‘Dream the Reanimator Flux Acre’. Fritz Welch @ Motto Berlin. 25.04-27.05.2017

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YES YES YES Alternative Press Exhibition @ Motto Berlin

Posted in exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on March 22nd, 2017
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YES YES YES Alternative Press @ Motto Berlin

from 04.02 – 31.03.2017

 

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YES YES YES Alternative Press, Exhibition & book display @ Motto Berlin

Viaindustriae & a+m bookstore with COLLI Independent
Exhibition from 4rd February – 11th March, 2017

artists / poster projects:
Dallas, Dexter Sinister, Experimental Jetset, Will Holder, Pauline Kerleroux & Adéla Svobodová, Prill Vieceli Cremers, Studio Hato, Batia Suter.

YES YES YES Alternative Press
’66-’77 from Provo to Punk

Co-published by VIAINDUSTRIAE publishing / A+mbookstore, Milano
in collaboration with COLLI publishing platform

Edited by Emanuele De Donno / Amedeo Martegani
Graphic Design, Dallas (Francesco Valtolina & Kevin Pedron)

Interviews and texts by Melchiorre Gerbino, David Goines, Matteo Guarnaccia, Steven Heller, James Herod, Coupey Pierre, Trina Robbins, Gianni Emilio Simonetti, Coen Tasman, John Wilcock.

Newspapers and Zines
Aloha, Avatar, Bauls, Berkeley Barb, Berkeley Tribe, Big Muddy Gazette, The Black Dwarf, The Black Panther, The East Village Other, Fapto, Fire!, Freedom News, Friends, Gay, Gay Power, Gay Scene, Gay Sunshine, Georgia Straight, Good Times, The Great Speckled Bird, The Haight Ashbury Free Press, Helix, Hitweek, Idiot International, Iets, Insekten Sekte, The International Times, Juche, Kabouterkrant, Kaleidoscope, King Kong International, Kiss, Liberated Guardian, Los Angeles Free Press, Loving Couch Press, Mondo Beat, Muhammad Speaks, The New York Review of Sex, Nola Express, Old Mole, Open City press, Oracle Los Angeles, Oracle San Francisco, Other Scenes, OZ, Peninsula Observer, Pleasure, Provo, Quicksilver Times, Rat (Rat Subterranean News), Real Free Press, Re Nudo, Revo, Rising Up Angry, San Francisco Ball, San Francisco Express Times, Screw, Search & Destroy, The Seed, Sniffin’ Glue, Southern Free Press, Spy-In, Styng, Suck, Virginity, Washington Free Press, Witte Krant

496 pages: illus. BW and colour
second edition: 1000 copies
language: english
size: 23×31 cm
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YES YES YES Alternative Press. Viaindustriae & a+m bookstore with Colli Independent. Exhibition & book display @ Motto Berlin. 03.02.2017

Posted in events, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on January 27th, 2017
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YES YES YES Alternative Press, Exhibition & book display @ Motto Berlin

Viaindustriae & a+m bookstore with COLLI Independent

Opening Friday 3rd February from 6:30pm
Exhibition from 4rd February – 11th March, 2017

artists / poster projects:
Dallas, Dexter Sinister, Experimental Jetset, Will Holder, Pauline Kerleroux & Adéla Svobodová, Prill Vieceli Cremers, Studio Hato, Batia Suter.

YES YES YES Alternative Press
’66-’77 from Provo to Punk

Co-published by VIAINDUSTRIAE publishing / A+mbookstore, Milano
in collaboration with COLLI publishing platform

Edited by Emanuele De Donno / Amedeo Martegani
Graphic Design, Dallas (Francesco Valtolina & Kevin Pedron)

Interviews and texts by Melchiorre Gerbino, David Goines, Matteo Guarnaccia, Steven Heller, James Herod, Coupey Pierre, Trina Robbins, Gianni Emilio Simonetti, Coen Tasman, John Wilcock.

Newspapers and Zines
Aloha, Avatar, Bauls, Berkeley Barb, Berkeley Tribe, Big Muddy Gazette, The Black Dwarf, The Black Panther, The East Village Other, Fapto, Fire!, Freedom News, Friends, Gay, Gay Power, Gay Scene, Gay Sunshine, Georgia Straight, Good Times, The Great Speckled Bird, The Haight Ashbury Free Press, Helix, Hitweek, Idiot International, Iets, Insekten Sekte, The International Times, Juche, Kabouterkrant, Kaleidoscope, King Kong International, Kiss, Liberated Guardian, Los Angeles Free Press, Loving Couch Press, Mondo Beat, Muhammad Speaks, The New York Review of Sex, Nola Express, Old Mole, Open City press, Oracle Los Angeles, Oracle San Francisco, Other Scenes, OZ, Peninsula Observer, Pleasure, Provo, Quicksilver Times, Rat (Rat Subterranean News), Real Free Press, Re Nudo, Revo, Rising Up Angry, San Francisco Ball, San Francisco Express Times, Screw, Search & Destroy, The Seed, Sniffin’ Glue, Southern Free Press, Spy-In, Styng, Suck, Virginity, Washington Free Press, Witte Krant

496 pages: illus. BW and colour
second edition: 1000 copies
language: english
size: 23×31 cm
50,00 €
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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.

