Friday 14 March 2014, 8 – 10 pm: It Has Begun, Sander Uitdehaag and guests

Join us for an evening on methods and word play in the work of four artists, on the occasion of the launch of:

Het is begonnen (It Has Begun) by Sander Uitdehaag, published by the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice of the Royal Academy The Hague

-Introduction by Janneke Wesseling, head of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice and art critic

-Contributions by Paul Bogaers, Mercedes Azpilicueta and Ohad Ben Shimon

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To write: to try meticulously to retain something, to cause something to survive; to wrest a few precise scraps from the void as it grows, to leave somewhere a furrow, a trace, a mark or a few signs.

- Georges Perec in Species of Spaces

Sander Uitdehaag’s publication Het is begonnen (It Has Begun) is a collection of 11 separate texts, each one a possible beginning to the text that is the sum of these 11 beginnings.

Het is begonnen is inspired by the work of writer Georges Perec. His many novels and stories are extremely different in style and genre, but all of them are examples of constrained writing: Perec is bound by a self-inflicted condition that forbids him things or imposes a pattern.

Among many other works, artist Paul Bogaers is the author of the collage novel Onderlangs (Down Below), a book entirely composed of found sentences, gathered together from a great variety of books. Bogaers will discuss the process of this work and the importance of the constraint in regard to form, content and length of the project.

Passing through the corridors of their private idiom, artists and writers Mercedes Azpilicueta and Ohad Ben Shimon will perform What begins and ends within our own edges, a work swirling around the glycerine currents of their shared snow-globe.

Saturday 15 February 2014: Print Takeaway Unlimited, Nadine Stijns and Helmut Smits

As the Chinese New Year celebrations end with the Lantern Festival, we invite you to join us for the book presentations and exhibition opening of Nadine Stijns and Helmut Smits.

Print Takeaway Unlimited

Saturday 15 February 2014, 5 – 8 pm at PrintRoom
The exhibtion runs until 19 March

- Nadine Stijns: Floating Population, published by FW:
- Helmut Smits: Ideas and Thoughts, published by Onomatopee

Especially for this event we’ll have a one-day only un-limited edition print sale by Nadine Stijns and Helmut Smits.

Choose your favourite number from the menu and for only 25 euro’s you’ll become the happy owner of an almost unique Nadine-Stijns-Floating-Population-Inkjet-Print, printed live, at the scene, just for you.

Helmut Smits will RISO-print on demand an A3 poster based on one of the drawings in his book. Take it away for 25 euro – on 15 February only.

Floating Population
In the early 1980s, upon the opening up of China’s economy under Deng Xiaoping, farmers left their hometowns seeking work in China’s developing cities as a response to the resulting agricultural reforms. These people from China’s vast rural areas are referred to as the ‘floating population’. By visually assembling photographs, video stills and photographed objects like textiles, rubber shoes, construction materials, a sock, piles of postcards and posters and more Nadine Stijns investigates this stream of migrant laborers. With texts by sinologist, journalist and writer Catherine Vuylsteke.

Ideas and Thoughts
The drawings in the small book Ideas and Thoughts by Helmut Smits function as sketches for works to be realised at the right time and the right place. In a direct, linear style they reveal sharp observations, visual puns and playful solutions for coping with our everyday surroundings. Helmut Smits’ work can vary from wall drawings, furniture and product design to conceptual sculptures and public installations. But no matter how big or small the project, it all starts with a small drawing in a book.

Saturday 25 January 2014: The Dark Pages

Please join us for a late afternoon with a full programme of book presentations and video screenings; The Dark Pages is PrintRoom’s programme as part of the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam.
From 5 – 8 pm at PrintRoom

Presentation runs until 8 February

~The Dark Galleries by Steven Jacobs & Lisa Colpaert

~Thing by Anouk De Clercq

~Eine Landschaft der wilden, nackten, grimmigen Menschenfresser-Leute by Maaike Gouwenberg and Joris Lindhout

& The Flip Collection IV ; a selection of PrintRoom’s growing, international collection of flipbooks 

