Manifesta Journal # 11 – The Canon of Curating

Posted in art, critique, magazines, writing on May 30th, 2011

Manifesta Journal # 11 – 2010/2011 – Journal of contemporary curatorship

At the heart of MJ’s 11th issue, “The Canon of Curating,” lies the question on how the canon of curating is to be defined. If “a history of exhibitions” must be written what should its parameters be? In art history, the canon has been losing ground since the 1960s, when the study of “great artists” began to be replaced slowly by the study of the conditions surrounding artistic practice. This shift was also demonstrated by curators of the time. Nevertheless, within the practice of curating, the canon seems to occupy a noteworthy position—if only because some curators still feel the need to “curate outside the canon.” In the Historiography section, Bruce Altshuler explores the discussion and research around the complex establishment of an exhibition canon. Simon Sheikh notes in his contribution that it is important to keep the inclusionary and exclusionary mechanisms of a canon in mind and reconsider the writing of a history of the exhibition canon through ideas and concepts rather than events. In the Studies section, different scholars explore canonical exhibitions from the last century that took place in England, Italy, and Brazil: Elena Crippa investigates the curatorial strategies of the first International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936 at the New Burlington Galleries in London; Paola Nicolin explores the canon of exhibitions in Italy in 1967 and 1968; Inti Guerrero examines the 1998 anthropophagic São Paulo Biennial and its aftermath; and Francesca Franco directs our attention to the curatorial model of the Venice Biennale, focusing on the 1968 and 1974 editions. In an interview with Cristina Freire, Walter Zanini describes his anticanonical curatorial approach for the sixth Jovem Arte Contemporânea exhibition in Sao Pãolo. And in Positions, Bassam El Baroni proposes that a new universality should become the center of curatorial debates, and Jelena Vesić makes five comments on the canons of contemporaneity. MJ #11 includes contributions by Bruce Altshuler, Bassam El Baroni, Elena Crippa, Francesca Franco, Cristina Freire, Inti Guerrero, Milena Hoegsberg, Fieke Konijn, Olga Kopenkina, Paola Nicolin, Jean-Marc Poinsot, Simon Sheikh, Jelena Vesić, and Walter Zanini.

D 15 €


Sofía Abboud – A Cielo Abierto. Big Sur

Posted in books, photography on May 30th, 2011
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Sofía Abboud – A Cielo Abierto

Published by Big Sur, may 2011

D 10 €



Prix Fernand Baudin Prijs @ Pro qm. Sat. 28.05.2011

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Saturday, May 28 @ Pro qm. Start 7pm

Prix Fernand Baudin Prijs

Exhibition: 30. May – 18. June 2011

Pro qm is pleased to announce an exhibition with the Prix Fernand Baudin for the most beautiful books from Brussels and Wallonia 2010, opening on Saturday, May 28, 7-9pm. For two weeks, Pro qm will present the prize-winning books and eleven special versions of the accompanying catalogue.

The prize is conceived as a platform for the discussion of experimental strategies in publishing with a focus on the specific coherence of the interactions between the various creators of books: authors, artists, publishers, designers, and printers. This year’s jury included Alexis Zavialoff, Roland Früh, Felix Weigand, Markus Dreßen, Georges Charlier, Goele Dewanckel, Etienne Wynants and Bernard Marcelis.

The Fernand Baudin Prize has been initiated by designers, artists and teachers who work in the book world. The prize is supported by Brussels-Export, Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) and Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AWEX).

mono.kultur #27 – Ryan McGinley: Daydreaming

Posted in art, distribution, photography on May 27th, 2011

mono.kultur #27 – Ryan McGinley: Daydreaming

The American photographer Ryan McGinley features in the mono.kultur #27, Spring 2011 issue. McGinley’s colourful and vivid photographs capture the zeitgeist of a generation like no other. Celebrating the sweet and fleeting state of youth, his images are suffused with colour, light and energy. Naked kids climbing trees, running through the desert, rolling down hills, suspended in the air, diving into lakes, leaping through fireworks – there’s a lightness and carelessness and beauty to McGinley’s images that is utterly addictive. His powerful depictions of youth in the here and now are a raw and personal declaration of love to life with all its highs and lows.

