Motto Storefront – Vancouver


So very excited for the upcoming Motto Storefront, organized by Artspeak and Fillip!

Featuring some great participants, including friends Stand Up Comedy.

May 15 – July 22, 2010

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.

Talks and Workshops: Saturdays at 2pm

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.

Upcoming Events

May 15: Opening and talk by Alexis Zavialoff at 2pm

May 22: Talk by Stuart Bailey at 2pm

May 29: Talk by Rob Giampietro at 2pm

Please see or for upcoming event listings.

Nieves Zine Library

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:

Forms of Stand Up Comedy

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.

About Motto

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.


233 Carrall Street

Vancouver BC V6B 2J2


Tues – Sun, 12 – 5pm

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