C Magazine #127 Poetry. Amish Morrell. C Magazine

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, Motto Charlottenborg event, poetry on October 13th, 2015
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Issue 127 is guest edited by by Kari Cwynar, Danielle St-Amour and cheyanne turions, and features CAConrad on (Soma)tic Ritual Collaborations, Nasrin Himada on Positioning, “Three Parts on Poetry,” with contributions by Hanne Lippard, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Tiziana La Melia, Stacy Doris and Lisa Robertson, and Rachel Valinsky, an artist project by Alex Turgeon, and poems by Amy De’Ath, Andrea Lukic, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Taocheng Wang and Aisha Sasha John. Also included are reviews of exhibitions and books, as well as our regular sections On Writing by Lucy Ives and Inventory by Robin Simpson.


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Self-Organized @ Motto Charlottenborg 15.05.2013

Posted in art, books, Motto Charlottenborg event on May 11th, 2013


Book Release: Self-Organized @ Motto Charlottenborg

Wednesday May 15 at 5.30-8 pm

Open Editions (London) and Hordaland Art Centre (Bergen) are pleased to announce the publication of the third book in the Occasional Table Critical Series. ‘Self-Organised’, edited by Stine Hebert and Anne Szefer Karlsen, follows the critically acclaimed ‘Curating Subjects’ and ‘Curating and the Educational Turn’.

The current economic situation and society’s low confidence in its institutions demands that artists become more imaginative in their self-organisation. If labels such as ‘alternative’, ‘non-profit’ and ‘artist-run’ dominated the self-organised art scene of the late nineties, the separatist position implied by the use of these terms has been moderated during the intervening years. This new anthology of accounts from the frontline includes contributions by artist practitioners as well as their institutional counterparts that provide a fascinating account of the art world as a matrix of positions where the balance of power and productivity constantly shifts. Artists, curators and critics discuss empirical and theoretical approaches from Europe, Africa and South and North America on how self-organisation today oscillates between the self and the group, self-imposed bureaucratisation and flexibility, aestheticisation and activism.

Per Aage Brandt @ Motto Charlottenborg 01.05.2013

Posted in books, literature, Motto Charlottenborg event, poetry on April 29th, 2013


Double Book Reception and Reading: Per Aage Brandt @ Motto Charlottenborg 01.05.2013

Danish linguist and poet Per Aage Brandt presents two new releases on May 1. at Motto Charlottenborg: His newly revised translation of Georges Bataille’s Den Indre Erfaring, published by Billedkunstskolernes forlag and his own latest collection of poems Elegi.Poesi, published by Tiderne Skifter.

The event is part of May 1. at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, which also includes two exhibition openings; in Toves Salon as well as in the exhibition series POST, performances and a panel discussion on Leigh Ledare’s work and current exhibition in the Kunsthal.


Gerard Byrne: Gestalt Forms of Loch Ness Grid Site Sequence @ Motto Charlottenborg 17.04.2013

Posted in art, books, Motto Charlottenborg event on April 13th, 2013


Book Talk: Gerard Byrne: Gestalt Forms of Loch Ness Grid Site Sequence @ Motto Charlottenborg 17.04.2013

WHERE: Motto Charlottenborg
WHEN: Wednesday April 17. at 18-20 pm


Researching the Myth

In this book, Gerard Byrne brings together the culmination of ten years of research into the Loch Ness Monster, the myth fuelled in the 1930s by the popular press in order to sell newspapers. Appropriating formal conventions from the history of Land art that position landscape as the “other,” Byrne has compiled a series of images that deploy Loch Ness as a signifier for the enigmatic, the unreadable. Using both the populist literature spawned by the Loch Ness myth and the photographic material his own expeditions have yielded as “found material,” Byrne has developed a project both humorous and melancholic, that ultimately reflects a crisis of belief in the photographic image that has surfaced since the last heyday of Loch Ness interest in the 1970s.

Byrne was born in Dublin in 1969 and graduated from National College of Art & Design, Dublin. In 2007 he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale and the Biennale de Lyon and in 2008 at the Sydney Biennial, the Gwangju Biennial, and the Turin Triennial. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Lismore Castle, Co Waterford; Glasgow International Festival of Art; Lisson Gallery, London; and Green On Red Gallery, Dublin. Group exhibitions include “Little Theatre of Gestures”, Malmo Konsthall, Sweden; “Slow Movement” at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; and “Sense and Sentiment” at the Augarten Contemporary, Vienna, Austria.
Gerard Byrne is Professor at the School of Time-based Media at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

The book is co-produced by Milton Keynes Gallery and Fondazione Galleria Civica, Trento.

