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Our pick for today is Looo.ch, an enfant terrible of art sites. When just 3-years old, the website was launched into infamy for their 2013 satirical primers Homosexuality for Kids: A Textbook With Pictures and Lesbianism for Kids: A Textbook With Pictures, which prompted Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare to completely block both the site and their blog platform Squarespace from all Russian ISPs as gay propaganda. Since then, the founders, Ukranian artists Natasha Masharova and Anatoli Ulyanov have relocated to New York and continue to provide and produce radical literature, photographs, and short-form film and VICE-like documentaries on topics polarizing, esoteric, and humble. In case you were wondering, their 2013 titles are available to download from their website.

To quote the artists:
“We don’t care for “social decorum”, “matters of national security”, “copyright”, “ideology”, and other grounds for repression of culture evolution.”

DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF…

One of the most exciting components of the current Dreamlands show at the Whitney Museum is Terence Broad’s autoencoding of the film Blade Runner. An extension of Broad’s autoencoding works in which a computer watching reconstructs through what roughly amounts to artificial memory, his Blade Runner version is a particularly potent expression of the movie’s underlying themes of AI. In some ways, the visualized autoencoding portents the projection of the incipient machine soul, like the foggy memory of an infant human.

2017

MONO.KALENDER 2017

It is our last deed for the year, and in good tradition we have produced another mono.kalender for 2017, in all its festive silver splendour. As usual, the calendars come for free with any order placed via mono.konsum, while stocks last. Happy New Year!

FRIEDRICH

Recently, Paris based choreographer and musician Morgan Belenguer has been working on his new music project Morgan Friedrich. Influenced by a Romantic disillusionment and the writings of Bruno Latour and Philippe Descola on anthropocene, Loseground is the first track of the upcoming album Natureisdead.

‘Friedrich is a character more or less imagined. He is a romantic who, when confronted with the death of the concept of ‘nature’, loses the ground beneath his feet. From this moment, he falls into a profound vertigo, a nostalgia for nature that is impossible to recover. The music expresses the illusion of the movement Friedrich experiences and brings us to the point where, maybe for the first time, Friedrich touches EARTH…’

FEMMEPIRE STRIKES BACK

One of the finer cinematic offerings you may have overlooked this past year is Anna Biller’s lavish third wave production Love Witch (2016). Building on the retro camp meticulously constructed in 2007’s ambitious Viva, Love Witch follows the witch Elaine as she pursues love through sorcery and leaves a trail of her romantic victims. With it’s magical elements, celebration of femme sensuality and power, and sixties maximalism, the film mysteriously links to elements of today’s internet youth feminism. A comforting film in the face of recent political phallocentrism, perhaps.

Monday night music

Neither of these amazing (film) songs have been translated into equally beautiful pictures, but anyway worth posting them here.

MONDAY MUSIC: BONOBO

Beautiful new track by Bonobo, mesmerising video by Neil Krug: Break Apart.

MONO.PUNKT #36: FRIENDS WITH BOOKS 2016

Books with friends. Art with books. Coffee with croissants. Gossip with soul. Winter with sun. Christmas with presents. mono with kultur. Friends with books. Opening tomorrow night, until Sunday.

Friends with books
Art Book Fair Berlin
Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin
9–11 December 2016

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FROM XS TO XL: CHRISTMAS HELP 2016

‘Tis the season again, and where to even start thinking about these, you know, Christmas presents? But do not fret, we are here to help out with some nifty little gift list for all wallet sizes – order this week though to insure timely delivery. And yes, we do allow for gift orders to be shipped directly to your lucky recipient.

XS / Single Back Issues of mono.kultur
The perfect little give away for someone you like but where larger gifts are inappropriate – single issues of mono.kultur are still available from us, covering all tastes and inclinations, from the thoughtful (James Nachtwey) to the entertaining (Brian Eno), the quirky (Martino Gamper) to the naturally cool (Kim Gordon).

S / mono.editionen #05: Chris Ware
No one treads the fine line between bitter and sweet as well as Chris Ware, and our poster edition containing a lifetime within a wordless story is the perfect point in case. For young and old alike, and they will love you for it.

M / mono.kultur Subscription
Subscriptions are the perfect gift we find, since what is more fun than having a gift arrive at your door not only once, but four times a year? Remind them again and again who thought of it first back in 2015.

L / mono.log #01: Robert Montgomery
Literally large in size (A2!), our first artist book ever still stands its ground, and contains plenty of food for thought to come back to again and again in 2016.

XL / mono.editionen #04: Robert Montgomery
We only have one left, and wouldn’t that be spectacular, firing from all cannons kind of gift, our ultra limited, highly coveted and billboard-sized, well, billboard by one of our favourite artists ever, Robert Montgomery indeed.