For the occasion we selected books by artists and theoreticians who deal with the relations between film, art and history. They will shed some light on darker histories, moving between the age of discoveries and animation, film noir and painting,  and between architecture and fiction.

 w-cover-2-1Eine Landschaft der wilden, nackten, grimmigen Menschenfresser-Leute

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The Dark Galleries
Imagine a museum in which the portrait of Carlotta Valdes, an important prop in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, hangs on a wall next to the painted portrait of the title character of Otto Preminger’s Laura and opposite the uncanny portraits of the desired or murdered women in Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street, George Cukor’s Gaslight, and Nicholas Ray’s Born to Be Bad. In an adjacent gallery, the visitor of this imaginary museum can contemplate the portraits of patriarchs that feature in films such as House of Strangers, Suspicion, Gilda, and Strangers on a Train. This is precisely the concept of this book. Dark Galleries deals with American (and some British) films of the 1940s and 1950s, in which a painted portrait plays an important part in the plot or the mise-en-scène. Particularly noir crime thrillers, gothic melodramas, and ghost stories feature painted portraits that seem to have a magical power over their beholders. Apart from an extensive introductory essay, this museum guide presents more than eighty entries on the artistic and cinematic aspects of noir painted portraits.
The Noir Art compilation video by Karel de Cock and Steven Jacobs will play at PrintRoom until 8 February.
Nicolas Provost’s film The Dark Galleries is based on the book. It will be screened at the IFFR.

An architect talks about the city he has built. Gradually we realize that the city is imaginary. His account is an attempt to give his ideas a fixed shape. This, in a nutshell, is the story of Thing, a book and video by artist Anouk De Clercq. Thing is part of “The art of ~scaping” , a research project funded by the Research Fund University College Ghent. Thing is the first book in the “The art of ~scaping” series. It accompanies the video Thing, made in collaboration with Scanner (soundtrack) and Scanlabprojects (images), screening at the IFFR. The images in the book are from the video, as is the text, there featured as a monologue.

The Dark Galleries and Thing are published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle and part of the Ara MER series; books with a focus on artistic research.

Eine Landschaft der wilden, nackten, grimmigen Menschenfresser-Leute is a flipbook inspired by the story of Hans Staden, the first German explorer to write about the cannibals living in the Atlantic Rainforest along the coast of Brazil. During their search for the book ‘O gótico Brasileiro’ (Brazilian Gothic), Maaike Gouwenberg and Joris Lindhout looked into the different histories that developed the idea of cultural cannibalism, which became most apparent in the ideas of ‘Antropofagia’, but also in the darker and social political and critical films of José Mojíca Marins aka Zé do Caixão, a true Brazilian Gothic filmmaker.

Eine Landschaft der wilden, nackten, grimmigen Menschenfresser-Leute is PrintRoom Publication # 12



Friday 10 January 2014: The Living Collection, with Charlotte Cheetham, Arnaud Desjardin and David Senior

The Living Collection
Friday 10 January 2014, from 8 – 10 pm at PrintRoom

Talk with:
Charlotte Cheetham (independend curator, Manystuff)
Arnaud Desjardin (publisher The Everyday Press)
David Senior (bibliographer at the MoMA library)

How is artists’ printed matter collected and archived and how can such collections and archives be active, lively hubs of information and education for the medium, serving the specialist as well as the general public?

PrintRoom invited three key players in the field of  independent artists’ publishing for a talk on collecting as an activity that moves beyond the limits of creating an archive. Each is a specialist in collecting printed matter and/or information on printed matter and archiving this in some physical or virtual format. Each in their own way extends their role as a collector by creating public projects and situations with and within the medium.

Charlotte Cheetham is a French independent curator. Her work concerns the field of graphic design and its dialogues with art, editorial and curatorial activities.
Her practice consists of creating exhibitions, printed matter and workshops with a focus on relevant topics and questions.

In 2012 she curated the video self-portrait series Slide Shows, with portraits of publishers, artists, designers, booksellers and others working in the field of independent publishing. Slide Shows is commisioned by Fillip., the blog she launched in 2006, promotes a transversal and adventurous approach to graphic design, that comes closely with art, curatorial practices, publishing practices, etc.