Edited by: Anthony Spira, Andrea Vilani
Author(s): Brian Dillon, Anthony Spira, Andrea Viliani
Publisher: JRP Ringier

Kollektive læseformer: Ida Marie Hede og Amalie Smith @ Motto Charlottenborg 22.03.2013

Posted in books, Motto Charlottenborg event on March 22nd, 2013


Book Reception @ Motto Charlottenborg Friday March 22. at 13-14 pm
Kollektive læseformer af Ida Marie Hede & Amalie Smith

Ida Marie Hede og Amalie Smith udgiver Kollektive læseformer på Distribution After Hand. Kollektive læseformer er et performanceforedrag i bogform og består af et spiralindbundet manuskript med tilhørende slides, 18 underbelyste snapshots, fire teatralske studiefotografier, et introducerende forord, en Q&A og en sonisk plakat på 70x100cm.

Norden og Europa – Et essay af Jørgen Bukdahl “Det er folket, der i kunsten tager sig selv i besiddelse” Billedkunstskolernes forlag @ Motto Charlottenborg 20.03.2013

Posted in art, books, Motto Charlottenborg event on March 14th, 2013

Norden og Europa

Book Release and Talk at Motto Charlottenborg Wednesday March 20. at 18-20 pm

Presentation of the publication and Jørgen Bukdahl’s work by Finn Slumstrup, Lars Bukdahl, Else Marie Bukdahl and Carsten Juhl.

For more information (in Danish), check out our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MottoCharlottenborg



Publishing as (part-time) Practice @ Motto Charlottenborg. Copenhagen. 20.02.2013

Posted in events, Motto Charlottenborg event, Uncategorized on February 16th, 2013


Publishing as (part-time) Practice

Wednesday February 20. 17.00 – 20.00 pm.
Admission Free

“Publishing as (part-time) Practice” highlight graphic designers
who are also publishers, and pursue a discussion of the designer’s
changing professional role as both author and publisher.
It started as a one-day seminar in Stockholm, May 2012, initiated
and organized by designers / small-scale publishers Matilda Plöjel
(Sailor Press) and Mattias Jakobsson & Peter Ström (Konst & Teknik
/ Andperseand) and Iaspis.

At Motto Charlottenborg there will be an exhibition of a fine
collection of books from Danish and Swedish small scalepublishers,
the Swedish ones previously shown in Sweden and at the
New York Art Book Fair 2012.

Louise Sidenius (Internationalistisk Ideale, Monade), Matilda
Plöjel, Mattias Jakobsson & Peter Ström will talk about smallscale
publishing initiatives, as well as similarities between the
Danish and Swedish independent publishing scenes.


Ann Lislegaard: Spiral Book @ Motto Charlottenborg 13.02.2013

Posted in events, Motto Charlottenborg event on February 12th, 2013


BOOK RELEASE: Ann Lislegaard: Spiral Book 

Wednesday February 13. at 18.00 – 20.00 pm

At the release, Lislegaard will present the publication alongside the video Salt Crystal and the sound piece SF_3114


Ann Lislegaard’s monographic publication Spiral Book, contains a unique overview of her research and artistic work, as well as key influential texts.

Spiral Book is a survey of Lislegaard’s work. It is an inventory or special kind of catalogue raisonne, one that doesn’t look back but comes to life by mixing images and scrambling origins, and allows for influences to echo across the pages. It is as if the method of prevention suggested by the title hasn’t prevented the various sources that meet in the book to get into bed with one another and engender unexpected new liaisons and vistas into culture at large. Spiral Book is a text machine that breeds hybrids and bastards. 

