frieze d/e #5

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, writing on May 30th, 2012

frieze d/e #5 – Sommer / Summer 2012

Frieze d/e is a fully bilingual German/English magazine with its own editorial team and independent content. d/e stands for ‘Deutsch’ and ‘English.’ With editing and production based in Berlin, the new magazine offers in-depth coverage of contemporary art and culture throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland while closely following the international artist communities in this region.

Collaborators issue 5:
Jennifer Allen, Dominikus Müller, Jan Verwoert, Simon Rees, Barbara Preisig, Geeta Dayal, Kito Nedo, Carla Accardi, Metahaven, Andreas Schlaegel, Pablo Larios, Luca Cerizza, Michael Riedel, Raphael Gygax, Christy Lange

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San Rocco 04/ abstract

Posted in architecture, distribution, writing on May 30th, 2012

San Rocco 04/ abstract

Contemporary architecture is generally presented with the phrase “My concept is . . . ”, in which the blank is filled in by some sort of notion: “My concept is freedom”, “My concept is the iPad”, “My concept is the Big Bang”, “My concept is democracy”, “My concept is panda bears”, “My concept
is M&M’s”. This statement is then followed by a PowerPoint presentation that begins with M&M’s and ends with round, pink bungalows on paradisiacal Malaysian beaches. According to concepts, to design is to find what buildings are: an ontology for dummies that turns banality into spectacle. Thus, the library is the books, the stadium is the muscles, the promenade is the beach, the aquarium is the fish, the swimming pool is the water and grandmother’s garage is grandmother.
Concepts protect us from running the risk of engaging with form. Why should we bother with form when we have an idea? Why waste time seeking beauty when we can claim that we are solving problems? Why think when we can happily sit around a table and do some brainstorming? Why take the pains to learn something when we can shout “Eureka!” in your face?
Anyhow, it is possible to escape from this selbstverschuldete Minderheit. Complexity exists, in re, in context. Cities and territories are here, and it is possible to understand them!

D 15€

cura. #11

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, writing on May 30th, 2012

CURA. No.11

Portraits in the Exhibition Space
Arnold Bode and the Perfect Combination of History,
Environment and Contemporary
by lorenzo benedetti

SPACES – Study Cases
Chapt. 2 – Emily Pethick / THE SHOWROOM London
by vincent honoré

On the Work and Role Play of Graphic Designers
by adam carr

Asier Mendizábal and the Enigma of Ideology
by josé luis corazón ardura

Only Politically-Oriented
Pop Art Painting?
by raimar stange

Mark Manders
by maria barnas

Written Associative Performances
a project by DINA DANISH
curated by post brothers

Quadratisch. Praktisch. Gut.
by riccardo previdi

Jamie Shovlin: Artist’s Pages
text by martin holman

Fantasy or fear? In Conversation with Caroline Achaintre
by gavin wade

Possibilities and Fantasies of the
Forgotten and Fetish Object.
In Conversation with Anna Franceschini
by ilaria gianni

a project by

In Conversation with VALERIE STEELE
by dobrila denegri

Avital Geva’s Conceptual
Experiment with Books and Space
by ory dessau

edited by sara feola

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Fillip 16 & Olaf Nicolai @ Motto Berlin. 30.05.2012

Posted in art, events, magazines, Motto Berlin event on May 25th, 2012

Fillip 16: Berlin Launch
May 30, 2012, from 7 pm

Fillip and Motto Berlin are pleased to present a special launch event for the sixteenth issue of Fillip magazine with contributing artist Olaf Nicolai, writer Patricia Reed, and Fillip Associate Editor Antonia Hirsch.

