Psicoenciclopedia possibile: Une exposition de Gianfranco Baruchello au Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Gianfranco Baruchello

Posted in art, Artist Book, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, Motto Books on September 18th, 2021
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Gianfranco Baruchello (1924, Italy) is an artist, filmmaker and writer who has experimented with the transversality of artistic languages since the late 1950s. He has in particular created short-circuits between apparently irreconcilable domains and fields like art and agriculture, or the regulations of governance of a fictitious company and economics. His painting contends with uncertainty and uses white as a field of the possible. In these spaces, he imagines the coexistence of essences of images and words, which he organises in all directions. Thus, writing is present in one way or another in all his practice and constitutes the very essence of the work presented at the Project Space (4th floor).The Psicoenciclopedia possibile is an impressive and complex project that Baruchello began in 2017 and finished in 2020. It is a sort of deconstruction of the encyclopaedia system presented in the form of an imposing book of 816 pages. Commissioned and published by the Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana, founded by Giovanni Treccani, the book in fact subverts the structure used by an encyclopaedia and creates a complex system that links, through unexpected convergences, 1200 entries (in the first section) and 200 plates (in the second). The entries are taken from texts (some published, some not), notes and transcriptions of Baruchello’s dreams, while the images are the result of a long process of selection and editing from various sources.

Baruchello thus puts to the test, this time in a book, the systems of organization (causes, effects, narrative sequences, links) of seeing and knowing. Like in all his other works, from painting to objects and even installations, the encyclopedia also dismantles the most solid and anchored links to venture into the uncertain and the possible, into the “pleasure of thinking”, by means of an ars combinatoria that does not exclude the different or insignificant. Overall, the artist analyses the 21st century, entering into the multiplicity of possible viewpoints and pointing up the fact that, in the end, knowledge is something subjective and always open to interpretation.

In parallel, the Cinema Dynamo is showing a series of films made by Baruchello between 1968 and 2008 on the subject of processes of classification, archiving and inventory, the editing of which has similarities with the procedure used in the Psicoenciclopedia.

Lastly, as an adjunct to the exhibition, the Genevan artist Ambroise Tièche — who is also the author of an encyclopaedic work, to which he has devoted more than ten years: the Dictionnaire encyclopédique lacunaire — has organised a programme of performances and readings that “will give a voice” to the Psicoenciclopedia, with the participation of Cléa Chopard, Alix Debraine, Gilles Furtwängler, Federico Nicolao and Leonardo Pellicanò.

The exhibition project has been conceived as an organic whole, embracing a catalogue, the exhibition at Project Space, the Cinema Dynamo film programme, and the readings and performances aimed at celebrating, in spite of its obvious and — perhaps — necessary incompleteness, this umpteenth colossal effort by this legendary Italian artist.

This exhibition is part of a cycle of presentations of the Psicoenciclopedia possible undertaken by the Fondazione Baruchello, which benefits from the support of the Italian Council (7th Edition, 2019), program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture. After Geneva, Baruchello’s Encyclopaedia will be presented at the Bibliothèque Kandinsky – Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (25 September–24 October) and at CIMA in New York (6–12 December).

The first edition of the Psiconeciclopedia possibile is being published in French by Motto Books for the occasion of the show. It includes an extract translated from the entries as well as essays that offer a French-speaking public a fundamental introduction to Gianfranco Baruchello’s colossal project.

The exhibition, on view from 14 September until 17 October 2021, is curated by Andrea Bellini and Carla Subrizi, with the collaboration of Ambroise Tièche.

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‘DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS LOVER’ (tote bag), Olaf Nicolai

Posted in art, editions, Motto Books on September 18th, 2021
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‘DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS LOVER’
© Olaf Nicolai

Special Edition for Motto Books, 2021
Edition: 100

37 x 39 cm

Black bag with red text
Inside printed label

80% Recycled cotton, 20% Recycled polyester

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Vrach, Renaud Regnery

Posted in art, Artist Book, Motto Books on September 11th, 2021
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Vrach is Renaud Regnery’s collection of all the sketches made for the painting of the same name: Vrach, 2019, plaster, acrylic paint and alkyd lacquer on wallpaper on canvas, 200 x 135 cm.
The painting is photographed at various stages of its completion and these printed images are used as the basis for further Studies. The artist reuses the loose sheets he finds in his studio: fragments of theoretical texts printed for the preparation of exhibitions, essays on the work by other artists, extracts of bank statements, failed copy of car documents etc.

