Our Group Wourk. Ziga Testen, Peter Rauch, Cornelia Durka.

Posted in books, design, distribution, graphic design, history, writing on September 28th, 2013
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Our Group Wourk, Ziga Testen, Peter Rauch, Cornelia Durka.

‘Work’, how does one spell it even? There is only one way to describe what we did during that time, which is ‘to make things ours’, to be upfront about the collectivity, about the conditions of our output. 

It was our group, and hence what we announced to be presented in the exhibition at SKC in 1979 on that poster became part of our wourk. If you wish to argue that there is no meaning to be ascribed to that lapsus, so be it. But I was there, I saw our group wourk.

“Our Group Wourk” is an attempt to NOT write a biography of Yugoslavian graphic designer Dragan Stojanovski. Stojanovski was the in-house graphic designer at SKC Belgrade (student cultural centre), a state-funded cultural institution established after the 1968 student uprisings to contain, pacify and institutionalize student culture as an “organized alternative”. At the same time, it was a place of avant-garde experimentation and new forms of political activism and self-organization. Dunja Blazevic, a director of the visual arts department at the SKC in the 1970s refers to Stojanovski as Yugoslavia’s first conceptual designer.

This publication was prompted by conversations and encounters with Sasa Stojanovski, Biljana Tomic, Sklavko Timotijevic, Ljubinka Gavran, Milica Tomic, Slobodan Jovanovic and Dunja Blazevic with Ziga Testen, Peter Rauch and Cornelia Durka in Belgrade in April 2013.

Published by Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.

If it wasn’t for the support of CuratorLab – Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, this publication would not have been possible.

Softcover, 80 pages.

Price: D €8

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Sometimes I cannot smile. Piergiorgio Casotti.

Posted in books, photography, travel, writing on September 25th, 2013
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Sometimes I cannot smile, Piergiorgio Casotti.

Part of Casotti’s “Arctic Spleen project”, Sometimes I Cannot Smile is documentation on the problem of teen suicide in East Greenland. The book is a personal, intimate journey inside the Greenlandic juvenile world where nature, violence, boredom and a strong cultural legacy have been claiming for decades the highest and saddest “toll”. That of hundreds of young lives.

Hardcover, 168 pages.

Price: €37

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Bruno & Metricubi presents Posture – Tactic #2: Brandon LaBelle, Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian. 27.09.13.

Posted in books, events, Motto @ Bruno, performance, writing on September 25th, 2013
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Posture – Tactic #2: Brandon LaBelle, Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian.

Bruno & Metricubi presents: Brandon LaBelle (USA/DE)
Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (book and performance)

Friday 27 September, 7 pm

Free entrance

Campiello delle Erbe 2003
San Polo 30125 Venezia

Kasper Andreasen. OFF THE MAP. 17.09-15.10.2013 @ Motto Berlin

Posted in art, events, exhibitions on September 22nd, 2013
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Kasper Andreasen OFF THE MAP


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Off The Map. Kasper Andreasen. Motto Books.

Posted in art, distribution, exhibition catalogue on September 18th, 2013
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In this exhibition, Kasper Andreasen presents drawings and artists’ books that investigate acts of printing, writing, and collecting. At the entrance on Skalitzer Str. 68, an image of a large book spine shows layers of papers accumulated from over a period of two years. In Motto’s courtyard, a landscape of vitrine-decors spans across the rear wall. Upon close examination, these layered decors reveal many different types of ephemera. Displayed in the vitrines are serial repetitions of landscape sketch, fragments of handwriting, maps, drawings, as well as wrappers, receipts, and newspapers articles. The ephemera and traces shown in this publication are part of an ongoing transformation in the artist’s process. This publication accompanies the exhibition “Off the map” at Motto Berlin, which runs from September 18 – October 10, 2013.
The essay by Matthias Weichelt was written especially for this occasion.
Translated by Caroline Rued-Engel.
Printed by New Goff, Ghent.
Edition of 800 / Special edition: 30

Language: English-Deutsch
Size: 30 × 21 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524082

Price: €10.00
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Camera Austria #123

Posted in distribution, magazines, photography on September 15th, 2013
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Camera Austria #123


Eric Baudelaire
Phil Collins
Jo Ratcliffe
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
Kolumne / Column
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie
Nataša Ilić
Rory Bester
Adi Ophir
T.J. Demos

English / German

Price: €16

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Pages, Julien J. Bismuth. Motto Books.