Colour is a major factor in a magazine’s “shelf appeal” and Fillip magazine, though a publication more aligned with academic journals, has more than a few times been advised to “go colour” in order to facilitate a larger sales volume. Olaf Nicolai’s project for our new issue, 2500 × Fillip 16, subverts this market pressure by causing the magazine to be printed in colour—yet this application of colour is undelineated and flows across the spectrum of the rainbow as well as across the page regardless of the printed content. The printing technique used to achieve this effect is called split fountain printing; with a history that stretches back to the inception of the art of printmaking, it gained renewed currency in the 1960s and ’70s as a method to introduce colour in printed material without having to go through the expensive four-plate colour process. With its evocative, quasi-psychedelic effect, the technique was particularly popular in a countercultural context.

Olaf Nicolai’s project for the Intangible Economies series extends the artist’s existing research interests, previously explored in such works as Warum frauen gerne stoffe kaufen, die sich gut anfuehlen (Why women like to buy fabric that feels good to the touch) (2011), and Considering a Multiplicity of Appearances in Light of a Particular Aspect of Relevance. Or: Can Art Be Concrete? (ongoing in varying formats since 2006). These works consider the role of colour as an agent to activate affect as a consumer incentive. Nicolai’s project for Fillip 16 also represents another instance of the artist’s ongoing infatuation with print media in general through which he consistently mobilizes production techniques in order to articulate conceptual concerns. The printing technique used in 2500 × Fillip 16 causes each single copy of Fillip magazine’s sixteenth issue to become a unique original as no printed copy is exactly like the other. Accordingly, the affective power of colour in relation to consumer behaviour is complicated by questions of value and circulation vis- à-vis the unique art object.

Copies of the new issue will be available at the launch, as will Olaf Nicolai’s new Irisdruck edition, Fillip Poster One and Two, produced in tandem with Fillip 16.


Olaf Nicolai is an artist who lives and works in Berlin. His work has been exhibited at documenta X, the Sydney Biennale, and the 51st Venice Biennale, as well as at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, among others.

Antonia Hirsch is Associate Editor at Fillip.

Ritual Without Myth. Royal College of Art.

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue on May 25th, 2012
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Ritual Without Myth. Royal College of Art.

Designed by Rustan Söderling and edited by Lily Hall and Laura Smith, the catalogue for Ritual without Myth features a series of short essays that contextualise the practice of the artists in the exhibition, and provide insight into their diverse approaches to ritual, as well as their embodiment and subversion of dominant myths.

Interspersed throughout the catalogue, a visual essay expands upon these written narratives through a series of images and quotations, including images from the Warburg Institute’s Photographic Collection, London, that reinforce and open out existing connections between the exhibited works.

The catalogue is accompanied by a full-colour insert with photographic documentation of the exhibition.

Printed by Art Quarters Press, the Ritual without Myth catalogue is printed on Cyclus Offset 100% recycled paper manufactured from 100% de-inked waste at Dalum mill.

Pages: 96
ISBN: 978-1-907342-31-8

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Motto Charlottenborg official opening. 24.05.2012

Posted in art, events, Motto Charlottenborg event on May 23rd, 2012

Motto Charlottenborg official opening, May 24th 2012

The official opening of Motto Charlottenborg bookshop acompanies the opening reception for Christina Mackie and Thomas Kilpper’s shows at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Motto @ Charlottenborg
Nyhavn 2
1051 Copenhagen K

THIS IS NOT MY WIFE. Erik van der Weijde. Rollo Press / 4478 Zine.

Posted in books, distribution, photography on May 21st, 2012
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THIS IS NOT MY WIFE. Erik van der Weijde. Rollo Press / 4478 Zine.

First edition published by Rollo Press and 4478 Zine.

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A Statue Has Remembered Me. Yorgos Sapountzis. Sternberg Press.

Posted in art, books, writing on May 21st, 2012
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A Statue Has Remembered Me. Yorgos Sapountzis. Sternberg Press.

This catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition Videos and Picnic by Yorgos Sapountzis in the Ursula Blickle Foundation, May 20-July 8, 2012 and The Gadfly Festival at Westfälischer Kunstverein June 16-September 2, 2012.

With texts by Rosalyn Deutsche, Chris Kraus, Veit Loers and Katja Schroeder as well as an interview by Willem de Rooij with Yorgos Sapountzis.

