21.10 from 6.30pm: “The secrets of Lake Balkhash” research presentation with Aigerim Kapar @ Motto Berlin

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event on October 21st, 2022
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Photo courtesy of Aigerim Kapar


Please join us for the research presentation of “The secrets of Lake Balkhash: community narratives, memories, and landscapes of past and futures” with author Aigerim Kapar.

Following the first launch in Bor, this event co-hosted by Slavs and Tatars will also serve as the Berlin launch of the publication As you go… the roads under your feet, towards the new future (Mousse/Rockbund Museum, 2022).

21 October 2022
from 6.30 pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68 (im Hinterhof)
10997 Berlin

“The secrets of Lake Balkhash” focuses on the study of local values of Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan and how these values impact the everyday lives of local communities. Lake Balkhash is one of the biggest endorheic water bodies in the world and has a millennia-long history of sociocultural life, ecological traditions, and seminomadic management methods. The region also represents the position of the Kazakh Steppe, where the interests of China and Russia intersect. Today, the industrialization and militarization of the colonial Soviet period continue to prevail and frame the basin as a zone of ecological and social crisis. Lake Balkhash may disappear in twenty years and faces a similar situation to the drainage of the Aral Sea by the Soviet government in the 1950s for the purposes of agricultural production.

“The secrets of Lake Balkhash” aims to rethink the history of the region through a decolonial lens and study the future of the region reimagined by local communities. The research project is part of Artcom Platform’s Care for Balkhash initiative, and As you go… the roads under your feet, towards the new future, a long-term project and research inquiry that reflects on the Belt and Road Initiative and how it will alter the aesthetics and practices of everyday life in different local contexts of Ethiopia, Serbia, Slovenia, Uzbekistan, China, Kazakhstan. It was conceived and initiated by Biljana Ćirić in 2019 after conducting curatorial research in East Africa, Central Asia, and Southeast Europe, where the project is now situated. The three-year project has been conducted via individuals, cells, organizations, and institutions: Zdenka Badovinac (Ljubljana), Robel Temesgen and Sinkneh Eshetu (Addis Ababa), What Could/Should Curating Do? (Belgrade), Artcom Platform (Astana/Almaty), Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai), Guangdong Times Museum (Guangzhou), and Public Library (Bor). The project does not attempt yet another critical investigation into Chinese colonialism, but rather seeks to unpack the complexities that certain regions are confronting within their current connections to the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as their established commonalities.

Aigerim Kapar (b. 1987, Kazakhstan) is an interdependent curator, interdisciplinary researcher, and a decolonial activist based in Almaty and Astana. Kapar founded Artcom Platform, a Central Asian community-based contemporary art and public engagement organization in 2015. She has also been organizing Art Collider, a school where art meets science bringing communities together since 2017. Kapar curates a hybrid reality project Steppe Space, an important space for contemporary art and culture of Central Asia, and initiated projects of care for lake ecosystems SOS Taldykol and Balqashqa Qamqor in 2020. Her key previous works include Re-membering: Dialogues of Memories (2019), an international intergenerational project in memory of survivors and victims of twentieth-century political repressions in Kazakhstan, and Time&Astana: After Future (2017–18), an urban art research and engagement project. Kapar is currently a resident at Slavs and Tatars’ program in Moabit. www.instagram.com/aigerimkapar

Photo courtesy of Mousse Publishing


As you go… the roads under your feet, towards the new future.
Published by Rockbund Art Museum and Mousse Publishing, 2022
Edited by Biljana Ćirić

Contributions by Zdenka Badovinac, Aziza Abdulfatah Busser, Robert Bobnič, Biljana Ćirić, Marija Glavaš, Sinkneh Eshetu, Chen Liang, Salem Mekuria, Aigerim Kapar, Dragan Stojmenovič, Larys Frogier, Nikita Yingqian Cai, Robel Temesgen, Jelica Javanovič, Alex Ulko, Kaja Kraner, Tara McDowell, Оasphy Zheng, Enanye Kibret, Gebeyehu Desalew, Manuel Borja-Villel, Mabel Tapia, and Ocean & Wavz.

