TXT IMG. Katharina Gaenssler. Spector Books

Posted in Artist Book, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, photography on March 5th, 2016
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Catalogue raisonné and artist book: TXT IMG brings together forty-one projects by Katharina Gaenssler, from her first photo installation in 2003 up to her latest project Bauhaus Staircase on display on the stairs of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Like her photo installations, where hundreds of single images come together to create a large-scale work, this monograph is shaped by the contrast between the fragment and the whole. It includes all the thirty-four texts that have been written to date about Gaenssler’s work and every one of the 407,954 photographs she has taken to provide the material basis for her projects. The myriad tiny individual images combine on the pages of the book to form abstract colour sequences – taken as a whole they can be interpreted anew, becoming a photographic manifestation somewhere between a colour code and a dynamic spatial expanse.

This book is published to coincide with the exhibition Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Motto Pop-Up Bookshop @ Wendy’s Subway, Brooklyn, 19-28.02.16 + Talk with Where’s Lucy Hunter & R. Lyon / Artwork by Kayla Guthrie, 21.02.16

Posted in events, exhibitions, Stores on February 16th, 2016
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Motto is pleased to present a pop-up bookstore at Wendy’s Subway, a non-profit library and workspace located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The store will be open Feb 19-28, 12-7 p.m., with a talk by Where’s Lucy Hunter & R. Lyon / Artwork by Kayla Guthrie at 7 p.m. on Sunday 21.02.16. This pop-up is the first in a series of curated libraries, shops, and collections displayed in the storefront of Wendy’s Subway’s new Bushwick location.

Where is a think tank and publishing platform headquartered in a shipping container in Brooklyn, NY. It is co-produced by historian Lucy Hunter and artist R.Lyon, who use the think tank as an opportunity to research information theory through experiments with the exhibition format. They publish their findings in book-length on-demand publications. For their talk at Wendy’s Subway, Hunter and Lyon will discuss, among other things: libraries, completeness, empire, and the past. Refreshments will be on hand to lighten the load. The talk will begin promptly at 8pm.

Kayla Guthrie will display a page from her most recent artist book, Sunsets Working (in collaboration with Nathan Antolik, calligraphy, and published by Bodega, New York) in the window. Kayla Guthrie is an artist working in writing, sound, and visual mediums. Her EP Blue was released in 2015 by Mixed Media Recordings. She has performed at Greene Naftali, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Massimo de Carlo (London), and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is the curator of Intra Phenom, a New York-based performance series presenting the work of female artists in live and durational genres.

Wendy’s Subway
*New Location*
379 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206

http://www.wendyssubway.com/

Panorama (The Right of View), Istanbul 2010. Amt _ project (ed.) Sputnik Editions

Posted in books, distribution, exhibitions, writing on January 30th, 2016
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A panorama of the city, a public platform, a dysfunctional lookout, blocking the actual view but confronting the viewer with textual observations of the city and the condition of the view in Istanbul, „Panorama (The Right of View)“ was a traveling attraction and an architectonic sculpture. After standing in Kadiköy, on the Asian shore from october-december 2010, looking across the Bosporus onto the city, it was moved to Eminönü for the spring of 2011, into the middle of the city, on the shore of the Golden Horn, next to the Galata bridge, the Spice Bazaar and the New Mosque.
The publication documents the project and presents the full length of the panorama’s text panel in a 3,5 meter printed leporello.

About author: Andreas Fogarasi (born 1977 in Vienna), studied architecture and fine arts in Vienna and Paris, lives in Vienna. His work has been exhibited widely, including Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; GfZK Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich; Grazer Kunstverein; Mücsarnok Budapest; Kunstverein Düsseldorf; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; MSU, Zagreb; Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna; Lombard-Freid Projects, New York; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Palais de Toyko, Paris and at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia 2007, where he was awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation. In his works, Fogarasi uses forms of display that are reminiscent of minimalism and conceptual art to explore questions of space and representation. Located between documentary and sculptural practice he critically ana- lyses the aestheticization and economization of urban space and the role of architecture and culture in con- temporary society. Incorporating video, sculpture and installation in wide-sweeping discursive webs, Fogarasi deals with fault lines in historiography, imagineering and cultural identities. Solo exhibitions (selection): GfzK. Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2014); Galerie Cortex Athletico, Paris (2013); Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto; Trafó, Budapest (2012); Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; CAAC, Sevilla (2011); Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna (2010); MAK, Vienna; Ernst Museum, Budapest; Lombard Freid- Projects, New York (2008). Group exhibitions (selection): Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; New Museum, New York (2014), Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; CAC, Vilni- us (2011); MSU, Zagreb; Mücsarnok, Budapest (2010); 52th Biennale di Venezia; Kunstverein für die Rhein- lande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; European Kunsthalle, Cologne (2007); MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2006); Palais de Toyko, Paris (2003); Manifesta 4, Frankfurt / Main (2002).