Ann Lislegaard was born in Norway 1962, she currently lives and works in Copenhagen and New York. Lislegaard represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale and the Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg in 2005, The Sao Paolo Biennale 2006, Busan Biennale 2010, Sharjah Biennale, 2003, Biennal of Moving Images, Geneva 2001, The Istanbul Biennale 1997. She will participate in the Lyon Biennale and The Montreal Biennale 2013. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Murray Guy Gallery New York, Paul Andriesse Gallery, Amsterdam, Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Henry Gallery Seattle, Marabouparken Kunsthall Stockholm, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Statens Museum for Kunst, Moderna Museet Project. Group exhibitions include Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston, Museum Of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, MOMA Oxford, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Ann Lislegaard is the professor of the School of New Media at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (2004-2013).
The publication is made with support from the Danish Arts Council


Yvette Brackman: Systems and Scenarios @ Motto Charlottenborg.14.11.2012

Posted in art, books, Motto Charlottenborg event on November 12th, 2012




Book Release and Artist Talk
Yvette Brackman: Systems and Scenarios

Wednesday November 14th, 5pm

Motto Charlottenborg
Nyhavn 2


17.00 Welcome by Motto Charlottenborg
17.10 Artist Talk with Yvette Brackman
17.30 Presentation of the publication with editor Helene Lundbye Petersen and the graphic designers, Peter Folkmar and Lars Bjørnstad from Kontrapunkt


Systems and Scenarios is the first monograph about the Copenhagen based American artist, Yvette Brackman’s work. Her complex and evocative work takes many forms such as installations, sculptures, performances, videos and text. She explores themes such as the interaction between origin and memory; trauma as a result of displacement and alienation in the community; cultural survival and adaptability; design objects and their changing functions, and political systems and their consequences.

The book contains a series of interviews with Brackman, conducted over several months in the fall of 2011 by the independent curator and writer Helene Lundbye Petersen, and a comprehensive essay by Heike Munder, director of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich. Both of these contributions illustrate Brackman’s visual and conceptual approach in detail and examines how she weaves together a wide range of works and topics, from the artist’s own family roots in the Soviet Union, to the indigenous communities in Siberia and how their culture is influenced by global trade .


The book is published by JRP Ringier, 2012.
Number of pages: 200
Price: 32 eur




Temporary Services / Half Letter Press @ Motto Charlottenborg. 06.04.2012

Posted in art, books, Motto Charlottenborg event on November 4th, 2012

Tuesday Nov. 6. at 19-21 pm @ Motto Charlottenborg

Book Release: Mobile Phenomena

Half Letter Press

With introductions by editor Brett Bloom, book contributor Nils Norman – and a tasty treat from Bennys Mobile Pizza Oven!



Temporary Services [is] dedicated to erasing the distinction between professional and everyday acts of creativity through archives, exhibitions, publications, and public interventions.”

Gregory Sholette writing about Temporary Services in Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, 2011

What do libraries built into airstream trailers, bar bikes, and giant windmill blades on wheels have to do with the bypassing traditional forms of social mobility? How can we use mobile projects to reimagine urban and rural spaces that are normally closed to creative gestures and public services?

Mobile Phenomena is a new collection of over eighty-five photographs and short interviews. It is the result of years of research on common instances of mobile phenomena that impact people and their uses of shared city and rural spaces. In this book you will find bookmobiles, mobile forms of commerce, inventive mobile art projects, mobile structures created for use during protest, and some strange applications of mobility that defy easy description, categorization, or whose function could not be readily discerned. Mobile Phenomena can unhinge the expected roles we take in shared city spaces. Mobile structures can become a new norm when they work. It is our hope that this book can be an inspiration to other citizens, artists, activists, nomads, and anyone who is interested in escaping the constraints of their location, culture, or other factors that make realizing one’s desires difficult.

.Mobile Phenomena includes contributions by: Courtney Dailey, Alexis Petroff, Joseph Robertson, Jen Hofer, Eric Steen, Christian Ettinger, Platform, Liberate Tate, The Center For Tactical Magic, and Nils Norman

The award-winning art group Temporary Services is a Chicago-Copenhagen-Philadelphia-based collaboration of three artists. Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin, and Marc Fischer have been working together as the art group Temporary Services since 1998. Their group work has been exhibited in museums and exhibition spaces worldwide including MASS MoCA, Yerba Buena Center for Art, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kunst-Werke, and the Stedelijk Museum. They are winners of grants from Artadia, Art Matters, and CEC ArtsLink. Their project Prisoners’ Inventions resulted in a popular book and exhibition that has been presented all over the world, including the 2008 Athens Biennial in Greece.

Mobile Phenomena is the fourth book published by Half Letter Press, a publishing house and online store started by Temporary Services to build long-term support, and expand the audience for people that work creatively in experimental, political, and non-commercial ways.