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Behnam Sadighi
Yann Sérandour
Slavs & Tatars
Erik Steinbrecher
Jean-Michel Wicker
Alexander Wolff


Ronald Jones. Jason Dodge (Ed.). Motto Books / Grazer Kunstverein.


Book published on the occasion of the exhibition Ronald Jones: 1987-1992, at the Grazer Kunstverein, 27 September-23 November 2014, curated by Jason Dodge and Krist Gruijthuijsen.

Author: Ronald Jones
Publisher: Motto Books / Grazer Kunstverein
Contributors: Ronald Jones, Peter Halley, Angie Keefer
Date of publishing: August 2014
Language: English
Pages: 40
Size: 22.5 x 32 cm
Binding: Softcover
Edition: 750 copies
ISBN: 978-2-940524-27-3


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biographical landscapes of new zagreb. Claudia Bosse (Ed.) Cheap Method Edition – Motto Books & theatercombinat.


New Zagreb. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU), its space, collection and environment, and the unique concept of its urbanism were the starting points of the artistic research project called Biographical landscapes of New Zagreb by Claudia Bosse, and was conceived through field research, including the analysis of actual experiences of urbanism in New Zagreb based on the memories and lifestyles of its inhabitants.

Publisher: Cheap Method Edition: Motto Books & theatercombinat
Date of publishing: September 2014
Language: English
Pages: 234
Size: 16.5 x 23 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524136


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GIORGIO (inside) HANA IKEBANA (outside) Isabell Heimerdinger. Motto Books.


Publishing Date: 2014
Binding: Softcover / Staple-binding
Size: 19.1 x 25.3 cm
Pages: 20
ISBN: 978-2-940524-23-5


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During the Exhibition, the Studio Will Be Close. Lorenzo Benedetti & Caroline Dumalin (Eds.). WIELS / Motto Books.


During the Exhibition, the Studio Will Be Close is published on the occasion of the eponymous group exhibition organised by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (14 June – 17 August 2014) in collaboration with Motto Books.

The trilingual exhibition publication is composed of nine chapters in one volume. The introductory chapter features an essay by curator Lorenzo Benedetti, whose point of departure is the fine line and particular interaction between production and presentation at the art centre. What lies in between the physical proximity of the working studios and exhibition spaces turns out to be more than just a symbolic separation. Eight former artists-in-residence at WIELS were invited to design their own book space that consists of each 16 pages, in relation to their contributions to the dialogue of the show.

Contributors: Lorenzo Benedetti, Melissa Gordon, Lina Viste Grønli, Rob Johannesma, Aukje Koks, G. Küng, Cathérine Lommée, Emmanuelle Quertain, Grace Schwindt

Editors: Lorenzo Benedetti & Caroline Dumalin
Publishers: WIELS / Motto Books
Publishing Date: 2014
Graphic Designer: Joris Kritis
Languages: English, French, Dutch
Binding: Softcover
Size: 17 x 24 cm
Pages: 160, ill. b/w
ISBN: 9789078937241


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Of Democracy / De la Démocratie. Henri Chopin. Motto Books.


Of Democracy / De la Démocratie by Henri Chopin

© 1984 Henri Chopin ‘Enluminure’, Fondazione Morra, Naples

Publisher: Motto Books & Supportico Lopez
Date Published: June 2014
Language: English and French facsimile
Binding: Staple bound
Edition: 1000 copies


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UO. Michael Dean. Motto Books.


Edition of 500
Each original paperback is different
10 color plates
1 thermo printed index

Language: variable
Pages: variable
Size: variable
Weight: variable
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524228


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zweikommasieben #9. Präsens Editionen / Motto Books.


New bilingual edition (English / German)

Featuring Andy Stott, The Haxan Cloak, Truss & Tessela, Cyclobe, Helena Hauff, Ensemble Economique & AUN, Terranova, Call Super, Vatican Shadow.

Author: Patrick Alexander, Martina Lussi (Eds.)
Publisher: Präsens Editionen / Motto Books
Date of publishing: June 2014
Language: English / German
Pages: 108
Size: 27.5 x 18 cm
Binding: Softcover


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Szondi/Eden. Olaf Nicolai. Motto Books.

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Published on the occasion of the 8th Berlin Biennale.
Silkscreen in black and silver.
Special Edition of 300.

