4.12 from 5 pm: Opening of 9 WINDOWS « STATE OF THE ART » by Mike Hentz @ Motto Berlin

Posted in art, Artist Book, editions, events, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store on November 28th, 2022
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Dear friends,

Please join us for the opening of

9 WINDOWS
« STATE OF THE ART »
by Mike Hentz

Presentation of WORKS 8 publication, OSTINAKA silkscreen edition, a lecture performance, and concert by Mike Hentz and Misha Ognianer.

Sunday 4 December
from 5 pm


MOTTO BERLIN
Skalitzer Str. 68 (im Hinterhof)
10997 Berlin

Exhibition
5.12.22 – 28.1.23

Matrice. Jacopo Benassi. bruno

Posted in art, Artist Book, exhibitions, performance, photography on October 11th, 2022
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This book is an anomalous and layered object. It is split into chapters, following the way the Matrice exhibition was developed and completed over many months of work. Some key phases in the construction of the project in fact took place in the period prior to its opening, in a form that straddles the private dimension of an artist’s work and the public dimension of the exhibition. As also discussed in the critical text, Jacopo moved his studio to the spaces of the Fondazione Carispezia in the months preceding its opening. Here, within a triangular, uterine structure, the physical ‘matrix’ of the exhibition to be precise, he produced most of the works that would then be exhibited. And indeed many things took place inside it. The catalogue thus attempts to account for all of this. The colour photographs were taken by photographer Andrea Rossetti to document the two moments in which the project came into being. The first is made up of the so-called ‘invisible exhibition’: in order to understand the genesis of Matrice, we in fact need to understand how the exhibition is the final result of the ‘real’ exhibition that no one but the artist and very few others had the pleasure of seeing. All the works in this closed space, built in the very heart of the Foundation space, were in fact displayed on the walls, yet destined never to be seen by any visitor and then to be brutally dismembered. As the photos show, the works displayed are covered with a series of sheets to prevent them from being seen during Jacopo’s performance a few days prior to the opening. Only the photographs installed horizontally above the sculptures are partially visible. In the centre of the room, on the other hand, we can still see the tools used in the creation of the works, and the musical instruments that would later be played during the performance. The second moment taken by Rossetti consists of the actual Matrice exhibition itself, which the public could then view during its opening months. Andrea is one of the world’s leading exponents of that fine art which is the documentation of artworks and especially of contemporary art exhibitions. It is indeed an approach that requires great sensitivity and critical outlook. It is a translation process in which a – fruitful – betrayal of the material to be translated is and always will be necessary. A loving and respectful betrayal which was indeed requested by Benassi when he brought Rossetti on board for this task. The two sections of the catalogue must therefore be seen as a true collaboration between the two, in the wake of the many already developed by Jacopo with other artists in the fields of performance and sound research. The black-and-white photographs in the book were instead all taken by Jacopo Benassi or devised, prepared and coordinated by him. They recount the most performative and moving moments of the exhibition and its making, and are very much integrated with Andrea Rossetti’s work, adopting the same brutality with which Jacopo intervened in the Foundation exhibition space.

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HAWAPI 2017 – El Triángulo Terrestre. HAWAPI

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, geography, photography, politic, politics on May 28th, 2022
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In the space where the Perú-Chile border meets the Pacific coastline, lies a triangle of approximately 3.7 hectares. Known as the “Triángulo Terrestre”, this piece of land has been causing diplomatic disputes between the two nations since the middle of the 20th century. Despite its relatively small size (equivalent to Parque Kennedy in Lima or Madison Square Park in New York) and having no agricultural, commercial or strategic value the Triángulo Terrestre has been in dispute since the signing of the 1929 treaty between Perú and Chile. The disputed land has acquired a symbolic value employed at different times by the governments of each country for political purposes.​

In April 2017, HAWAPI, in partnership with Galería Metropolitana (Chile) took a group of 13 artists (5 Peruvians, 5 Chileans, 1 Bolivian, 1 Israeli and 1 North American) to camp in Santa Rosa—the closest village to the “Triángulo Terrestre”. During four days camping on site, the group generated a series of artistic interventions and actions to contemplate in situ the social, political, economic and physical impact created by this dispute; before moving to Tacna where they staged an exhibition of their work in the independent cultural centre, Laramamango.

