Opening hours August

In August we’re open on Friday and Saturday, from 1 – 5 pm.

PrintRoom is closed on 16 / 17 / 18 August, but please email us if you want to visit and we’ll try to make an appointment.

 

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20 July 2018, Temporary Services: The Self-Reliance Library & What Problems Can Artist Publishers Solve

Self-Reliance Library

PrintRoom welcomes the group Temporary Services from Chicago and Auburn, Indiana. They will install a selection from their Self-Reliance Library, a collection of books on creative approaches to living radically, along with books and booklets by the group and their publishing imprint Half Letter Press. Temporary Services are publishers in residence at PrintRoom in July 2018.

On view through 15 September, 2018.

** Friday 20 July, 6 – 9 pm:   Opening and book launch

– What Problems Can Artist Publishers Solve?

This new booklet by Temporary Services in collaboration with PrintRoom asks 17 artist publishers from the US and EU: Thinking locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally: What are some social, political, economic and ecological problems that artist publishers are equipped to address or solve using their knowledge, skills, and resources?

-Talks by booklet contributors Clara Balaguer and Antoine Lefebvre
-Self-Reliance Library tour by Marc Fischer of Temporary Services

**Saturday 21 July, 1 – 5 pm:
Publishing workshop, taking the Self-Reliance Library as a starting point to make new Risograph publications or prints.

** Tuesday 24 July, 6 – 8 pm:
What could the Self-Reliance Library include?
Marc will show any new additions to the library that he found during his stay in The Netherlands. Please bring your favorite books on creative problem solving and DIY improvisation to share.

More information: (below)

 

More information:

The Self-Reliance Library  is an autonomous reading and creating library. It is a collection of older books and reference materials that Temporary Services has found inspiring while doing our own projects and living our lives, as well as new books we are just starting to spend time with. The Self-Reliance Library contains recently published titles that are still available as well as out of print books that you can find in public libraries or on the secondary market. It includes a few of our own publications as well.

The collection is designed to provoke the reader, encourage a deeper relationship with our shared natural and human environment, solve creative problems, or suggest imaginative directions for a range of creative practices. Most of these books have strong visuals and an accessibly designed approach to sharing knowledge.

The Self-Reliance Library consists of over 80 books about visionary architecture, desperate or wildly imaginative mobility, miniature buildings and nomadic living, self-publishing and design, skill sharing, everyday repair solutions, running a music venue, spaces for parenthood, toys and design for children, ecologically sound living, foraging, blueprints for fantasy worlds and alternate realities, pranks and mischief, technologies used in prisons and other restrictive or impoverished settings, survivalism, weapons for self-defense or recreation, and creative approaches to living radically.

The books will be presented with banners, made from plastic bags.

Since 2015, antoine lefebvre editions is the publishing structure and nom de plume of artist publisher Antoine Lefebvre. He holds a Phd in Fine Arts from the Sorbonne where he teaches, and created La Bibliotheque Fantastique (2009–2014) as the experimental aspect of his practice-based research. La Bibliothèque Fantastique is a publishing structure for artists’ books that was shown in several countries and acquired by numerous libraries and museums, such as the MoMA, Kunst bibliothek and Centre Pompidou.

His latest research project ARTZINES is divided between an on line database for artists’ fanzines, www.artzines.info, a meta-zine issued irregularly about places and people who make artzines, and a series of Show and Tell events. Antoine will present a selection of ARTZINES  and La Bibliothèque Fantastique.

 

16 June 2018: Speculative Libraries by Nick Thurston

~Workshop   Me–We Library   10.00 – 17.00
please email us if you’d like to participate

~Talk  Speculative Libraries  19.00 – 21.00

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Workshop   Me–We Library
How do individual writers, librarians and readers change each other, and in doing so become a community, in the peculiar space of a public library? What happens when those places, collections and communities disperse? And how might the act of publishing – of making public – be at the core of any answer to these questions?

Beginning with an informal talk about a recent exhibition exploring the relationship between contemporary art and libraries, ‘The House That Heals The Soul’ (CCA, Glasgow, 2017; The Tetley, Leeds, 2018), this practical workshop invites participants to collaboratively make a set of answers to these questions. By sharing, copying, re-printing and talking we will explore ideas of loss, recovery, speculation, reproduction, anthologisation and reading.

Please bring a book that you would like to share but not to loose.  

Speculative Libraries, talk

Public libraries are having their purposes and practices fundamentally challenged by the growth of networked computing and neo-liberal models of the civic sphere. While these changes should be matters for broad social debate, it seems equally important to re-imagine what public libraries of the near future could be and could enable. This talk will explore some of the roles that contemporary art might have in that collective process of re-imagining.

