16 November 2018, PrintRoom’s Pick from the NY Art Book Fair

In September, PrintRoom submerged itself again in the world’s largest – and hottest – art book fair, to do our annual research, meet new makers and catch up with publishing friends from all corners of the world. We resurfaced with treasure to share with you. Join us for presentations, and dive into the new selection of publishing projects!

7 – 10 pm @ PrintRoom
Programme begins at 7.30pm

Presentations by:
Eva Wilson (UK/DE) and Adam Gibbons (UK) et al   
Stefan Marx (DE)
Ruth van Beek (NL)
Werkplaats Typografie (NL/Int.)

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A reading of Badlands Unlimited (Act 1) by Badlands Unlimited from the new series ” ” (quotation mark quotation mark)
Read by Kate Briggs, Constant Dullaart, Adam Gibbons, Nicole Jordan, Judith Vrancken, Eva Wilson, and others

“Set behind the scenes of an artist-run, New York-based publishing company, the play Badlands Unlimited (Act 1) follows seven characters as they launch an erotic novella, deal with internal conflicts, and imagine the promise and threat of technology between the pages and in our lives.”
The new series “ ” looks at the forms and roles of publishing as and within artists’ practices; hosting conversations with artists who work at the intersection of publishing and exhibition-making, in the realm of circulation, dissemination, spamming, dispersion, print, data, language, infection, fashion, networks, disturbance, myth, parasiting, and infiltration.

Following a short introduction by series editors Adam Gibbons and Eva Wilson we will read issue #5: Badlands Unlimited (Act 1) by Badlands Unlimited with a cast of invited guests. “ ” is published by NERO (IT).

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Priority Boarding by Stefan Marx

Stefan is an artist and actor of the skateboard scene. His black and white drawings, over-painted flyers and enigmatic slogans are anchored in street culture but address our cultural awareness. Stefan’s artist books are published by Nieves, Rollo-Press, and Christoph Keller Editions/JRP Ringier – or are self-published.

PrintRoom’s pick – Priority Boarding – features his new drawings of airplanes. These originated over the last two years at various airports. The selection is based on and inspired by Ari Marcopoulos’ new publication focusing on the same commercial airlines and aircraft types. Priority Boarding is published by Nieves (CH) and Perimeter (AU)

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How To Do The Flowers by Ruth van Beek

Starting from her archive, Ruth van Beek makes collages and books. A large part of the image archive originates in old manuals, books that are made as a tools for everyday occupations. The images mainly show hands that demonstrate how something is supposed to be done. Hands that dig in the earth, that make dolls, that arrange flowers, that cook. All sorts of daily actions pass by.

By focusing on the action and detaching images from their original context, van Beek encourages imagination, thereby provoking uncomfortable and uneasy feelings: passive human hands become animated, objects become characters and abstract shapes come to life. Hundreds of images and tests from van Beek’s archive come together to show a method and create, in turn, a manual for creating new work.  Published by APE (BE) and Dashwood Books (US)

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Members of Werkplaats Typografie present their project: Boiling Room for Hot Reading

“We recently encountered a series of paparazzi shots of Jon Snow wearing a pair of black swimming trunks, holding his red and blue flip-flops in his left hand, walking down a sandy beach. We thought this was funny. In one of the photos an anonymous person, blocked from view by an older man in biker gear, is seen poking one of Jon’s six exposed abs with their index finger.”

The NY Art Book Fair is organised by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1

