The Text, Nora Amin

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, writing on June 13th, 2021
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In her long poem “The Text”, Nora Amin uses a surrealistic form of poetic writing to deconstruct gender roles, sexual trauma and patriarchal authority, while composing a humane story of creation.

This book is the result of a collaboration between Amin, the visual artist Katharina Marszewski, and the graphic design studio Eps51. Marszewski responded to “The Text” by creating cryptic drawings that reveal the movements central to Amin’s choreographic poetry. Bilingual script and artwork interpenetrate in Eps51’s unique design, which allows readers to determine the reading direction of the book, depending on their preferred language (Arabic / English).

“The Text” is accompanied by an afterword by Christian Junge, scholar of Arabic literature.

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Earth Café, Claire Hungerford

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, writing on June 12th, 2021
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Earth Café is an interactive culinary flipbook for all ages. The book invites the reader to scramble and rearrange dishes from around the world, revealing an expansive* glossary of invented culinary creations. It offers a new knowledge of food: its locality, substances, accidents and boundaries are suddenly as fluid as the imagination itself.

The 35 dishes that make up the book– chimichurri, hamburger, chorizo, spumoni, etc.– are sourced from around the world and defined (using words and images) in very simple terms. Most typically, an adjective or flavor + a predominant ingredient + a category of dish.

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Zweikommasieben #23, Guy Schwegler, Helena Julian, Mathis Neuhaus (Eds.)

Posted in art, magazines, Motto Books on June 3rd, 2021
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Frequent readers of zweikommasieben will know that the creative processes we highlight in our magazine are an eclectic gathering of influences that result in varied creative practices. This plurality informs a question we have repeatedly asked ourselves: what might be the common denominator connecting all the dots? For this issue, we would like to make the case for the discursive potential of personal experiences.

Once the personal is taken seriously, anecdotes provide major insights into an artist’s practice. A portrait on producer Malibu taps into memories of popular culture and traces musical experiences from her childhood to highlight the dedication she brings towards composing melodies and using samples. In their essay, the duo Space Afrika assembles recollections of their daily lives in north-west England to frame their artistic output over the years.

Highlighting subjective perspectives allows for the differentiation of what might appear similar at first. Both the collaboration of Andreas Bülhoff and Marc Matter featured in “Soundtexte” and the interview with Tygapaw refer to the use of poetry. The former condense language to its most basic units and present them as rhythmic building blocks for DJs. Taking a different approach, Tygapaw asked a poet to be the narrator of their album, expanding the tracks by embedding an additional layer of meaning.

zweikommasieben #23 also wishes to make visible the full range of its contributors. Annotations in the margins gesture towards the intuitive processes characteristic of this magazine: from an initial interest in an artist and their work, to the experience of exploring it in the context of a conversation, and to collaboratively reflect on text and photography with various people.

Full content:
-interviews with Bass Clef, Crystalmess, Flora Yin-Wong, Grand River, Ikonika, Jabu & Daniela Dyson, Meemo Comma, and Tygapaw
-portrait on Malibu
-essay by Space Afrika
-Contributes by Jessika Khazrik and Sara Berts
-columns: Soundtexte (poetry), “Art Review” (art review), and We are Time (photography)

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COCK IN THE WORLD, Javier Lozano

Posted in art, Artist Book, drawing on May 31st, 2021
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170 drawings of the same beautiful cock

What’s wrong with a cock? Nothing at all.
Even less if it is the most beautiful cock in the world,
because a cock doesn’t mean anything but itself:
source of life, source of pleasure.

The life drawings in this book,
made with delight and admiration,
claim to pay tribute to
the most beautiful cock in the world.

December 2020
Edition of 300

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Emergence Magazine Volume II, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Seanna Quinn, Bethany Ritz (Eds.)

Posted in art, magazines, writing on May 21st, 2021
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Emergence Magazine is an online publication with an annual print edition.

It has always been a radical act to share stories during dark times. They are regenerative spaces of creation and renewal. As we experience the desecration of our lands and waters, the extinguishing of species, and a loss of sacred connection to the earth, we look to emerging stories. In them we find the timeless connections between ecology, culture, and spirituality.

It’s hard to reflect on the past year without feeling like we’ve entered a fictional tale. And yet here we are: not only has COVID-19 taken root around the world, but wildfires have raged across the Arctic Circle, Brazil, Australia, and the western United States; people have risen up to stand against racial injustice, and it feels as though we’re witnessing only the beginning of a deep fracturing of this civilization. We do not yet know the changes that will come to light locally and globally.

Volume II of our print edition speaks to the multiple crises and opportunities unfolding around us: plague, extinctions, and loneliness grip us ever tighter even as they affirm our connection with the living world. Across 400 pages—and through essays, photography, adapted multimedia, poems, and original artwork—this collection considers the stories that we want to seed in these mythological times.

Contributions by Fred Bahnson, Diane Barker, Alex Boersma, Sheila Pree Bright, Aletheia Casey, Stephen Crotts, Bathsheba Demuth, Camille T. Dungy, Paul Elie, Beth Evans, Charles Foster, CMarie Fuhrman, Forrest Gander, Jay Griffiths, Bear Guerra, David G. Haskell, Lisa Lee Herrick, Brenda Hillman, Linda Hogan, Sophy Hollington, Katie Holten, Nick Hunt, Amaud Jamaul Johnson and more.

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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

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 art, editions, exhibitions 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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