11.08: Panya Routes with UTC’s African Centre for Cities | Book Launch with the author, Kim Gurney, in conversation with Neo Muyanga @ A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town

Posted in art, events, Motto Books on August 10th, 2022
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27.07, from 7pm: Book Presentation, Reading & Talk with Renée Thorne and Raimar Stange @ Motto Berlin

Posted in Book launch, events, Motto Berlin event, writing on July 25th, 2022
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Please join us for a Book Presentation, Reading & Talk with Renée Thorne and Raimar Stange, at Motto Berlin.

Wednesday 27 July 2022
from 7pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68 (im Hinterhof)
10997 Berlin


*Raimar Stange
Born 1960 in Hannover, Raimar Stange studied literature and philosophy. He works and lives in Berlin as a freelance critic and curator. Stange contributes regularly to Kunst-Bulletin, Zurich; Monopol, Berlin; artmagazine.cc, Vienna; Artist, Bremen and has written catalogue texts on, amongst others, Monica Bonvicini, Peter Friedl, Thomas Hirschhorn, Michel Majerus, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Silke Wagner, Johannes Wohnseifer and Stefanie von Schroeter. He curates exhibitions on climate change and post-democracy.

*Renée Thorne
Renée Thorne is an author and artist based in Basel, Switzerland. Her work spans from lyric essays and literary journalism to texts rooted in a performative practice. Renée recently finished an M.A. in Transdisciplinary Studies at Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and will begin teaching Creative Writing at Franklin University in the fall.

Eurydice, Alive
Author: Renée Thorne
Publisher: art&fiction publications

Fusing essay, poetry and provocative prose, this hybrid work is an emotionally complex portrayal of loss and resurrection. The book ranges from memoir through myth to the overlapping lives of past artists in a fractal narrative traversing interior and exterior landscapes. In a brisk and unflinching account of the death of the narrator’s mother, the reader descends into the subterranean realms of grief as the loss unfurls into interconnected and unexpected stories of the underworld. From Eurydice’s indifferent return to Orpheus to a poet`s regret for the ghost that haunts him, each story is rich with the resonances in-between. Written in simple yet elegant prose, it is a story about emergence and the struggle to come alive. The result is a text as intense and urgent as the heartbeat the author is seeking.

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09.07: Ingo Gerken: OFFENES BUCH | Book Presentation @ Motto Berlin

Posted in Artist's book, books, events, Motto Berlin event on July 7th, 2022
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Please join us for the presentation of Ingo Gerken: OFFENES BUCH, at Motto Berlin.

The artist will talk about the book, its ideas, problems and solutions with Jan Ketz (Raum für Zweckfreiheit, Berlin/Münster).

Saturday 9 July 2022
from 7pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68 (im Hinterhof)
10997 Berlin


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Ingo Gerken: OFFENES BUCH
Texts by Eva May, Wolfgang Ullrich
Published by Hatje Cantz


Brilliant Bibliophilia

Ingo Gerken’s monographic catalogue literally opens a new chapter in his series of works, Bibliosculptures. Images of open exhibition publications or art magazines become the object of investigation here. Seemingly randomly opened book pages create a play of forces or connections between text, object, and image compositions. By depicting these views of books in the book, the medium itself is both the object and subject of analysis – typical of Gerken’s artistic practice.

INGO GERKEN (*1971) completed his studies of Fine Arts at Muthesius University in Kiel and studied Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art. He lives and works in Berlin.

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12.05: MICHAËL SELLAM / EVERYTHING LOOKS BETTER WITH LOVE / THE BERLIN BIRTHDAY / SALON DU SALON MARSEILLE @ Motto Berlin

Posted in Artist Book, events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store on May 10th, 2022
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Dear friends,

Please join us for the release of EVERYTHING LOOK BETTER WITH LOVE, artist book by MICHAËL SELLAM published by SALON DU SALON.

THURSDAY MAY 12th, at 7pm

In the presence of the publisher and friends.

MOTTO BERLIN
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin

EVERYTHING LOOKS BETTER WITH LOVE

The protocol for the production of the book EVERYTHING LOOKS BETTER WITH LOVE published at Editions Salon du Salon is simple. There is a certain nonchalance, few gestures. These gestures directly question how a work is produced. The forms produced would have what Tristan Garcia calls an equal ontological dignity.

