Simon Denny: New Management. Sophie von Olfers (Ed.). Mousse Publishing.

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Simon Denny: New Management. Sophie von Olfers (Ed.). Mousse Publishing.

Texts by Matt Goerzen, Sam Grobart, Jinny Kim, Lee Kun-hee, Lee Won-bok

“New Management” refers to the legendary management philosophy that Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of the Samsung Group, infamously introduced in the early nineties. “The New Management” principle was first proclaimed in 1993 at a high-level executive meeting at the Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt Gravenbruch near Frankfurt am Main International Airport. Lee flew in his entire top management from around the world for a three-day conference, emphasizing the need to globalize and preparing his employees for a new philosophy of change he was going to introduce in order to turn Samsung into a global market leader in all its sectors. This seminal meeting became known within the company as the “Frankfurt Declaration.” In the introduction to the publication, Simon Denny writes: “In Portikus one sees a fantastic conglomeration of material that tries to monumentalize [Samsung’s] powerful cultural message; arranging imagined and remade objects around excerpts from Lee Kun-hee’s texts and Samsung’s history. I’ve tried to stay close to the context it describes: the global material language of corporate pride and presentation.” In commissioning two different English translations of New Management, a publication in Korean about the philosophy and history of Chairman Lee’s legacy, Denny investigates existing hierarchies. On the one hand, the material carries with it extremely specific cultural and economic meaning and value, and on the other, it forms a part of global culture and public information. The same goes for Samsung’s comic version of New Management and the inclusion of Sam Grobart’s article on Samsung that originally ran in Bloomberg Businessweek. Denny levels the role of the artist with those of the professional from a tech company, a journalist, an independent contractor hired through freelancer.com, and finally the viewer of the work.

Language: English
Pages: 368
Binding: Softcover

€ 38,00
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The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom. Simon Denny. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue on December 23rd, 2013
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The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom. Simon Denny. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König

Simon Denny, who was awarded the Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel Statements in 2012, is interested in the development and contradictions of our thoroughly mediatized society. His installations, objects, and projects focus on the connections between changes in media, commerce, aesthetics, and politics-with their ever repeated and always rapidly obsolete promise of the new.

Texts from Christian Höller, Jasmine McNealy & Matthias Michalka. Interview by Laura Preston
16,5 x 24 cm
80 pages
18€
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Geirthrudur Finnbogadottir & Shame magazine presentations @ Motto Berlin. 13.12.2012

Posted in art, books, events, Motto Berlin event on December 11th, 2012
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Geirthrudur Finnbogadottir & Shame magazine presentations @ Motto Berlin. 13.12.2012
start 7pm

A slideshow presentation addressing the sovereignty of the sign, and/or the independence of the phenomenon which had hitherto transported it, marks the official release of MINDGAMES – a publication conceived as abstract shapes, shrouded in words, to articulate a cross-dimensional plane of intrigue. The diagrams and images will describe the structures and concepts that occupied the mind of the author when creating the text. The presentation will include more than a hundred originally composed images and will be accompanied by a reading.

MINDGAMES incoporates metaphorical qualities depicting people and their relationships in an ongoing interchange between space, geometry, history, and meaning. This quadrangled story about shades and variations in co-dependence and sovereignty is inspired by a musician (John Lennon), a theorist (Henri Lefebvre), an author (Halldor Laxness), and a demented ruler of Rome (Caligula) – forming biographies that present portraits of associations rather than particular statements about individual lives. The publication was conceived as a way of enjoying information in the tradition of the autodidacts of the past – but in a style which is contingent to  a reverence towards traditional modes of archiving the world.

Published in collaboration with Werkplaats Typografie.
Designed by Noah Venezia, Werkplaats Typographie, Arnhem / ArtEZ Institute of the Arts.
Size: 12 x 17 cm
Pages: 152
Edition: 500
D 15€

“If shame emerges in the breach between you and me, between the private and the public, this magazine is a willfully idiosyncratic and multi-faced attempt to approach this breach, that is, to approach shame in its different registers from the sexual and personal to the political.“
Jenny Nachtigall
Shame is a recurring publication which observes and researches human feelings and the human body. Shame focuses on daily issues that easily pass by our attention and juxtaposes them to politics, design and art in printed form. This makes it look, at times, uncomfortable and embarrasing. Shame One was initiated and produced in the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL by visual artist Wolfgang Fuetterer and graphic designer Neda Firfova. As of 2012 Shame continues to be produced in Berlin.
Shame One contributors: Alexander, Nathaniel Boyd, Simon Denny, Nicholas Matranga, Shogo Matsushiro, Jenny Nachtigall, Wolfgang F. IX, Hinrich Sachs, Samo Tomsic

edition of: 200
pages: 52
published by: Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL
D 15€

Kaleidoscope Issue #11 – Summer 2011

Posted in art, critique, distribution, exhibitions, magazines, music, writing on June 24th, 2011
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Kaleidoscope Issue #11 – Summer 2011

HIGHLIGHTS: Steven Shearer by Dieter Roelstraete; Slavs & Tatars by Carson Chan; Kaari Upson by Quinn Latimer; Alina Szapocznikow by Chris Sharp; Greg Parma-Smith interview by Nicolas Guagnini.

MAIN THEME: POP RIGHT NOW: Roundtable with Bettina Funcke, Massimiliano Gioni, John Miller, moderated by Joanna Fiduccia, with a postscript by Boris Groys, and artworks by Darren Bader; Justin Bieber by Francesco Spampinato; Rashid Johnson interview by Alessio Ascari; The Dark Side of Hipness Mark Greif and Richard Lloyd in conversation.

MONO: MARK LECKEY: Lost in the Supermarket by Barbara Casavecchia; The Browser Is a Portal by Isobel Harbison; Special Project by Mark Leckey; Art Stigmergy interview by Mark Fisher.

COLUMNS: PIONEERS: Morgan Fisher by Simone Menegoi; FUTURA: Helen Marten interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist; MAPPING THE STUDIO: Simon Denny by Luca Cerizza; CRITICAL SPACE: Douglas Coupland interview by Markus Miessen; ON EXHIBITION: Jeff Koons’ “The New” by Paola Nicolin; LAST QUESTION: And What About Pop Music? answer by Scott King.

D 7,50€

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Video Aquarium Broadcast – Simon Denny

Posted in art, books, Motto Berlin store on February 18th, 2011
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Video Aquarium Broadcast - Simon Denny

This new publication is the first comprehensive book on the work of Simon Denny. In the size of a standardized DVD cover the book features an illustrated overview on Simon Denny’s exhibitions from 2008 to 2010, additional texts by Nicolas Ceccaldi, Simon Pound and an interview with the artist by Dan Arps. The publication is produced in collaboration with Michael Lett.

2010, 268 p., fully illustrated in colour
and b/w, Owrps., 19 x 13,2 cm
Edition 1000
Published by Galerie Daniel Buchholz and Michael Lett

D 28€

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