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mono.kultur #43: a protest issue, of sorts.


Creative Time has recently announced the commission of Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery,  a 25 year long new public artwork by the internationally renowned French conceptual artist and current mono.kultur cover star, Sophie Calle co-presented with Green-Wood Cemetery. The project will debut with a two daylong inaugural event on April 29th and 30th, 2017. The artist will be present on April 29th and 30th from 12 – 5 PM. To inaugurate the project, the public is invited to Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to privately unburden and inter their most intimate confessions. During the two-day opening, in a setting nestled among the mausoleums and monuments of Green-Wood’s verdant rolling hills, visitors will transcribe their secrets onto paper, and deposit them into the earth below, through a slot on a marble obelisk of Calle’s design. The artist will be on hand during the two-day event to receive some visitors’ secrets.


Austria and Germany have a beautiful tradition of the Kunstverein, or ‘art clubs’ – semi-independent art institutions that are state-funded but smaller and more flexible than large museums, closer to the local art scenes and focusing on lesser-known artists. Since 2013, the smallish Austrian city of Graz boasts its very own and very smart Künstlerhaus, named KM–, in the shadow of the famous Kunsthaus Graz. For their charming little bookstore, they teamed up with our friends at Motto to bring the finest of independent arts publishing to the Alps, and prost to that.

Halle für Kunst & Medien
Burgring 2
8010 Graz


On the horizon: mono.kultur #43.


Among the range of all the different design philosophies and styles that have found their way into mono.kultur over the years, it’s the quiet, unobtrusive approach that we sometimes enjoy the most. Idem for our still current issue with and about Sophie Calle, designed by the wonderful Wuppertal-based designer Stephanie Passul.

Almost museal at first sight, the issue plays with the artist’s penchant for structure, divided between the public in a highly aesthetic display of selected works that borrows from Sophie Calle’s unusal style of arranging artworks on the wall, and the personal with a very frank conversation set in a different shade of grey. But of course, as with all things well thought through, the magic lies in the details, in the little interactions and references that occur between words and images, as well as the frictions they generate.

Take, for instance, the cover which boasts in large letters our title quote ‘It was not about discovering anything.’, when, of course, the fold-out cover just begs to be unfolded to reveal the full image underneath. Just a case in point for an issue that might appear serious and quiet at first in its shades of white and grey, when in fact, there is a whole world of play to be discovered. Not much unlike the work of Sophie Calle, in other words.



In resistance to the current U.S. of A. figurehead’s ban on Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Yemen, UK producer Four Tet has added music from those very same nations to his Spotify playlist. Musician include Rahim Al-Haj (Iraq), Omar Souleyman (Syria), Martik (Iran), Naji Barakat (Yemen)–musicians who are now barred from entering and performing in the US. The story behind the playlist is poignant: Four Tet, real name Kieran Hebden, was inspired by his experiences working with Souleyman a few years ago in Brooklyn–a partnership now prohibited.


Already reputed “the grossest movie” to grease the silver screen, Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus’s first film Kuso is extreme. Perhaps only the basest images can accompany such a starry soundtrack–the film features music by Flying Lotus as well as Aphex Twin and Akira Yamaoka. While descriptions of the synopsis does repel, body horror and grotesquerie does have a storied history in art film, including filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel, Matthew Barney, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Sion Sono, and David Lynch. Whether Ellison’s film can withstand the test of time and the taste of the public is still up for debate.


“I want a president,” by activist and artist Zoe Leonard, recited by Myyki Blanco. As relevant now as in 1992.


Our pick for today is, 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.”