Published by Motto Books

Edition of 150

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Eye of the Tiger, Oscar Guermouche

Posted in art, Artist Book, film, photography on September 10th, 2021
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The artist’s publication Eye of the Tiger is composed of close-ups of the eyes of 99 male characters from various films. The stills portray the characters in situations where they are driven into some sort of readiness; these stares express everything from controlled calm to furious aggression. The films were all released between 1977 and 2000, the formative years of Guermouche’s childhood and coming of age, including schooling, sexual debut and military service.

The black wooden pattern on the cover, along with the blackened edges and the deep black endpapers, are reminiscent of the installations in the form of barricades that Guermouche has created in recent years, for example the work “You Made Me” (ICIA, 2016) in Gothenburg. The dust jacket is made out of Swedish kraft paper, which draws ammunition packaging to mind. The metallic foiling refers to the machine as a male ideal, and to the steely-eyed stare. The black-and-white images with their graininess and deep black, give the impression of memories rather than direct depictions.

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dandelion menace, Claude Eigan

Posted in art, Artist Book, exhibition catalogue on September 9th, 2021
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Drawings by Claude Eigan
Texts by Clara Pacotte, Jackie Donie, Elodie Petit and Thomas Conchou

Published on the occasion of:
‘dandelion menace’
Claude Eigan
Curated by Thomas Conchou
At Artemis Fontana gallery, Paris.
June 05 — 26, 2021

dandelion menace is Claude Eigan’s first monographic exhibition in France. It unfolds around plant presences that form three families: fists bouquets, shields corollas, and wolf trap leaves, all linked to the central figure of taraxacum, which gives the exhibition its title. Commonly called pissenlit in French (piss in bed), in reference to its diuretic properties, this plant with depurative virtues is also called dent-de-lion for its sharp leaves and bushy yellow collar. The works presented at Artemis Fontana all trace, in their own way, the emotional coordinates of the artist. The fists of their friends and relatives make up the intertwined cornucopias in the series Soft and Stone and High, 2020, chimerical presences oscillating between the floral and the aquatic: somewhat plants, somewhat mermaids. The outlines of Berlin’s pavements inhabit the series under no kings, 2021, composed of wall pieces arranged in a defensive formation. Straps in the back allow them to be worn on the arm while brandishing white and purple fleur-de-lis, placed upside down in a cheeky misuse of royal and religious emblems. Finally, the coordinates of LGBTQIA+ places dear to the artist adorn the laughing jaws of the dandelion’s leaves in the series Pissed, 2021, alongside queer slogans and symbols.

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Subject to, Kristin Loschert

Posted in art, Artist Book, photography on September 8th, 2021
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edition048; Motto Books

edition of 200
2021

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‘Subject to’. Kristin Loschert. Sept. 3, 2021. Motto Berlin

Posted in art, events on August 30th, 2021

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‘Subject to’

Kristin Loschert

Opening Friday Sept. 3 @ Motto Berlin

Exhibition 04.09-02.10.2021

Kushtetuta? #3, Petrit Halilaj & Alvaro Urbano (Eds.)

Posted in art, Artist Book, history, politics, zines on August 27th, 2021
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Kushtetuta? #3, 2021

Printed zine, edited by Petrit Halilaj and Alvaro Urbano.

Kushtetuta, an independent fanzine started in 2012 whose title means “constitution” in English. In Albanian, if you divide the word into KUSH TE TUT A?, it means “who scares you?”.

This is a special issue coinciding with Kosovos Parliament‘s drafting of the Civil Code.

