[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

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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Verlag Lutz Wohlrab at MOTTO Berlin. 10.01.2015

Posted in books, Chert, events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store on January 5th, 2015


Verlag Lutz Wohlrab at MOTTO Berlin. 10.01.2015
from 6pm

Despite being illegal in the DDR when formed, Lutz Wohlrab have been publishing titles since the mid-1980s. In 2009, the release of the Robert Rehfeldt book was a significant point for the publishing house. Considered the most important German Mail Aritst, Robert Rehfeldt was central in connecting the East and the West from his East Berlin home. The book celebrates his life and work up to his death in 1993. Along with books, Lutz Wohlrab publish editions and films that focus on Mail Artists, including Oskar Manigk, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, HR Fricker, Klaus Staeck, Martin Berhardt, Endre Tót, John Held Jr., Carl Chew and many others. Of particular note is the 2012 edition celebrating 50 Years of Mail Art.


Lutz Wohlrab ist seit Mitte der 1980er Jahre verlegerisch tätig, damals noch illegal in der DDR. Mit dem Buch über Robert Rehfeldt von 2009 intensivierte er diese Arbeit. Robert Rehfeldt erhob den Briefverkehr zur Kunst und war Schaltstelle zwischen Künstlern in Ost und West. Von Ost-Berlin aus wurde er der wichtigste deutsche Mail Artist. Das Buch würdigt Leben und Werk des 1993 Verstorbenen. Lutz Wohlrab gibt neben Büchern auch Editionen und Filme heraus, die sich auf Künstler der Mail Art konzentrieren. Dazu gehören Oskar Manigk, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, H.R. Fricker, Klaus Staeck, Martin Bernhardt, Endre Tót, John Held jr., Carl Chew und viele andere. Besonders hervorzuheben ist das Assembling zum Jubiläum “50 Years of Correspondence/Mail Art” von 2012.

10.01.2015 at 7pm at MOTTO Berlin in conjunction with the openings of HOME ARCHIVES: Paulo Bruscky & Robert Rehfeldt’s Mail Art Exchanges from East Berlin to South America and SIGNS FICTION, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt at Chert Gallery.

Lee Gamble Album Launch and Talk @ Motto Berlin. 25.09.2014.

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, music on September 22nd, 2014
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KOCH album launch / In conversation with Lee Gamble & Lisa Blanning.

Please join us in celebrating the release of Lee Gamble’s new album KOCH, his second for the illustrious record label, PAN. Lee will also discuss his work with music Journalist, Lisa Blanning (The Fader, Electronic Beats).

Sharing some stylistic affinity with his previous records, which excavated his deeply personal history with UK jungle and rave, and techno, this new work dives even deeper to reveal a singu- lar and intimate musical vantage point, shifting to approaching music as projection, state, hallucination, an other place. In ‘KOCH’, we experience an artist constructing a future after time spent deconstructing the past.

Thursday 25th September, 19.30 – 22.00.

Motto Berlin
im Hinterhof
Skalitzerstr. 68
10997 Berlin

Stoikerinnen. Kasia Fudakowski. Apparent Extent

Posted in art, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store, Paul Haworth, performance on September 1st, 2014
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Stoikerinnen. Kasia Fudakowski. 

This record is part of the exhibition ‘Stoikerinnen\’ by Kasia Fudakowski, June 14 – September 19, 2014 at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, curated by Anna Sabrina Schmid.

Music sampled with kind permission from ‘Don’t Split Valley and Hill’ by Tobias Levin and Volker Zander. Recorded at Electric Avenue Studio, Westwerk e. V., Hamburg, 2014. Published by Apparent Extent and Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. All rights reserved.

