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

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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.

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e ers. Malte Lochstedt & Verlag Danny Grassow & Chain Store Mix Release MNM Ltd @ Motto Books. 15.12.2016

Posted in 2016, events, Motto Books on December 8th, 2016
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In the pedestrian zone I only entered the closed Sinn Le er department store for a short time. Stagnant moving stairways, empty product displays, old brand banners, sockets without use. Architecture and objects stick out. Best of the rest. Everything left over became fetishized, standing for something else. Outside I strolled around the building. All signs and logos were altered, now meaning literally empty sense. All shop windows were decorated with left over stuff, someone seemed to still feel responsible. In a close by drugstore I bought two single-use cameras, came back and took these pictures.

Malte Lochstedt & Verlag Danny Grassow
& Chain Store Mix Release MNM Ltd.
Thursday 15th December 2016
From 6pm – 9pm
@ Motto Berlin

Zweikommasieben #14. Remo Bitzi (ed). Präsens Editionen, Motto Books.

Posted in distribution, magazines, Motto Books, music, Wholesale on December 8th, 2016
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Zweikommasieben #14

Zweikommasieben is a Swiss magazine that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary club culture since the summer of 2011. The magazine features artist interviews, essays and columns as well as photography, illustration and graphics. In addition, zweikommasieben organizes concerts, parties, club nights, matinees, raves and other fun events in various cities.

Featuring: Noological Multiobjective Outlines, Endgame, Phuong-Dan, Carla dal Forno, Zuli, Ekman, Telephones, Broshuda, meandyou, etc.

Edited by Remo Bitzi.

Co-published with Motto Books.

Pages: 146
Size: 29.7 x 21 cm
Weight: 386 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783906282077

€12.00

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Croissants & Architecture. Nicole Wermers @ Koenig Books Charing Cross. London. Dec. 1st, 2016

Posted in events on November 27th, 2016
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Croissants & Architecture

Nicole Wermers
Motto Books

Book Launch at Koenig Books, December 1st, 2016
from 6-8pm

Koenig Books
80 Charing Cross Rd,
London WC2H 0BB, UK
Phone: +44 20 7240 8190

‘Variations on Dots and Lines’. Nico Jungel book launch @ Motto Berlin. 10.11.2016

Posted in events on November 7th, 2016
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‘Variations on Dots and Lines’. Nico Jungel book launch @ Motto Berlin. 10.11.2016
from 6pm

Join us to celebrate Nico Jungel’s new book, published by Motto Books

Variations on Dots and Lines
Author: Nico Jungel
Publisher: Motto Books
Size: 21 x 28.8 cm
Weight: 880 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524532
€28.00 Buy

Terremoto 7 – La Vida Eterna. Dorothée Dupuis (ed.). Terremoto, Motto Books

Posted in 2016, distribution, magazines, Wholesale on October 25th, 2016
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Terremoto 7: Eternal Life

A move towards secularization–the minimization of the presence of religion in public life, has been driven by many modernizing governments and regimes during the 20th century. For many, religion remains the main explanation of worldly phenomena and institutional and familial logic, and its influence is usually persistent in the most intimate behaviors. However, lately religion has been portrayed in Western media as a source of violence and intolerance— forgoing its conciliatory role.

What is known as the “ontological turn” in contemporary anthropology is part of a pursuit to deconstruct the metaphysics and relativism underlying the very questions asked by the humanities about knowledge production and spirituality. Current work in social sciences, technology studies, science and the arts have continued to reshape the idea of spirituality by troubling Western canons, establishing a dialogue with manifold cosmologies to better understand the ways we can relate to the non human and the inhuman.

In Eternal Life, Terremoto seeks to explore accounts linked to the mystical, the spiritual, the carnal, and the incarnate in relation to the arts, but also within a broader cultural spectrum. Through such examination we move to reconcile desire with the awareness of sharing this earth and perhaps, the entire unbound universe, with other life forms and entities.

INDEX

Saskia Calderón by Nabil Ahmed and Manuela Moscoso; Daniel Garza Usabiaga on David Alfaro Siqueiros; Tobi Maier in conversation with Libidiunga Cardoso; Myriam Ben Salah in conversation with Martha Kirszenbaum; Sarah Schönfeld and Ashkan Sepahvand; Juliana Ossa on feminine religious mysticism in New Spain; François Bucher by Natalia Valencia; Eduardo Basualdo and Adriana Minoliti in conversation with Dorothée Dupuis; Noah Simblist on ethics in the art market; Fanny Drugeon on the Menil Collection; four poems by Frank Báez; Irmgard Emmelhainz on civil uprisings in Santa Fe in Mexico City; Trajal Harrell in conversation with Xavier Acarin.

22.5 x 34.5 cm
96 pages

10€

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¨Strangers’ Guide to Home Territories¨. Steve Bishop. Motto Books, Supportico Lopez

Posted in books, distribution, Motto Books on October 21st, 2016
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Steve Bishop
Strangers’ Guide to Home Territories
1st edition, 250 copies

Photos taken at the following exhibitions:
Standard Ballad (2015)
Carlos/Ishikawa, London

You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (2016)
Supportico Lopez/6817 Los Angeles

Insulated by the Boundary (2016)
AND NOW, Dallas

1st edition, 250 copies
60 C-prints on Fuji Crystal Archive photo paper
Screen printed PVC jacket
ISBN: 9782940524518
Published by Motto Books, Supportico Lopez

35€
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Idea Car. Matthew Clifford Green. 2nd Cannons Publications & Motto Books

Posted in 2016, art, Artist Book, books, distribution, poetry, writing on September 20th, 2016
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Matthew Clifford Green is a young painter based in Los Angeles.

On his canvasses Matthew Clifford Green expends the material of oil paint in a near-facetious way, creating works that border the monstrous with the cartoonish. As the surface of his works mound and extend off the canvas, the act of viewership becomes tactile despite its distance, blending sight with touch. The crudeness of Green’s painting style results in works that bend the formal nature of color and the oil medium towards the realm of hyper simplicity, while carefully dodging the fine line of affected naivety.

He has already held plenty solo exhibitions.

IDEA CAR is the artist’s first book of scribbled poetry.

Published by 2nd Cannons Publications & Motto Books in an Edition of 500

20€

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