L’Année Dernière. baukuh, YellowOffice, Stefano Graziani. Motto Books.

Posted in architecture, distribution, Motto Books, newsprint on May 30th, 2014
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L’Année Dernière. baukuh, YellowOffice, Stefano Graziani. Motto Books.

This booklet describes our entry for the competition to design the public spaces surrounding the Humboldt-Forum in Berlin. The competition was launched by the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt.

With a text by Ido Avissar.

The jury met on 14 and 15 January 2013 and selected the proposal by bbz landscape architects, Berlin. The results of the competition can be seen at: http://www.competitionline.com/de/wettbewerbe/118962

A short film by Enrico Maisto documented the realization of our model at Palazzo Reale in Milan.

The film is available at: https://vimeo.com/69736179


Dieses Heftchen beschreibt den von uns zum Wettbewerb Freiraumgestaltung Umfeld des Humboldt-Forum Berlin eingereichten Beitrag. Der Wettbewerb wurde von der Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt ausgerufen.

Die Jury traf sich am 14. und 15. Januar 2013 und wählte den Entwurf von bbz landscape, Berlin. Alle Wettbewerbsbeiträge können unter folgender URL eingesehen werden: http://www.competitionline.com/de/wettbewerbe/118962

Ein Kurzfilm von Enrico Maisto dokumentiert die Realisation unseres Modells im Palazzo Reale in Mailand.

Der Film ist unter https://vimeo.com/69736179

Language: English / German
Size: 24 x 32 cm
ISBN: 978-2-940524-19-8

Price: €5.00

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Szondi/Eden. Olaf Nicolai. Motto Books.

Posted in art, books, distribution, Motto Books, music on May 28th, 2014
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Published on the occasion of the 8th Berlin Biennale.

Silkscreen in black and silver.
Edition of 300.

Author: Olaf Nicolai
Publisher: Motto Books
Language: English / German
Binding: Hardcover


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Sur / Mario Garcia Torres and Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio @ Motto Berlin. 27.05.2014

Posted in events on May 26th, 2014


Sur / Mario Garcia Torres and Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio @ Motto Berlin
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On the ocasion of the Berlin Bienniale, a conversation between Mario Garcia Torres and Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio on the work of Conlon Nancarrow and the publication Sur: Issue #1 Studies for Player Piano.

Sur is a contemporary art magazine published out of Mexico City annually. Both a publication and a series of invitations, Sur is premised on an aesthetics of encounter, specifically between the writing, art, and ideas expressed in Mexican culture in relation to discourses, philosophies, and art generated elsewhere. Published in both Spanish and English, Sur creates a new and necessary space for engaging and amplifying such discussions.

Issue #1 departs from the concept of a player piano and specifically addresses certain fragments of the life and work of experimental composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997). Although an American, Nancarrow exiled himself to Mexico, where he could openly belong to the Communist party with social and political impunity. There, he became famous for a series of scores, entitled Studies for Player Piano (1948-1960 and 1965-1992), making him one of the first composers to write scores for machines to play. Although he lived in relative isolation in Mexico, he did become a Mexican citizen in 1955 and enjoyed a close collaboration with the Mexican modern architect and muralist Juan O’Gorman with whom he worked to build his house in Mexico City.

Sur is published by Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite.

An Invocation. Mike Nelson. Focal Point Gallery.

Posted in books on May 22nd, 2014


An Invocation. Mike Nelson. Focal Point Gallery.

Using a selection of books chosen from the former Southend Central Library’s withdrawn stock, Nelson has created a permanent installation, concealed within the internal cavity walls of the new gallery. As the only visible record of the hidden artwork, this artist’s publication documents the covers of the five hundred and thirty books, which have been methodically documented and reproduced over 1,000 pages. This limited edition artist’s book (with PVC jacket) contains an interview between Director of Focal Point Gallery, Andrew Hunt and the artist Mike Nelson.


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Releeeeease party of PEACOCKS WITH HICCUPS @ Motto Berlin. 25/5/2014.

Posted in Motto Berlin event, performance on May 22nd, 2014
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Releeeeease party of PEACOCKS WITH HICCUPS @ Motto Berlin

Sunny sunday afternoon releeeeease party of new issue of Poetic Series; PEACOCKS WITH HICCUPS
featuring poems by Luna Miguel, Catherine Wagner and Karl Holmqvist and drawings by Koo Jeong-A. There will be a bar and a spoken word reading by Karl Holmqvist so pleeeease swing by.