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28.04: “Mind The Gap”, Cazul101’s group show | Exhibition Opening @ Motto Berlin

Posted in events, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on April 27th, 2022
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Image by Adriana Preda.


We are pleased to invite you to “Mind The Gap”, the three-days-opening of the Cazul101 group show featuring works of Dan Perjovschi, Anca Bucur, artistic duo SABA (Silvia Amancei and Bogdan Armanu), Nicoleta Moise, Adriana Preda, Ioana Gheorghiu and Megan Dominescu.

28 April, at 6pm
@ Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
10997, Berlin

Regularly using the subversive and progressive message in their practice, the artists are invited to reflect on the current political situation due to the high rise of extremist regimes in Europe and build a bridge between past and present, personal and political, highlighting the historical events that endangered the freedom of the individual.

The group show “Mind The Gap” is an alarm signal where image and text communicate to question and eradicate the toxic extremist behaviours experienced by the artists in the geographical space they develop their work.

After the three opening days, on 1st of May, from 7pm, the artist Dan Perjovschi will be present for an artist talk about the synthesis of the last years and the current situation in Europe.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Joachim Perez. désirer, ne pas voir @ Motto Berlin. 16.07 – 07.08.2021

Posted in art, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on July 16th, 2021
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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

INGO GERKEN – O F F E N E S B U C H @ Motto Berlin. 22.10 – 21.11.2020.

Posted in art, exhibitions on November 14th, 2020
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Vitrine installation at Motto Books courtyard & passage

4 photographs

left to right:
– Hello World – Revision einer Sammlung, Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hrsg. Udo Kittelmann & Gabriele Knapstein, Hirmer Verlag, München 2018
– Hubert Kiecol, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 1991
– 100 Jahre Rupprecht Geiger, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hrsg. Fritz Jacobi und Melanie Wilken, Berlin 2008

– Andreas Gursky – Werke/Works 80-08, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Haus Lange und Haus Esters, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 2008

Vitrine installation at Motto Books courtyard & passage

Vitrine installation at Motto Books courtyard & passage

Vitrine installation at Motto Books courtyard & passage

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 101
2020
black shelf, adhesive tape, book
(Michaela Meise – Ding und Körper, Badischer Kunstverein, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln 2012)

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2020
ripped out book page, book
(Sexy and Cool – Minimal goes Emotional, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2017)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 102 / Detail
2020
ripped out book page, book
(Sexy and Cool – Minimal goes Emotional, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2017)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 102 / Detail
2020
ripped out book page, book
(Sexy and Cool – Minimal goes Emotional, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2017)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 103
2020
sucker plug, chain, glass, book
(Wolfgang Tillmans – Abstract Pictures, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 2015)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 103 / Detail
2020
sucker plug, chain, glass, book
(Wolfgang Tillmans – Abstract Pictures, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 2015)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 104
2020
stapler, staples, magnets, book
(Candida Höfer / Rui Xavier – Silent Spaces, Hrsg. Uta Grosenick u. Herbert Burkert, Distanz Verlag, Berlin 2015)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 104 / Detail
2020
stapler, staples, magnets, book
(Candida Höfer / Rui Xavier – Silent Spaces, Hrsg. Uta Grosenick u. Herbert Burkert, Distanz Verlag, Berlin 2015)

BIBLIOSCULPTURE 105 
2020
clockwork, golden pendulum, book
(Germaine Kruip – Works 1999-2017, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Koenig Books, London 2018)

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2020
clockwork, golden pendulum, book
(Germaine Kruip – Works 1999-2017, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Koenig Books, London 2018)

