Polite Fictions, Suzanne Schols

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9th, 2021
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Behind the public face of diplomatic gifts

Throughout history, the exchange of gifts has played a central role in the conduct of international relations. While the rules, traditions and culture of gifting evolve, it remains a universal ritual that often reveals deeper truths about what it means to be human.

Polite Fictions examines this gifting ritual in the diplomatic field, where gifts once had the power to initiate negotiations, ease tensions or send subtle messages. What role do gifts play in fostering international relations today? What messages do they carry? And what can they tell us about the relationship between two countries?

Intending to research the meaning and significance of diplomatic gifts, my camera was denied access by the authorities. The government of my home country the Netherlands and the European Commission refused me permission to take photographs, as such transparency has the potential to harm bilateral relations. Only in carefully controlled settings is it possible to see, photograph and interpret diplomatic gifts.

In contrasting that which is seen in the public eye and that which happens behind the scenes, I created new representations of the gifts and their fate. Stored away and concealed, they underline both the prudence and practicality of European diplomacy. Polite Fictions uncovers the paradoxes of diplomatic gift exchange and portrays a system of conflict avoidance and securing interests.

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Human Trip, Sakurai Ryuta

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28th, 2021
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In April 2014, Sakurai traveled through 9 Asian countries in backpack style to visit India. Sakurai took nude photos of local people while his ascetic practices when he visited temples in each country. It was a spiritual practice for Sakurai and physical communication to deepen understanding across languages and races. This photo book is based on a diary record during Sakurai’s journey and consists of photographs, texts, and illustrations laid out in chronological order.

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Sounds Like Her – Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures. Christine Eyene, Cathy Lane, Salomé Voegelin (Eds.). Beam Editions

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19th, 2021

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Curator Christine Eyene challenges the Eurocentric and patriarchal frameworks that have informed the history of sound art and, to some extent, continue to define current practice.

Sounds Like Her is a challenge to the restrictive social construct of female voices. The book re-frames how we experience the dynamic of sound as practiced by women from diverse cultures and gender identities.

The themes, debate, and curatorial perspective are explored through three new essays by Christine Eyene (curator and author), Cathy Lane (sound artist, composer and professor of Sound Art at the University of the Arts London) and artist and author Salomé Voegelin (author of The Political Possibility of Sound, Bloomsbury).

The definition of Sound Art has always been narrow, from the perspective of gender, and international cultures. The book widens and rebalances the understanding of the art form and embraces the rich vein of work that needs to be a part of a new history of this creative practice.

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Uneven Bodies: A reader, Ruth Buchanan, Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh, Hanahiva Rose (Eds.)

Posted in Uncategorized on March 16th, 2021
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In the exhibition “The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong” Ruth Buchanan presented 50 years of collecting at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Aotearoa New Zealand. This show had one core question: where is power centered? Through asking this question Buchanan and the institution have encountered celebratory moments of risk and experimentation and at the same time come face-to-face with the ways in which individual perspectives are encoded into institutions, and society at large, to form what is recognised as important and valuable. The project has made visible what Audre Lorde describes as the problem of the “mythic norm”. The symposium, “Uneven Bodies” acted on the imbalances exposed in the exhibition and invited discussions on considered approaches that weave in and out of the institution in order to re calibrate the ways in which we produce, engage with, and can shape collections. The content is gathered together in its entirety for this reader and acts as a transcript of a live event and holds onto that liveliness through the variety of forms and tones taken in each of the papers. At the same time, each contribution offers in its own way a template for how we can imagine collecting for the future; full of powerful languages we still need to learn how to speak, together.

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SGABF 2021. Motto @ Singapore Art Book Fair. 05-07 March 2021.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24th, 2021

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Motto Books @ Singapore Art Book Fair, 05-07 March 2021, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109443).

To any potential visitors, registrations are now open at Singapore Art Book Fair website, singaporeartbookfair.org.

Entry is free, but registration is required.

Booked. Hong Kong Art Book Fair @ Tai Kwun Contemporary. 25-28 February 2021.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22nd, 2021

Motto Books will participate at the 3rd edition of BOOKED: 2021 Art Book Fair @ Tai Kwun Contemporary. Hong Kong. From 25 to 28 February 2021.