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[theatro]. Maria Lalou’s Book Launch & Exhibition @ Motto Berlin 19.11.2015

Posted in Artist Book, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event, performance, Uncategorized on November 15th, 2015
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Questioning the physicality of space and the meaning of an object within its relation to a viewer, I tend to intertwine the viewer’s visual memory and imagination by repeating previous moments of an experience. The architectonic theatre features various objects and [theatro] expands on the notion of ‘view’ (‘thea’ in Greek, where the word ‘theatre’ comes from). The word ‘view’ is also the root of the word ‘theory’ [coming from the junction of the words ’thea’(=view) and ‘oro’( =to perceive)]. Intending the theory as practice, Ι composed [theatro] as an act of theory, asking ‘Does a de-construction of a composition inquire or does it request a knowledge of the past?’

[theatro] is a rhythmical reading experience, a 5.5 meters long transcript of a seminar performance reflecting it’s original pulse and duration. It is based on the seminar performance “PUZZLE”, that took place at FROWN, Athens initiated by Maria Lalou, consisted of Katerina Drakopoulou [A], Maro Zacharogianni [B], Maria Lalou [O], Mirrored Glass Object [X] and a live-feed camera. In this work Maria Lalou uses two software platforms for writing. Powerpoint for the pre-fabricated text and a live performed text on ‘Word’, both projected on the screen from her computer. [theatro] is verbatim transcription of the piece with several functions. Next to the documentation of the PUZZLE performance and a manual reading, it also serves as a script for the play, ‘I AM A ‘Φ’.

During the book launch in Motto Lalou will introduce the work with the lecture performance ‘theatre of consciousness’ a work based on a critical text that Lalou has written in 2013 for the academic press ‘activate’ published in London prior to the idea of [theatro]. The performance’ theatre of consciousness refers to the seen and the seer through an analysis that places the audience in a central position and as a core thematic of ‘the seen’.

[theatro] is published by Onomatopee launched primary in Eindhoven at Lalou’s solo exhibition ‘a spect’ during June 2015. The publication is designed in collaboration with Yin Yin Wong/Werkplats and includes an introduction to the work by Alena Alexandrova.

[theatro] leporello will be installed in its full length from the 19th November in the vitrines of Motto accessed through the public space. Lalou is producing a limited edition of prints of the floor plan ‘archetype’ which is one of her basic tools for this series of work, to will be installed in the exhibition space.

Maria Lalou is an artist born in Athens in 1977. She works with the science of objects – containers, spatial installations, film and accumulated performances, developing context as of extensions of architecture. Lalou’s specialization at glass science has been evolving in contextualizing aspects of mass / surface / space/ time /duration in the sphere of cognition by challenging the bodily experience and questioning alignment of the vertical and horizontal, disposition and disorientation. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Fine Arts and from Technical University of Athens in Architecture, Design of Space – Object and Constructive Arts. She has been researcher at DasArts Amsterdam and an invited resident in e- mobilArt program for Interactive Artists. Lalou’s works have been shown amongst others in the Contemporary Art Museum of Thessaloniki during the 2nd Biennale of Thessaloniki, in ‘Technopolis’ Industrial Museum of Athens and at ‘Living Spaces’-2nd Contemporary Art Festival in Damascus, ‘Manobra’ Festival in Sao Paolo Brazil. She has been in collaboration with institutions as the E-Engineering of the Hogeschool of Amsterdam as an external adviser, with Roehampton Univesity in London as a writer on a post academic journal and an invited lecturer by Rijksacademie Studios in Amsterdam in 2012. For more info visit: http://reaction-lalou.com

How To: Untitled Runway Show. K8 Hardy. DoPe Press

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, exhibitions, fashion on September 22nd, 2015
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How To: Untitled Runway Show is an artist’s book that presents K8 Hardy’s performance Untitled Runway Show, created for the 2012 Whitney Biennal. For this work, Hardy orchestrated a live fashion show performance on the fourth floor of the Breuer building that rivaled the presentations made during a Paris or New York fashion week.

