Lisa Jo, KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch & Debo Eilers), Lukas Quietzsch, Pádraig Timoney @ The Downer. Opening 16 May 2021

Posted in art, exhibitions on May 14th, 2021
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Lisa Jo, KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch & Debo Eilers), Lukas Quietzsch, Pádraig Timoney @ The Downer

Lisa Jo, KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch & Debo Eilers), Lukas Quietzsch, Pádraig Timoney

Opening Sunday 16 May 2021, 3-7pm

at the Downer – Skalitzer Straße 68, 10997 Berlin

The exhibition will be on view from 16 May until 26 June 2021

Ibis, Mimosa, Tchéring (…), Julien Carreyn

Posted in art, editions, Motto Books, photography on May 10th, 2021
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Box with six new A5 publications including: Ibis, Tchéring, Les Pharmacies du Sacré Cœur I, Blin, Mimosa, Les Pharmacies du Sacré Cœur II with three 10×15 photos.

Edition of 20 copies.

Numbered and signed by the artist.

Published by Motto Books; Crèvecœur; Anywave.

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PROVENCE x Longtan Capsule Collection in Motto Berlin

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10th, 2021

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PROVENCE x Longtan Capsule Collection, 2021

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German Balcony, Chen Haishu

Posted in art, Artist Book, photography on May 10th, 2021
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In the summer of 2017, Chen Haishu and his wife moved to Nordstadt District of Karlsruhe, Germany. The building they live, along with the 50 surrounding buildings with almost the same appearance, belonged to Paul Revere Village, the new military base of the U.S. Army in Karlsruhe after the Second World War. Like other U.S. military bases in Germany, Paul Revere Village is well-equipped and self-contained, like a “small American”. The American troops stationed here had influenced the local German society in different aspects. The changes in the international situation also affected the relationship between the U.S. military in Germany and the German natives. After the end of the Cold War, the American troops withdrew from Karlsruhe and handed over the barracks, together with their supporting facilities – the military airport, schools and other infrastructure to Germany. This area was subsequently converted into a new urban district. The buildings of barracks were expanded, added with extra storeys and equipped with balconies, becoming residential buildings for civilians; the airport was set as a nature reserve. Although the U.S. military has completely withdrawn, its influence on German society for 50 years did not dissipate.

As new residents, Chen and his family experienced and practiced the functional transformation of living space and urban space through their own residence. In the project “German Balcony”, Chen documents the daily life of the area while looking for the material about the U.S. military in Karlsruhe from the local archive, and combines them together. Under different historical conditions, the coexistence of different groups and cultures faces similar or divergent difficulties. In this way, the work blurs the boundaries between the past and the present, public and private, and shows how the current daily life can be re-expanded in this historical relic to create new collective memories.

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Sustainable Societies for the Future, Stephanie Cristello, Kirse Junge-Stevnsborg (Eds.)

Posted in art, books, Motto Books, writing on May 3rd, 2021
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How do we create ideas, paths, and actions for a more sustainable world? How can art function as a catalyst for change? The project Sustainable Societies for the Future is founded on some of today’s most complex and urgent challenges. This publication, released on the occasion of the concurrent exhibition on view at the Malmö Art Museum and a number of seminars and events, directly addresses issues surrounding how cities and human settlements can be transformed into inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable environments.

The statements in this book feature individual and collective contributions by artists and scholars from the Nordic and North American art scenes to awaken discussion, reflection, and perspectives that reflect sustainable pathways for the world. Designed by Olga Prader, the navigation of each text is conceptually categorized through a visual lexicon that follows the mission of the 11 Global Goals set out by the UN, including biodiversity, housing, and gender equality, health and safety, and environmental justice, among other key issues.

We are at a point where sustainability alone is not sufficient. As the pages within Sustainable Societies for the Future suggests, contemporary art can serve as a key speculation into how issues of ecological challenges, access to and preservation of natural resources, social exclusion, balance of economy, forms of protest, and collective responsibilities can be approached via a political and social lens.

The exhibition Sustainable Societies for the Future runs at Malmö Art Museum from 1 February to 23 May 2021.

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Fieldnotes Issue 1, Bella Marrin (Ed.)

Posted in books, magazines on April 26th, 2021
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Fieldnotes Issue 1 – the third thing – spring 2021

A quarterly print journal publishing new writing and artworks with a focus on practices that work between disciplines and against type. There is always a third thing between two things that are known; we are interested in whatever there is between translations/transitions, things-in-progress, converging genres, methods of excavation and formal innovation. The purpose of the journal is to provide a test site for ideas and research; a space for experimental modes and new prototypes.

The first issue of Fieldnotes contains new work by Lauren Berlant & Kathleen Stewart, Wytske van Keulen, Zara Joan Miller, Estelle Hoy, Rob Halpern, Ana Vaz & Ben Rivers, Matthias Connor, Wythe Marschall, Sarah Mangold, Patrick Keiller, Helen Marten, Lulu Wolf, Emily Hunt Kivel, Amparo Dávila trans. Audrey Harris & Matthew Gleeson, Ulrike Almut Sandig trans. Karen Leeder, Malcolm Bradley & Juliette Pépin, David Manley, Eloise Lawson.