Publisher, book dealer, artist and writer, Arnaud Desjardin runs The Everyday Press, an imprint for artist’s publications. Working in collaboration with other artists, curators and writers he facilitates the materialization and dissemination of books, pamphlets and other printed matter. He recently published a rambling reference book on books and reference material about artist’s books released since the early 1970s: The Book on Books on Artists Books.

David Senior is Bibliographer at The Museum of Modern Art Library. He manages collection development of the general holdings of the library as well as the selection of materials for the artists’ books collection. He also regularly organizes exhibitions of MoMA library material. Recent exhibitions have included Scenes from Zagreb: Artists’ Publications of the New Art Practice (2011), Millennium Magazines (2012), an exhibition of contemporary artists’ magazines and Please Come to the Show (2013), a two-part exhibition of special invitation cards and event flyers from the library’s ephemera collections. His writing has recently appeared in Frieze, Bulletins of the Serving Library, A Prior and C Magazine. For the past six years, he has published an artist’s book series through Printed Matter, which includes publications by Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon, Aaron Flint Jamison, Triin Tamm and Eve Fowler.
For the NY Art Book Fair David Senior organises The Classroom, a curated series of conversations, readings and various other events providing an informal venue for artists, writers and publishers to feature current projects and perform their publications.

Thank You:
David Senior was invited to the Netherlands by the Dutch Art Institute, in the framework of Publishing class. PrintRoom wishes to thank the DAI and Casco for sharing their guest with us.
Publishing Class, an imprint of DAI Publications, a collection of artists’ books jointly published by the DAI and CasCo – Office for Art, Design and Theory in collaboration with the Werkplaats Typografie.

Friday 13 December, 8 -10 pm: WRAP UP! books by Ruth van Beek, Antje Peters, Ohad Ben Shimon and David Berridge


Join us for the last presentation night of the year, STARRING:

~Ruth van Beek (NL): The Arrangement, published by RVB Books (Paris)

~Antje Peters (NL/DE): Desserts, published by Automatic Books (Venice)

~Ohad Ben Shimon (NL/IL): 2 blue cups on two different corners of the table, published by Very Small Kitchen (Hastings)
~David Berridge presents VerySmallKitchen

++ more books of these publishers will be available in the shop

++++ a presentation of the books we selected at the NY Art Book Fair, Unseen (Amsterdam), Salon Light #10 (Paris) and Off Print Paris!

Your books will be nicely wrapped in especially designed and stencil-printed paper by the artists, Team Thursday, the PrintRoom team and other invited guests.


‘The Arrangement’ is a group of images Ruth Van Beek made with a collection of books on flower arranging. She has been collecting books on this subject for years, mostly instructional books dating from fifties to the seventies. They combine colourful still lives of flower arrangements with the functional photography of a manual. Ruth Van Beek is especially interested in the translation of the strict rules and symbols of Japanese Ikebana into instructional books for Dutch housewives.

‘Desserts’ straightforwardly presents 15 photographs of pre-manufactured desserts to be found in supermarkets plus an image of an apple (an allusion to one of the symbols for consumer culture). Imagery from 1970s-90s cookbooks inspired Antje Peters’ post-cookbook approach, with a sharp eye for detail and composition. The usually functional and illustrative features of photographs in cookbooks give way to a detached product photography style, with a particular focus on shiny surfaces and vivid colors – like advertisement photography but devoid of slogans and logos.

Ohad Ben Shimon’s ‘2 Blue Cups on Two Different Corners of the Table’ is a collection of diary-like writings that explores the meeting place of autobiography and fiction, introspection and performance, experience and commentary, through unfolding processes of attention and its notation in words. Recalling classic texts like Joe Brainard’s I Remember, it finds its own forms and attitudes for the things, people and places of which, implicated, it tells.