Featuring Alexander Brenchley, Dorothy Feaver, Christopher Fillipini, Kasia Fudakowski, Sam de Groot, Paul Haworth, William Kherbek, Helen Marten, Ayumi Rahn, Anna Sabrina Schmid and Anna Szaflars


buy it

Bibliothèque d’un amateur. Richard Prince’s Publications 1981-2014 @ Motto Berlin 18.07.2014

Posted in art, books, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on July 17th, 2014
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Bibliothèque d’un amateur. Richard Prince’s Publications 1981-2014. book launch @ Motto Berlin 18.07.2014
start 7pm

Catalogue of the eponym’s exhibition at Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Spoleto, 23 June – 26 August 2012 and at &: Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris, 26 October – 20 December 2012
Edited by Christophe Daviet-Thery and Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié
Essays: “Do Androids Dream about Kindles” by Vincent Pécoil, “American/English” by Yann Sérandour
Bibliographical notes: Francine Delaigle
Design: Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié

This book is not a catalogue raisonné, it instead takes a look at the library of an amateur, an excuse to apprehend this aspect of Richard Prince’s work which encompasses books and the question of the collection and its incompleteness, revealed here by the ‘ghosts’ of the missing books.
Richard Prince is an avid collector of books, an obsessive one.
This fervor is visible in The Good Life or American/English, where he photographs covers of books from his collection, reducing the book to an image, a simple surface.

On the occasion of the book launch, a part of the project by Yann Sérandour, Printed exhibition: Bibliothèque d’un amateur. Richard Prince’s Publications 1981-2012, will be shown in the vitrines of Motto Berlin’s courtyard.

Title : Bibliothèque d’un amateur. Richard Prince’s Publications 1981-2014
Date : 2014
Format : 11,5 x 16 cm – 206 pages – softcover
Edition size : 1000 copies
Publishers : Viaindustriae – &: christophe daviet-thery

Releeeeease party of PEACOCKS WITH HICCUPS @ Motto Berlin. 25/5/2014.

Posted in Motto Berlin event, performance on May 22nd, 2014
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Releeeeease party of PEACOCKS WITH HICCUPS @ Motto Berlin

Sunny sunday afternoon releeeeease party of new issue of Poetic Series; PEACOCKS WITH HICCUPS
featuring poems by Luna Miguel, Catherine Wagner and Karl Holmqvist and drawings by Koo Jeong-A. There will be a bar and a spoken word reading by Karl Holmqvist so pleeeease swing by.

Sunday 25/05
4pm @ Motto Berlin

Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
Berlin 10997

Fraser Muggeridge @ Motto Berlin: Ken, Dom, Bob, Henri. 17.05.2014.

Posted in art, design, graphic design, Motto Berlin event, poetry, poster on May 14th, 2014
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Ken, Dom, Bob, Henri.

Fraser Muggeridge will discuss four typographic prints by four artists/designers that he has facsimiled, reprinted, re-appropriated, bootlegged.

Prints will be available on the night for purchase.

Fraser Muggeridge studio is a graphic design company based in Clerkenwell, London set up in 2001. Clients include: Art on the Underground, Book Works, Edinburgh Art Festival, Phaidon, Tate Publishing and Whitechapel Gallery. Fraser Muggeridge founded and is a tutor at Typography Summer School, a week-long programme of typographic study in London for recent graduates and professionals. He has co-edited, designed, published and contributed to many seminal books pertaining to publication design in recent years.


Saturday 17th May, 7pm start.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
Berlin 10997

Pop Up Press @ Motto Berlin. Zine release and Tattoo session. 10.05.2014.

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, zines on May 8th, 2014
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PopUp Press present new publications and posters, as well as a tattoo session featuring

Tony Weingartner

Diana Buraka

Bitch Ink


Gael Cleinow aka Hand Job Tattoo

Appointments are advised via popuppress(at)gmail.com.

Saturday 10th May, 14.00 start.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
Berlin 10997


WELCOME 2 KANADA. Alex Turgeon. Opening 26.04.2014 @ Motto Berlin

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event on April 19th, 2014
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Alex Turgeon. ‘WELCOME 2 KANADA’

“Don’t expect a turkey dog here”

Exhibition + Reading + Book Launch
from 7pm
reading @ 8pm