Versuch No. 1: Notes and Projects

Posted in art, books, distribution, literature, Motto Berlin store, writing on April 28th, 2011

Versuch No. 1: Notes and Projects

Edited by Gil Leung, Notes and Projects is about making something because you love something else. In light of this, the first chapter of Versuch is on forms of notation that use preexisting things, for example quotes or other objects, to try to articulate, or just share, that indeterminate quality that can make something so important to us.

Contributors include:
Jesse Ash, Ed Atkins, Andrea Büttner, David Raymond Conroy, Jesse Aron Green, Pablo Lafuente, Liang & Liang, Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle, Charlotte Moth, Francesco Pedraglio, Colin Perry, Heather Phillipson, Paul Pieroni, Hannah Rickards, Alexandre Singh, Luke Skrebowski, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Jesper List Thomsen

Published by VERSUCH, London in 2011
Designed by Bev Weaner
109 pages

D 12€


Fotograf #16, Photography and Painting

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, painting, photography on April 26th, 2011
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Fotograf #16 Photography and Painting

This issue of Fotograf broaches subject photography and painting, asking questions such as what is the actual bond between photographs and paintings, and how does photography differ from its much older partner?
With an introduction by Zdena Kolečková and Michal Koleček, and profiles and reviews of over 20 artists. Edited by Pavel Baňka.

D 16€


Mutující Médium / Mutating Medium, Exhibition Catalogue, Galerie Rudolfinum

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue, Motto Berlin store, Motto Zürich store, photography, writing on April 26th, 2011
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Mutující médium/Mutating Medium Exhibition Catalogue

In co-operation with Galerie Rudolfinum and Fotograf magazine

Exhibition catalogue
Czech with English resume
149 pages

Author of the texts / exhibition curator: Pavel Vančát
Graphic design: Markéta Kinterová
Editor: Pavel Baňka

D 28€


Oops Wrong Planet by Anouk De Clercq. Published by MER, Paper Kunsthalle

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, video on April 25th, 2011

Artist book Oops Wrong Planet by Anouk De Clercq, published by MER, Paper Kunsthalle in 2009.

Edited by Edwin Carels, Anouk De Clercq, Jan Knops, Landschip.
Bookdesign by Boy Vereecken and Kasia Korczak.

In English, French and Dutch.

D 20€

Little Joe #2

Posted in art, distribution, film, Motto Berlin store, Motto Zürich store, writing on April 25th, 2011
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A magazine about queers and cinema, mostly.

This issue’s cover film is Frank Ripploh’s autobiographical Taxi Zum Klo (1980), an extraordinary debut chronicling his dual life as Berlin schoolteacher and sex “hunter” which he discusses in a fascinating, candid interview, translated and published here for the first time.
The issue also features a conversation between director John Waters and Tate Modern’s curator of film Stuart Comer; an interview with artists A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner about their sociosexual porn video, Community Action Center; an essay on the covertly queer film magazine Films and Filming; an essay on Parker Tyler, Myra Breckinridge and Mae West; John Cameron Mitchell’s Video Library; a specially commissioned short story about Sal Mineo by American poet and author Kevin Killian; and American poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum’s never-before-published talk on rarely seen Warhol epic Taylor Mead’s Ass.

94 pages, 139 x 210mm, Risograph printing. Edition of 1,000.
D 15€

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BLONDE by Nico Vascellari, Published by NERO

Posted in art, editions, Motto Berlin store, Motto Zürich store, photography on April 23rd, 2011

