 30.01.2019

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A City Curating Reader

30 Jan, 7pm
hosted by Spike
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 45, Berlin

Texte & Statements von/chapters & statements by
Cana Bilir-Meier, Maria Lind, Alexander Koch, Patricia Reed & Joanna Warsza –– anschließend Diskussion/followed by a public discussion

Join us to pick a copy, get a drink and review PAM2018 with us!

A City Curating Reader. Public Art Munich 2018
Eds. Joanna Warsza, Patricia Reed
600 Seiten/pages, English/German
Design Till Gathmann & Teresa Rudolf
Produced by Freispiel Kulturagentur
Published by PAM2018 & Motto Books
ISBN 978-2-940524-82-2
29 Euro


Booked: Tai Kwun Contemporary’s Hong Kong Art Book Fair. 11-13 January 2019

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THE OMNIBUS EVEN, Swiss Institute, New York. Nov. 11th 2018

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Please join us for an afternoon of programming to celebrate the launch of the anthology Out of Practice: Ten Issues of Even, 2015-2018, presented alongside a pop-up bookstore by Motto (from 12pm).


4:00PM | History is Contemporary — A panel discussion on one of the major themes in Even: how history resonates within new institutions.

Frederick Deknatel, author of Even‘s story on rebuilding Syria
Kanishk Tharoor, author of Even‘s story on the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Moderated by Rachel Poser

5PM | Screening: Brune Renault (2009) by Neïl Beloufa, the French artist and filmmaker interviewed in Even No. 3.

5:30PM | Technology is Personality — A panel discussion on the most current of Even’s major themes: how technology is changing the performance of personality.

Robert Horning, author of Even‘s story on Instagram and the museum
Camille Henrot, artist interviewed in Even No. 8
Moderated by Jason Farago

Motto Books will present a temporary bookstore held in the Swiss Institute library. For this occasion, Motto will offer a selection of titles which resonate with the wide range of themes discussed in Even, from artists publications to art theory and critical discourse.

Please RSVP to rsvp@swissinstitute.net. Please note: events at Swiss Institute are limited capacity, and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Frederick Deknatel is senior editor of World Politics Review and a former Fulbright fellow in Syria.

Camille Henrot’s diverse artistic practice combines film, drawing, and sculpture. She lives and works in New York.

Rob Horning is an editor at Real Life. He lives in New York.

Kanishk Tharoor is the author of Swimmer Among the Stars, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and the presenter of the BBC series Museum of Lost Objects. He lives in New York.



Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina @ Motto Berlin. November 8, 2018

Posted in art, events on October 27th, 2018


Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina Book Launch. Nov 8, 2018.
7-10pm at Motto Berlin, with a short performance by the artists at 8pm sharp

Join us for the launch of Asymmetrical Response, the exhibition catalog of Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina’s show of the same name (Western Front, Vancouver. Sep 9 – Oct 22, 2016).

Designed by Manuel Buerger, the book includes essays, images, a script for a play written by Olia and a CD containing tracks from Cory’s AUDMCRS Underground Dance Music Collection of Recorded Sound as DJ’d by DJ regularfantasy aka DJ Silk.
Published by Western Front and Koenig Books ltd.


Andrew James Paterson at Motto. 11.10.2018

Posted in events on October 8th, 2018

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Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Andrew James Paterson will be presenting a programme of writing and video at Motto on Thursday Oct.11 at 7pm. Paterson will read from his novel Not Joy Division (pub. Impulse B., Toronto) and his artist’s monograph Collection Correction (Kunstverein Toronto and Mousse Publishing), as well as screen a few of his language-based video works.

Andrew James Paterson is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist working with video, film, performance, painting, music, critical and fictional writing. His videos have shown locally, nationally and internationally for three and a half decades. Much of his art in various media references tensions between bodies and technologies including language; as well as anarchic impulses played against formalist tendencies. His videos, films, and performances have been programmed in Seoul, Bangalore, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Buenos Aires, New York City, Montreal, and Toronto… among other international centres. Between 1977 and 1982, he was the prime vocalist and writer for the Toronto post-punk band The Government. In 2016 he launched an artist’s book Collection/Correction, published by Kunstverein Toronto and Mousse Publishing Milan. In 2018 he released a novelette titled Not Joy Division, published by Impulse B of Toronto.

Cristian Forte & Hybriden-Verlag. Piktogramme Book Launch @ Motto 4.10.2018

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, editions, events, Motto Berlin store, Motto Books on October 1st, 2018
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Cristian Forte & Hybriden-Verlag @ Motto Berlin
Piktogramme Book Launch
Thursday, October 4th. 6PM

Piktogramme is an artist book of original drawings and miniatures by Cristian Forte. These delicate diagrams are visual poems, singularly drawn onto each copy. Piktogramme was published in 2018 by Hybriden-Verlag in a limited edition of 10 copies.

Cristian Forte was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires. Between 1999 and 2006, Forte was a member of the interdisciplinary political group Etcétera, a collective influenced by Surrealism in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He lives in Berlin since 2009, where he runs Nicht-Verlag Milena.