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arbitrary latest arrivals in Motto Berlin

Posted in Motto Berlin store, music, Vinyl, vinyl on April 24th, 2021
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PM016 (2020 Remaster) (LP), Mads Emil Nielsen
Framework 3 (10” vinyl + CD), Mads Emil Nielsen + Katja Gretzinger + Nicola Ratti
Framework 2 (2 x 10” vinyl), Mads Emil Nielsen + V.A. / Andrea Neumann, Jan Jelinek, Hideki Umezawa

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Echos, Marion Tampon-Lajarriette

Posted in Artist Book, exhibition catalogue on April 20th, 2021
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This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition “Echos” at Fondazione d’Arte Erich Lindenberg, Museo Villa Pia, Porza – 27 October 2019 — 5 April 2020.

Fondazione d’Arte Erich Lindenberg is pleased to present Marion Tampon-Lajarriette, a French artist who explores the borders of memory and imagination, often referring to and using materials coming from the history of cinema, science and art. At Museo Villa Pia, Marion Tampon-Lajarriette has shown a selection of works from the past ten years, dating back to her arrival in Switzerland, in Geneva. Through video works created from 2D images, installations and furtive shots taken from performances, Marion transforms her love for cultural heritage, both old and contemporary, into a vision that verges on the fantastic, creating suspended atmospheres, between real and imaginary dimensions.

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PROVENCE SS 2021: SCANDAL ISSUE – Olamiju Fajemisin, Philip Pilekjær, Tobias Kaspar (Eds.)

Posted in art, magazines, Motto Books on April 12th, 2021
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We are excited to present the PROVENCE SPRING / SUMMER 2021. It’s filled with portfolios, essays, fashion editorials, and scandalous conversations between artists, curators, gallerists, and writers. Also included: a 150-page-long stream of installation views collected during the past twelve years of Contemporary Art Daily (CAD). Selected exclusively for PROVENCE by CAD founder, Forrest Nash.

It’s your screen detox.

PROVENCE. SPRING / SUMMER 21. CONTINUOUS CRISIS.

with contributions by Mitchell Anderson, Francis Bacon, Darren Bader, Emmanuel Balogun, Juliette Blightman, HSH Princess Rita Boncompagni-Ludovisi, Franco Bonera, Fabian Bremer, Claude Cahun, Giovanna Calvenzi, Corrado Calvo, Lou Cantor, Mateo Chacon-Pino, Talia Chetrit, Contemporary Art Daily, Contemporary Art Writing Daily, Caspar Coppetti, Dom Cum, Peter Cybulski, Veronika Dorosheva, Jimmie Durham, Elise Duryée-Browner, Buck Ellison, Olamiju Fajemisin, Gina Folly, FRZNTE, Bill Gates, Edgars Gluhovs, Raphael Gygax, Samuel Haitz, Unn Aurell Hansson, Roswitha Hecke, Swetlana Heger, Nelly Hoffmann, Nina Hollensteiner, Julian Irlinger, Astrit Ismaili, Tom Oliver Jacobson, Marc Jauss, Mirabelle Jones, Jone Kvie, Richard Lichtenber, Armin Linke, Alma Manssur, Mickael Marman, Michael Meier, Valentina Minnig, Ebecho Muslimova, Forrest Nash, Paola Paleari, The Performance Agency, Dushan Petrovich, Inigo Philbrick, Albrecht Pischel, Kemara Pol, Eva Presenhuber, Leif Randt, Federico Reyes, Rico & Michael, Carter Rinehart, Jimmy Robert, Jeffrey Rosen, Sarah Rosengarten, Yael Salomonowitz, Satan, Kenny Schachter, Allan Sekula, Colin Self, Shadow Brand®, Mariano Sulmoni, Claudia Valeriani, Steven Warwick, Jan Wenzel, Andrew Norman Wilson, Alexis Zavialoff, Zürich Art Memes.

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An Elaborate Gesture of Pastness: Three Films by Dani Gal – Motto Books; Blood Mountain Projects

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, Motto Books on April 10th, 2021
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The publication delves into Dani Gal’s trilogy produced between 2011 and 2018. Each film approaches the complexities of historical accounts between ‘victims’ and ‘perpetrators’ in the context of German, Jewish and Arab histories from a different ‘blind spot’ in historical knowledge. Cinematic tools are applied to illuminate and stage these undocumented aspects of real historical events.

Contributions from Sabeth Buchmann, Burcu Dogramaci, Noit Banai and Sa’ed Atshan are accompanied by visual and literary material and references from Gal’s extensive research practice.

Night and Fog (2011) is a re-enactment of the night of 31 May 1962, based on an interview Gal made with Michael Goldman-Gilad, a Holocaust survivor and Israeli police officer, who had undertaken the secret mission of scattering the ashes of Adolf Eichmann into the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea after he was captured in Argentina and brought to trial and executed in Israel.

As from Afar (2013) is a fictionalised account of a meeting between Simon Wiesenthal, a Jewish Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to bring Nazi criminals to justice, and Albert Speer, the chief architect of the Third Reich, using the letters they exchanged throughout the 1970s as a basis for the dialogue.

White City (2018) revolves around the complex character of Arthur Ruppin, a German Jew and one of the founders of the Zionist Settlement who promoted co-existence with the Palestinians before the establishment of the State of Israel; the film traces his visit to the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart, and his 1933 meeting with Hans F. K. Günther, the leading German eugenicist of the time who became a major influence on National Socialist race theory.

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