Motto Melbourne Autumn Sale! 25% to 50% off all stock! 12 – 13.04.2014.

Posted in Events, magazines, Motto Melbourne event on April 12th, 2014
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Motto Melbourne Autumn Sale! 25%-50% off all stock!

Books, Magazine’s, Artist’s Publications and Editions.

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th April 2014.

Motto Melbourne / Magic Johnston
27 – 29 Johnston Street
Collingwood, Melbourne
VIC 3066

Recurating: When Exhibitions Become Reified / Thinking Contemporary Curating, book launch @ Motto Melbourne. 06.12.2013.

Posted in Events, Motto Melbourne event, Theory on December 3rd, 2013
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– Recurating: When Exhibitions Become Reified
– Thinking Contemporary Curating, Terry Smith. Book launch

Terry Smith, Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Pittsburgh
with Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director, Curatorial Practice, MADA
and Rebecca Coates, Independent curator and lecturer, Art History, University of Melbourne

This talk examines the recent phenomenon of restaging historical exhibitions, culminating in the dramatic and polarizing rehang of When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013 at Fondazione Prada in Venice this year, undertaken by Germano Celant with Thomas Demand and Rem Koolhaas. The topic will be introduced and contextualized by Tara McDowell and concluded by a conversation among Terry Smith, Tara McDowell, and Rebecca Coates.

The talk is followed by the Australian launch of Smith’s recent book, Thinking Contemporary Curating, published by Independent Curators International. The book launch is, in turn, followed by the launch of issue 7.2 of un Magazine, a free and independent magazine for dialogue in contemporary art.

Talk: 3:00–5:00pm
Book launch: 5:00–6:00pm

Friday 6 December 2013

Free entry

Motto Melbourne / Magic Johnston
27–29 Johnston St
Victoria 3066

Crazy in Love @ Motto Melbourne. 25.10.2013.

Posted in Events, magazines, Motto Melbourne event on October 22nd, 2013
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Crazy in Love Magazine @ Motto Melbourne

Motto Melbourne presents the launch of Crazy in Love #3.

Including work by:

Charles Dennington
Art Money
Melanie Sano
Ruth O’Leary
Chloe Langford
o f f Love
Salmon Barrel
Holly Childs
Seame Campbell
Liam Osborne
Kate Meakin & Hugh Westland

Edited by Holly Childs, Brennan Olver, Rohan Whiteley & Oliver van der Lugt.

Motto Melbourne / Magic Johnston
27 – 29 Johnston St.
Collingwood 3066

25th October 2013
6pm – 8.30pm

Motto presents ‘Making Worlds’ book launch and temporary store @ IMA, Brisbane. 15.08.2013.

Posted in Events, graphic design, literature, magazines, Motto Melbourne event, Stores, writing on August 8th, 2013
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Motto presents MAKING WORLDS: Publication launch & temporary store

Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction is a collection of new texts by artists, curators, art historians and writers who are self-confessed science fiction fans. The linking point is the idea of science fiction as a platform for the building of alternate art histories. This collection is concerned with the ways in which science fiction might be performed, materialised or enacted within a contemporary context. Published by Surpllus.

Motto will also present a temporary bookshop within the IMA during the event, offering a selection of books, magazines, artists’ publications and editions.

Thursday 15th August, from 6pm

Institute of Modern Art
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley
Brisbane QLD 4006

Motto Melbourne & S.T. Lore present ‘Invitation to Love’. Saturday 13th July

Posted in Events, Motto Melbourne event, music, performance on July 2nd, 2013
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Motto Melbourne & S.T. Lore present


An event featuring public presentations of text and sound by


Saturday 13th of July 2013 from 3pm

(refreshments available)

Motto Melbourne / Magic Johnston
27 – 29 Johnston Street
Collingwood, Melbourne
VIC 3066

For more information on these projects please visit

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Motto @ Papertrail book fair, Melbourne. Saturday 25th May.

Posted in Fairs, Motto Melbourne event, Zines on May 23rd, 2013
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Papertrail #2

The second installment of Papertrail events will be held this Saturday 25th May.


10 – 16 hr

Magic Johnston
27 – 29 Johnston Street
Collingwood, Melbourne
3066 VIC





Motto Melbourne and Utopian Slumps present Don Carlos by Thomas Jeppe. Book Launch

Posted in Exhibition catalogue, Motto Melbourne event on April 18th, 2013
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Motto Melbourne and Utopian Slumps present:

Don Carlos
by Thomas Jeppe

Designed by Black & White, Los Angeles
Published by Surpllus

An interview with Don Carlos Ashida, Mexico’s biggest seashell collector, featuring approximately 25 colour illustrations. Conducted in Guadalajara in 2012, the discussion broaches themes of collecting strategies, aesthetic hierarchies, family dynamics, ethical limits, parallel approaches to art and nature, and the taxonomical urge.

Don Carlos forms an accompaniment to the exhibition Seaside Vernacular, currently on show and running until April 27th, at Utopian Slumps, 33 Guildford Lane, Melbourne.

Wednesday April 24th, 18-21hr

Magic Johnston / Motto Melbourne
27 – 29 Johnston St.
VIC 3066

Note: Special Guadalajara-recipe Micheladas will be served at the event.

F de C @ Motto Melbourne. 01.02.2013

Posted in Events, Fashion, Motto Melbourne event, writing on January 29th, 2013
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F de C Reader #2. Launch at Motto Melbourne / Magic Johnston

380 pages. The F de C reader 2 showcases not work by ( in no particular order ): Yumiko Kikuchi, Spirit Komunika, Robert Cook, Ken Ngan, Arnaud Meuleman, Yu Cong, Shoichi Aoki, Joseph Keenan, Ren Hang, Anders Edström, Kawori Inbe, Alin Huma, Dan Hards, Keiichi Nitta, Dooling Jiang-Digest, Chiharu Ozaki, Jack Mauritsz, Erik Bernhardsson, Ann-Sofie Back, Daphne Mohajer, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Acquittal Report, Norihide Kose … Takashi Nishiyama … etc

Friday 1st February
5pm – 8pm

Motto Melbourne / Magic Johnston
27 – 29 Johnston Street
Collingwood, Melbourne
VIC 3066

Motto Melbourne is moving!

Posted in Events, Motto Melbourne event, Stores on December 6th, 2012

Motto Melbourne is moving!

After a wonderful six months at our current space, Motto Melbourne will be relocating to a shop front space at the Magic Johnston complex on Johnston Street, Collingwood in January.

We will remain at our current space on Keele Street until December 15th, when we will close up for the holidays. We will reopen at our new address below, from mid January.

Motto Melbourne
27-29 Johnston Street
Collingwood, Melbourne
VIC 3066

Thanks to everyone for a great six months and we look forward to some exciting projects next year in our new space!



Horizon Pages @ Motto Melbourne. 02.11.12

Posted in Events, graphic design, Motto Melbourne event, music, newsprint, performance, poster on October 20th, 2012
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Horizon Pages and Motto Melbourne present the launch of Horizon Pages’ third publication, Small Entry by Sydney based artist and musician Matthew P Hopkins.

Including performances by Matthew Hopkins and Peasant Genes (Christopher L G Hill and Alex Vivian).

Small Entry by Matthew P Hopkins
Broadsheet Poster and one sided flexi-disc
Edition of 250

5pm – 8pm

Motto Melbourne
15-25 Keele St.
VIC 3066

Performances start at 6pm.

Sydney Launch: November 6th at The AV Club, Leichardt with Hair Hochman (Yoni of Holy Balm) and Moffarfarrah (Christopher L G Hill)