VerySmallKitchen explores connections of language, writing, and art practice. Based in Hastings, England, it curates an ongoing series of blog projects (most recently by Kasper Andreasen, Patrick Coyle, Emma Bolland, Claire Potter and David Price) alongside paperback books (by Ohad Ben Shimon, Nikolai Duffy, seekers of lice, Sarah Jacobs, Rebecca Cremin & Ryan Ormonde). Current interests include varieties of “Poets’ Prose” and the 100 page book as a meeting place of prose, poetry, fiction, essay and performance script.

Friday 1 November Eva Olthof and invited artists, Sunday 3 November 2013 Michalis Pichler and guests


Friday 1 November 2013, 8 – 10 pm:

Do We Ever Know Where History is Really Made?

Book presentation and performances by Jetske de Boer, Eva Olthof, Patrícia Sousa, Marija Šujica and Miek Zwamborn

Sunday 3 November 2013, 3 – 5 pm:


Ulises Carrión, Michalis Pichler

Exhibtion opening with installation by Michalis Pichler, a performative reading by Gerrit Jan de Rook, a text contribution by Louis Lüthi and video works by Ulises Carrión.

The presentation runs til 3 December 2013.  An extra presentation day with more video works by Ulises Carrión takes place in the last week of the show.

kindly supported by LIMA, Amsterdam, (former NiMK)

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More on Do We Ever Know Where History Is Really Made?:

Eva Olthof  invited four artists and a graphic designer to think about the question: Do we ever know where history is really made? This question is a reference to the film Sans Soleil (1983) by French filmmaker Chris Marker. In this essay-film the construction of history is addressed. It is a cinematic, philosophical meditation on history and memory and the technologies that chronicle and record it.’

In Do We Ever Know Where History Is Really Made? printed matter and performance are developed parallel to each other during the project. In this way both media can inform, contrast or complete each other. The result is a variation of works that highlight, transform or complement fragments of European history.

Jetske de Boer (NL, 1976) biked from Eemshaven in the north of the Netherlands to Gdansk in Poland and uses her documentation as starting point for new stories in order to connect these seemingly different places.

Eva Olthof (NL, 1983) uses the moment of the collapse of the Historical Archive of the City of Cologne (March 3rd, 2009) as a basis to build another archive, which consists of a growing collection of written memories.

Patrícia Sousa (PT, 1981) reworked the dialogues from the documentary Catembe (1965). Catembe depicts everyday life in Maputo during the Portuguese colonial period and was harshly censored during the Portuguese dictatorship.

Marija Šujica (RS, 1981) uses the famous print Intestinal Tract of a Seated Man by Hans Baldung Grien as a basis to anatomize contemporary forms of labour, such as copper theft.

Miek Zwamborn (NL, 1974) zooms in on two portraits of an unknown nineteenth century British paleontologist, Mary Anning.

The print-works are gathered in a specially designed folder. All print work is conducted in Extrapool’s risograph workshop Knust. The first performance evening took place on September 19th, 2013 at Extrapool Nijmegen.

Do We Ever Know Where History Is Really Made? is part of Extrapool’s guest curator project Gastpost


More info on SONNET(S) & OTHER SONNET(S)

In 1972, Ulises Carrión produced his first artist’s book “SONNET(S)” which consists of a 44 variations of a sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rosetti titled “Heart”s Compass”. Using the language like a material, Carrión writes Rossetti’s poem over and over again on a typewriter, in slightly different versions. This book today is considered Carrión’s first “artists book”, where he still uses language, but quite differently.

In 2009 Michalis Pichler, in a similar approach but using a computer program, probably word or open office, created 44 new variations and published a book titled “SOME MORE SONNET(S)”. The last page of this book announced a multitude of OTHER SONNET(S), mostly imaginary .
The show at PrintRoom sees the realization of “TEN OHP SONNETS” with the use of ten overhead projectors as well as one out of “SEVEN ADVERTISED SONNETS”, published in the Dutch art magazine Metropolis M. This series in progress will either remain unfinished or will have been concluded once seven advertisements have been published, six of them by other galleries.

A selection of other book works by Ulises Carrión and Michalis Pichler will be on display. On occasion of this show PrintRoom has produced a pocket edition of “1111 RISOGRAPHED SONNETS, STAPLED, NUMBERED AND SOLD IN CHUNKS OF 11″, which is available for sale.