Author: Olaf Nicolai
Language: English / German

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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.

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:

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

The film is available at:

Includes a text by Ido Avissar.

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

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Film as a Form of Writing. Quinn Latimer talks to Akram Zaatari. Wiels & Motto Books

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Film as a Form of Writing

Film as a Form of Writing is published and distributed by Motto Books in collaboration with WIELS. The trilingual book, designed by Joris Kritis, centres around a recent in-depth interview conducted by critic Quinn Latimer with Akram Zaatari.

Akram Zaatari: ‘It is a film, a thought that took the form of an artwork. As with most of my work, it is made for time; it is both a testimony of where I come from and a mark I care to leave for the future—again as thought, not as data or records. Let’s call it alternative writing that uses the form of letters.’

Softcover, 170 x 220 mm, 72 pages, ill. b/w
Edited by Dirk Snauwaert and Caroline Dumalin
Texts by Dirk Snauwaert, Quinn Latimer and Akram Zaatari
Graphic design by Joris Kritis
Languages: English, French, Dutch
Published by WIELS & Motto Books
ISBN: 978-9-078937-22-7


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of course blue affects my way of shitting. Petrit Halilaj. Chert, Motto Books

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Published on the occasion of Petrit Halilaj’s solo exhibition “of course blue affects my way of shitting” at Chert, Berlin, April 2014.

“of course blue affects my way of shitting” is a collection of prose and poetry by Petrit Halilaj written between 2007 and 2008. Many of the artist’s titles for previous exhibitions and artworks have come from these texts, which have never been presented in their entirety until now.

The publication collects the artist’s writing alongside his most recent series of drawings “Several birds fly away when they understand it”. Both the texts and drawings link together history and fantasy, reality and absurdity; a dichotomy at the core of the artist’s practice.
The drawings from the series “Several birds fly away when they understand it” comprise images of the bird archive from the former Natural History Museum of Kosovo. These birds have been modified by the artist, and painted with beautiful, exotic masks.

The texts reveal an intimate and personal history. As a collection they provide a unique insight into the artist’s brain, recounting memories of childhood, war, exodus, family, work, and contemplating his own identity, his sexuality, love, affections and emotions. Halilaj’s resolutely personal works simultaneously reflect on social and political events, understanding the struggle and impact they have on a singular life.

Petrit Halilaj was born in Kosovo in 1986, he currently lives and works between Kosovo, Italy and Germany.

Translations: Clément Rognant.
Photographic reproductions: Dario Lasagni.
Design: Till Gathmann with Benedikt Reichenbach.

Author: Petrit Halilaj
Publisher: Chert, Motto Books
Language: English
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524181


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Listen. Alex Turgeon. Motto Books.

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Author: Alex Turgeon
Publisher: Motto Books
Language: English
Pages: 36
Binding: Softcover


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Il pleut by Guillaume Apollinaire. Natalie Czech. Motto Books.


For the series “Il pleut by Guillaume Apollinaire” Natalie Czech invited eight writers – Vanessa Desclaux, Mara Genschel, April Elizabeth Lamm, Ashkan Sepahvand, Oliver Tepel, Jacques Roubaud, Amilcar Packer, and Vincenzo Latronico – to each write a text that contains the same calligram by the French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 – 1918). Each text is written in the mother tongue of each author (French, German, English, Galicien, Italian). The texts were precisely composed around the calligram, so as to embed it in their very fabric, and thus dissolve its iconicity. Natalie Czech presents these texts as photographs of book pages and re-presents the calligram by marking its component words in the photographs with acrylic paint.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition L’image dans le tapis aux Atelier des Arques, Les Arques, France.

Design: Jean-Pascal Flavien

Author: Natalie Czech
Date of publishing: April 2014
Language: French / English / German / Galicien / Italian
Pages: 16
Size: 15.7 x 24.9 cm
Weight: 50 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-2-940524-20-4

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Permafo 1970-1981. Wroclaw Contemporary Museum / Motto Books.


First published in Polish in 2012 on the occasion of the exhibition Where is PERMAFO? at Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (30 November 2012- 4 February 2013)

Co-publisher: Wroclaw Contemporary Museum
Date of publishing: Nov 25, 2013
Language: English
Pages: 456
Size: 30.5 x 22.5 x 3.5
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9788363350093

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Pages Deux. Julien J. Bismuth. Motto Books.


