Erik Steinbrecher. CANDY MAN

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©​ 2011 for the reproduced works the artist
Published by argobooks
Choriner Straße 57, 10435 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 78706994

ISBN: 978-3-942700-14-6
Printed in Germany

D 10€


Nightmare Express. Hagel. Lubok Verlag

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Nightmare Express – Hagel

Published by Lubok Verlag

42 pages
21 colored lino cuts and individual hand-colored cover
limited and numbered edition of 300 copies

D 39€


Aural Marks. Swill Children

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Aural Marks

Swill Children is pleased to announce the releases of _ Quarterly issues 5 + 6, entitled Aural Marks.

Issue 5 features writing regarding musical notation from Jason Diamond, Lewis Kopenhafer, Justin Sloane, and Jesse Hlebo. As well as a mixture of appropriated imagery culled from NY and LA public library’s.

Issue 6 is a four print series collaboration with NYC based publication Showpaper and features newly commissioned work from Grant Willing, Katja Mater, Arthur Ou, and Borden Capalino.

Edition of 500
Risograph on Colored Paper and Envelope

Edition of 500
Four Offset Prints on Newsprint

D 20 €

Frankenstein. Mary Shelley. Lubok Verlag

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Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus- Mary Shelley

“He would hope that, left to itself, the slight spark of life which he had communicated would fade; that this thing, which had received such imperfect animation, would subside into dead matter; and he might sleep in the belief that the silence of the grave would quench for ever the transient existence of the hideous corpse which he had looked upon as the cradle of life. He sleeps; but he is awakened; he opens his eyes; behold the horrid thing stands at his bedside, opening his curtains, and looking on him with yellow, watery, but speculative eyes.”

Text in English and German

Designed by jungundwenig, Berlin
Published by Lubok Verlag, Leipzig

D 49€


Tokyo Tokyo. Wassik Lundgren. Kodoji Press. Artbeat Publishers

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Tokyo Tokyo. Wassik Lundgren
published by Kodoji Press, Artbeat Publishers

D 32€

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Curtain Show. Eastside Projects

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store on February 26th, 2011
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Curtain Show, Various Artists. Eastside Projects

Curtain Show revolves around Lilly Reich’s Silk and Velvet Café at the Women’s Fashion Exhibition in Berlin, in 1927. The trade fairs of the 19th century and early 20th century were places of great innovation in the fields of art and design, and a phenomenal example is Reich’s ‘Café’; but they were also inevitably sites of alliance between political power and design. Reich’s bold exposition of gold and silver silk and black, orange and red velvet draped over chromed-steel tubular frames created a maze of spaces in which visitors and traders were enveloped in a pioneering example of a temporary environment formed by the content of the exhibition. Starting from the installation’s complex spatial position and ambiguous political one, Curtain Show unfolds this dual role as curtains form background and foreground in a meeting of curtain works.

Includes texts by Tacita Dean, Céline Condorelli and Gavin Wade, Hannah James and the script to Ines Schaber’s ‘Diabolic Tenant’, alongside frames of reference for Curtain Show from fields of architecture and design.

Designed by James Langdon
410 x 290 mm, 32 pp., b/w, pink, yellow and grey newspaper

D 5€


POTS PURR Part II, Hannah James.

Preview: 26.02.2011, 7 – 9pm

The obstacle of distance and dislocation of site are consistent with James’ interest in unknown locations within her work, unfamiliar and unidentified to the audience. Constructed space is used by the artist within pots purr as a way of raising these concerns.

Analogue film, such as 35mm slide photography and 16mm film, use James’ sculptural works as their muses, reproducing and representing these structures as projected or printed image. Through this, a sculptural dialogue is enabled between works; a textural and visceral language formed.

pots purr is concerned with the experience of an artwork, wanting to describe the practice of actively engaging with an object.

Chert Gallery, 26.02. – 26.03.2011

Horizonville. Yann Gross.

