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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!


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…’


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.


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


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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‘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.


Things we should think about for the next coming months and years via “Revolutionary Letters #14″ by Diane Di Prima.


Dear Friends,

we must have asked her at least four times for an interview, so we were thrilled when, at the fifth time, she finally consented. And thus, we counter these dark days, literally and metaphorically speaking, with a savvy and self-assured conversation that does not lack for moments of surreal humour, with the legendary French artist and cultural enigma that is Sophie Calle.

If anything, the work of Sophie Calle might be best described as elusive. Whether it marks a moment of distant intrusion (following strangers on the street, working as a chambermaid examining the traces and left-overs in anonymous hotel rooms), of controlled self-exhibition (giving a break-up letter to 107 specialists for analysis, displaying unopened birthday presents) or of sheer curiosity (asking the blind to define beauty, inviting strangers to spend time in her bed), it describes in meticulous detail instants of intimacy and vulnerability, of possibility and loss. Treading the edge between private and public, between structure and chance, Sophie Calle builds her ‘performances’ around rigorous rules and rituals that allow for moments of the unexpected, for questions to remain unanswered, for quiet wonder within the mundane.

Sophie Calle has exhibited her work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the Venice Biennial, among countless others. She lives and works in Paris.

In a casually and enigmatically meandering conversation with mono.kultur, Sophie Calle talked about starting her career by being lost in Paris, the pleasure in abandoning control and buying her own grave in California.

Visually, the issue borrows from Sophie Calle’s penchant for structure, dividing the issue between the public in a highly aesthetic display of selected works, and the personal with a very frank conversation in a different shade of grey.

Available as ever through our online store mono.konsum, or at the trusted book dealer of your choice very soon indeed.

Enjoy and all our best,


mono.kultur #42
It was not about discovering anything.”
Autumn 2016 / English / 15 x 20 cm / 48 Pages / Fold-Out Cover

Interview by Kingston Trinder
Works by Sophie Calle
Design by Stephanie Passul