The photographer was the youngest artist to exhibit at the prestigious Whitney Museum in New York and has been enjoying a stellar career, equally successful in the world of fine arts as with his commercial work that has won numerous awards.

In a refreshingly frank and honest conversation, Ryan McGinley talked with mono.kultur about his first 10 years of an astonishing career, his memories of the late Dash Snow and why every day is an adventure.

Interview by Martina Kix
Photography by Ryan McGinley
Design by Eva Gonçalves & Kai von Rabenau

English / 15×20 cm / 44 Pages

D 5€
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Correspondencia # 1

Posted in art, distribution, photography, writing on May 27th, 2011

Correspondencia is a literary and arts magazine published twice a year in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
It’s content is 80 pages of images in color and 80 pages of texts in spanish and english.

Visual Dossiers
Mark Borthwick – Will Shine
Wolfgang Tillmans – Patagonia

Visual Fragments
Amit Berlowitz, Mathew Brady, Cedrick Eymenier, Kava Gorna, Alistair Hall, Gert Jonkers, Oskar Karlin, Nemanja Knezevic, Ana Armendariz, Luz Gianni, Mariana Higa, Fernando Mariani, Angeles Peña, Nahuel Vecino

Text Originals
Marcelo Gomes, Angela Hill, Cameron McKean, Harsh Patel, Javier Arroyuelo, Alejandro Cesarco, Edgardo Cozarinsky, María Gainza, Carmen Iriondo, Felisa Pinto, Máximo Tuja

Text Fragments
Kenneth Anger, Richard Brautigan, Jeff Buckley, Ralph Caplan, Francois Cheng, Clarice Lispector, Lucius Seneca, Rita Schnitzer, Walt Whitman, Domingo Sarmiento, Alfonsina Storni

Text Letters
Jacques Derrida, Francis Scott, Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ted Hughes, Jean-Jacques, Rousseau, Madame de Sévigné, Susan Sontag, Diana Vreeland, Oscar Wilde, Victoria Ocampo

Director – Juan Ignacio Moralejo
Design – Panorama

14cm x 19,5cm / 160 pages

D 18€

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Larry’s, Susanna Browne, Dirk Wright @ Motto Vancouver. 28.05.2011

Posted in events, Motto Vancouver store on May 25th, 2011
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Saturday, May 28 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Office Hours: Publications Launch

Larry’s se7en
Susanna Browne: Country War Songs
Dirk Wright: Taking Pictures

Motto Vancouver is pleased to present a reception for the release of three publications as part of the exhibition Office Hours

Susanna Browne: Country War Songs
Country War Songs compiles country songs produced in the wake of the events on 9/11 as an exposé into the poetics and politics of contemporary country music. Published by Publication Studio Vancouver. For more information see:

Dirk Wright: Taking Pictures
Taking Pictures is a collection of mobile phone photographs–images captured through a live streaming website over the course of a three hour window during which the the iPhone’s MMS encryption was hacked. Self published with an accompanying essay by Amy Zion.

Larry’s se7en
Published over the course of the Office Hours exhibition, the seventh edition of Larry’s will also be available. Larry’s se7en was produced by sending content from Berlin through Dropbox to a printer in Vancouver. This raw material, manipulated through a re-digitizationation process, was then edited to produce its final form specifically for the exhibition. Established in 2007 by Maxwell Simmer, Martin Thacker & Mathieu Malouf, Larry’s is a multi-platform publication and creative initiative of Art, Design & Lifestyle from Berlin, Germany. For more information see:

Motto Vancouver
555 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC

Ioana Nemes: Monthly Evaluations (Time Exposure), Jiri Svestka Gallery

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue, Motto Berlin store on May 25th, 2011
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Ioana Nemes: Monthly Evaluations (Time Exposure)

Published in conjunction with the eponymous solo exhibition of Ioana Nemes at Jiri Svestka Gallery in Prague, 2008.