29 September: Metaphonics Book Launch and Live Music with Special Guest Red Brut

Metaphonics Book Launch and Live Music
~ with special guest Red Brut
Saturday 29 September, 3 – 5 pm at PrintRoom
Colliding black holes, whispering caves, melting glaciers, and exploding volcanoes. These are some of the things you will hear as Field Works launch their new book, Metaphonics. Readings are accompanied by projected video and live music. Published by Jap Sam Books. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
About the work:
For Stuart Hyatt, the world itself is a recording studio where people, places, and things become the instruments. Hyatt has spent the last four years collecting these sounds and arranging them into uniquely site-responsive music. Working collaboratively under the name Field Works, musicians from around the world have contributed over 50 new compositions to this massive collection.
In Metaphonics: The Field Works Listener’s Guide, Hyatt contributes a complete track-by-track guide to the 7-album Field Works box set, addressing from many angles the interpretation of place through sound. Renowned naturalist Bernie Krause writes the book’s foreword, establishing a taxonomy of the soundscapes explored in the book’s essays: geophony (earth sounds), biophony (animal sounds), anthropophony (human sounds) and cosmophony (sounds from outer space). Designed by PRINTtEXT, the book features original contributions from Cheryl Tipp, Leah Barclay, Gustavo Valdivia, Enrique Ramirez, Yiorgis Sakellariou, Sarah Laskow, Stuart Fowkes, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Manuja Waldia and Peter Liversidge.

Red Brut – photo Rik Möhlmann

19 – 23 September: PrintRoom @ the NY Art Book Fair 2018

PrintRoom @ the NY Art Book Fair 2018 oganized by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1. We’re here to join the program of talks and panel discussions, discover new work, meet with publishing friends and make a selection to bring back for a presentation at PrintRoom.

15th September 2018, Self-Reliance Library Event: Workshop Bookbinding

Saturday 15th September from 14:00 to 18:00 at PrintRoom

Instructor: Camille Boisaubert

All welcome. Whether you have no prior experience with bookbinding, or already have some knowledge of the craft, you’ll receive personalised advice and guidance.

The book—blank or printed—is one of our most frequently used tools for thinking, reflecting, recording. But in its mass-produced and standardised form, the book-object seldom reflects our readerly explorations and appropriations.

Let’s transform our books to follow our reading experiences! In this workshop we will compile excerpts from multiple publications in the Self-Reliance Library into our own (note)books. Everything is possible with some (Riso printed) paper, a needle, a thread and some glue.

Hands on! We will begin warming up with simple ‘needle bind a booklet’ exercises. Camille will teach three ways to sew books: one booklet, two booklets together and multiple booklets. She will bring  examples of her work to show.
 Following a coffee break, we will compile excerpts from the Self-Reliance Library’s collection into our own books, thinking through bookbinding as a reading and editing exercise.


PrintRoom will provide Riso printed pages from the Self-Reliance Library, blank paper, needles, thread, and we’ll use our Riso misprints to make notebooks. Participants are welcome to bring their own materials if they have something special in mind. By the end of the workshop participants will have their own hand-bound book, drawing from the Self-Reliance Library and elsewhere.

Capacity is limited, please register before 10 September with printroomnl@gmail.com    Participation fee: 25 euro

Camille Boisaubert studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre, Paris and Book Design at La Cambre, Brussels. In 2017, she founded her publishing house les murmurations.

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 their own projects and living their lives, as well as recently published titles that are still available, and out-of-print books that you can find in public libraries or on the secondary market. It includes a few of Temporary Services’ own publications too.

Temporary Services (Chicago and Auburn, Indiana) were publishers in  residence at PrintRoom in July 2018. A selection of their titles remains on view at PrintRoom until 15 September, 2018

6 – 9 September 2018: PrintRoom at the London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery

We’re joining the X Marks the Bökship Tableshare at the London Art Book Fair 2018 at Whitechapel Gallery. PrintRoom will bring a selection of books that reflect our programme of the past year and we’ll look for new publications to bring back to Rotterdam. Come and see us on Friday from 11.00 to 14.00!

A shared table for invited artists and independent publishers. Each publisher shares the table with another for 2 – 3 hour time slots throughout the duration of the book fair.

Publishers include:

AND, Behind the X, Chelsea Space, Common Books, Copy Press, Flat Time House, Clare Gasson, Independents United, Keep it Complex, LCBA, Sara Mackillop, Mörel Books, Oh, OOMK, PrintRoom, Publication Studio, Setsuko, Test Centre, The Everyday Press, We are Publication.

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.