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ALWAYS MINIMALIST [PAINTER].  Erik Steinbecher. Motto Books.

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This book has been published for Erik Steinbrecher’s exhibitiom HALO ERIK at the Kunsthaus Baselland 19.9 – 16.11.2014

First Edition 500 copies
Special Edition 100 copies

Author: Erik Steinbecher, Alexis Zavialoff
Publisher: Motto Books
Pages: 64
Size: 21 x 29.5 cm
Weight: 215 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524037
trade edition: €15.00
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Special edition: €25.00
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 Alexander Wolff. Kunsthalle Lingen. Motto Books.

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Published on the ocassion of the exhibition Alexander Wolff 5 September – 26 October 2014 at Kunsthalle Lingen. Series of paintings were exhibited in various locations in the prison JVA Lingen, which is the main prison of Niedersachsen, that finds itself right opposite of the Kunsthalle.

Author: Alexander Wolff
Publisher: Motto Books
Language: English
Pages: 46
Size: 21 x 28 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524280

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Milk Man. Ken Kagami. Motto Books / Misako & Rosen.


Drawings of Milk Man by Ken Kagami
Edition of 500

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Skyline is the By-Linezz. Karl Holmqvist. Motto Books.

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Author: Karl Holmqvist
Publisher: Motto Books
Date of publishing: September 2014
Language: English
Size: 24.5 x 17.2 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 987-2-940524-24-2

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e industrial. Jean-Michel Wicker. Motto Books / Donlon Books.

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However satisfying writing is – that mix of discipline and intuition, which leaves you in command, even when what appears on the page has emerged from regions beyond your control – it is a poor substitute for the joy and the agony of love. e industrial, Jean-Michel Wicker’s first solo exhibition in the UK, is a meditation on human-machine reconfigurations, inflation and desire.

Since the early 1990s, Wicker’s work has had an all-encompassing approach to production, spanning publishing, typography, performance and gardening. Extending a nod of appreciation to Italian Situationist Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio and his approach to mass-production and collapse, the exhibition at Cubitt pushes this legacy into Wicker’s own symbolic registers. A total work spanning a 70-metre scroll, a newly realised publication and smoke.

The e industrial publication is realised in collaboration with Motto and Donlon Books.

Author: Jean-Michel Wicker
Publisher: Motto Books / Donlon Books
Date of publishing: August 2014
Language: English
Pages: 108
Size: 17.5 x 10.7 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-2-940524-17-4

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A School for Design Fiction Workbook. James Langdon (Ed.). Motto Books.


This book compiles research produced at five ‘A School for Design Fiction’ workshops at London College of Communication (London), Fahrenheit 39 (Ravenna, IT), Konstfack (Stockholm), Registration School (London) and Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), with contributions from Peter Nencini, Francesco Pedraglio, Samara Scott and Batia Suter.

Author: James Langdon (Ed.)
Language: English
Pages: 16
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524266

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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