“We live in this world of things, where a cutting of acacia, a gene, a computer-generated image, a transplantable hand, a musical sample, a trademarked name, or a sexual service are comparable things”. (Tristan Garcia, Form and Object: A Treatise on Things, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, p. 1.)

It is a question of experimenting with a whole system of possible operations carried out with an unfailing form of love for things, gestures and beings.

—Michaël Sellam, Paris

SALON DU SALON is a project dedicated to contemporary art and a publishing house based in Marseille, France. Since December 2013, SALON DU SALON work with artists, authors and curators invited to develop proposals. Forms and development of collaboration are based upon the projects themselves, and have included, residencies, research, performance art, exhibition, publishing, and more.

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Giselle Salon in Marseille | 18 & 19 December | 12-8PM

Posted in events, fairs on December 17th, 2021
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Dear friends,

We are very excited to participate to the very first edition of Giselle Salon in Marseille!

Giselle’s Books Library
28 Rue de Convalescents
Marseille

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of December
from 12 to 8pm

If you happen to be in Marseille please don’t lose the opportunity to partecipate to the event too! It will be an occasion to discover various practices, each representing their own approach to knowledge transmission through publishing and distribution.

Drawing conclusions on the book fair format, Giselle Salon seeks to engage with both the public and the guest participants on a more intimate scale. During Giselle Salon, all the books will be for sale and all the proceeds will go towards their organizations.

Looking forward to see you there!

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Participants:

Apogee Graphics (Los Angeles, USA) 
Apogee Graphics is a design and publishing company founded by artists Laura Owens and Asha Schechter. From their office in the yellow tower of the Westin Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles they design material and virtual objects with writers, artists, chefs, organizers and others. Apogee approaches each project as content driven design.

BHKM (New York, USA – Hong Kong, HK)
BHKM is a conceptual publishing house run by Ho King Man.
“Outside my windows, there is a four-unlikeness: unlike loneliness, unlike crowdedness, unlike nostalgia, unlike to-be-ness, they are perhaps now-beings, or refer to the colored mirror in hearts, my imaginations.
Inside everyone, have been hidden: unaware, fermented substances. Everyone fails to know, only by every little bit, to touch, to feel.”

Circadian (Berlin, DE)
Circadian is a non-profit publishing house that call its readers to action through handbooks, poetical protocols, manuals, games, experiments and performances. It was founded in Berlin by Diego Agulló and Dmitry Paranyushkin.

Gufo with HOOT (Marseille, FR)
HOOT is a printed conversation, a transcribed verbal relationship with an art worker, a collective around the notion of work as activity, method, environment, field, symbol and necessity. Each month, between the 1st and the 31st, whether it is a Wednesday or a Sunday, HOOT offers to its readers a discussion that we hope will be passionate and open. Each issue will be transcribed according to the language used and shared in the conversation.

Isolarii (Alicudi, IT)
ISOLARII is a series of books by the global avant-garde to provide orientation and meaning in a deteriorating world. A new work is released every two months via subscription and mailed to a community of readers in 32 countries. ISOLARII takes its name from the Renaissance genre of ‘island books,’ which proposed that poems, stories, letters, and illustrations could be singular islands of thought, together forming an archipelago.

Motto (Berlin, DE)
Motto Distribution partners with a wide range of institutions with the aim of contextualising, enriching and diagraming art environments through the means of printed formats. Bridging international distribution, exhibitions and publishing, Motto continues to generate models and experimentation of circulation for visual and textual materials in the context of contemporary art. Recent developments are trying to focus on finding viable solutions to circulate books outside of identified distribution channels. Swaps with other independent stores enable books to be traded cover against cover price within a system that allows their collaborators to transform their books into currency.

Really Simple Syndication Press (Copenhagen, DK)
Really Simple Syndication Press focuses on publishing artistic and curatorial research as a project or part of an extended practice, by both emerging artists and curators and their established counterparts. The press is about developing new readerships in this post-social networked world through a ‘syndication’ model that makes room to support peers in the arts and publishing. To this end, it looks to represent fresh new literature, which reflects the research interests of writers, curators, and artists who are broadening the aesthetic, historical, political, and artistic concerns of our new century. The various active voices invited by RSS into its syndication model will find a new culture of intellectual hospitality that critically fosters their participation into the future.

