Set Amsterdam – Dana Lixenberg – Roma Publications

Posted in architecture, books, Motto Berlin store, Motto Zürich store, photography on April 7th, 2011

For Set Amsterdam, Dana Lixenberg photographed dozens of Amsterdam locations featured in the Dutch drama series A’dam E.V.A. by Norbert ter Hall and Robert Alberdingk Thijm. Fascinated by the multitude and variety of places in the script, she decided to make a photo series of the city she left for New York more than twenty years ago: her birthplace, Amsterdam. With a text by Jurriaan Benschop. Design: Roger Willems



City People – Ringel Goslinga. Published by Roma Publications

Posted in books, Motto Berlin store, photography on April 7th, 2011

City People, Ringel Goslinga.
Published by Roma Publications.

City People is a personal encounter of Ringel Goslinga with the city he lives and works in: Amsterdam. For this project he documentated the different circles of his social surroundings. Resulting in 122 black and white portraits, made with a large fomat camera.

D 29.50€


Zeitgeist. Variations & Repetitions

Posted in art, distribution, literature, Motto Berlin store, writing on April 7th, 2011

Zeitgesit.Variations & Repetitions contains contributions by Ignasi Aballí, Adicciones porquesí, Javier Aramburu, Martí Anson, David Bestué / Marc Vives, Rafel G. Bianchi, Luís Bisbe, Luz Broto, Anne Collier, Fito Conesa, Creatures, Folch Studio, Ryan Gander, Dora García, Alex Gifreu, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rubén Grilo, Lilli Hartmann, Daniel Jacoby, Jeletón, Tamara Kuselman, Juan López, Martí Manen, Fran Meana, Jordi Mitjà, Mariona Moncunill, Jonathan Monk, Julia Montilla, Carme Nogueira, Miguel Noguera, Antonio Ortega, Tania Pardo, Gabriel Pericàs, Jack Pierson, Carles Ponsí, Job Ramos, María Ramió, Tere Recarens, Alex Reynolds, Xavier Ristol, Francesc Ruiz, Saladestar, Joan Saló, Dean Sameshima, Jorge Satorre, Manuel Segade, Gail Thacker, Ignacio Uriarte, Andrea Valdés, Azucena Vieites, Oriol Vilanova, Martín Vitaliti and Alicia Yáñez.

Available for distribution.



It’s Nice That – Issue #5

Posted in art, distribution, graphic design, illustration, magazines, Motto Berlin store, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, typography, writing on April 6th, 2011

The fifth issue of our magazine, released on 17 March 2011 includes 128 pages of advertising-free content, documenting the best of the work recently featured on the site, alongside a series of never previously published interviews and features with, and by, current practitioners.

Content includes features written by Adrian Shaughnessy, Tony Hayward, Trevor Jackson and Justin Taylor; a visual feature by Letman and Qiu Yang; and interviews with Erwin Wurm, Matt Pyke, Isabella Rozendaal, Wilford Barrington and Rob Ryan.

128 pages, 27.5 x 21 cm



Dondoro, Estelle Hanania

Posted in distribution, Japan, Motto Berlin store, photography, Uncategorized, zines on April 6th, 2011

Dondoro is a photographic work born from the collaboration between Estelle Hanania and the famous Japanese puppet master Hoichi Okamoto.
Enigmatic creator who lived alone in the Japanese countryside near Nagano, he created hundreds of puppets for his own performances. He archived all his puppets since the late 1970s. When Hoichi Okamoto used to slip behind one of its human-sized puppets to animate it, a confused game began between the master, the puppet and the photographer.
As usual with Estelle Hanania’s work, Dondoro leads the spectator in a world where human figures constantly appear and disappear, in the magical world of a magical storyteller.



Beyond the Dust – Artists’ Documents Today

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, Motto Berlin store, photography, sculpture, writing on April 6th, 2011

Book edited and produced by Roma Publications for Beyond the Dust – Artists’ Documents Today; an international group exhibition project curated by Francesca di Nardo and Lorenzo Benedetti, presenting twelve artists.


Why are you doing this? -1

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, photography, zines on April 5th, 2011

Regular publication focused on contemporary photography.
First issue features works of:

Frances Malthouse
Nastya Divo
Egor Sofronov
Hanna Terese Nilsson
Bruno Zhu
Ilya Smirnov
Dasha Borisenko
Antonio Bibastar
Yang Chuen Huei
Marat Beltser
Rita Luis
Grzegorz Kielawski
Alphan Nukan
Cedric Fargues
Max Pitegoff



Paul Haworth & Sam de Groot. TRUE TRUE TRUE @ Motto Berlin. 2.4.2011

Posted in art, distribution, events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store, poetry, writing on April 2nd, 2011

Alone, Desperate and Going Nowhere
A novel by Paul Haworth
Published by TRUE TRUE TRUE

Berlin launch at Motto Berlin
Saturday 2 April 2011, 6–8pm
7.30pm: hip-hop performance by Paul Haworth & Sam de Groot, featuring special guest Kasia Fudakowski

Alex ‘Abs’ Brenchley is back. The seven-foot tragedy opens the sequel to Silk Handkerchiefs with the words “2008 was the worst year of my life.” This is the story of that year.