Publié à l’occasion de expositions Le signe singe au Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson à Noisiel, France et L’image dans le tapis aux Ateliers des Arques, les Arques, France.

Author: Julien J. Bismuth
Date of publishing: April 2014
Language: French
Pages: 58
Size: 21.5 x 22.5 cm
Weight: 135 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-2-940524-15-0

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Cheap Method Edition – Struggling Bodies in Capitalist Societies (Democracies). Claudia Bosse (Ed.). theatercombinat / Motto Books.


cheap method edition offers a collection of working material issues. the aim is to open up specific methodologies, which are the basis for the creation of performative work. It is not about documentation, it is about starting a discourse on performative praxis, about the approaches, the material, the historical and political contexts and transportation, as well as the (artistic) decisions, the specific knowledge and experiences which are resembled in different working processes. cheap method edition will publish examples to create a discourse on fading performative works. cheap method edition combines artistic research with scientific and experiential knowledge, connects both in thematic issues to open up bigger contexts which can be re-used, re-worked and rediscussed and compared.

Cheap Method Edition – Struggling Bodies in Capitalist Societies (Democracies).
Author: Claudia Bosse (Ed.)
Co-Publisher: theatercombinat
Date of publishing: January 2014
Language: English
Pages: 94
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524136

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Language to Cover a Page. Kristen Mueller. Motto Books / & So.


Working within a lineage which encompasses Joseph Kosuth’s Purloined (in which the author assembled a single novel from individual pages of different books), Tom Phillips’s A Humument (in which the author creates a new narrative by drawing on top of existing pages) and Ronald Johnson’s Radi Os (in which the author erases words from Dante to create a stirring new poem), Mueller has done more than simply “compose the holes.” With Language to Cover a Page, Mueller has carefully aligned excerpts from disparate books—with differing typefaces intact—into two evolving pages. These pages crescendo before our very eyes, a flipbook of accumulating meaning, where with the passing of every page the narrative becomes aware of its own developing presence. —Derek Beaulieu (excerpt from text insert accompanying the book)

Co-publisher: & So
Language: English
Pages: 316
Binding: Softcover
Date Published: January 15, 2014
ISBN: 978-2-940524-09-9
Edition: 800

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Steven Warwick Interiors. Steven Warwick. Motto Books.


Steven Warwick Interiors is a new publication by Steven Warwick made as a visual aid to his recent Heatsick LP “RE-ENGINEERING”. Comic strips are repurposed, growth speculations and flows are altered and reoriented. Lifestyle signifiers are emptied and given laser treatment. Includes an anonymous fan review of the Déviation EP written on Ketamine.

Steven Warwick Interiors
Author: Steven Warwick
Publisher: Motto Books
Date of publishing:
Language: English
Pages: 20
Size: 38 x 29 cm
Weight: 75 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940525143
Price: 9.50€

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An Anthology of Concrete Poetry (in braille). Rachel Simkover (Ed.). Motto Books.


An Anthology of Concrete Poetry
was first edited and published by Emmett Williams and Something Else Press in 1967.

In 2013, artist Rachel Simkover chose a selection of poems from the anthology to have transcribed into braille.


Friedrich Achleitner, 1959
H.C. Artmann, 1954
Claus Bremer, 1964
Haroldo de Campos, 1958
Bob Cobbing, 1965
Bob Cobbing, 1966
Reinhard Döhl, 1966
Ian Hamilton Finlay, “The Horizon of Holland,” 1963
Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1964
Pierre Garnier, “Grains de Pollen,” 1962
Ilse and Pierre Garnier, 1965
Eugen Gomringer, 1954
Bohumila Grögerova and Josef Hiršal, “Iaska” (love), 1960- 62
José Lino Grünewald, 1959
José Lino Grünewald, 1959
Dom Sylvester Houédard, “for raoul hausmann”
Hansjörg Mayer, 1965
Franz Mon, 1966
Hans-Jørgen Nielsen, 1965
Hans-Jørgen Nielsen, 1965
Yüksel Pazarkaya, “the donkey cycle: 1″
Yüksel Pazarkaya, “the donkey cycle: 2″
Décio Pignatari, 1956
Décio Pignatari, 1957
Gerhard Rühm, 1954
Gerhard Rühm, 1954
Gerhard Rühm, 1955
Aram Saroyan, 1965-66
Adriano Spatola, 1966
Paul de Vree, 1966
Emmett Williams, 1954-55
Emmett Williams, 1965

Edition of 300
Language: braille
32 pages
26.5 x 26 cm
Isbn: 978-2-940524-10-5
Insert design: Till Gathmann

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Poisoned by men in need of some love. Petrit Halilaj. Motto Books, WIELS.


