SPIKE #40

Posted in art, magazines, writing on July 2nd, 2014
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SPIKE No 40, SUMMER 2014, Rita Vitorelli (ed.)

Featuring contributions by Rita Vitorelli, Peter Pakesch, Metahaven: Johan Grimonprez, Katja Novitskova, Öyvind Fahlström, NSAPolly Staple, Der Galerist Gavin Brown und der Kurator Daniel Baumann, Alexander Scrimgeour, Andrew M. Goldstein & Homa Zarghamee, Kolja Reichert, Tiziana Terranova und Stefan Heidenreich, Laurie Parsons, Alex Israel, Rainer Ganahl, Maria Lassnig, Mark von Schlegell, Paul Maenz, Jordan Wolfsons, Timo Feldhaus, Curzio Malaparte, Mladen Stilinović, Damien Hirst/Arnulf Rainer, Paul Chan.

Price: € 9.50

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zweikommasieben #9 launch w, Helena Hauff (PAN, Werkdiscs) @ Motto Berlin.05.07.2014.

Posted in distribution, events, graphic design, illustration, magazines, Motto Books, music, photography, writing on July 1st, 2014
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zweikommasieben #9 launch w, Helena Hauff (PAN) @ Motto Berlin.05.07.2014.

Please join us for the Berlin launch of zweikommasieben #9, with:

Helena Hauff  (PAN, Werkdiscs, Panzerkreuz Records)
Four S  (Haunter Records)
Konkrit

zweikommasieben (2,7) is a Swiss music journal that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary club culture since the summer of 2011. Each issue features artist interviews and essays, as well as a particular focus on design, photography and illustration.

Artists featured in the new issue include: Andy Stott, The Haxan Cloak, TR\\ER (aka Truss & Tessela), Cyclobe, Helena Hauff, Ensemble Economique & AUN, Terranova, Call Super and Vatican Shadow.

Published by Präsens Editionen & Motto Books.

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Saturday 5th July, 16.00 start.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin

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cura. n.17.

Posted in art, distribution, magazines on June 27th, 2014
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CURA. No.17   SUMMER 2014   Cover by: Andrew Norman Wilson  -   Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin (Eds.) 

INSIDE THE COVER
 : Andrew Norman Wilson – 
words by Alex Ross

PORTRAITS IN THE EXHIBITION SPACE :
 Walter Zanini. At any Cost – Hell or High – Water
 by Lorenzo Benedetti

SPACES—Study Cases : The Barber Shop, Lisbon – 
Vincent Honoré in conversation with Margarida Mendes

TALKING ABOUT
… : To the Preface-Exhibition (Part II) 
by Jean-Max Colard

SPOTLIGHT
 : Ed Fornieles 
in conversation with Ben Vickers

LAB
 : A project by Rolf Nowotny – 
text by Adam Carr

LAB
 : A project by Marie Angeletti
 – poems by Quinn Latimer
 – text by Anne Dressen

SPOTLIGHT : 
Patrizio Di Massimo 
in conversation with João Mourão and Luís Silva

SPOTLIGHT : 
Jack Lavender 
in conversation with Matthew de Pulford

FOCUS :
 Avery Singer
an – essay by Frances Loeffler

SHOW AND TELL 
: Judith Hopf – Faces – 
text by Cecilia Canziani

THE EXHIBITION ROOM 
: Palace 88
 – an exhibition by The Still House Group

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distracted-reader #2 Michael Parr and Blaine Western. split/fountain.

Posted in distribution, Journals, photography on June 26th, 2014
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distracted-reader #2 Michael Parr and Blaine Western. split/fountain.

A ridge, a section, an existing boundary, additions, a removed partition. A floor; concrete (where possible). 160 pages; includes 10 tipped-in colour plates. With essays by Michelle Menzies, Lance Pearce, and Henry Babbage.

Parr and Western segue a photographic essay on the ruinous state of Barton Gillespie’s modernist house in Westemere into photographs of mutely eloquent architectural and landscape fragments taken in Los Angeles and Mexico. Menzies’ essay reads the Barton Gillespie house as a figure of rapport between people, topography and climate. Pearce considers the itinerancy and conceptual mobility of Parr and Western’s practice. Babbage reflects on the different audiences that Parr and Western’s temporary, quasi-architectural spaces create, and the way the spaces operate as platforms for occupancy and performance.