Texts: Alina Serban, Stuart Aarsman
Art inside covers: Ion Grigorescu
Graphic Design: Anja Lutz

D 15€



GASTRONOMICA, The Journal of Food and Culture. Summer 2011 vol.11 #2

Posted in art, distribution, food, magazines, Motto Berlin store, Uncategorized, writing on May 24th, 2011

Gastronomica, The Journal of Food and Culture, Summer 2011 vol.11 #2

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Expect Anything Fear Nothing – The Situationist Movement in Scandinavia and Elsewhere. Edited by Mikkel Bolt & Jakob Jakobsen. Published by Nebula.

Posted in art, books, critique, distribution, history, Motto Berlin store, politics, Uncategorized, writing on May 23rd, 2011
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Expect Anything Fear Nothing, The Situationist Movement in Scandinavia and Elsewhere, Mikkel Bolt & Jakob Jakobsen

This volume is the first English-language presentation of the Scandinavian Situationists and their role in the Situationist movement. The Situationist movement was an international movement of artists, writers and thinkers that in the 1950s and 1960s tried to revolutionize the world through rejecting bourgeois art and critiquing the post-World War Two capitalist consumer society.

The book contains articles, conversations and statements by former members of the Situationists’ organisations as well as contemporary artists, activists, scholars and writers. While previous publications about the Situationist movement almost exclusively have focused on the contribution of the French section and in particular on the role of the Guy Debord this book aims to shed light on the activities of the Situationists active in places like Denmark, Sweden and Holland. The themes and stories chronicled include: The anarchist undertakings of the Drakabygget movement led by the rebel artists Jørgen Nash, Hardy Strid and Jens Jørgen Thorsen, the exhibition by the Situationist International “Destruction of RSG-6” in 1963 in Odense organised by the painter J.V. Martin in collaboration with Guy Debord, the journal The Situationist Times edited by Jacqueline de Jong, Asger Jorn’s political critique of natural science and the films of the Drakabygget movement.

Contributors: Peter Laugesen, Carl Nørrested, Fabian Tompsett, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, Jacqueline de Jong, Gordon Fazakerley, Hardy Strid, Karen Kurczynski, Stewart Home, Jakob Jakobsen.

The book was published in association with Autonomedia, New York.
288 pages + inserts

D 25€

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The Responsive Subject: from OOOOOO to FFFFFF. Published by FormContent.

Posted in art, books, critique, distribution, exhibition catalogue, Motto Berlin store, writing on May 23rd, 2011

The Responsive Subject: from OOOOOO to FFFFFF, FormContent.

With contributions by Guy Mees, Andrea Büttner, Michael Dean, Beatrice Gibson & Will Holder, Gyan Panchal, Ian Kiaer, João Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Andrew Renton, Nick Thurston, Nanni Balestrini, Ruth Höflich, Bridget Penney, Tom Benson, Simone Menegoi, Philomene Pirecki and Shaan Syed Published by FormContent 17 May 2011

The Responsive Subject is a publication produced in relation to the homonymous exhibition that took place at MuZee (Ostend, BE) and that presented Belgium artist Guy Mees (1935—2003) in relation to works by Gyan Panchal, Ian Kiaer and João Gusmão & Pedro Paiva. FormContent decided to edit the book as a reader, inviting different contributors and asking them to look back at their own practice through a free respond to Mees’ work. In the book, a.o., Andrea Büttner, Michael Dean, Beatrice Gibson & Will Holder, Andrew Renton, Nanni Balestrini, Ruth Höflich, Bridget Penney, Tom Benson, Simone Menegoi, Philomene Pirecki and Shaan Syed. 

D 18€


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