This time we would like to celebrate queer lives under the theme of codes. Such as language code, gestural code, gender codes, secret codes..

Edition 1/500

Contributions:

Daniela Aparicio Ugalde & Jo Landt @gorditx_petrolerx
Atdhe Behluli @atdhe_5000
Cooking Sections @cookingsections
Forrest Bess
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Sokol Ferizi @havok_celeste
Hal Fischer
Nezim Frakulla
Plator gashi & Hashim Shala
GENERAL IDEA @aa_bronson
Robert Gober
Felix Gonzalez-Torres @felixgonzaleztorres.foundation
Enver Hadzijaj @neverenver
Petrit Halilaj
David Horvitz @davidhorvitz
Jetmir Idrizi @jetmiridrizi_jetko
jehonË Jahaj @nanajoteneberlin
Egzon Krasniqi
Maria Loboda @marialoboda000
şugarİye madİsİ @ovulundesi
AD MINOLITI
Ndre Mjeda
Henrik Olesen
Jill Peters
Leart Rama @leart_rama
Morgan le Ferec & Marouchka Payen
Arbër Selmani
Diamond Stingily
Christine Sun Kim @chrisunkim
Gábor Tóth @rehfeldt_mailartarchive
Alvaro Urbano @alvaro_urbano
Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt @rehfeldt_mailartarchive

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DUETS: Frederick Weston & Samuel R. Delany in Conversation, Barbara Schroder, Karen Kelly and Kyle Croft (Eds.)

Posted in art, curating, writing on August 23rd, 2021
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Frederick Weston and Samuel R. Delany come together for a wide-ranging dialogue, reflecting on their overlapping histories in Times Square, the deep impact of AIDS on their creative practices, and the ever-changing intersections of race, sex, language, and art.

With additional contributions by Bruce Benderson, Svetlana Kitto, and Tavia Nyong’o.

DUETS is a series of publications that pairs artists, activists, writers, and thinkers in dialogues about their creative practices and current social issues related to HIV/AIDS. These engaging and highly readable conversations highlight the connections between communities of artists and activists. Drawing from the Visual AIDS Artist Registry and Archive Project, this series continues Visual AIDS’ mission to support, promote, and honor the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.

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The Funambulist #36 (July-Aug. 2021), Léopold Lambert (Ed.)

Posted in art, magazines, politics, writing on August 21st, 2021
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They Have Clocks, We Have Time

An issue to challenge the colonial standardization of time, its measurement, its retrospective reading as “history,” its practice, its memorial production in U.S. sundown towns, Ireland & Palestine, Warsaw & Paris, the Indian Subcontinent, the Horn of Africa, the Sahara, in dictatorial and bordering regimes, and more.

Welcome to the 36th issue of The Funambulist. With it, we conclude our sixth year of publishing, thanks to the continuous support of our subscribers! They Have Clocks, We Have Time is an issue to challenge the colonial standardization of time, its measurement, its retrospective reading as “history” (WAI Architecture Think Tank), its practice, its memorial production, and its representation (Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye) in U.S. sundown towns (Rasheedah Phillips), Ireland & Palestine (Emily Jacir), Warsaw & Paris (Michael Rothberg), the Indian Subcontinent (Syma Tariq), the Horn of Africa (Nasra Abdullahi & Miriam Hillawi Abraham), the Sahara (Meryem-Bahia Arfaoui), in dictatorial and bordering regimes (Shahram Khosravi), and more. “They Have Clocks, We Have Time” is an expression we heard a few times in Kanaky, where the cyclicity of the clocks may reinsure the colonial order, but its end is only… a matter of time.

The issue’s cover is an artwork by Black Quantum Futurism.

The News from the Fronts section includes a text on the Colombian uprising (Edna Martinez), a reflection on solidarity with Palestine (Sophia Azeb), as well as a presentation of the artistic project National Museum of Eelam (Jeyavishni Francis Jeyaratnam & Simon-Pierre Coftier). The issue also includes a short fiction by Shahram Khosravi.

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