How To: Untitled Runway Show follows the apparatus of professional fashion and is organized around three sections: The Show (lookbook), Backstage, and The Campaign. For each of these sections, Hardy specifically created a new series of images for the book. As well, five texts were specially written for this publication, many of whom were involved themselves in the original performance. John Kelsey contributes an important critical text that gives context to this performance in the bigger picture of Hardy’s entire practice. The variety of the writing in this book and perspectives on the piece bring a crucial understanding and richness to Hardy’s incredible performance and unconventional work in general.

K8 Hardy (USA, *1977) is a New-York-based artist, one of the founders of the queer feminist art collective LTTR and creator of the cult zine fashionfashion. In her work Hardy often uses fashion as a material to sculpt, photograph, and produce performances interchangeably and simultaneously, creating a new genderqueer vision.

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Elisa Storelli and Constantin Engelmann @ Motto Berlin 15.9.2015

Posted in art, events, exhibitions on September 14th, 2015

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Elisa Storelli and Constantin Engelmann @ Motto Berlin 15.9.2015
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Time Piece (additive synthesis bell)

This installation changes the time at Motto. Its bell strikes the hours according to the sci-fi time “System Sin 1.0” (developed by the artists). In place of the regular hours in UTC time, the hours in “System Sin 1.0” are spread along a sinusoidal curve, so that their duration varies throughout the day.

In “System Sin 1.0 time”, as in ancient Rome, day and night are fixed by sunrise and sunset. Between these solar events, sin hours shorten towards noon and midnight. As the duration of daylight increases or decreases slightly every day, the duration of sin hours varies accordingly.

Motto Art Book Exhibition and Sale @ Expo Georgia. Tbilissi. 12-13.09.2015

Posted in books, events, exhibitions on September 11th, 2015
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The Book Art Center at Expo House invites you to an an exhibition/art book sale. 
 
Presenting independent publications from local Georgian artists and books courtesy of Motto. The selection includes experimental and independent works from artists, designers, poets, philosophers, architects and photographers made by their own efforts. The exhibition explores modern publications as a means to examine the book as a new form for expressing creative impulses and ideas.
 
Supported by Goethe Institute and Expo Georgia.
The Exhibition/Sale takes place at Expo House, Tsereteli ave. 118 (wooden cottage near cafe “Terrace”).
Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th September, 6pm – 10pm

 

 