Published on the occasion of the solo exhibition of Petrit Halilaj, Poisoned by men in need of some love, organised by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (September 7, 2013-January 5, 2014), and curated by Elena Filipovic.

Museum of Natural History Pristina
The pages that follow reproduce almost the entire contents of the archives of the now-defunct Museum of Natural History, Pristina, as found by Petrit Halilaj in July 2013.”

Language: English
Size: 11.1 x 19.1 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524075
Edition: 1200 / Special edition: 80 different images in an edition of 1+AP / unique full set edition of 80 images

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Off The Map. Kasper Andreasen.


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.

Language: English-Deutsch
Size: 30 × 21 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524082
Edition: 800 / Special edition: 30

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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. Designed by Jean-Pascal Flavien.

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

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Furniture. Claudia Wieser.


“This publication appears on the occasion of Claudia Wieser’s exhibition FURNITURE in KIOSK (6 October – 18 November 2012). The title refers directly at issues that lie at the very heart of Wieser’s work: what is the status of sculptures that were designed as objects? The artist’s body of work is built around this question and explores the boundaries between autonomous and applied art. FURNITURE brought together an ensemble of drawings, ceramic and wooden sculptures, and a spatial collage, instigating a dialogue between them and explicitly relating them to the architectural context of the exhibition space.” – Liene Aerts & Wim Waelput

Edited by Wim Waelput and Claudia Wieser
Authors include Liene Aerts, Alexander Garcia Düttmann, Zoë Gray, Wim Waelput

Language: English
Pages: 32
Size: 19 x 25 cm
Weight: 150 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524068
Date Published: July 2013
Edition: -

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The Distance of a Day. David Horvitz.


Published with Chert Gallery on the occasion of Art Basel 2013.
Interview: David Horvitz and David Senior.
Design: Maximage, with assistance of Julien Mercier.
Typeface: Program

Co-publisher: Chert
Language: English
Pages: 9 Postcards
Size: 17 x 11 cm
Weight: 60 g
Binding: -
ISBN: 9782940524051
Date Published: June 2013
Edition: 1200

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Über Peter Friedl. Dirk Snauwaert (Ed.).


Vielgestaltig, heterogen und schwer zu fassen erscheint das künstlerische Werk von Peter Friedl (geb. 1960), einem der wichtigsten Künstler seiner Generation. Als konzeptuelle Akte und ästhetische Modelle sind seine Arbeiten beschrieben worden, die sich aus dem Fundus unterschiedlicher Formen, Genres und Denkfiguren bedienen. Wie kaum ein anderer Gegenwartskünstler lädt er dazu ein, den darin verborgenen und wirksamen Bezügen aus der Ideen- und Kulturgeschichte sowie ihren globalen Gegengeschichten, offenen Enden und Anschlüssen nachzuspüren. Die zehn hier erstmals auf Deutsch versammelten Essays sind zwischen 2001 und 2012 entstanden, vier davon eigens für diesen Reader. In ihren interdisziplinären Deutungen verorten die Autorinnen und Autoren Friedls Arbeit in der Kunst- und Mediengeschichte, in Literaturwissenschaft, politischer Theorie, Philosophie und kuratorischer Praxis.

Mit Essays von:
Mieke Bal, Roger M. Buergel, Jean-François Chevrier, Norman M. Klein, Bartomeu Mari, Maria Muhle, Eva Schmidt, Marco Scotini, Dirk Snauwaert, Hilde Van Gelder, Leire Vergara

Co-publisher: WIELS
Language: German
Pages: 230
Size: 13.4 x 21.6 cm
Weight: 355 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524044
Date Published: March 2013
Edition: -

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Un Trou Célèbre. Jérémie Gindre.


Mêlant les vies du traumatisé cérébral Phineas Gage et du sociopate excentrique John Samuelson, Jérémie Gindre compose une novella épique pleine d’espoirs déçus, de colères injustifiées et de lubies maniaques, au beau milieu du désert de Mojave.

