• Stuart Bailey

    Stuart Bailey graduated from the University of Reading in 1994, from the Werkplaats Typografie in 2000—and co-founded the ongoing journal Dot Dot Dot in the same year. His work circumscribes various aspects of graphic design, writing and editing, most consistently in the form of publications made in close collaboration with artists. Since 2002 he has worked with Will Holder under the compound name Will Stuart on a broader range of projects, including theatre and performance. Since 2006 he has worked together with David Reinfurt as Dexter Sinister, also the name of their basement space on New York’s Lower East Side which operates as a “just–in–time workshop and occasional bookstore.

  • Andjeas Ejiksson

    Andjeas Ejiksson is the founder and editor of Sweden based art journal Geist (2002–2010). His talk will be an “Obituary of Geist”, outlining the birth, life and recent death of the journal and as well as it’s potential afterlife. Ejiksson will discuss publishing and distribution as artistic practice and his collaborative efforts of writing, criticism and discourse since starting magazine in 2002.

  • Working Format

    Working Format is a graphic design studio founded by Ross Milne, Grace Partridge and Abi Huynh, and based in Vancouver, Canada. Working Format exhibits a project-specific working process that has produced a diverse body of work that includes type design, signage, identity and printed matter. The studio has received numerous distinctions including recognition from The Best Dutch Books, Graphex 2008 and 2010, Coupe, Alcuin Society and Salazar awards.

  • Rob Giampietro

    Rob Giampietro is a writer, designer, and principal at Project Projects. He teaches undergraduates at Parsons The New School for Design and graduates at RISD. Beginning in Fall 2010, he will also teach graduates at SVA. He has participated in lectures and panels at the Artist Space, the Type Directors Club of New York, the New Museum, and Yale University. His commentary on design and visual culture has appeared in Dot Dot Dot, Emigre, Eye Magazine, and more. From 2003 to 2008, he was cofounder and principal of the award-winning design studio Giampietro+Smith. In 2008, he served as vice president for AIGA/NY, leading a design chapter of more than 3,000 members. He studied graphic design and literature at Yale University.

  • Metahaven

    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.

  • Publication Studio

    Publication Studio is an ongoing project of Portland, Oregon based writers Matthew Stadler and Patricia No. It is an experiment in sustainable publication that prints and binds books on demand, creating original work with artists and writers. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense-not just the production of books, but the production of a public. This public, which is more than a market, is created through deliberate acts, the circulation of texts, discussions, and gatherings in physical space, and the maintenance of a digital commons.

  • Oscar Tuazon

    Oscar Tuazon (1975, Seattle, Washington) works as a writer, publisher and curator. His artistic practice can be described as contemporary sculptural bricolage, using natural and industrial materials and often intervening in the architectural space of the gallery. Tuazon’s work has recently been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Eva Presenhuber (Zurich); Standard (Oslo); Power Station (Dallas); Rat Hole Gallery (Japan); the Institute of Contemporary Art (London); Kunsthalle Bern (Switzerland); and the Parc St. Leger (France). Tuazon lives and works in Paris and Tacoma.

  • Wendy Yao

    Ooga Booga is an LA based book and clothing store focused around a small, eclectic range of small press publications and zines. Started by Wendy Yao in 2004, Ooga Booga fosters a vibrant community of independent artists through its tiny Chinatown retail space and a series of local and international events and projects. Recent projects have included the Ooga Booga Reading Room at Swiss Institute, New York, and the Printer Resources for Independent Art Publishers.

  • Alexis Zavialoff

    Founder of Motto.


Motto Storefront

May 15–July 22, 2010

Motto Storefront, Installation View

Motto Storefront, Installation View

Motto Storefront, Installation View

Motto Storefront, Installation View

Motto Storefront, Installation View

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) 
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)

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:

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.

Talks & Events

  • Motto Talk

    July 17, 2010

    Talk by Ooga Booga’s Wendy Yao in conjunction with the Motto Storefront.

  • Motto Talk

    July 10, 2010

    Talk by Working Format in conjunction with the Motto Storefront.

  • Motto Talk

    July 3, 2010

    Metahaven talk presented in conjunction with the Motto Storefront.

  • Motto Talk

    June 26, 2010

    Oscar Tuazon will outline his work with Castillo/Corrales and Section 7 Books, a gallery and bookstore he co-founded in Paris, France. He will also discuss the recently released catalogue of his work co-published by Paraguay Press, of which he is a co-founder.

  • Motto Talk

    June 19, 2010

    Talk by Andjeas Ejiksson in conjunction with the Motto Storefront.

  • Motto Talk

    June 12, 2010

    Publication Studio is in residence at READ Books, Vancouver (June 9–12, 2010) and is operating from 12–5pm. Visit READ Books to discuss publication strategies and have your items printed (b/w duplex printing), perfect bound (from 20–500 pages), and trimmed (from 1/2″x1/2″ to 8 1/2″x11″) for reasonable fees!

  • Launch and Screening

    June 5, 2010

    We are proud to host the Vancouver launch of the complete facsimile edition Avalanche magazine published by Primary Information, New York. Originally produced between 1970 and 1976, Avalanche focussed on art from the perspective of artists rather than critics. Aside from an 8-page news section, the editorial content included only interviews, artists’ texts and documents of art and art making. Nearly all interviews were conducted by founding editors Willoughby Sharp and Liza Béar. Among the featured artists were Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Philip Glass, Sol LeWitt, Gordon Matta-Clark, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, Lawrence Weiner, amongst many others. Limited quantities of the edition are available and preordering is strongly encouraged.

    The launch will be accompanied by a screening of an informal videotaped interview (or “videoview”) between artist and Avalanche founder Willoughby Sharp and Vito Acconci recorded in 1973. The video runs about an hour, and will begin promptly at 2:30, followed by a reception.

  • Motto Talk

    May 29, 2010

    Rob Giampietro will discuss his work with and beyond Project Projects, a design studio focussing on print, identity, exhibition, and interactive work with clients in art and architecture.

  • Motto Talk

    May 22, 2010

    Stuart Bailey will offer a series of thoughts on the term “applied art” and how it describes the spirit and interests of Dexter Sinister.

  • Motto Talk

    May 15, 2010

    Talk by Motto’s Founder Alexis Zavialoff in conjunction with the Motto Storefront.