Satisfaction: Consumption Art in Poland, 1973-1979. DVD set

Posted in art, distribution, film, Motto Berlin store, Motto Zürich store, video on March 17th, 2015
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Satisfaction: Consumption Art from the communist Poland of the 1970′s.

During the revitalization of avant-garde practices in 1970s Poland, a strain of artmaking emerged that applied Pop aesthetics to the unlikely subject matter of consumer identity in a Communist state, responding to a new initiative by the government that encouraged the private consumption of luxury goods in the service of a more modern socialism. The films that arose from this moment engage with absurd, colorful and even scandalous content. Informed by Marxist analyses of the Western culture industry, they examine the effects of a socialist-consumerist experiment through sensuous fantasies of desire and excess

2 x DVD, poster and booklet

Polish / English

D 25

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Downing Street. John Moseley, Titus Kroder, Eva Weinmayr @ The Showroom. London. Sat March 14th

Posted in events on March 13th, 2015
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Downing Street. John Moseley, Titus Kroder, Eva Weinmayr @ The Showroom. London. Sat March 14th
(performance starts at 2.30 pm)

Part farce, part madcap caper, Downing Street responds to the dilemma created when art is appropriated as “radical chic.”
Written by John Moseley, Titus Kroder, Eva Weinmayr.

A sketch of a performance by seven actors, with the audience. Directed by Hester Chillingworth

Published by New Documents, Los Angeles.

The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London NW8 8PQ

Amok. André Gelpke. Spector Books. CPress

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, photography on March 12th, 2015
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216 pages, 20 x 27 cm, German/English, Linen hardcover, published by Spector Books and co-published with cpress, Zurich
Design: Christof Nüssli
Editors: André Gelpke, Christof Nüssli
Leipzig 2014
ISBN: 978-3-944669-81-6

 

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The White Review No. 12

Posted in art, distribution, literature, magazines, writing on March 11th, 2015
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The White Review No. 12 features interviews with choreographer Yvonne Rainer and novelist/artist Douglas Coupland. The incomparable Lydia Davis translates the ‘zeer korte verhalen’ (‘very short stories’) of Dutch writer A. L. Snijders; Mexican author Álvaro Enrigue gives us the story of a samurai in sixteenth-century Acapulco; Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams present the first installment of their collaborative novel; and Mark von Schlegell envisages a time travel bureau that pilfers plot lines from a paranoid writer popular with ‘the European crowd’.

Johanna Drucker rails against the impotence of contemporary art’s critical establishment and the failure of critique (citing counterexamples including Marcia Hafif, whose work is reproduced on a pull out card); elsewhere Owen Hatherley compares urbanism in Hamburg to the parlous state of British town planning. Caleb Klaces contributes a long, looping poem and we publish a series by New York-based poet Lonely Christopher. We are pleased to include series by British photographer Clare Strand and Dutch artist Parra. Our guest foreword is courtesy of George Szirtes, while the cover comes from Andrew Brischler.

ISSUE CONTENTS
Features
Foreword: A Pound of Flesh
George Szirtes

Fiction
Eight Stories
A. L. Snijders (tr. Lydia Davis)

Interviews
Interview with Yvonne Rainer
Orit Gat

Poetry
Genit
Caleb Klaces

Essay
Social and Democratic/Free and Hanseatic
Owen Hatherley

Fiction
A Samurai Watches the Sun Rise in Acapulco
Álvaro Enrigue (tr. Rahul Bery)

Art
Rags (1986-2014)
Clare Strand

Art
After After
Johanna Drucker

Fiction
Debt
Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams

Art
Parra!
Parra

Interviews
Interview with Douglas Coupland
Tom Overton

Poetry
From ‘In A January Would’
Lonely Christopher

Fiction
Return to Sender
Mark von Schlegell

Language: English
Binding: Softcover
Price: €17.99

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The days are long, the nights are cold/ Die Tage sind lang, die Nächte kalt. Lena Inken Schaefer. argobooks

Posted in art, Artist Book, books on March 11th, 2015
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The first comprehensive publication on Lena Inken Schaefer’s (* 1982; lives and works in Berlin) practice The days are long, the nights are cold presents the collection of artist’s works dating from 2007. Here we observe Schaefer’s objects, installations and actions emanate with mystery from associative contexts. Be it through the ornaments derived from the devalued Deutsche Mark-banknotes of 1922 or through St. John’s wort-stained pyjamas, the works of Schaefer reveal new possibilities for the patterns to emerge. The artist takes the patterns through the process of continuous dissemblance, use and misuse that enrich them with fresh analogies.

with texts by Jan Brandt, Roman Ehrlich, Hanna Lemke, Nils Markwardt and Dominikus Müller

Design: Till Sperrle (ITF)
Author: Lena Inken Schaefer
Publisher: argobooks
Language: German/English
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783942700610
Price: €19.80

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Fivehundred places 2015 set. Jason Dodge (Ed.)

Posted in distribution, poetry on March 10th, 2015
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5 booklets, one each from CAConrad, Noelle Kocot, Eugene Ostashevsky, Ishion Hutchinson and Sarah Fox, published in 2015.

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Fivehundred places is a press established by Jason Dodge in an attempt to bring new readers to some of the poets that have been so important to his thinking and working over the past decades.

With a single printing of 500 copies, each book will find itself in one of 500 places.

Each Fivehundred places book also features a Dead Scissor by Paul Elliman on its cover.

