Metahaven (Vinca Kruk, Daniel van der Velden) is a design studio engaging the field of visual identity. From research projects, such as the Sealand Identity Project (2004), Museum of Conflict (2006), and Quaero (2007), the group has moved into installations and critical design projects such as Affiche Frontière (CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, 2008) and Stadtstaat (Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Casco Utrecht). Its recent book, Uncorporate Identity (Lars Müller Publishers, 2010), matches design with inquiries on globalization and network society. Metahaven’s work was included in group exhibitions like Forms of Inquiry (Architectural Association, London, 2007, cat.) and On Purpose – Design Concepts (Arnolfini, Bristol, 2008). Upcoming projects include a contribution to Manifesta8 in Murcia, Spain (opening October 2010) and to Graphic Design Worlds at Triennale Design Museum in Milan (2011). Metahaven’s commissioners include the Van Abbemuseum, Valiz Publishers, e-flux Journal, Premsela Foundation and Bureau Europa.
Metahaven lectures regularly, and teaches at Yale University, New Haven, the Design Academy, Eindhoven, and the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.
STUART BAILEY, ANDJEAS EJIKSSON, ROB GIAMPIETRO, METAHAVEN, PUBLICATION STUDIO, OSCAR TUAZON, WORKING FORMAT, WENDY YAO, ALEXIS ZAVIALOFF, METAHAVEN, OSCAR TUAZON, PUBLICATION STUDIO
May 15–July 22, 2010
Organized by Artspeak and Fillip, with Motto, Berlin
Motto Storefront transforms Artspeak into a temporary space for the sale, presentation, and discussion of contemporary art publishing. The selection of printed matter for the store has been made by Motto, a Berlin and Zürich-based bookstore and distributor specializing in experimental, small run, and self-published artist books, magazines, and fanzines.
Full Information and Stocklist (PDF)
TALKS AND WORKSHOPS: SATURDAYS AT 2PM
Motto Storefront provides the context for a series of related public programming intended to create a sustained dialogue within Vancouver on issues related to the production and consumption of art publishing. Formed around an ongoing, ad hoc residency program with international publishers, designers, artists, and booksellers, this series will take the form of weekly talks, workshops, and launches investigating alternative retail models, self-initiated design practices, and small scale publishing initiatives.
Participants will include Alexis Zavialoff (Motto, Berlin); Stuart Bailey (Dexter Sinister, New York); Rob Giampietro (Project Projects, New York); Matthew Stadler and Patricia No (Publication Studio, Portland); Wendy Yao (Ooga Booga, Los Angeles); Andjeas Ejiksson (Geist, Sweden); Stand Up Comedy (Portland); Primary Information (New York); and Abi Huynh and Ross Milne (Working Format, Vancouver), amongst others.
May 15: Opening and talk by Alexis Zavialoff
May 22: Talk by Stuart Bailey
May 29: Talk by Rob Giampietro
June 5: Avalanche Magazine Launch
June 12: Talk by Publication Studio (Matthew Stadler and Patricia No)
June 19: Talk by Andjeas Ejiksson (Geist, Sweden)
NIEVES ZINE LIBRARY
As a compliment to Motto Storefront, Artspeak and Fillip are very pleased to present the Nieves Zine Library, a selection of 100 zines published by Nieves, Zürich between 2004 and 2010. Photocopied in editions of only a hundred or a hundred and fifty, and almost all long since out of print, the Nieves Zine Library includes publications by Ari Marcopoulos, Stefan Marx, Olga Prader, Mark DeLong, and many others. For more information see: www.nieves.ch
FORMS OF STAND UP COMEDY
For this project, Stand Up Comedy, Portland, has programmed a series of video documentation of lectures, presentations, and conversations conducted by other people. The topics relate to books, and are interpreted by reading, reproduction, and performance. The selections discuss artifact and style as refractive and unreliable measures, and the technique of talking about people by talking about things. Runs daily.
Motto started in 2007 as a distribution company for Switzerland, specializing in magazines and fanzines, at the time, a rare service in the region. In 2008, Motto opened its first permanent bookstore, in Berlin. The store is a natural progression from the traveling temporary bookshops that Motto has organized since 2007, first in Switzerland and then internationally including locations in Vilnius, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Moscow, Chicago, Seoul, Tokyo, Paris, and Stuttgart. In 2010, Motto opened a second store in Zürich located in Perla-Mode, a place with many other ongoing projects including Corner College and the Message Salon. Both Motto locations function as spaces for events dedicated to discussions around art publishing, graphic design, photography, and typography.
July 3, 2010
Metahaven talk presented in conjunction with the Motto Storefront.