Polite Fictions. Suzanne Schols. Self published

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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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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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.

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.)

Browse the full catalog here

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

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10. Moustaches

11. New Painting

12. New Painting

13. Beer Painting

14. New Painting

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16. New Painting

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18. New Painting

Special Offers. Spring 2020.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21st, 2020

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For the next weeks, we’ll try to send online orders as efficiently as possible. (some information here)

Order 2 books and get 1 surprise book for free.

Order 5 books, and get 2 surprise books for free.

Every order above 50€ gets a free Erik Steinbrecher ephemera or poster.

We offer free delivery in Berlin, within reasonable distance, until we can’t do it.

Write us with any requests to: support (at) mottodistribution.com

BILL 2 launch @ Motto Berlin. 19.04.2019

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17th, 2019

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BILL 2 — Magazine launch
Friday 19 April from 6pm

Berlin friends, please join us at Motto bookstore for a presentation of BILL 2. BILL is a magazine of photo stories. Prioritizing visual reading without distraction, all the images that appear in the magazine are printed without accompanying text. Published by Roma Publications, the magazine is offset printed by monks in Bavaria and every contributor can occupy 16 pages on a different paper stock.

The second issue of BILL includes contributions by Linda van Deursen, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Jason Dodge, Archiv Hans Hollein, Inge Ketelers, Jochen Lempert, Raimundas Malašauskas, Bart Julius Peters / T L P S, Reto Schmid, Megan Francis Sullivan, Tadanori Yokoo by Tadashi Kurahashi, Ann Woo, Jiajia Zhang and RareBooksParis (advertiser)

Editor and designer Julie Peeters will be there, as well as contributors Jason Dodge (reading), Megan Francis Sullivan and co-editor Elena Narbutaite.

Drinks will be served and magazines available.

http://billinprint.com/
https://www.romapublications.org/

Daniel Gustav Cramer: Publications and Books @ Motto Berlin. 19.02-02.03.2019

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17th, 2019
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Daniel Gustav Cramer
Publications and Books
19.02-02.03.2019
Presentation 19.02 from 7pm
 
Daniel Gustav Cramer works with objects, text, photographs, sound, film and books. Each of his works refers back to his practice as a whole – an archive of stories, scientific researches and recorded moments mapping the relationship between experience and memory. Daniel has exhibited in several venues including Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, France (2018), Kunsthaus Pasquart, Switzerland (2018), MMK1 – Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt (2018), Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany (2018), greynoise, Dubai (2017), Entree, Bergen, Norway (2017), Verksmiðjan, Akureyri, Iceland (2017), Frac Ile de France (2017), CAC Vilnius, Lithuania (2016), SALTS, Switzerland (2014), Kunsthaus Glarus (2012) and dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel. Here at Motto, Daniel will present all his publications up to date. Additionally, he will exhibit a selection of artists books. He will present works in the vitrine outside Motto.

A City Curating Reader. PAM 2018 launch at Spike, Berlin. 30.01.2019

Posted in events, Uncategorized on January 22nd, 2019

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A City Curating Reader

30 Jan, 7pm
hosted by Spike
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 45, Berlin

Texte & Statements von/chapters & statements by
Cana Bilir-Meier, Maria Lind, Alexander Koch, Patricia Reed & Joanna Warsza –– anschließend Diskussion/followed by a public discussion

Join us to pick a copy, get a drink and review PAM2018 with us!

A City Curating Reader. Public Art Munich 2018
Eds. Joanna Warsza, Patricia Reed
600 Seiten/pages, English/German
Design Till Gathmann & Teresa Rudolf
Produced by Freispiel Kulturagentur
Published by PAM2018 & Motto Books
ISBN 978-2-940524-82-2
29 Euro

www.pam2018.de