How to (talk about) things that don’t exist. 31st São Paulo Biennial. Serralves

Posted in art, distribution, exhibitions, painting, performance, politics, writing on October 4th, 2016
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How (…) things that don’t exist
How to (talk about) things that don’t exist focuses on the processes that led to the artworks and arguments in ‘How to (…) things that don’t exist — an exhibition developed out of the 31st São Pau¬lo Biennial’ presented at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto. The publication continues the ide¬as and discussions that generated the exhibition and proposes unexpected synapses between different subject areas: Education; Reverse Colonialism; and Right to the City — Criminalization of the Poor. It includes a wide variety of texts, chronicles, lyrics, historical documents, drawings, collages, paintings, film stills and photographs many of which specifically conceived for this book by artists, curators, art historians, writ-ers, researchers, pedagogues, sociologists, urban planners, journalists, social workers and activists.

Como (falar sobre) coisas que não existem
Como (falar sobre) coisas que não existem centra‑se nos processos que conduziram as obras e discussões presentes na exposição “Como (…) coisas que não existem — uma exposição desenvolvida a partir da 31a Bienal de São Paulo” apresentada no Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves no Porto. A publicação propõe sinapses inesperadas entre os diversos temas tratados: Educação; Colonialismo Invertido; e Direito a Cidade ― Criminalização da Pobreza e inclui uma variedade de textos, cronicas, letras de musicas, documentos históricos, desenhos, colagens, pinturas, fotogramas e fotografias — alguns concebidos especificamente para este livro — da autoria de artistas, curadores, historiadores de arte, escritores, investigadores, pedagogos, sociólogos, urbanistas, jornalistas, assistentes sociais e ativistas.

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Dreams First. Erik Steinbrecher. Exhibition @ Motto Berlin from July 13th to August 25th.

Posted in art, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on July 26th, 2016
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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 has decorated Motto’s vitrines in an instant and enjoyable way.

From July 13th to August 25th at Motto Berlin

 

The Non-Objective World: Art & Language Kabakov. Art & Language, Ilya Kabakov. Sprovieri.

Posted in distribution, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions on July 4th, 2016
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The non-Objective World

Presenting a body of work made by Art & Language between 1965 and 1967 together with paintings by Ilya Kabakov made forty years later but very much concerned with the same critical aesthetic ideas, the publication aims to investigate the artists’ understanding and response to The Non-Objective World – Malevich’s seminal writings on Suprematism, written in 1927 and published in English in 1959 for the first time.

Edited by Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts with texts by Art & Language, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Ilya Kabakov, Rod Mengham and Andrei Nakov.

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Jonathan Monk. In Relief (My collection of Sol LeWitt books – exact size, shape and occasionally colour). Christoph Schifferli, Geraldine Tedder (eds.). Archiv

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions on June 25th, 2016
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“I have been collecting Sol LeWitt books for some time now – initially these books were used as material for a series of animations – but slowly I started buying them just to complete a collection. The search for the white spine.

Sol’s books are predominately white and when going through the shelves of book dealers I always pull out the white books with hope… repetition and repeat is a constant – I often acquire the same book twice or even three times… they all look the same.

In 2005 I produced a book called Cover Version – it featured all the covers of my Sol LeWitt books – a kind of what’s in my library compendium.

For this new piece I have fabricated an abstract version of Cover Version.

The books were laid out as if on a small table top – each book carefully measured… height, width and thickness… Certain book sellers use a similar display technique.

This was then transformed into five medium density fibre board wall mounted relief panels. Expertly cut and routed (not by me) to follow the forms given by Mr LeWitt and his publications. The painted and sanded surface made by the fabricator has been left to give the appropriate patina to the entire piece.

Books are there to be handled and not just bought and sold.”

Jonathan Monk, 2015

With a text David Platzker
Edition of 400

 

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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.

Negative Space: Orbiting Inner and Outer Experience (no.2). Antonia Hirsch (ed.). SFU Galleries

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, exhibitions on May 19th, 2016
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Antonia Hirsch (ed.) in conversations with and reproduced texts by Theodor Adorno, Lorna Brown, Daniel Colucciello Barber, Elena Filipovic, François Laruelle, Olaf Nicolai, Lisa Robertson, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Wolfgang Winkler.

Expanding from the exhibition Negative Space, this lateral publication of seven conversations and reprinted texts is a project in its own right to consider the space between and around subjects and objects.

Antonia Hirsch’s practice testifies to a long-standing engagement with the quantitative, spatial and syntactic systems that structure an understanding of our universe. The opposite of chaos, cosmos can be defined as a complex and organized system: the ordered universe. Hirsch’s work often relates these ordering structures to embodied and visual experience, considering how the equivocal and often ideological nature of these representational systems is expressed through a level of abstraction.

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