Posted in books, Motto Berlin store, photography on February 26th, 2011
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Horizonville by Yann Gross

As Joël Vacheron writes in this publication, “Yann Gross’ project could be compared to David Lynch’s “The Straight Story”: based on a real event, it relates the journey of a retired man driving miles on a miniature tractor to get to his dying brother’s bedside. Given the vehicle’s speed, the journey would take him nearly six weeks. However, this allowed him enough time to engage in a stoic contemplation of all the subtle nuances composing the landscapes he encountered on the way. For Lynch, this vague parody of the road movie genre was a means to sketch a humanist portrait of eccentric trajectories and of the suburbia of the American Dream. Far from the vast desolate territories of Iowa or Wisconsin, Lynch’s praise for slow motion inspired Yann Gross’ discovery of the Rhone Valley and its surroundings, the area at the foot of the Swiss Alps where the Rhone River originates. At the handlebars of his moped with his camera equipment on tow, Gross found the necessary autonomy to move around at the valley’s rhythm. Rather than following high-speed routes, Gross developed a specific approach inscribed by a slow pace.”

Through this patient exploration, Gross is able to approach marginal modes of existence such as the ones represented in this book, and produce a gaze that emphasizes elusive details that go unnoticed to the hasty viewer. “Horizonville” thus appears as a meticulous photographic investigation, an out-of-sync road movie that touches on the symbolic re-appropriation of a geographical site, the construction of an imaginary community as much as the re-reading of a cinematographic genre and its superseded codes.

Published by JRP/Ringier with the support of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

English / French
Softcover, 245 x 315 mm
74 pages

D 30€


Nero Magazine #25

Posted in architecture, art, magazines, Motto Berlin store, photography on February 26th, 2011


NERO Magazine #25: Winter 2010 / 2011

NERO is a quarterly magazine dealing with contemporary culture. Created in 2004, it has a circulation of 60.000 copies and is distributed widely in Europe and the US. The team behind NERO also works in curating, art direction and production of contemporary art events and exhibitions. The publishing department, under the name Produzioni NERO, works in the production of artist’s editions, alongside catalogues and books commissioned by museums, foundations and private collections

Francesco de Figueiredo
Luca Lo Pinto
Valerio Mannucci
Lorenzo Micheli Gigotti
Nicola Pecoraro

Giuseppe Mohrhoff

Luca Lo Pinto
Valerio Mannucci

Art Director
Nicola Pecoraro

Production Director
Francesco de Figueiredo

Published By
Produzioni Nero

D 10€


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Digital Folklore

Posted in art, books, collage, critique, design, graphic design, Motto Berlin store, writing on February 25th, 2011
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Digital Folklore

Edited by Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied
Designed by Manuel Buerger
Published by Merz & Solitude

Technical innovations shape only a small part of computer and network culture. It doesn’t matter much who invented the microprocessor, the mouse, TCP/IP or the World Wide Web; nor does it matter what ideas were behind these inventions. What matters is who uses them. Only when users start to express themselves with these technical innovations do they truly become relevant to culture at large.
Users’ endeavors, like glittering star backgrounds, photos of cute kittens and rainbow gradients, are mostly derided as kitsch or in the most extreme cases, postulated as the end of culture itself. In fact this evolving vernacular, created by users for users, is the most important, beautiful and misunderstood language of new media.
As the first book of its kind, this reader contains essays and projects investigating many different facets of Digital Folklore: online amateur culture, DIY electronics, dirtstyle, typo-nihilism, memes, teapots, penis enlargement …

D 34.50€


Alone, Desperate and Going Nowhere – Paul Haworth

Posted in art, books, distribution, literature, Uncategorized, writing on February 23rd, 2011
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Alone, Desperate and Going Nowhere – Paul Haworth

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.

Neon and doors – I’m dead, hell, we’re being pumped in by the dozen – I don’t belong here! – yes you do, sex fiend – to a tight passage – bundles of us trying to get out – bottle-necked against a tunnel of lights – the triple-X, neon and doors, passages to perdition – I shuffle with the masses – nearly there – I notice…a woman – or she notices me – our eyes meet, skinny, late thirties, she is squatting in a doorway, eating a burger, she speaks: “Do you have trouble with the ladies, sir?”

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.

Published by True True True
Edition of 1000
D 10€

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