Shellpunk / Jürgen Kleft @ Motto Berlin 08.08.2017

Posted in art, Motto Berlin event on August 5th, 2017
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Tuesday 8th August 2017
From 7pm
Motto Berlin





In the beginning was the tent. Wandering like a nomad, on the steady quest for the oases of the mind, Jürgen Kleft has battled his way through woods, steppes and frozen wastelands, has scaled vertiginous mountain tops and swum through wild rivers, crossed turbid fords, discovered the jungle and finally came to squeeze outdoor fashion in the tight corset of urbanity. Newly released, Shellpunk is the first collection of this daredevil’s adventures.

Based in Vienna, the devoted student of nature Jürgen Kleft explores the secrets of equipment and planning, of improvisation and bricolage. Since five years he enquires into the ludic set between definition and value, between use and material of the mere object. In the face of a life-threatening August sun, he now dares the descent into the Berlin asphalt jungle.

„In the end, all creation is playing, and every game holds something creative – no matter how you put it, the productive element always prevails. This is why we renounce seriousness and irony, but have decided to rush forward following our spirit of discovery and our thirst for knowledge. Nothing is linear anymore!“

Published by Textem, the monograph takes you on a comprehensive tour through Kleft’s oeuvre; its title, Shellpunk, is programmatic. „In the course of our research we became aware of a very special gure, a phenotype. The book is about a maverick, a Gaulish village, a pure robustus – or as we call him, the Shellpunk. Neither has he ever read Being and Time, nor did he follow the advices of any lifestyle guidebooks. And, most of the time, he would prefer not to.“ Akin to the Shellpunk’s predilection for new, wild situations, Jürgen Kleft acts on his sculptures: they may still be sculptures, but in the first place they are equipment for exhibitions. As occupying is an emancipatory act, his artworks bear clear signs of use.


The very generous contributions from Ondrej Cikan, Nina Gross, Raphael Dillhof, Katharina Schaar, Philip Waldner, Fransa Routin und Nikolaus Maria Kohlberger permeate and enrich the artist’s work. With his mystic tracks, David Peschka bestows a sonic aura of wildness and wilderness on the world of Jürgen Kleft.


LOG 40. Anyone Corporation.

Posted in architecture, magazines on July 27th, 2017
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Spring/Summer 2017

Log 40 assembles a wide-ranging collection of thoughtful essays on some of the most urgent questions and debates in architecture today, bringing them into dialogue with those of architecture’s recent past. The legacy and current status of architectural images are considered from radically different vantages, in Brett Steele’s anecdotal discourse on Zaha Hadid’s 1983 painting The World (89 Degrees), John May’s exacting dissection of “architecture after imaging,” and Hana Gründler’s exploration of the ethical implications of drawing borderlines. The issue features commentary by two contemporary architects on contemporary buildings: V. Mitch McEwen on David Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and Elisabetta Terragni on OMA’s Fondazione Prada in Milan. Other highlights include an excerpt from Noah’s Ark, the new collection of Hubert Damisch’s singular writings on architecture; a lively response by Mark Foster Gage to Michael Meredith’s recent Log essay on indifference; and a sampling of new domestic objects designed by architects.



Narr #22. Daniel Kissling (Ed).

Posted in distribution, magazines, Wholesale, writing on July 20th, 2017
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Featuring: Noémie Boebs, Sagal Maj Comafai, Viktor Dallmann, René Frauchiger, Jonis Hartmann, Ruth Loosli, Gorch Maltzen, Valerie-Katharina, Meyer, Jan Müller, Anna Ospelt, Rüdiger Saß, Adam Schwarz, Noemi Steuerwald, Adi Traar, Wolfgang Wurm.
Illustrations by Tobias Gutmann. Guest contributions from studio marcus kraft.



Merman. Alberto García del Castillo. Shelter Press.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, photography, Wholesale, writing on July 19th, 2017
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A queer travelogue of a boating voyage on Belgium’s inland waterways with merman and singer Steev Lemercier in the company of Chanel and Dolce, who are a cat and a dog, during the first months of their friendship with the author.



Supplement – Exclusion Zones / Susanne Kriemann & Eva Wilson @ Motto Berlin 18.07.2017

Posted in art, Motto Berlin event, photography, zines on July 15th, 2017
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Supplement - Exclusion Zones : Susanne Kriemann & Eva Wilson @ Motto Berlin 18.07.2017_Motto

Supplement 2 – Exclusion Zones

Susanne Kriemann & Eva Wilson

Published by Fillip

From 7pm

In conjunction with the release of Exclusion Zones, join artist Susanne Kriemann and writer Eva Wilson at Motto Berlin on Tuesday, July 18 at 7 pm for drinks and an informal discussion in the courtyard.

Exclusion Zones, the second issue in Fillip’s Supplement series, unpacks Susanne Kriemann’s photographic investigation of uraninite (or pitchblende), a radioactive, uranium-rich mineral found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (where it was mined for the Manhattan Project), Canada (in the Athabasca Basin and Great Bear Lake), and throughout Europe. Kriemann’s work focuses on the impact on the land surrounding uraninite mines operated by the now defunct mining company SDAG Wismut in the Ore Mountains of the former GDR. In Kriemann’s work, radioactive pigments drawn from wild plants growing near the vast sludge ponds at the decommissioned mine become raw photographic material: toxic, volatile, and beautiful.