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Journal of Aesthetics & Protest @ Motto Vancouver. 26.05.2012

Posted in events on May 21st, 2012

Journal of Aesthetics & Protest @ Motto Vancouver
Saturday, May 26, 2012
from 8pm

Art in the Service of Revolution (or vice versa, or neither) featuring readings from the new issue by: Jaleh Mansoor, Ron Sakolsky, and Gabriel Saloman.

Walk, with us, along the lines between aesthetic invention and revolution. Listen as three outstanding writer/historian/thinkers present, through the situations
war, discrimination, oppression, environmental destruction the blossoming of human creativity to confront that BS (or not) Gay Liberation, Palestine, Earth First, Surrealism, IWW, Radical Faeries,Pasolini and many more.

About the Writers:
Jaleh Mansoor completed her PhD at Columbia University in 2007. She has taught at SUNY Purchase, Barnard College, Columbia University, and Ohio University before coming to the University of British Columbia. Having worked on materialist abstraction in the context of Marshall Plan Italy, she is interested in complicating the discourse on abstraction, totality, universality, labor, and mere life in contemporaneity. Her areas of teaching and research include modernism, critical theory, historiography, and critical curatorial studies. She works as a critic for Artforum and is a frequent contributor to October, Texte Zur Kunst, and, more recently, The Journal of Aethestics and Protest. Mansoor wishes to occupy and dilate the relationship (and tension) between activism and scholarship.

Ron Sakolsky is a radical writer/activist whose twenty-first century books are: Surrealist Subversions ( Autonomedia, 2002 ); Creating Anarchy (Fifth Estate, 2005); Swift Winds (Eberhardt, 2009 ). Most recently, along with Andrea Langlois and Marian van der Zon, he co-edited, Islands of Resistance:Pirate Radio in Canada ( New Star, 2010). He lives on Denman Island in British Columbia where he combines writing prose, poetry and fiction with pirate radio broadcasting, deejaying community dances, creating surrealist-inspired sound collages with a trio known as Sonarchy, pitching in at a potato co-op, and involving himself in a direct action campaign against a proposed coal mine on nearby Vancouver Island.

Gabriel Mindel Saloman -is an American born artist living and working in Vancouver, BC. As a musician he has spent nearly a decade touring internationally and has released well over 50 recordings as a part of the experimental music group Yellow Swans. Simultaneously he has collaborated in a variety of relational artworks, most notably with Red76. Recent projects include the Lower Mainland Painting Co. – a group of artists researching and engaging in questions of Art, Labour and Art Labourers; and The STAG – a gallery run out of the Vancouver home of he and his partner Aja Rose Bond. Saloman is currently pursuing his MFA at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts where he is seeking to explicitly merge the trajectories of his work in Sound and Social Practices, demonstrating that the resistant potential of noise can be brought to a critical state of praxis.

About the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest
The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest is a Los Angeles and Leipzig Germany based collective. Our magazine spills out at the discursive juncture of fine art, media theory and activism. We sculpt projects that challenge hegemony’s representations (of knowledge, art, activism) or which spark situations of community-based change or creation. We work collaboratively with individuals and collectives on several continents. We are interested in a fair, just, equitable, sustainable and fun world.

Gastronomica #12:2

Posted in food, magazines, writing on May 21st, 2012

Gastronomica #12:2

Combining a keen appreciation for the pleasures and aesthetics of food with the latest in food studies, Gastronomica is a vital forum for ideas, discussion, and thoughtful reflection on the history, literature, representation, and cultural impact of food. In each issue you’ll find provocative analyses, including the latest interdisciplinary research from noted scholars that considers the relationship between food and culture throughout the world. From news to techniques, design to reviews, poetry to prose, Gastronomica presents a mix of articles and features by culinary professionals, historians, architects, photographers, poets, artists, and others, and you can expect sumptuous images depicting the richness and vibrancy of food and our joy in preparing and consuming it.

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