Posted in books, distribution, poetry, writing on September 14th, 2013
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Pages Julien J. Bismuth.

Published on occasion of the exhibitions Le signe singe at the Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson in Noisiel, France; and L’ image dans le tapis at les Ateliers, des Arques, France.

Published by Motto Books
Language: English
Size: 21.5 x 22.5 cm
Weight: 155 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524112
Edition: 750

D 10€
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Mieke Bal: Endless Andness (Book Presentation) @ WIELS. 20.09.2013

Posted in books, events, Motto @ Wiels on September 14th, 2013
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The book Endless Andness is a dialogue with the work of Ann Veronica Janssens. It is the last volume of a trilogy on the question of political art. Mieke Bal seeks to understand and advocate art that is political without being about politics.

With: Mieke Bal, Bjorn Schmeltzer, Ann Veronica Janssens & Dirk Snauwaert.

20.09.2013, 19:00
Free entrance
Info & reservation: welcome@wiels.org

San Rocco #7: Indifference. Matteo Ghidoni (ed.)

Posted in architecture, distribution on September 12th, 2013
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“Architecture is a collective knowledge produced through the efforts of a multitude.within their multitude, two forms of collaboration unfold: a synchronic one, and a diachronic one, which connects all design attempts in a multifaceted Architectura Universalis.

The Possibility of collaboration now relies upon a broader “agreement with” all previous architecture.To put it another way, collaboration today is based on collaborations of the past. Indeed, it is possible to collaborate precisely because there is a shared body of knowledge that provides the basis for agreement. Collaboration is possible because architectural knowledge is one and given, and thus inevitably shared”

SAN ROCCO is a magazine about architecture.
SAN ROCCO does not solve problems. It is not a useful magazine.
SAN ROCCO is neither serious nor friendly.
SAN ROCCO is written by architects. As such, SAN ROCCO is not particularly intelligent, or philologically accurate. In SAN ROCCO, pictures are more important than texts.
SAN ROCCO is serious. It takes the risk of appearing naive.
SAN ROCCO will not last for ever. There will be no more than 20 SAN ROCCOs for the single five-year plan.
San Rocco is the name of a place in Monza, not a nice place. Giorgio Grassi and Aldo Rossi engaged in a design competition for this place in 1971. The project was not built; ordinary housing blocks were built instead.

Language: English
Pages: 216
Size: 23 × 17
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9772038491006

Price: €15.00
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Ma Almeno Ci Sei Tu Amore Mio – But At Least You Are Here My Love. Nico Baumgarten.

Posted in photography on September 12th, 2013
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Scampia is a neighborhood in the outskirts of Naples and is mainly known as a stronghold of the Camorra mafia. Most stories about Scampia deal with gangsters or junkies.
In “ma almeno ci sei tu amore mio” (but at least you are here my love) I show the everyday life of those, who don’t have anything to do with all this. It’s a tough reality for them: Finding work is an almost impossible task, many of the flats are contaminated with asbestos and it’s hard to convince the own children of the fact that it’s not cool to work for the mafia.
In such a rough environment havens – even only mental ones – have a special significance. Religion and music play an important role, but love seems to be more meaningful than anything else. At least this is what the writings on the walls of this neighborhood testify, and which are the leitmotiv of this book.

Language: Italiano – English – Deutsch
Size: 21 × 15
Binding: Softcover

Price: €18.00
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