From Martha Rosler Library (2005-6) to the open-access file-sharing on aaaaarg.fail, a trend can be traced for making libraries as or within contemporary art projects. This talk will cover the history and techniques of what Nick Thurston calls speculative library-making, considered as the practice of constructing real or imaginary libraries as an artistic act, plus a sub-genre practice of producing functioning public libraries as a form of public non-art. He will discuss examples of both throughout.

Nick Thurston is a writer and editor who makes artworks. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include the solo show ‘Hate Library’ at Foksal Gallery (Warsaw, 2017) and HKW (Berlin, 2018), group shows at GRAF Museum (Groningen, 2018) and MuHKA (Antwerp, 2018), and his co-devised exhibition about art and libraries, ‘The House That Heals The Soul’ at CCA (Glasgow, 2017) and The Tetley (Leeds, 2018). As well as writing regularly for the literary and art press, he is the author or co-author of several books, pamphlets, essays and stranger things. His next book, Back to Front Truths: Opposing the post-digital cultures of the far-right, co-edited with Maik Fielitz, will be published in early 2019.

2 June 2018: Detroit Backwards ::: Wet Ink / Fresh Zines

*Ronald Cornelissen and Davin Wade Brainard: zine presentation Detroit Backwards*
& screening of Time Stereo’s Movie Time, a compilation of live action and animation

While you’re here, check out wet ink / fresh zines by:

* Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva: the Strangers *
* Wobby.club: latest issues! * with Marjolein Schalk and Jeroen de Leijer
* Ewoud van Rijn: Mary Jane Rorschach – Archaic Revival Review 2018 *

Saturday 2 June 2018
3 – 5 pm at PrintRoom
Schietbaanstraat 17
Rotterdam

This week PrintRoom’s Riso workspace is taken over by Ronald Cornelissen and Davin Wade Brainard. They collaborate on a zine titled Detroit Backwards; a portrait of Davin’s hometown, which Ronald has visited several times in the past 20 years. Both artist share a love for comics, cartoons, fanzines, graffiti and collage, and perform together in the group Princess Dragon-Mom. Their Riso-Print Holiday here at PrintRoom will be a collage of remembrances, influences, all manner of new visions blowing through on Rotterdam’s mildly psychedelic late-may winds when minds are across an ocean.

Join us on Saturday to see the result of this Riso-trip back in memory and celebrate all our wet-from-the-press new zines, printed at PrintRoom or at Wobby’s headquarters.

 

more information:

Davin Wade Brainard was born in 1969 in Detroit, Michigan. Like most boys his age he loves giant monsters, superheroes and outer space. After finishing college in the early 1990’s he started a series of cloud paintings that he continues working on to this day. In the past 25 years he has written and published many books (SPACE, HEY WRINKLENUT, CHARLIE BROWN, PUDDLES and more), made over 20 short films, toured Europe, Japan and the USA with his performance art & noise group PRINCESS DRAGONMOM, and completed lots of paintings. In 2008 his art collective TIME STEREO (started in 1993 with Warn Defever) was included in the MOCAD exhibition CONSIDERING DETROIT. Lately Davin has been working hard as the gallery director of UFO FACTORY in Corktown.

Ronald Cornelissen was born in 1960 in Beverwijk, the Netherlands, and lives in Rotterdam. Since 1988 he has worked as a visual artist, making drawings, sculptures and installations, from 2000 to 2007 he published WORMHOLE magazine. His works arise from the twlightlight zone between avant-garde and underground, mining urban subcultures of comic strips, graffiti and music and looking at the friction between the urban environment and its inhabitants. His work has been exhibited at State of Concept, Athens; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; TENT, Rotterdam; Instituto Buena Bista, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles (2008); Natural Law (with Princess Dragonmom), Busan Biennale, South Korea; Galerie de l’École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, France; and W139, Amsterdam, among many others.

Wobby.club

Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva

Ewoud van Rijn

 

17 May 2018: supposing you do not like to change

 

11.00 – 17.00

Babel Book Space

PrintRoom @ Museum Boijmans van Beuningen 

 

an English-to-Dutch
live translation of 
Gertrude Stein’s 
Tender Buttons
‘Objects’
 
A project initiated by Kate Briggs & Moosje M. Goosen
in collaboration with: Niels Bekkema, Hannah Dawn Henderson, 
Ash Kilmartin, Sarah Posman, Natasha Soobramanien, Nienke
Terpsma, and Marije de Wit

21 April 2018: Love from Kingston, Hannah Dawn Henderson and Nicole Jordan


** bookpresentations **  reading ** discussion **

Hannah Dawn Henderson: Being, in a State of Erasure

Nicole Jordan: 89

2 – 4 pm at our Babel Bookspace at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18, Rotterdam

Email us if you’d like to be on the guest list for free entrance to the museum (info@printroom.org).