‘Nu Qui Marche’. Julien Carreyn. Motto Berlin 09.09-19.10.2020

Posted in art, exhibitions on September 12th, 2020
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Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff @ The Downer. Opening June 18, 2020

Posted in art, events on June 15th, 2020
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“Reality Companions” @ Motto Berlin

Posted in events, exhibitions on April 14th, 2020
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Bertrand Flanet: Pale Habits, 2017, installation view, Reality Companions, Motto Berlin

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Gina Folly: Don’t worry about your Future, 2020, installation view, Reality Companions, Motto Berlin

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Becket MWN: Seven-Oh-Six, 2015, installation view, Reality Companions, Motto Berlin

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Inga Danysz & Becket MWN: +4915215142816, 2020, installation view, Reality Companions, Motto Berlin

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Inga Danysz: The End is always at the Beginning, 2019, installation view, Reality Companions, Motto Berlin

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Inga Danysz: Untitled, 2019, installation view, Reality Companions, Motto Berlin

Photos: Yudith Heinemann

 

Reality Companions
Feb 21 – April 30, 2020
Motto Books Berlin

with works by Inga Danysz, Bertrand Flanet, Gina Folly, Becket MWN

curated by Dennis Brzek

In 2002, German car manufacturer VW opened their so called “Gläserne Manufaktur” (meaning both glassy and transparent factory) as a simulacrum for granting an undisturbed view into its production processes. The glass factory’s promise of full transparency is enmeshed in an array of showcases devoid of human activity, in which tasks are performed for an audience solely by an interplay of automatic gestures. Leading the viewer’s eye from the assembly of individual parts towards the wholeness of the finished product, their performance is—next to government apologias of stability, craft, and expertise—a testament to its belief in a scratch-free experience by way of steering the mechanical arms in safe distance from the glass surface. The luminous airspace lying in between the machinic extremities and their transparent cube is a border of the mind being kept firmly monosemantic.

Fast forward a few years and we are at Elon Musk’s presentation for the Cybertruck, a bulky desert buggy clad in a retro-futuristic shell including dramatically blacked out windows made from the company’s certified armor glass. This product showcase is made out to become the prime denominator for innovation, all the while being drenched in an upside-down baroque aesthetic of all things black and shiny. About half way into the spectacle, lead designer-cum-stage assistant Franz von Holzhausen hurls a metal ball into the truck’s hushed glass outlooks for demonstration of their promised permanence in the face of force. The ball hits and makes the glass crack. A dull thud serenades this banal action, framed underneath bright spotlights and the audience’s chuckled gasps and awkward laughters. In the moment of collision, the ball created a suspended drawing mapping its own meteoritic field of impact located somewhere within the thick outer sheet of the transparent metal. The lines of destruction that were drawn by the unfortunate performer create a spiderweb that becomes a gothic prop in this story’s haunted narrative. The signature left by the metal ball is both concrete and abstract, sketching a caricature of the visual organization of our present where what cracks is never the glass but only its very before. Famously, the only things that ever hits the view of those hyper valued subjects hidden behind bulletproof glass are the raw eggs thrown by protestors trying to make a pointed take, mostly in vain.

SUPERBEE SPIX COLA 139 KOOL GUY CRAZY CROSS 136 DUKE SPRIT SUPERKOOL KOOLKILLER ACE VIPERE SPIDER EDDIE KOLA are only some of the protagonists mentioned in Jean Baudrillard’s vision of New York of the 1970s in his essay “Kool killer ou l’insurrection par les signes” published in 1976. Here, the neurotically semiotic French philosopher describes the city as a vessel for signs and graffiti, abundant signifiers and empty words. The plane of production of these symbols is not just walls of buildings and underground stations but also the more irreducible surface of windows. Today, these scratchings seem to hover in between layers of glass, making them appear suspended in time and place like intractable and incomprehensible signs of another age. Workers who will travel to Grünheide in Brandenburg via S-Bahn for their shifts at Tesla’s Gigafactory 4 will see those engravings and believe them to be hieroglyphs of a time in which semantics were something created instead of endured.