Now more than ever. Marije de Wit. WIELS & Motto Books.

Posted in art, books, distribution on August 9th, 2017
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Following Marije de Wit’s work that shows her contemplative attitude towards sculpture, presentation, image, representation, abstraction, meaning and value, the works in There is so much thinking to be done keep introspecting their own status. The works are things just as much as they are interfaces in between things and thinking about what they are. Sculptural and painterly motifs that are self-invented, taken from ancient art and from the realms of advertisement, ask out loud whether they’re doodles, ornament or image.

As some works are shaped by trackable gestures – meaning that both what is shown and how it is made are equally on display – these works ask at what moment we decide when images are images. In line with De Wit’s belief that constantly refreshing our outlook is the most helpful thing to do, the works are placed in dense groups. This way they are put to work to hold each other in their active situation of perpetual contemplation.

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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 The “Brazilian Miracle” is definitely outdated, and the major non-Hispanic country of Latin America is experiencing the worst political and institutional crisis of its history.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.

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WORD SQUARES. Karl Holmqvist. Compagnia & Motto Books.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, Motto Books on June 14th, 2017
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KARL HOLMQVIST, WORD SQUARES. COMPAGNIA/MOTTO BOOKS 2017,
PUBLISHED WITH THE KIND SUPPORT OF THE CENTRE D’ART CONTEMPORAIN, GENEVA, TO COINCIDE WITH THE ARTIST’S EXHIBITION, 31.5.– 27.8.2017.

WORD SQUARES DESIGNED BY KARL HOLMQVIST AND BENEDIKT REICHENBACH.

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The Ruin to Come. Walid Sadek. Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016 @ Agial Art Gallery. 15.06.2017

Posted in books, distribution, events, writing on June 13th, 2017
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The Ruin to Come.
Walid Sadek.
Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016

Thursday 15 June, 2017 starting at 6:00 pm
Venue: Agial Art Gallery, 63 Abdel Aziz St., Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon.

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These collected essays, written in Beirut over a period of 10 years between 2006 and 2016, look at the conditions of living under a temporality theorized as the “protracted now” of a civil war, one structurally capable of perpetuating the conditions of its own dominance. This protracted now, these essays argue, remains untranquil in the many unfinished strains of a troubled history that resist falling back into a settled and distant past.

What unites the diverse essays of this book is an investment in the concept of labor, understood as both interminable and his­torical: the labor of min, the labor of the corpse, the labor of near­blindness and the labor of missing. These labors are interminable since they persist in a disinclination to join the various calls for regeneration and resurrection implicit in state-sanctioned and market-driven projects for the reconstruction of Lebanon. They are also historical since they frame this disinclination as an anti-historicist position open to a non-linear conception of memory that attempts to name the many pasts slighted by a forward-looking rush towards better futures.

Together, these labors develop into a critique of hope as a reac­tionary sentiment that numbs collective action in the present and propose that within the folds of war lie moments of political significance that can be recovered and thought through, in order to initiate a livable living built with the unwelcome but necessary knowledge shouldered by unreconciled survivors.

Zweikommasieben #15. Remo Bitzi, Marc Schwegler, Guy Schwegler (Eds). Präsens Editionen / Motto Books.

Posted in distribution, magazines, Motto Books, music, Wholesale on May 24th, 2017
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Featuring interviews with DJ Stingray, J.G. Biberkopf, Interstellar Funk, Grebenstein, Brain Case, Pan Daijing and Marlene Engel, one of the curators of Wiener Festwochen; portraits on Tolouse Low Trax and Sleaford Mods; an essay called “Entropy as Exit” by DeForrest Brown Jr. on the albums Cellular Automata by Dopplereffekt and I-LP-O in Dub’s Capital Dub Chapter 1; columns featuring the development of dancehall (“Basslines”), the CDJ-2000 (“Track Down Fiction”), pictures from the Johannesburg scene (“We Are Time”), Vinyl-on-Demand (“From Here Till Now”) as well as poems (“Sound Texts”) and thoughts on the Gegenstand (“Gegen:stand”); PLUS contributions by Jackie and Gil, Tomasa Del Real, Pure Mania and mittageisen’s Bruno W.

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TT. Nico Jungel. Motto Books.

Posted in art, Artist Book, drawing, Motto Books on April 27th, 2017
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TT by Nico Jungel
Published by Motto Books

Language: German
Size: 19.5 x 29.7 cm
Weight: 160 g
Binding: Softcover

€32.00

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Croissants & Architecture. Nicole Wermers. Motto Books.