The show will also a feature a variety of Ulises Carrión’s video works, among them “Bookworks revisited”, “Aristotle’s Mistake” and “Gossip, Scandal and Good Manners”.

Ulises Carrión

Born in the Mexican town of San Andrés Tuxtla in 1941, Carrión originally had his eyes set on a literary career – his book of short stories with the intriguing title La Muerte de Miss O was published in Mexico in 1966 — but after graduate studies in England, he ended up in Amsterdam where he devoted what remained of his abbreviated life (he died in 1989, from AIDS) to artist’s books (as a maker, seller, archivist and theorist), performance art, mail art, video and film. Carrión is a still elusive figure whom poet Mónica de la Torre recently described in Bomb Magazine as “perhaps Mexico’s most important conceptual artist.”
Publications (selection): For Fans and Scholars Alike, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, 1987, In Alphabetical Order, Cres/Agora Studio, Amsterdam/ Maastricht , 1979, Arguments, Beau Geste Press, Devon, 1973, Looking For Poetry/ Tras la Poesía, Beau Geste Press, Devon, 1973, Tell me what sort of wallpaper your room has and I will tell you who you are, In-Out Productions, Amsterdam, 1973, SONNET(S), In-Out Productions, Amsterdam, 1972

Michalis Pichler is a Berlin-based poet and artist who graduated as an architect after studies in Berlin, Athens and New York. He loves books and ideas and is cofounder of the annual Berlin artist book fair Recent shows and readings include The Power Plant, Toronto, Kunsthalle Wien, Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris, FRAC Marseille, MCA Denver, Literaturwerkstatt, Berlin, Overgaden, Kopenhagen and MoMA PS1, NY.
Publications (selection): SOME MORE SONNET(S), “greatest hits”, Berlin 2009/2012, Der Einzige und sein Eigentum, “greatest hits”, Berlin 2009; TWENTYSIX GASOLINE STATIONS, Printed Matter, Inc, NY 2009; Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (sculpture), “greatest hits”, Berlin 2008; Hearts, Revolver, Frankfurt 2008; Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed, cneai, Chatou 2008.

Louis Lüthi is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer and writer. In his fictional story Infant A he follows Ulises Carrión as he walks on the High Line in Chelsea, discussing two books simply titled A. Infant A is published by Paraguay Press, as part of their serie The Social Life of the Book.

Gerrit Jan de Rook is an art historian and freelance exhibition maker, The Hague. You can read his article for Metropolis M on Ulises Carrión here.
Gerrit Jan de Rook presents in a performative way Carrión’s book ‘Tell Me what Sort of Wall Paper Your Room Has and I Will Tell You who You are’.

18 October 2013, 8 – 10 pm: Paul van der Eerden and Henri Jacobs, book launches & exhibition opening


Join us for an evening of book launches and a presentation of related drawings by Paul van der Eerden and Henri Jacobs

Paul van der Eerden, ‘Dear Paul’, published by Solo ma non troppo, Paris.
“Besides the more monumental works that focus on volume and “meatiness”, Paul van der Eerden makes drawings on envelopes. These doodles function as a kind of “delivery room” for the more finished drawings. They are spontaneous as telephone drawings, open to any form or style and they explore new themes and ideas within his work.” (Solo ma non troppo)
Geneviève Hergott and Jean Bescós from Solo will bring a wide selection of their catalogue.

For this occasion Paul van der Eerden produced PrintRoom edition #2, ‘OH! GOSH!’, mixed media on used envelope, edition of 25.

Henri Jacobs, ‘Journal Drawings’, published by Roma Publications
“A repository of nine years of drawing and collecting images. All Jacobs’ Journal Drawings from 001 up to 666 are shown. For some of them, different stages of development are included. These stages reveal how a particular drawing evolved, and throughout the book, the evolution of Jacobs’ drawing itself can be seen. A book with a huge number of images which, after painstaking labour, have received a place in which they can interact with each other through the eyes of the viewer.” (Roma)

An exhibition with original drawings by both artists runs until November 17th.