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STORE OF THE MONTH: IBIKI / MONTRÉAL

It sounds a little like Jonah Leslie, the owner of Montréal-based ibiki, kind of slowly grew into running a store that is never ‘finished’. And maybe those are the best stores anyway, that reflect the obsessions and whims of its owner as they change over time. Anyway, ibiki is a fine store that stocks a range of fine fashion such as Comme des Garçons or Études next to fine printed matter such as Pin-Up or, erm, mono.kultur, yes. But they also run an open studio and use the store, windows and website as a platform for new work by their friends or themselves,which is where the lines between selling and buying, between taking and giving, are beginning to blur in a very contemporary way. And oh, they even harvest their own beehive on the studio rooftop, resulting in, right, ibiki honey.

ibiki
4357 Saint-Laurent
Montreal QC H2W 1Z8
Canada

MONO.KULTUR #45 / SOUNDBITE 01

In the works, yes: mono.kultur #45.

mono.punkt #41: VERNACULAR ART BOOK FAIR MEXICO

Easter weekend is upon us, even though we wouldn’t guess so given the snowy skies here in Berlin, but Mexico, ah Mexico must be a different story altogether. And what better way to spend your Easter weekend than by browsing through some fine books by some of the finest independent publishers, all brought to you (in Mexico City, that is) by Vernacular Art Book Fair, taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Projectos Monclova. Muy bien.

Vernacular Art Book Fair
31.03. – 01.04.2018

Projectos Monclova
Colima 55
Roma Norte, CDMX


CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

In 2010, we celebrated our 5th anniversary with Tilda Swinton and Italian director Luca Guadagnino, screening his epic I am Love for its German premiere. It was not only Guadagnino’s debut feature film, but also the first in an ambitious trilogy about love, which now comes to an end with Call Me by Your Name, a lush and magical coming of age story that just washes over you – somehow, miraculously, capturing in fleeting glances, gestures, sound, the sweeping majesty and terror of what it is to fall in love.

MEDITATION ON WAGE LABOUR AND THE DEATH OF THE ALBUM

‘Art Is unavoidably work,’ says Terre Thaemlitz, cover star of our deeply irritating issue #39, and this Saturday, it looks like s/he is going to put in some overtime: as part of Berlin’s annual maerzmusik festival hosted by Berliner Festspiele, Thaemlitz will perform live his/her 30 hour-opus Soullessness, timed after the maximum capacity of an MP3 album, in the atrium of the Gropius Bau. As if that were not enough, the concert is followed by one of his/her legendary Deeperama DJ sets, giving you a good day and half of  Terre Thaemlitz in dolby surround. Highly recommended, as is of course, mono.kultur #39, still available at mono.konsum

ALTERNATIVES IN PRINT: THE REAL REVIEW

Reading The Real Review is a little like listening in on a conversation of people more intelligent, witty and mannered than oneself, and this is meant as a compliment: intelligent conversation is always a joy. As is The Real Review, London’s impossibly smart architecture quarterly launched in 2016, and about to release their 6th issue.

But architecture only in the loosest sense, exploring space and its effects on people, and vice versa – the tagline is as broad as it is ambitious: ‘What it means to live today’. This might include online dating, the history of caffeine, fast fashion cycles or anything else you would not necessarily expect within an architecture magazine, dicussed with verve and humour and intellectual rigour that are equally surprising, entertaining, and sometimes irritating. In short, everything you’d hope for in a magazine, framed by the clever design of OK-RM around the ingenious idea of folding the magazine through the middle, and the many options of working with text and images this opens up to.

MONO.KULTUR #44: TREVOR PAGLEN / EXCERPT 03

‘You have to ask yourself fundamental questions about what rules you want to organize a society with, or what the legitimate functions of the state are. What kind of data should not be collected? What crimes should not be illegal? You get into this whole set of paradoxical questions, but they are important ones, too. On the surface, the basic idea of our legal system is simple: you jaywalk, you get a ticket, right? You do something wrong, you get a ticket. Now, let’s say we could have a world of 100% police efficiency: You could have a ‘smart city’ where every single person who jaywalks gets a ticket, every person who has sex in a public park gets locked up, etc… I don’t think that’s a good thing. I’m not sure anyone wants to live in that society. So you have to think about what extent you want to artificially create inefficiencies, because the places where power is inefficient are the places where we jaywalk, but also where we experiment with self-expression. And these are the kind of spaces that newer optimization technologies like AI can really banish from existence very easily. Human bodies have always placed limits on the exercise of power. But when that limitation goes away, we have to think about deliberately imposing constraints on technologies to optimize aspects of everyday life.’

Trevor Paglen in our new issue mono.kultur #44, on Artificial Intelligence systems controlling the public sphere

STORE OF THE MONTH: IVORYPRESS / MADRID

Ivorypress in Madrid is one of those remarkable projects that grew from a small artist’s publishing project into an indie empire of publishing house, gallery, bookstore and arts consultancy. Needless to say, all done with plenty of energy, dedication, cojones and impeccable style. And a well-sorted arts bookstore, well, we’re all for it and isn’t good company always a pleasure.

Ivorypress
Comandante Zorita, 46-48
28020 Madrid
Spain

WINONA

“Winona” by Trevor Paglen as part of the Eigenface series, where Paglen trained a facial recognition software to identify chosen characters in the ‘Wild Dataset’ of the Internet. It is a small part of his decade-long work in progress on computer vision. Hear all about it tomorrow evening at our mono.klub #52, where Paglen talks with the director of esteemed KW Institute for Contemporary Art,, Krist Gruijthuijsen, about the world of invisible images and our complex interdependency on machines.

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mono.klub #52
TREVOR PAGLEN
In Conversation with Krist Gruijthuijsen

16. January 2017 / 19h30

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin

MONO.KLUB #52: TREVOR PAGLEN

Dear Friends,

We will start into the new year with a little splash, or more precisely, with a glimpse into the future.

‘For me my works are almost like what a star is to a constellation. They are points or particulates within a larger story,’ says American artist Trevor Paglen in our current issue mono.kultur #44. And indeed, there are few artists whose work is as deeply embedded in current matters of concern, questioning the impact of technology, economy, military or politics on the human condition. Trevor Paglen likes talking about those larger stories, and we certainly love to listen.

So please join us for an evening of conversation between Trevor Paglen and Krist Gruijthuijsen, director of the venerable KW Institute for Contemporary Art, discussing Paglen’s latest cycle of works and research into the hidden worlds of machine vision. For almost ten years, Paglen has been studying computer recognition programs and how machines are learning to ’see’, and how these developments interact with our daily lives. His research has led to a new body of what he calls ‘invisible images’, generated entirely by Artifical Intelligence systems – but of course, those are only particulates within a larger story.

As ever, we look forward to seeing you there.
mono.kultur

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mono.klub #52
TREVOR PAGLEN

In Conversation with Krist Gruijthuijsen

Celebrating
mono.kultur #44
Trevor Paglen:
The Edge of Tomorrow

16. January 2017 / 19h30

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin

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