Posted in art, Artist Book, distribution, Motto Books, Wholesale on April 25th, 2017
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Croissants & Architecture
Nicole Wermers

Published in an edition of 250
Size: 23 x 27.7 cm
Weight: 495 g
Binding: Softcover

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The Ruin to Come, Essays from a protracted war. Walid Sadek. Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016.

Posted in distribution, Motto Books, Wholesale, writing on February 8th, 2017
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These collected essays, written in Beirut over a period of 10 years between 2006 and 2016, look at the conditions of living under a temporality theorized as the “protracted now” of a civil war, one structurally capable of perpetuating the conditions of its own dominance. This protracted now, these essays argue, remains untranquil in the many unfinished strains of a troubled history that resist falling back into a settled and distant past.

What unites the diverse essays of this book is an investment in the concept of labor, understood as both interminable and his­torical: the labor of min, the labor of the corpse, the labor of near­blindness and the labor of missing. These labors are interminable since they persist in a disinclination to join the various calls for regeneration and resurrection implicit in state-sanctioned and market-driven projects for the reconstruction of Lebanon. They are also historical since they frame this disinclination as an anti-historicist position open to a non-linear conception of memory that attempts to name the many pasts slighted by a forward-looking rush towards better futures.

Together, these labors develop into a critique of hope as a reac­tionary sentiment that numbs collective action in the present and propose that within the folds of war lie moments of political significance that can be recovered and thought through, in order to initiate a livable living built with the unwelcome but necessary knowledge shouldered by unreconciled survivors.

Written by Walid Sadek

Published by Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016

Language: English
Pages: 253
Size: 13 x 20.5
Weight: 198 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524563

€15.00

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UNTITLED (2011). Erik Steinbrecher. Rakete.co & Motto Books

Posted in 2016, Motto Books, photography on December 9th, 2016
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First edition 300 copies
Stamped and Signed.

ps… to read in the dark.

€ 10.00

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Mousse #56. Edoardo Bonaspetti (ed.). Mousse Magazine

Posted in 2016, art, Motto Books on December 9th, 2016
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2006–2016: A SMALL ANTHOLOGY

A selection of essays, interviews, conversations, and projects that appeared in the first ten years of Mousse.

Featuring: Chantal Akerman; Cecilia Alemani; Jennifer Allen; Kai Althoff; Bruce Altshuler; Ed Atkins; Lutz Bacher; Darren Bader; Alex Bag; John Baldessari; Phyllida Barlow; Kirsty Bell; Andrew Berardini; Jonathan Berger; Michael Bracewell; Tom Burr; Maurizio Cattelan; Marc Camille Chaimowicz; Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev; Stuart Comer; Lauren Cornell; Nicholas Cullinan; Roberto Cuoghi; Nick Currie; Massimo De Carlo; Gino De Dominicis; Gigiotto Del Vecchio; Simon Denny; Brian Dillon; Jimmie Durham; Dominic Eichler; Peter Eleey; Matias Faldbakken; Luigi Fassi; Elena Filipovic; Morgan Fisher; Isa Genzken; Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi; Liam Gillick; Massimiliano Gioni; Isabelle Graw; Ed Halter; Jens Hoffmann; Judith Hopf; William E. Jones; Omar Kholeif; Alexander Kluge; Jiří Kovanda; William Leavitt; Élisabeth Lebovici; Andrea Lissoni; Helen Marten; Chus Martínez; Nick Mauss; Lucy McKenzie; Fionn Meade; Simone Menegoi; John Menick; Ute Meta Bauer; Massimo Minini; Hans Ulrich Obrist; Trevor Paglen; Stefania Palumbo; Francesco Pedraglio; Otto Piene; Laura Poitras; Elizabeth Price; Seth Price; Laure Prouvost; Alessandro Rabottini; Carol Rama; Filipa Ramos; Jason Rhoades; Dieter Roelstraete; Esperanza Rosales; Nicolaus Schafhausen; Fender Schrade; Stuart Sherman; Frances Stark; Jamie Stevens; Hito Steyerl; Sturtevant; Sabrina Tarasoff; Ana Teixeira Pinto; Oscar Tuazon; Giorgio Verzotti; Jan Verwoert; Francesco Vezzoli; Adrián Villar Rojas; Peter Wächtler; Ian Wallace; Klaus Weber; Cathy Wilkes; Christopher Williams; Jordan Wolfson.

€ 10.00