Language: English
Pages: 156
Size: 29 x 20 cm

Price: €18.00

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Title Stack Sink Release. Jason Loebs. Fri Art.

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue on June 26th, 2014
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Title Stack Sink Release. Jason Loebs. Fri Art.

Published on the occasion of the solo exhibition by Jason Loebs at Fri Art, Fribourg.

Texts by Jason Loebs and Matteo Pasquinelli
Graphic design by Dan Solbach
English Edition

Published by the artist and Fri Art, supported by Campoli Presti (London) and Essex Street (New York).

Price: €22.00

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

Posted in art, distribution, exhibition catalogue, Motto Books on June 26th, 2014
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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

2014
Softcover, 17 x 24 cm, 160 pages, ill. b/w
Graphic Designer: Joris Kritis
Languages: English, French, Dutch
ISBN: 9789078937241

Price: €10.00

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distracted-reader #1 Mixtures: Xin Cheng and Allan Smith. split/fountain.

Posted in art, distribution, food, illustration, Journals, photography, writing on June 26th, 2014
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distracted-reader #1 Mixtures: Xin Cheng and Allan Smith. split/fountain.

156 pages with drawings, photographs and texts by Xin Cheng, and drawings, photographs and texts by Allan Smith.

The title Mixtures comes from a 2011 Xin Cheng exhibition; in this publication Cheng mixes memories of a Chinese childhood with recipes for healthy eating, photographed pages of anthropology texts showing Mongolian Yurts, and knitted socks from Scandinavia, images of ingenious low-tech merchandising stands in Cambodia, drawings of stone walls, and a bread igloo.

Smith writes about the copiousness and fabricational inventiveness of Cheng’s practice, and about the accumulative materiality in the collages and architectural practice of ex-pat architect M.K. Smith.

Allan Smith’s ‘un-illustrations’ set old school ink drawing and comic-book sequencing to work on the textured ‘push and pressure’ of a densely textured world.

Language: English
Pages: 156
Size: 25 x 19 cm

Price: €18.00

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Dodo Magazine @ Motto Berlin. 27.06.2014

Posted in events, Uncategorized on June 26th, 2014

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To celebrate the launch of Dodo Magazine issue #2, we’re inviting you to a special celebration at Motto Berlin. We will set up a temporary exhibition about the history of time capsules along with the official Dodo Time Capsule. You can bring along any small object you’d like to put inside. We will photograph and document all the objects and they will appear in Dodo’s “Future” issue. These objects and the magazines will be inside the time capsule until April 2024. Then it shall be opened and the magazines will be delivered to their ten-year-older owners. The objects collated at the launches in Berlin and Madrid will remain in the time capsule and be buried somewhere secret forever, so it can be discovered again in three thousand years by some future living being, giving information about what we were like. What small object do you want to be remembered by in the future?

Dodo Magazine Issue 2:

This unusual experiment in publishing aims to remind people to maintain their spontaneous, lively spirit in years to come. Buyers of the current issue will receive the first half of the magazine, ‘Present’, on the day of purchase, and then can provide as many contact details as possible in order to be found again in April 2024 to receive their ‘Future’ magazine. Readers will also receive a letter written by themselves to their future selves.

“Present” Issue summary:

This issue celebrates the time now with content aimed to wake up your inner child. Inside you will find a guide to the stars, tips to pass unnoticed, an interview with Audrey, the plant of the little shop of horrors, an adventure bazaar, unexpected plants, a history of high fives, an interview with Hungry Castle, a trip to Pangea, pictures from Tobu World, a thorough guide to keeping a stick insect as a pet, the story about the strange inhabitants of Mecerreyes, the definitive article about Muppets creator Jim Henson, an adventure in finding Big Foot, a guide to survive a curse, and even more… The content is fully made by amazing collaborators from all over the world, Adam J. Kurtz, Aitor Saraiba, Álvaro Mingo, Bandid8, Bubi Canal, Cristina Velar, David Méndez Alonso, Emo Díaz, Enrique del Rivero Cuesta, Felipe Olaya, Gonzalo Baró, Ian Edgehill, James Clapham, Jan Buchczik, Lauren Ingram, Lilly Friedeberg, Lucía Martín, Miguel Ángel Belando, Noa Snir, Popy Blasco, Roc Canal, Rosa Soro, Rut Briones, Saria Dy, Sean Ford, Tak Tokio, Teresa Fernández, Thom Lambert, etc…