Her tongue – foraging a path through my skull – she’s lost in sweet Abstacy – all thine energy and concentration directed towards staying upright – tantalisingly she nibbles my chin – I rest, my consciousness falters – her naughty hands all over the shop – just need a little TO is all – but, oh my – feel numb and can’t fully appreciate – the sensations – past the belt-line – clutching my butt-cheeks – resting on her shoulder, drift off – come back around as I feel… – a sturdy finger penetrates my arse – the annulus is in my anus! – and two – frantically fingering my tradesman’s – I fall back to sleep – until – a massaging of my balls and P is still soft and doughy – what gives? – the diet pills have stolen my wood! – and her wide, excavating tongue returns to forage deep, deep, deep inside my throat and I can’t take it…bileous…no more…have to stop, I’m about to – puke! – I swing back – she gasps in ecstasy – puke! – I run—

Alone, Desperate and Going Nowhere sweeps our hyper-emotional hero across England, into the depths of despair and deranged behaviour, towards a mythical destination – The Lady Field – a fabled area of Hampstead Heath where it isn’t just men who are cruising. Carnforth yobs,Sex and the City: The Movie, dogging fanatics, Christian Slater, Community Support Officers and the Page Street Gang – these are just some of the forces Alex is up against as he seeks to find the manhood, absolution and purpose in life that will empower him to win the love of Trevoreesia, his Absqueen.

All the while, the economy is collapsing – “My life had been in crisis for so long and now the world was catching up,” observes Alex – and the soundtrack to this far-gone era is Take That’s cruel taunt: THIS COULD BE THE GREATEST DAY OF OUR LIVES. Does that day come for Alex Brenchley or will he remain, always and forever, Alone, Desperate and Going Nowhere?

Mixing Cockney, teen lingo, Victorian slang and inventive wordplay, Haworth’s colourful style makes for an exhilarating and addictive read. This is the second part in a trilogy of comedic novels about Alex Brenchley.

Paul Haworth (Lancaster, 1982) is the author of Silk Handkerchiefs and Andy de Fiets: Letter to Robin Kinross (written with Sam de Groot), both published in 2009 by TRUE TRUE TRUE, Amsterdam. Active also in hip-hop, painting and radio, Paul has recently participated in exhibitions and performances at the Barbican Art Gallery (London), Contemporary Art Center (Vilnius), SMBA (Amsterdam) and Motto (Berlin). He studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art (Oxford) and De Ateliers (Amsterdam).

Published February 2011 by TRUE TRUE TRUE
18 × 11 cm, 128 pages, €10
ISBN 978-94-90006-03-7

Translated By – Charles Arsène-Henry and Shumon Basar (Eds.)

Posted in art, books, literature, Motto Berlin store, writing on March 31st, 2011
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Translated By – Charles Arsène-Henry and Shumon Basar (Eds.)

Douglas Coupland, Rana Dasgupta, Hu Fang, Julien Gracq, Jonathan Letham, Tom McCarthy, Guy Mannes Abbott, Sophia Al Maria, Hisham Matar, Adania Shibli, Neal Stephenson

Translated By accompanies the exhibition at the AA, which gathers eleven literary writers and eleven literary-places and subjects these to an act of immaterial translation: via the voice. The stories run through Ramallah, recollect turn of the century Sofia, remember the space-ship looking-Sheraton Hotel in Doha, wander through the ‘Metaverse’ and end at the end of the world in West Vancouver. Each of the authors invent or interpret place. Mundane, marginal, infamous, impossible. Together, the texts create a strange and beautiful territory that traverses distance and time. Includes essays by Charles Arsène-Henry and Shumon Basar.

February 2011
10.5 x 17.5 cm, 144 pages, b/w, softcover
ISBN 978-1-907414-17-6
Published by Bedford Press

D 11.50 €

German Parliaments. Linda Pollack. Edition Solitude

Posted in architecture, distribution, Motto Berlin store, Motto Vancouver store, Motto Zürich store, photography, Uncategorized on March 31st, 2011
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German Parliaments. Linda Pollack
Edition Solitude, 1997.
(2 books)

D 10€