The publications of Nicole Jordan and Hannah Dawn Henderson deploy autobiographical voices so as to generate an oscillation between past and present. Departing from their Caribbean heritage, both writers seek to address histories that have contoured their conceptions of selfhood, whereby a literary register serves as a device to navigate political/politicised heritage.

Being, in a State of Erasure recollects Hannah Dawn Henderson’s research in the archives of the British National Council of Civil Liberties. Henderson’s excavation of the archive was motivated by a desire to comprehend the political inheritance of Commonwealth descendants living in Britain today. During the 20th century many formerly colonised countries acquired independence, yet this dissolution of the empire saw a rise in nationalism on the British mainland. In the wake of independence, it was the body and identity of the Britain-bound Commonwealth migrant that thus became the territory upon which colonial power-plays would be exerted.

Commissioned as part of Beyond Words Library residency by the Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull Culture and Leisure Library Services and Book Works, in association with Hull History Centre, Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, funded by James Reckitt Library Trust and Arts Council England. This project was also supported by Stroom Den Haag and the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam.

In 89, a series of meditations as poems by Nicole Jordan, a staccato meter evokes the pace of memories scattered across the Caribbean, Canada, and Europe, particularly the Netherlands. Featuring eighty-nine poems completed over one year, the anthology is a meditation on sentiments of nature, spirituality, (mis)placement, longing, inheritance and resolution. Written in what Nicole calls “hashtype”, 89 simultaneously explores abstract form and emerging clarity in contemporary communication while it commemorates and extends the legacy of works penned by Nicole’s grandmother, Hope, published over seventy years ago in Kingston, Jamaica.

The presentation will involve readings from both publications and a discussion on the process of their creation.

Thanks! Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam (CBK) for supporting Babel Bookspace at Boijmans Van Beuningen

9 February – 21 May 2018: Babel Bookspace, PrintRoom at Boijmans van Beuningen

On the occasion of ‘BABEL – Old Masters Back from Japan’, on view from 3 February until 21 May 2018, PrintRoom takes up space at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Tower of Babel (c. 1568) imagines an actual architectural construction in its rise and fall. In the Babel Bookspace, occupied by PrintRoom, we imagine what lies in its long-cast shadow: lost, living, and imaginary libraries, books in and about translation, the confusion and commingling of tongues.

On view at the Babel Bookspace are works by Zoe Beloff, Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), Sora Kim, and a selection of artists’ books from the PrintRoom collection.

Further contributions and events by: Niels Bekkema & friends, Kate Briggs, Daniela Cascella, Moosje M. Goosen, Dongyoung Lee, Nick Thurston.

* To be announced: Supposing You Do Not Like to Change: Studies in description translation, a live translation of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, a project initiated by Kate Briggs and Moosje M. Goosen, in collaboration with Niels Bekkema, Katarina Jazbec, Ash Kilmartin, Sarah Posman, Riet Wijnen, Mia You, et al.

 

Zoe Beloff

Zoe Beloff explores the role of the historical context in the development of a specific pictorial idiom. These three watercolours are part of a spatial installation titled ‘Emotions Go to Work’. They investigate the way technology translates human emotions into statistical information and how this data is used to shape society – in the past, the present and the future.

In the mid-nineteenth century the scientist Duchenne de Boulogne used electrodes to produce emotions on the human face. He did this to study and categorize them. Now Duchenne’s facial expressions have been translated into emojis and no one needs to move a muscle to show that they are angry, surprised or happy. In the future Beloff foresees enormous data clouds in the sky, constructed from the emotions of millions of people, which have gobbled up each individual emotion.

Masha Krasnova Shabaeva

Masha Krasnova Shabaeva grew up surrounded by chemical plants, in an environment that evoked post-apocalyptic visions and where her imagination was able to flourish as rampantly as the weeds on the pavement. Her childhood in Russia is still the source of complex and moving narrative images in diverse media. These are not stories in the normal sense of the word, but surprising situations where everything is out of proportion and human figures seem to have been cloned or taken on hybrid forms.

Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide)

THE GERMAN LIBRARY PYONGYANG (2015) by artist Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) was a fictional recreation of the German library of the Goethe-Institut in Pyongyang, North Korea, operative from 2004-2009. Chang’s library, revived for the 1st Asia Biennal in Guangzhou, became a space for critical questions regarding imperialism, the parallel histories of Korea and Germany, and issues of censorship.

Sora Kim, who’s work is present here as well, was one of the participants.

On the occasion of her presentation of The German Library Pyongyang (Sternberg Press, 2017), a publication that brings together the four original exhibition booklets in German, Korean, English, and Chinese, Chang has re-installed elements of the library in the Babel Bookspace.

Thanks CBK Rotterdam (Centre for Visual Arts) for co – funding our projectspace and programme at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen!