22 – 23 – 24 November 2019: PrintRoom @ Printing Plant Art Book Fair, Amsterdam

On 22, 23 and 24 November we join Printing Plant Art Book Fair in Amsterdam!

We’ll bring a selection of books based on our year programme and we’ve invited ‘guerilla archivists’ to share their thoughts and ideas:

New Concepts for Guerilla Archiving: How to Survive Your Collection and How to Make Your Collection Survive or Fall Apart
Panel discussion
14:00 – 15:00, auditorium (theme 1)

The panel will discuss the sustainability and accessibility of private collections of artist publications belonging to experimental, ‘guerilla’ archivists and collectors. The speakers will brainstorm efficient ways to network collections and make them less vulnerable and reflect on to what extent can new technologies influence this process? What do we do if the funding dries up, the rent gets too expensive or when the collector can’t manage the collection any longer? The speakers will first introduce themselves and discuss the way they engage with their own collections. Based in Rotterdam, PrintRoom is a project space dedicated to the production, promotion and dissemination of artists’ publishing. This panel is the first in a series of events organised by PrintRoom in order to begin to understand how to respond to questions arising from its own growing archive.

Speakers: Karin de Jong (Founder PrintRoom) Jan Steinbach (Founder Edcat), Franziska Brandt and Moritz Grünke (Founders of The Riso Herbarium), GJ de Rook (art critic, curator) Andreas Bülhoff (Library of Artistic Print on Demand), Ami Clarke (Banner Repeater), Silvio Lorusso (founder of the Post Digital Publishing Archive).

At 16.16 G.J. de Rook will present the book we’ve made with him: Book Gymnastics.

“how to use a book: book gymnastics.

books can be treated in many ways. first of all you have to take them in your hand(s). then you can read the flap text and/or browse the pages. although western books are meant to read from left to right, the asian way is the opposite. sometimes illustrations force you to tilt the book. maximising this approach of tilting the book is the key to ‘book gymnastics’. the book has been transformed in a labyrinth where the ‘point of view’ constantly floats. this ‘book adventure’ will ‘chase away’ the conventional reader but please the brave. as a bonus both the intellect and the physical are served.” (G.J. de Rook)

15 November: PrintRoom’s Picks from the NY Art Book Fair 2019 & Holiday in the Archive @ Franklin Furnace souvenirs

In September, PrintRoom joined the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, organised by Printed Matter.  We celebrate this year’s harvest with presentations from fair exhibitors and a selection of new books that we brought back for you!

With:

Heide Hinrichs – second shelf. On expanding library holdings of books by non-binary, women and queer artists and artists of color.

Michael Murtaugh – These Are Situationists Times! On behalf of the Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism, a presentation on the digital interface which accompanies the book edited by Ellef Prestsæter.

Warren Neidich – The Glossary of Cognitive Capitalism. A look into the process of creating a dictionary of terms to understand and eventually destabilize the ways a future Neural Capitalism will enable forms of neural subsumption.

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Holiday in the Archive II  at Franklin Furnace – Souvenirs

Archive Books project space, talk Warren Neidich (right)

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Heide Hinrichs – second shelf

Heide Hinrich will introduce second shelf, a collaborative book acquisition project she initiated in 2018, a multi-institutional and international effort to increase library holdings of publications by non-binary, women and queer artists and artists of color. The project’s starting point is located in the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Alongside the book collection, the research project includes a number of interventions in-situ in libraries and online. These interventions are gestures of care and attention that creatively highlight the presence of the new books and contextualise the project’s ambitions. For more information visit: www.second-shelf.org

Heide Hinrichs is an artist living and working in Brussels. She currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. She was awarded the Villa Romana Fellowship for 2013 following the solo exhibitions: Borrowed Tails at the Seattle Art Museum in 2010, and Echoes at the Heidelberger Kunstverein in 2012. During her fellowship at the MMCA Seoul International Residency Program, she continued work on her long-term project Silent Sisters / Stille Schwestern, an unauthorized translation in text and art works in conversation with Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s book, DICTEE, brought to completion in 2018. Hinrichs studied at the HfBK Dresden and is a graduate of the HISK, Belgium.

Michael Murtaugh – These Are Situationists Times!

The Situationist Times (1962-1967) was a magazine edited and published by the Dutch artist Jacqueline de Jong. In its multilingual, transdisciplinary, and cross-cultural exuberance, it became one of the most exciting and playful magazines of the 1960s. Throughout its six remarkably diverse issues, The Situationist Times challenges the notion of what it means to be a situationist, as well as traditional understandings of culture in the broader sense and of how culture is created, formatted, and shared. These Are Situationist Times!, published by Torpedo Press Oslo, provides an in-depth history of the magazine while probing its contemporary relevance.

Lavishly illustrated and brimming with previously unseen archival material, These Are Situationist Times! presents new and compelling perspectives on situationism, experimental publishing, and artist-run magazines. A selection of commissioned contributions includes: Ruth Baumeister, Christophe Bourseiller, Eric C. H. de Bruyn, Matthew Fuller, Rodolphe Gasché, Institute for Computational Vandalism. And select historical texts by: Roland Barthes, Hans Brinkman, Jacqueline de Jong, Asger Jorn, Gianni-Emilio Simonetti and Paolo Virno.

Warren Neidich – The Glossary of Cognitive Activism

This glossary is meant to accompany the three-volume publication The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part 1, 2 and 3. It marks the beginning of a long-term process of creating a dictionary of terms with which to understand and eventually destabilize the complex ways through which a future Neural Capitalism will work in creating contemporary forms of neural subsumption. Neural subsumption is a future condition brought about by an assemblage of networked neural technologies that will link our brainwaves to the Internet of Everything (IoE) and then encode them to use in advanced data analysis. No thought conscious or unconscious will be left unrecorded, encoded or surveyed.

Warren Neidich is an interdisciplinary artist and theorist working between Berlin and New York. He studied photography, art, neuroscience, medicine, ophthalmology and architecture. Recently, his practice has focused on performance, sculpture, video and film to investigate the contested milieus of the social brain. He is founder and director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, New York and Berlin, 2015–2019. Its curriculum focuses upon the emerging conditions of cognitive capitalism in which the brain and the mind are the new factories of the 21st century.

 

Torpedo press project space installation with Michael Murtaugh

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Holiday in the Archive II

For our second Holiday in the Archive we spend two days in the archive of Franklin Furnace at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in the good company of FF director Martha Wilson. Julia Klein from Soberscove Press joined us. We presented the results at the fair – produced with the help of the Endless Editions crew, who had installed there Riso printer there for workshops.

Pick up your own copy at PrintRoom, or send us an email with your postal address if you want to receive a post-holiday souvenir.

 

Friday 4 October, 7 – 9 pm: Logotomy¿! by Gato Negro and Other Forms ~ You’re invited!!

We are proud to have León Muñoz Santini, founder of Gato Negro Ediciones, and Alan Smart from ‘Other Forms’ as our guests for a presentation at PrintRoom!

Logotomy¿!
Friday 4 October, from 7 – 9 pm
PrintRoom
Schietbaanstraat 17, Rotterdam

As continuation of the on going editorial research exercise Logocide, Logotomy and Logophagy —a dive of creation and experimentation into the possibilities of the nonsense as a subversion tool—, Gato Negro Ediciones will feature an exhibition of their recent work produced during a residency at the Frans Masereel Center (Kasterlee, BE). They will launch their most recent book, the massive limited edition Oh, the Normal.

Alan Smart will present Footnotes on a Fietsenplan: The Collision and Convergences of the Provo White Bicycle Plan,* detailing part of his research on the Dutch counterculture movement of the 1960s, Provo.

The publishers will develop a new collaborative publication which they  riso-print at PrintRoom in the days prior to the event. It is a continuation of a project initiated from the research by Alan Smart.

Before the presentation, there will be an informal ‘aperitif’ with snacks and drinks.

More information:

Since 2013, Gato Negro Ediciones has acted as a recognizably-urgent voice in independent publishing across the cultural realm. Advocating the liberty of thought, the Mexico City based press intentionally prints titles that challenge the so-often sequestered view of contemporary society. From political manifestos to art theory and prose, the books of Gato Negro do not wish to deconstruct reality through ornamental distractions that lately seem to have become an inevitable requisite within the modern history of publishing. Instead, Gato Negro embraces the deliberately-chosen content in its most primal form: straightforward and entire. And therefore, ever growing in context. The outcome of each publication is a dialogue between reader and creator — an ecological construction of selfhood that distills collective contemplation while all we do is live.

Other Forms is a mobile research and design collective working in multiple intersections of architecture, graphic design, and publishing. Other Forms considers how design reflects and critiques, in semi-autonomous marginal spaces, the material and social conditions of its practice. Other Forms is Jack Henrie Fisher and Alan Smart.

* Footnotes on a Fietsenplan: The Collisions and Convergences of the Provo White Bicycle Plan
The Provo Fietsenplan is among the better known of a series of “white plans” organized by the Provo movement—Amsterdam’s contribution to the array of subcultural insurgencies of the late 1960s. At once performance art, street theater, radical provocations, and more-or-less practical planning and policy proposals, white plans traversed aesthetic and political categories which had been aligned by modernism, but were then being destabilized and put under pressure. Concretely, the White Bicycle Plan was a simple proposition for a bicycle sharing program, presented as a Fluxus-style happening event for which a printed pamphlet provided a script or score. The score for the White Bicycle Plan was a simple, single page pamphlet written in ecstatic mode of beatnik neo-surrealism. I was, however able to create an intersection between a critique of technocratic planning, a conceptualization of urban space in, ‘late,’ post-Fordist, semiocapitalism, and a positing of new political subjectivities. By annotating its antecedents, and tracing its referents the fietsenplan can be used to translate between the languages of the these discourses, and understand this historical context, and the future—now contemporary—city it prefigured.