40 euros as a set or 8 euros each.

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European Tour for Yes, But Is It Edible? 6-15.03.2015

Posted in events on March 4th, 2015
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European Tour for Yes, But Is It Edible?
The music of Robert Ashley, for two or more voices

New Documents is pleased to announce a series of seven launch events in conjunction with the recent release of Yes, But Is It Edible? The music of Robert Ashley, for two or more voices, edited by Will Holder and Alex Waterman.

For the launches, Holder and Waterman will read duets from Dust and Celestial Excursions, two of Ashley’s later operas. Please join us as we celebrate what has been a book seven years in the making!

March 6: Glasgow
Friday, 7 pm
Tramway (w/ LUX Scotland)
25 Albert Drive, G41 2PE

March 7: Leeds
Saturday, 2 pm
Leeds Library (w/ Pavilion)
18 Commercial St

March 8: London
Sunday, 3.30 pm
Café Oto
18-22 Ashwin St
£5 / £4 Advance

March 10: Paris
Tuesday, 7 pm
Fondation Lafayette
46 rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie

March 11: Brussels
Wednesday, 7 pm
La Loge
Kluisstraat / Rue de l’Ermitage 86

March 13: Amsterdam
Friday, 7 pm
De Rode Bioscoop (w/ Kunstverein Amsterdam)
Haarlemmerpln 7

March 15: Berlin
Sunday, 7 pm
Motto Books
Skalitzer Straße 68

Vajiko Chachkhiani / Bom Dia Books @ Motto Berlin. 26.02.2015

Posted in events on February 25th, 2015
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Vajiko Chachkhiani / Bom Dia Books @ Motto Berlin. 26.02.2015
from 7pm

With a conversation between the artist, Vajiko Chachkhiani and the curator Ory Dessau.

“BOTH” is an artist book published on the occasion of Vajiko Chachkhiani’s 2014-2015 exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartkunst Siegen.

Divided into ten chapters, the book reflects the circular
course of the Siegen exhibition which is divided into ten rooms.
Each chapter of the catalog corresponds to a room.

Chachkhiani’s poems are printed on a different paper and have
been inserted into each chapter, unbound, underscoring the
unique quality of this publication.

Vajiko Chachkhiani, born 1985 in Tbilisi, Georgia,
lives and works in Berlin. He is represented by Daniel Marzona.

Ory Deassau, born 1979 in Tel Aviv, is a curator
and art critic based in Berlin.

Published by Bom Dia Boa Noite Boa Tarde
with texts by Rein Wolfs, Ory Dessau, Ines Rüttinger
150  × 215 mm, 184 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-3-943514-32-2
designed by Studio Manuel Raeder
24€

CATCHING FIRE POSTER SET. Dan Bodan + Alberto Troia

Posted in poster on February 24th, 2015
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CATCHING FIRE POSTER SET
ALBERTO TROIA (Kyselina) + DAN BODAN (D.F.A.)

This last summer after completing his new album, ‘Soft’, Dan Bodan asked Munich based artist Alberto Troia (Kyselina) to choose a song and interpret it as a series of images. The result is a limited edition collection of 3 wall posters depicting Troia’s unique take on the song ‘Catching Fire’. With the kind participation of DFA Records, the posters will be made available to Europe exclusively through Motto Distribution.

The Posters come packaged with a digital download code for SOFTY SOFT Vols 1,2,3, a series of radical reworkings of tracks from the album by the likes of Lotic, KABLAM, E+E, MCFERRDOG, vetran producer Howie B. and more.

3 posters
edition of 50
Published by DFA Records
20€
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Casting Jesus. Christian Jankowski. Edition Taube

Posted in Artist Book, books on February 21st, 2015
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Casting Jesus

 

Christian Jankowskis erstes Künstlerbuch bei Edition Taube basiert auf der gleichnamigen Videoarbeit „Casting Jesus“ aus dem Jahr 2011.

Es zeigt eine 3-köpfige Jury aus Vertretern des Vatikans, die in einer Art Casting-Show aus 13 professionellen Schauspielern den perfekten Jesusdarsteller auswählt.

Die renommierte Jury setzt sich zusammen aus dem Vatikan-Priester Monseñor José Manuel del Rio Carrasco, dem Kunstkritiker der vatikanischen Zeitung ‚L’Osservatore Romano‘ Sandro Barbagallo und dem Journalisten und Geschäftsführer der Kommission für Filmbewertung der italienischen Bischofskonferenz Massimo Giraldi.

Unter ihren kritischen Augen absolvieren die Kontrahenten verschiedene Aufgaben, wie zum Beispiel das Brot zu brechen, ein Wunder zu vollbringen, das Kreuz zu tragen oder aber auch das dramatische Darbieten von bekannten Jesus-Zitaten.

In mehreren Castingdurchgängen im römischen Complesso Santo Spirito in Sassia verdichtet sich das Bewerberfeld nach und nach bis am Ende ein strahlender Sieger fest steht. Die Performance konnte Video-Livestream kann ein separates Publikum von 300 Zuschauern das Casting verfolgen.

Das Buch beinhaltet neben zahlreichen farbigen Abbildungen eine Predigt von Karl-Eugen Fischer, sowie Texte von John Beeson und Dirk Rustemeyer.

Die ersten 20 Bücher der Auflage sind als Special Edition mit einem signierten Unikat-Print erhältlich.

29€

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