Documented through Kriemann’s photographs, archival images, and a new text by Eva Wilson, Exclusion Zones charts an economic-geologic-cosmic nexus that speaks to the diverse impacts of industrial resource extraction and environmental remediation.


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Terremoto 9. Dorothée Dupuis (ed). Terremoto & Motto Books.

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, Motto Books, Wholesale on July 14th, 2017
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In 1985, British movie director Terry Gilliam releases Brazil, a free adaptation of George Orwell’s novel 1984 (currently hitting again best-seller list in the USA). Borrowing its title from Ary Barroso’s song Brazil, after Gilliam allegedly heard it while scouting in a horrible small industrial town in the north of England, the movie is a fable about humanity’s alienation in contemporary bureaucratic and capitalist systems, and affirms the power of imagination, dream, and affect as potential tools of resistance and escape in a surrealistic, post-Monty Python tone.

2017: in Brazil, the repercussion of “Lava Jato Operation” now infiltrates all layers of the Brazilian upper class and beyond, and will likely force Michel Temer, Brazil’s coup-monger president, to move out of the presidential house imminently, and this time, not because of alleged ghosts. The “Brazilian Miracle” is definitely outdated, and the major non-Hispanic country of Latin America is experiencing the worst political and institutional crisis of its history. On the other hand, a national council of Mexican indigenous groups backed by the Zapatista rebels just selected Maria de Jésus Patricio Martínez, a Nahua woman, as the country’s first indigenous presidential candidate. This as Mexico is said to enter the world’s 10 largest economies in the next few years, dangerously challenging its northern neighbor, for better or for worse.

Cards are shuffling quickly in the Americas and it seems that what we once expected from the north or the south might soon not matter anymore. Could it be time to reconsider our origins, to invent a new future, to finally get rid of our displaced modern ambitions and appropriate critically the performance of the exotic that cursed us for so long? In this issue of Terremoto, we will talk about places which don’t really exist as such, identities traded for others, landscapes that imprison us or, on the contrary, set us free, trying to set our landmarks aside as we look for a path towards new forms of consilience.

With contributions by: Fernanda Brenner, Tiago Carneiro da Cunha, Hank Willis Thomas, Modou Dieng, Devon Van Houten Maldonado, Pedro de Niemeyer Cesarino, Carolina Castro Jorquera, Cecilia Vicuña, Gabriel Mejía Abad, Marilia Loureiro, Pedro Victor Brandão, PDP (Public Display of Professionalism), Maria do Carmo M. P. de Pontes, Ilê Sartuzi, Ana Vaz, Luiz Roque, Cristiano Lenhardt, Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca, Paulina Ascencio, Fabiola Torres-Alaga, Alberto García del Castillo, César Zegarra, Susana Vargas Cervantes, Veronica Stigger.



Audio Book. Félicia Atkinson. Shelter Press.

Posted in art, Artist Book on July 13th, 2017
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Uncompromising collection of found images and original work from Felicia Atkinson, composing a rasterized visual score. Audio Book could be a radio program without sound, but it’s a travel guide for a destination that doesn’t exist. It’s a take-away environment. It’s a deep looking into the palimpsests of a landscape.
It gathers two hundred images, some are found materials some are originals. Some images are words. Each of those images contains a grain, a noise, a distortion, a blur, a change of frequency.
The book is the territory. The pages are the knitters of a strange kind of duration.
In the book there is no need for frontiers and passeports, language is a river to cross or to swim in. We are all foreigners of something. There are only derives and situations. The book travels for you, circulates, is exchanged, stolen, given or lost.



FLYKTSTRATEGIER. Rune Andersson. Moon space Books.

Posted in Artist Book, drawing, photography, travel, Wholesale on July 10th, 2017
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An artist book by Rune Andersson that explores potential strategies of escaping civilization,oppressors and/or reality.

Print: Offset and Risograph
Edition of 400



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Collection revue 5.

Posted in art, magazines on July 7th, 2017
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For its 5th issue, Collection revue has changed its subtitle from the previous “A magazine around contemporary drawing” to a more simple “9 conversations”. The issue is still a direct extension of the previous ones: engaging in conversations with artists who would not have the occasion to be reunited elsewhere than on these pages. Alongside the artists, the issue features graphic designers bridging the realms of technology and emotion, materialist publishers and a group of skaters turned gallerists.

Featuring: Ernest T. / Taroop & Glabel, Galerie 126, Yannick Val Gesto, Sarah Tritz, Stefanie Lienzos, Masanao Hirayama, Maximale, Éditions Matière, Aidan Koch.

english / french



PARTY. Erik Steinbrecher. Argobooks.

Posted in Artist Book, books, distribution, Motto Berlin store, Wholesale on July 7th, 2017
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This year sees an election campaign and the candidates of the parties are present everywhere showing different slogans but the same pose: in a suit and tie looking to the camera with confidence and a bright smile. Erik Steinbrecher makes them all the same in his latest publication PARTY: Whether nationally conservative or left-liberal, the hopefuls in Germany or France, Switzerland, Great Britain or the USA are here alienated by the tomato slaughter to the point of being unrecognisable. Yet the reader still tries to find out who they are.