The Funambulist (Paris, FR)
The Funambulist is a platform that engages with the politics of space and bodies. Their hope is to provide a useful platform where activist/academic/practitioner voices can meet and build solidarities across geographical scales. Through essays, interviews, artworks, and design projects, they assemble an ongoing archive for anticolonial, antiracist, queer, and feminist struggles. The print and online magazine is published every two months and operates in parallel with an open-access podcast and a blog.

Wendy’s Subway (Bushwick, Brooklyn, USA)
Wendy’s Subway is a reading room, writing space, and independent publisher in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They support emerging artists and writers in making experimental, urgent work and create alternative modes for learning and thinking in community. Wendy’s Subway is dedicated to encouraging creative, critical, and discursive engagement with arts and literature. Their interdisciplinary program includes free readings, talks, performances, and reading groups, as well as sliding-scale writing workshops and intensives. The non-circulating library holds a collection of over 3,000 titles, ranging from poetry and fiction, to criticism and art books.

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Pope.L, My Kingdom for a Title — book launch | Wednesday 3 November | Motto Berlin

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store on October 31st, 2021
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Dear friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the book launch of
Pope.L, My Kingdom for a Title in presence of the artist.

7–9 pm Wednesday 3 November 2021

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin
U1 Schlesisches Tor

 

My Kingdom for a Title is a collection of writing by Chicago–based artist Pope.L documenting his use of language as a mode of visual, narrative, and performative story telling.

The act of writing has been integral to how Pope.L works and is arguably the most consistent element in his practice. These works take various forms: scripts, short stories, scribbled notes, large scale installation, and painting—many never before released. Assembled here for the first time, My Kingdom for a Title allows the breadth of the artist’s engagement with language to be fully assessed. Within the book, Pope.L’s work is supplemented with extensive endnotes sourced by artist Kandis Williams.

Pope.L is a visual artist and edu­cator whose multidisciplinary practice uses binaries, contraries, and preconceived notions embedded within contemporary culture to create artworks in various formats including writing, painting, performance, installation, video, and sculpture. Building upon his long history of enacting arduous, provocative, absurdist performances and interventions in public spaces, Pope.L applies some of the same social, formal, and performative strategies to his interests in language, system, gender, race, and community. The goals for his work are several: joy, money, and uncertainty—not necessarily in that order.

Edited by Courtney Willis Blair
Endnotes by Kandis Williams
Published by New Documents in collaboration with Mitchell-Innes & Nash
First Edition (2021)

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Renaud Regnery | Vrach Book launch | Friday, 29 October, from 7 to 9pm



Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Books on October 28th, 2021
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Original sketches for “Vrach”, 2019. Mixed techniques on print outs, 29.7 x 21 cm each.

Book launch:

Renaud Regnery | Vrach

You are cordially invited to join us for the launch of Renaud Regnery publication Vrach,
 published by Motto Books in collaboration with Klemm’s gallery.

Friday, 29 October 2021, from 7 to 9pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof

10997 Berlin

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.

Vrach is the first book of a wider collection based on the same concept.

Published by Motto Books
Edition of 150 / Order your copy here
Special Edition / Order here

Sgomento #9 launch | Magdalena Mitterhofer performance | 22 Sept. 2021 | @ Motto Berlin

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store, zines on September 20th, 2021
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Sgomento #9 launch | Magdalena Mitterhofer performance | 22 Sept. 2021 | @ Motto Berlin

Dear friends,

We are excited to invite you to the launch of the latest issue of SgomentoIn The Bosom of…, in collaboration with Marco Rigoni.

On September 22nd at 6pm we welcome you to experience a scenic reading and dedicated performance by Magdalena Mitterhofer with Arnold Trautwein, Merch – bozze per un bottegaio.

The freshly printed issue #9 of the comic will be available at Motto from the night of the event, together with some past issues.

Our dear friend and colleague Barbara will serve a special cuntktail, especially brewed for the occasion!