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Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, painting, sculpture on September 9th, 2015
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With “wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles,” the Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien is presenting an exhibition that encompasses two of the venue’s levels. It is devoted to the diverse issues related to the position of “textiles” as medium and material in the exploration of contemporary art practices in this present age teeming with networking metaphors.
From the very beginning in nearly all cultures and with usage impacting society, textiles have been veritably predestined for being charged with political content, and for use and consideration even outside of artisan contexts and the related negotiability on an artistic level. In the recent past, numerous large and comprehensive exhibitions have carried out exacting surveys on the general familiarity of the textile, on its sensory qualities, its uniquely inscribed features, and its wealth of weaving types, textures, and works developed globally over the centuries. Such projects have contributed to a renaissance and re-evaluation of textiles and emphasised their natural tendency to challenge the classically hierarchical concepts of work, image, and object. “wow! Woven? Entering the (sub) Textiles” accentuates its exhibition focus by concentrating on works that foster aspects of an artistically investigative exploration of history, including the role of the textile industry within the capitalist form of commodity production and the means of organising production methods.
Exhibition participant Rubén Grilo, for example, emphasises with a series of denim fabric works the onset of industrialisation as a turning point in our relationship with technologies. Once synonymous with a durable fabric for the working class and later symbolic of the Western individualist promise of freedom, today the visible wear and tear of jeans is designed through digital processes and implemented using laser irradiation before even hitting the market. This act allows the factors previously specific to strong work-, body-, and time-related wear to degenerate through mere simulation and thus highlights the changing body-work relations. The artist Sascha Reichstein, in turn, presents a large installative video work “The Production of Tradition” focused on the outsourced production of traditional clothing by example of lederhosen in Sri Lanka. She for instance explores the dissolution of formerly prevalent workmanship forms aligned to local conditions and the concomitant loss of traditional artisan techniques, regional distinctions, and the ability to identifying goods with specific locales.
The far-reaching history of the precarious working conditions within the textile industry, still unchanged today, and of the revolutionary potential of the textile workers in countering such abuse are thematised by
Judith Raum. Presented in the exhibition, her research project “disestablish” takes the first weavers’ uprisings in fourteenth-century northern Italy as its point of departure and shows the textile to be a carrier material of social conflicts, with the artist using banners made of textile material to make this point.
The collaboration of Ines Doujak and John Barker in the form of the longstanding and still ongoing research project “LOOMSHUTTLES/WARPATHS” likewise examines the complex relations among fabric, clothing, and colonialism starting with the early forms of global capitalism. On the evening of the exhibition opening, shirts from the artists’ Haute Couture collection accompanying the project will be presented for sale as part of their exhibition presence. The shirts themselves represent a visualization of the the tight job-order calculations at the expense of safety precautions for the sewers employed at the textile mills.
Against this content-focused backdrop of the presented works, which particularly reflects on processes of production, “wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles” compiles a further variety of selected artworks that present a reflexive spectrum of textile use ranging between tangible material, meaning-laden medium, technique, and idea. The works of art thus embody the general fragility of the material, attempt mediatic translations, and confirm their enduring fascination, including extraordinary positions by Heidi Bucher, Sheila Hicks, Helena Huneke, and Ingrid Wiener.
Curated by Christian Egger

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NEWNEW. Shinro Ohtake. edition.nord

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, design, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, Japan, video on August 31st, 2015
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The official catalogue of Shinro Ohtake’s exhibition held at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, 2013.
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As the title suggests, “NEWNEW” consisted of only new, recent and never-exhibited works by the artist, deliberately placed throughout the museum to make the most of its unique locational environment and architectural structure.
The exhibited works included installations such as “MON CHERI: A Self-Portrait as a Scrapped Shed,” his contribution to Documenta 13, in addition to large-scale sculptures, collages, oil paintings, oversize drawings and small Gouache paintings on paper.
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The catalogue consists of separate sheets, leaflets and a DVD, tied together with a paper faster that is also detachable. Sorted according to their techniques or where they were exhibited, the works are reproduced either in the books or on the sheets. The DVD contains a video documentation of the exhibition from a visitor’s perspective, beginning from a front view of the museum to the deep end of its exhibition rooms.
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Larger than A3 in size, each of the eight sheets documents a different large-scale installation by the artist. With the front side covered by a full-bleed photo showing a whole picture of the work, they could be hung on a wall as a poster, while the back side shows details of the work and informs of other related works along with their captions. The three leaflets are formatted in different sizes; two feature image-based works (oil paintings / collages and drawings) and the other contains texts and reference data.

Printed and bound in Japan

 

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The Calabash Show. Nos:books. Shen Shen Books. Waterfall. Motto Berlin

Posted in exhibitions, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store on August 4th, 2015
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Two independent publishers from Taiwan, Shen Shen Books and nos:books, have arrived in Berlin to showcase their exceptional works and publications at “The Calabash Show”, to take place at Motto Berlin from July 31 to August 30.

At The Calabash Show, the two publishers come to Berlin together with several of their artists. The show takes inspiration from an ancient mythical story about people entering the calabash for one day for spiritual practice. They left the calabash after many ordeals, without achieving immortality. When returned to the real world, one year had passed. At Motto Berlin,  the two mortal publishers and their artists present their latest works and publications, and share their thoughts behind the many ordeals of art and publishing.

Participating artists include Chihoi, Eva Lin, Ling Yu Tai, Pei Yu Shen, Son Ni and Ting Cheng.

The show is supported by the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan, and The Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong SAR.

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