BLONDE, Nico Vascellari, Nero

Blonde is an artist’s book by Nico Vascellari, printed in 500 hand numbered copies + 33 multiples including an original work, numbered and signed by the artist. Published by NERO in collaboration with Hospital Productions.
Conceived both as a book and an artwork, Blonde is a collection of images from one of the artist’s personal archives: a selection of 200 press clippings titled “Blonde”. Each press clipping has been reproduced in its own original format on 80 gsm glossy paper, as ripped and collected by the artist over the last ten years. The whole collection, printed on unbound single sheets, is packaged in a black cardboard box, silkscreened and individually numbered.
The pages of this publication derive for the most part from fashion magazines. The iconographic theme of “the blonde” is represented obsessively. The sequence of the images is random, as is the selection of press clippings. This archive reflects the artist’s personal fetish for the image, in this case of blondes and their collective representation.
Nico Vascellari is considered one of the most important Italian artists of his generation. Coming out of the punk-hardcore scene, his work is a mix of visual art, performance and sound exploration.

Published by NERO

D 70€


A Stack of Books, by Triin Tamm. Published by Rollo Press

Posted in books, distribution, graphic design, literature, Motto Berlin store, Motto Zürich store on April 23rd, 2011
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A Stack of Books, as well as it is A Book of Stacks, edited and designed by Triin Tamm.
Published by Rollo Press as a contribution to the exhibition “If it’s part broke, half fix it.” at the CAC Vilnius, January 28 – March 13, 2011.

D 9€


HORIZONTE #3 – Journal for Architecture

Posted in architecture, critique, magazines, Motto Berlin store, writing on April 21st, 2011

HORIZONTE #3 – Journal for Architecture

“HORIZONTE – Journal for Architectural Discourse” is an interdisciplinary and collaborative effort of students from Weimar, the School of Architecture, the School of Design and the School of Media Studies and is an independent student organization.

Contributors #3:
Markus Miessen, Sandra Schramke, Something Fantastic, João Azougado, Jesko Fezer, Mirko Krause, Kristian Faschingeder, Ioanna Angelidou and Bernhard König.
Interviews with Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley, David van Severen von OFFICE KGDVS, Luis Callejas von Paisajes Emergentes and Peter Grundmann.
Projects from nonconform, BeL + studio uc, H Arquitectes and Rui Mendes.

D 8.50€

Waldemar Cordeiro & Franz Mon, Ludlow 38 & Spector Books

Posted in art, books, distribution, Motto Berlin store, writing on April 21st, 2011
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Waldemar Cordeiro & Franz Mon, Ludlow 38 & Spector Books

The publication presents selected works from two pioneers of Concrete Art and Poetry, Waldemar Cordeiro (1925-1973) from Brazil and Franz Mon (1926) from Germany. The exhibited pieces reach from the mid-1960’s to the present and combine sculpture, collage, and computer printouts with typewriter text and sound work. With a mutual interest in the deconstruction of the photographic image, language and typography, the work of both artists oftentimes follows rigid concepts. Attributes of Concrete Art such as the structural focus on materials and processes, the appropriation of constructivist language, and the search for the general reduction of expressive means emanate from their practice. Logic and rationality became a founding principle of The Ruptura Group, which Cordeiro was involved with in the São Paulo of the 1950’s. Similar characteristics can also be found in the work of Mon who says that “Concrete Poetry for me is poetry of principles, there is a principle you invent and then you carry that through, whatever happens.” Differences and analogies epitomize the engaged and experimental approach to art that reflects the two artists interest in the development of technology, politics and civil society during the second half of the XX and the early XXI century.

Published by Spector Books and MINI / Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38

48 pages
Design by HIT Berlin/ London
Ed. Tobi Maier
Leipzig / New York 2011

D 10€

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Crushed, Jason Fulford, J & L Books

Posted in books, Motto Berlin store, photography on April 20th, 2011
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Crushed by Jason Fulford

Crushed is Jason Fulford’s second book. This selection of color photographs was inspired by the contrasting simultaneous feelings of sadness and humor. One interpretation being that beauty and humor can be both an antidote and necessary companion to melancholy. The pictures were taken from 1997 to 2001 in the United States, Canada, France, Hungary, India, Iceland, China and Romania.

96 pages, full color, hardcover, 7″ x 9″

D 25€