17 & 18 September: Holiday in the Archive II @ Franklin Furnace

‘Holiday in the Archive II

TRUCK FUCK MUCK is the title of an artist book by Martha Wilson, which she published in 1975. It’s also the book that made Martha realise that NYC needed a space for works of art of this kind. In September 2019 we came to Franklin Furnace with publisher friends to do research in the collection. Using the characteristics of TRUCK FUCK MUCK as a loose guide, we roamed the archive with delight, finding works by our favourite artists and presses and discovering new ones. In the coming year we’ll continue our investigation in order to further share souvenirs from our “holiday” at Franklin Furnace.

*Franklin Furnace has an exceptionally liberal collections policy – if an artist says their publication is an artists’ book, we take them at their word and accession it into our collection. (http://www.franklinfurnace.org/) If you would like to receive mail, please let us know by emailing info at printroom dot org Holiday in the Archive II is a project by PrintRoom with thanks to Martha Wilson et al at Franklin Furnace.

With: Julia Klein (Soberscove Press) Giulia de Giovanelli, Abhaya Mistry and Karin de Jong

19 – 22 September 2020: PrintRoom @ the NY Art Book Fair


PrintRoom joins the NY Art Book Fair with a table of our publications and books by artists we work with.We’ll also select books for PrintRooms’ Pick from the NY Art Book Fair presentation at PrintRoom on the 15th of November.

 

Friday 13 September 7 -9 pm: Czar Kristoff – Latag || Eva Olthof – Public Library Of

LATAG*

>A polite occupation by nesting
>A talk about publishing and precarity
>A mini-bookstore on the floor

by CZAR KRISTOFF
*To spread, unfold, or lay something out on the ground.

PUBLIC LIBRARY OF

EVA OLTHOF will talk about her ongoing research Public Library Of for which she travelled to the United States to visit multiple public and self-organised libraries and bring back ideas for the Rotterdam context. Keeping in mind the question: how to make the Rotterdam Central Library a democratic place?

DEAR BIEB
is the first zine in a series addressing that question and the start of a collaboration between Eva Olthof, PrintRoom, and library users.

Czar Kristoff: Part Wall, Part Door, No. ICzar Kristoff

 

 

 

 

 

Publications by Czar Kristoff

Research collage Public Library Of by Eva Olthof

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CZAR KRISTOFF is an artist who works across photography, video, performance, intervention and publishing. His current practice, which sometimes requires public engagement, is based on his inquiries on memory, identity and the theme of unlearning. His work has been exhibited at Vargas Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, West Gallery, 1335 Mabini, Danselhallerne Copenhagen, Art Dubai Marker, C3 Artspace Melbourne, Atelier de Koekkek Vienna, 24 Wangsan-Ro Gwangju, Bangkok Arts and Culture Center, Westergasfabriek Amsterdam, and Tai Kwun Contemporary Hong Kong. Kristoff is affiliated with Hardworking Goodlooking, a publishing and design hauz interested in decolonization, horror vacui and tropical diaspora. His most recent project, Temporary URL (Un/Re/Learning) Academy, is an experimental school that focuses on de-centering art and cultural production in the Philippines. He lives and works in Laguna, Philippines.

Czar Kristoff is the first Schengen Portal Artist in Residence,  a fictional yet operative ad hoc residency initiated by To Be Determined for chain migration in the arts. It is faithfully supported by hosts, benefactors, visa application letter writers, immigration fixers, and guest relations officers c/o PrintRoom,  NAC >Design Center Philippines  >Communication Design
Association Philippines  >Tiya June & Betty

Eva Olthof’s (Nijmegen, 1983) work often relies on particular historical contexts she unearths from public archives and libraries. She documents and rearranges the history of specific locations and events through fieldwork, systematic archiving and photographic documentation. In the course of this process of selection, she wilfully submits to coincidence, subjectivity and ambiguity. Once she has fully absorbed these narratives, she translates them into installations, publications and performances. Olthof lives and works in Rotterdam and graduated from the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem. She worked as an artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, CRAC Valparaíso, Chile and at Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

 

 

Happy holidays from the PrintRoom team!

We’re closed in August but if you are in town and would like to make an appointment, we’ll try to open up for you. Please email printroomnl(at)gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in September!