Résultat d’une résidence aux Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives et Centre Interfacultaire en Neurosciences de Genève, ce livre est le dixième ouvrage d’une bibliographie remarquablement hétéroclite.

Language: French
Pages: 60
Size: 11 x 18 cm
Weight: 47 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524006
Date Published: April 2013
Edition: 400

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Sara MacKillop. New Stationery Department


Language: English
Pages: -
Size: 30 x 21 cm
Weight: 160 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524020
Date Published: March, 2013
Edition: 500

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a cover to cover (uncover). Julien J. Bismuth.


Published on the occasion of the exhibition of Julien Bismuth at CRAC Alsace in 2012. With texts by Julien Bismuth, edited by Sophie Kaplan, designed by Jean-Pascal Flavien.

Language: English
Pages: 70
Size: 24.6 x 34.2 cm
Weight: 450 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524013
Date Published: February 2013
Edition: 850

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Ric Rac. Jétémie Gindre.


Published on occasion of the exhibition “Tintenfisch” at CNEAI= in Paris, 2012, Ric Rac – 3 Histoires. 3 Stories is a comic book adaptation of three artworks by Jérémie Gindre. In the real world, A Cavern is a series of eight drawings and two stones (29.7 x 42 cm, India ink on paper + 23 x 23 x 2cm, slate on engraved concrete 2010-2011), A Slip is a series of fourteen drawings (29.7 x 42 cm, India ink and pen on paper, 2012), Passwords Forgotten is a sculpture and two paintings (85 x 130 x 85 cm, slate on aerated concrete + 80 x 60 cm, India ink on canvas, 2010-2012). The author is grateful to Huckleberry Finn for A Cavern, to the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences for A Slip and to Edward Leedskalnin for Passwords Forgotten.

Translated from the French by John Tittensor.

Co-publisher: Chert
Language: English / French
Pages: 36
Size: 29.7 x 20.8 cm
Weight: 250 g
Binding: Softcover
Date Published: July 2012
Edition: 300

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Drinnen & Draussen.


Catalogue published on the occasion of Drinnen & Draussen, 26 June – 26 August 2010, at Chert, Berlin.

A group exhibition with Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Lucy Coggle, Jérémie Gindre, Petrit Halilaj, Karin Hueber, Hannah James, Heike Kabisch, Valerie Krause, Roseline Rannoch, Heiko Räpple, Vanessa Safavi, Carla Scott Fullerton, John Spiteri and Philippe van Wolputte.

The show invites 14 artists from various countries including Germany, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain, Mexico and Kosovo. The different works are situated both inside the gallery space and outside of it, using part of the courtyard where Chert and Motto are located. In this way, the attention is moving between the ideas of precariousness and delicacy, creating a different approach to the public in respect of the artwork, focusing on the differences between atraditional gallery context and an extemporaneous placement.

Co-publisher: Chert
Language: English
Pages: 58
Size: 14 x 20 cm
Weight: 75 g
Binding: Softcover
Date Published: 2010
Edition: 200

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гоша рубчинский. Gosha Rubchinskiy.


Photo zine published on occasion of Gosha Rubchinskiy’s exhibition at the 032c Workshop July 5th 2010 – August 21th 2010.

Co-publishers: Aglec, 032c
Language: -
Pages: 36
Size: 13 x 18 cm
Weight: 200 g
Binding: Softcover
Date Published: 2010
Edition: 300

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Unter Dem Motto 2010.


This set of 20 postcards by Bart de Beats, Julia Born & Laurenz brunner, Julien Carreyn, Sulki & Min Choi, Bardhi Haliti, Paul Haworth & Sam de Groot, Karl Holmqvist, Frank Koolen, Florian Ludwig, Mark Manders, Stefan Marx & Harsh Patel, Olaf Nicolai, Asher Penn, Maxwell Simmer, Josh Smith, Zach Sternwalker, Triin Tamm, Erik van der Weijde, Renato Zülli was published on the occasion of the Unter dem Motto 2010 art book fair, second edition, 3-5 September 2010.

Language: -
Pages: 20 postcards
Size: 15.5 x 11.5 cm
Weight: 200 g
Binding: Box
Date Published: 2010
Edition: 1000

D 10€
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