CLUBBING 04 – HUBERT, Julie Boukobza (Ed.)

Posted in art, magazines, Uncategorized on February 16th, 2021
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“Je pense aux Bains Douches,
l’endroit où j’ai appris à vivre”*

Issue no. 4 of CURA. Clubbing fanzine is out now! Titled HUBERT and edited by Julie Boukobza, it is dedicated to the iconic Parisian club Les Bains Douches and to its unforgettable founder. Through the words of his two daughters, Julie Boukobza and Lily McMenamy, and an amazing collection of private photographs, published for the first time, the fanzine features an unconventional portrait of one of the protagonists of the clubbing scene and of the place he created.
*(Guillaume Dustan, Nicolas Pages, 1999) Quote sent by Constance Debré

This publication dedicated to the clubbing scene is a special project conceived, designed and published by CURA.

Guest Editor: JULIE BOUKOBZA
Texts: JULIE BOUKOBZA, LILY MCMENAMY
Cover image: CARSTEN HÖLLER

Year: 2021
Edition of 499

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SOFT NEED #23 – Just a Little Piece of Me / Dream Journal (For Udo) (7″ vinyl), Sonic Boom / Papiro

Posted in Uncategorized on February 9th, 2021
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**Edition limited to 200 copies in glossy full-color sleeve**

Planam present the first 7” edition issued in its catalogue, the split-single with consonant musicians Sonic Boom and Papiro. Originally produced as contribution for “Soft Need 23”, a book on Burroughs/Gysin edited by Udo Breger, this 7“ included in the book’s ultra-limited deluxe version is hereby available in its shiny and beautifully repackaged edition. Former Spacemen 3 mastermind and alchemist producer Sonic Boom (aka Pete Kember, E.A.R., Spectrum) offers an unreleased instrumental version of ”Just a Little Piece of Me“, an overture for West-Coast-Style synthesizer and harp, starring a repeating ardent theme. Papiro, who was also responsible for the vivid cover artwork, engraves his side with the electronic lullaby ”Dream Journal (for Udo)“, written purposely for Breger, as the title suggests, and released exclusively for this single. Papiro and Kember are known for their gallant trips between experimental and meditative abstract worlds. This single shows their ability to touch the soul during these ventures.

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Polígrafa @ Motto Books

Posted in art, books, distribution, Uncategorized on January 16th, 2021
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Motto is pleased to announce our new collaboration with Polígrafa, Barcelona.

Michael Snow – Sequences – A history of his art, Gloria Moure (Ed.)
Medardo Rosso. Pioneer of Modern Sculpture, Gloria Moure (Ed.)
The Architecture of Life, Iwona Blazwick (Ed.)
Sigmar Polke: Paintings, photographs and films, Gloria Moure (Ed.)
Gordon Matta-Clark – Experience becomes the object, Pedro Donoso (Ed.)
The Feeling of things. Writings on architecture, Adam Caruso (Ed.)
Marcel Broodthaers – Collected Writings, Gloria Moure (Ed.)
Eduardo Chillida. Open-Air Sculptures, Giovanni Carandente (Ed.)
TAKING
 THE COUNTRY’S SIDE. AGRICULTURE AND ARCHITECTURE, Sébastien Marot
ECONOMY OF MEANS, Éric Lapierre
NATURAL BEAUTY, Sébastien Marot
INNER SPACE, Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli
QUADERNS #270: Europa Europa, Moisés Puente (Ed.)
QUADERNS #271: About Buildings & Food, Xavier Monteys (Ed.)
QUADERNS #272: Cosmetic Techniques, Nuria Casais, Ferran Grau (Eds.)

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Archie Chekatouski. The 3rd Show. 08.12.2020 – 09.01.2021 (extended until 06.02.2021)

Posted in art, events, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event, Uncategorized on December 26th, 2020

 

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All photos are courtesy of the artist and Eirikur Mortagne

 

List of works:

 1. a Lanscape

 2. Lights

 3. Self-Portrait with Moustaches

 4. Self-Portrait with Moustaches

 5. Various Pens

 6. New Painting

 7. New Painting

 8. New Painting

 9. New Painting

10. Moustaches

11. New Painting

12. New Painting

13. Beer Painting

14. New Painting

15. New Painting

16. New Painting

17. New Painting

18. New Painting