“Future” Issue summary:

The “Future” issue is a magazine exclusively made to be read in 2024. The topics included will discuss the future but with the key of the past. There will be an interview with a fortune teller about what life will be like in 2024, so when we read the Future issue we’ll finally find out whether or not they are a fake. Articles about time machines and time capsules, a guide on what to do if the future is not what you expected, and many surprises that you will be just able to read if you order it now. This double issue is a limited edition because we will have to undertakeplenty of research in the future to find all of the owners. So be fast and don’t stay without your copy.

Of Democracy / De la Démocratie, Henri Chopin. Motto Books & Supportico Lopez.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, Motto Books, politics, Theory, writing on June 25th, 2014
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Of Democracy / De la Démocratie by Henri Chopin

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

Published by Motto Books & Supportico Lopez, June 2014
English and French facsimile
Staple bound
Edition of 1000 copies

Price: €10.00
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split/fountain. Book launch & presentation @ Motto Berlin. 28.06.2014.

Posted in architecture, design, events, graphic design, writing on June 24th, 2014
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split/fountain. Book launch and presentation @ Motto Berlin

Please join us in welcoming Layla Tweedie-Cullen (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Werkplaats Typografie, Walker Art Center) who will be speaking about her Auckland based project split/fountain, her recent distracted-workshop project at Brno design biennial and also introduce the distracted-reader publication series.

distracted-reader is a new publication series that seeks readerly parkour through selected terrain of art and design. We see rhythmised literacies of image, text, and concept. distracted-reader does thinking as making, and print design as speculative thought. With general art monographs as coffee-table artefacts, and university presses not funding conjecture, distracted-reader notes accented sequencing. Less clarion call to a vanishing new, more through-lines with incidents and discernible increments; writing and thinking as marked-up copy; stuttered narration; material views.

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distracted-reader #1 Mixtures: Xin Cheng and Allan Smith. 156 pages with drawings, photographs and texts by Xin Cheng, and drawings, photographs and texts by Allan Smith. The title Mixtures comes from a 2011 Xin Cheng exhibition; in this publication Cheng mixes memories of a Chinese childhood with recipes for healthy eating, photographed pages of anthropology texts showing Mongolian Yurts, and knitted socks from Scandinavia, images of ingenious low-tech merchandising stands in Cambodia, drawings of stone walls, and a bread igloo. Smith writes about the copiousness and fabricational inventiveness of Cheng’s practice, and about the accumulative materiality in the collages and architectural practice of ex-pat architect M.K. Smith. Allan Smith’s ‘un-illustrations’ set old school ink drawing and comic-book sequencing to work on the textured ‘push and pressure’ of a densely textured world.

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distracted-reader #2 Michael Parr and Blaine Western. A ridge, a section, an existing boundary, additions, a removed partition. A floor; concrete (where possible). 160 pages; includes 10 tipped-in colour plates. With essays by Michelle Menzies, Lance Pearce, and Henry Babbage. Parr and Western segue a photographic essay on the ruinous state of Barton Gillespie’s modernist house in Westemere into photographs of mutely eloquent architectural and landscape fragments taken in Los Angeles and Mexico. Menzies’ essay reads the Barton Gillespie house as a figure of rapport between people, topography and climate. Pearce considers the itinerancy and conceptual mobility of Parr and Western’s practice. Babbage reflects on the different audiences that Parr and Western’s temporary, quasi-architectural spaces create, and the way the spaces operate as platforms for occupancy and performance.

Saturday 28th June, 19.00 start.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
Berlin 10997