Sunday 25/05
4pm @ Motto Berlin

Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
Berlin 10997

I’m In Business! D. Dowbekin & L. Liccini (Eds.). Doppell.

Posted in writing on May 22nd, 2014


I’m In Business! D. Dowbekin & L. Liccini (Eds.). Doppell.

A banter of words, a book of jokes, a collection of puns—this publication celebrates and compiles 66 fine examples of the traditional English to and fro phrase game: I’m in business.

The witty play of idioms and connotations, valued by many for it’s somewhat childish approach and humorous take on various professions, has finally been put to paper for the first time.


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Motto at Künstlerhaus Graz. Opening 05.06. 18h

Posted in events, Motto Graz on May 22nd, 2014


Motto Graz
Bücher, Zeitschriften und Kunstpublikationen

Opening 05.06.2014 18h

Künstlerhaus KM–
Halle für Kunst & Medien

Burgring 2, Graz, Austria
Di–So 11–18h
Do 11–20h


New Public Art in Jerusalem. Omer Krieger. Public School Editions.

Posted in art, distribution, exhibition catalogue on May 21st, 2014
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New Public School in Jerusalem – Under the Mountain 2011-2013. Omer Krieger. Public School Editions.

New Public Art in Jerusalem documents selected moments and actions that took place during the Under the Mountain Festival from 2011-2013, with Omer Krieger as artistic director.

The book, which was published by the Jerusalem Season of Culture in collaboration with the graphic design studio Public School, was edited by Tea Tupajić, a Croatian theatre director who specializes in critical thinking on performance, institutions and politics. She also edits the Frakcija magazine and participated in Under the Mountain 2013.

The Under the Mountain festival which kicks off again, for the fourth time in July, commissions and hosts artistic works “made of people,” and spans a range of artistic disciplines including: performance art, theatre, dance, video, fine arts, music, sculpture and discourse. Under the Mountain is a popular, expansive and in-depth project which plays out, entirely, in Jerusalem’s public domain—the center of Israel’s political and religious life.

Author: Tea Tupajić (Ed.)
Publisher: Public School Editions
Language: english
Pages: 80
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-965-92283-0-0

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I can not repeat what I hear. Natalie Czech. Spector Books.

Posted in art, books, distribution, poetry on May 19th, 2014
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I can not repeat what I hear

Natalie Czech’s works meander between concrete poetry and conceptual photography. In der newest publication she directs her main focus to the writing process and its inherent possibilities. For the series “Voyelles”— which refers to Rimbaud’s eponymous poem — Czech invited ten authors to describe a fictitious synesthesia-invoking photography in her name. In the publication’s other series, “Poems by Repetition”, the stylistic device of repetition simultaneously creates echo, music, rhythm, stuttering, and beat. Natalie Czech uses newspaper articles, record covers, books, different iPad models and Kindle readers as supporting media for the poems and thus creates a dialogue between printed text and illustration, the literary form of a poem and the artistic practice of photography. The artist transforms literary into visual strategies and formally writes poems in the medium of photography.

Author: Natalie Czech
Publisher: Spector Books
Language: english / german
Pages: 139
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-3-944669-07-6

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Vasarely Go Home. Andreas Fogarasi. Spector Books.

Posted in art, books, critique, distribution, exhibitions, writing on May 19th, 2014
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Vasarely Go Home

In “Vasarely Go Home” Andreas Fogarasi investigates a double event that took place in Budapest on October 18th, 1969. Opening that day, Victor Vasarely, the internationally renowned artist of Hungarian origin, had a large retrospective exhibition at the Mücsarnok/Kunsthalle in Budapest. While Hungarian avant-garde art of that time was forbidden or at best tolerated by the authorities, Vasarely’s exhibition – organised by official cultural politics – became an important public event attracting a huge number of visitors. Because of these double standards at play, the show was met with both high expectations and scepticism from the local artistic scene. The second – undocumented – event taking place that evening during the exhibition opening was a one-person protest by artist János Major. He carried a small sign in his pocket that he discreetly showed to friends and acquaintances when he encountered them in the crowd. The sign read “Vasarely Go Home”.

Author: Andreas Fogarasi
Publisher: Spector Books
Language: english
Pages: 144
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-944669-54-0

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