16.10.21: 📒Soul Kitchen & 📗Pandemic Exchange,⭐️ You’re invited!🍹🍵 at PrintRoom and Leeszaal 🥨🍻✨

Join us on Saturday 16 October for two presentations of art publications dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. With the shock of the lockdowns slowly fading into the background it may seem we are getting ‘back to normal’, yet many of us still feel the after effects of the crisis on a daily basis, especially in the cultural sector. Covid19 affected each of us in different ways. While many suffered from lack of income and isolation, some benefitted from an increase of time and a lack of distractions.

📒Printroom invited artist Sophia Tabatadze to present her colouring book with a workshop for kids and grownups in the first part of the afternoon and a talk at 16.00. 🎨

📗From 16.30 till 18.00 we have the official Dutch book launch for Pandemic Exchange – how artists experience the Covid-19 crisis. Art writer and editor Josephine Bosma talks about how the book was conceived, while artists Daniela de Paulis and Michelle Teran will tell us more about their contributions.

🍵🍹Printroom provides food and drinks 🍻🥧

Practical info:

Date: 16 October 2021 from 16.00 – 18.00

Location: Leeszaal West, Rijnhoutplein 3 (a 3 minute walk from PrintRoom)

Prior to that you can join Colouring Pages from 13.00 – 16.00 at PrintRoom

Colouring Pages, 13.00 – 16.00
Join us and colour various drawings from the colouring book Soul Kitchen depicting everyday objects and invented shapes!

16.00 – book presentation Soul Kitchen, a colouring book by Sophia Tabatadze

The drawings that are collected in this book were made during the pandemic. The artist cataloged her home observations during the lockdown. Strange things appeared in her home where she lives with her six year old: toy lizards were taped on the slide in the living room, iron met drawing materials on the kitchen table.. Instead of tidying up Sophia treasured these combinations and captured them on A4 paper. Rather then going to her studio she brought her studio home.

The colouring book Soul Kitchen is placed in a multifunctional corrugated cardboard folder which can also be turned into an easel and a wall pocket. Sophia made it in collaboration with Mukao, a Georgian company specialising in innovative products from corrugated cardboard.

16.30 – 18.00 – Pandemic Exchange, How Artists Experience the COVID-19 Crisis

News reports on the Covid-19 pandemic seldom include how the virus and the societal lockdowns affect artists. A lively circuit of cultural events, meetings, and exhibitions had come to an almost complete stop, leaving artists often not just with a significant drop in income but also bereft of their vital and supporting social communities. Art writer and curator Josephine Bosma, feeling quite cut off herself after a year of lockdowns and too much screen time, saw both desperate and relieved outcries from artists popping up through the glossy algorithmic veneer on social media. She decided to reach out to some of the more outspoken voices. From this an interview project was born, which grew into this collection of heartfelt stories and brief reports from artists trying to survive the pandemic and sometimes finding unexpected ways to do so.

Contributors: Annie Abrahams, Lucas Bambozzi, Dennis de Bel, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, S()fia Braga, Arcangelo Constantini, Tiny Domingos, John Duncan, Nancy Mauro Flude, Ben Grosser, Adham Hafez, Sachiko Hayashi, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Garnet Hertz, Jennifer Kanary, Brian Mackern, Miltos Manetas, Lorna Mills, Daniela de Paulis, Tina La Porta, Archana Prasad, Melinda Rackham, Michelle Teran, Mare Tralla, Igor Vamos, Ivar Veermäe.

This book is part of the Theory on Demand Series of The Institute of Network Cultures. A limited amount of printed copies of the publication will be available during the launch. You can download the epub and pdf versions of the book here.

Mare Tralla – Covid Plants action. Here is a zucchini plant dedicated to a researcher from Liverpool University. It has the hashtag #opencovidpledge on it.
Dennis de Bel – No title

4.10.21 – 10.10.21 🏳️🌈 The Protest Banner Lending Library ✂️🪡 by Aram Han Sifuentes

💥 Meet PrintRoom’s new Publisher-in Residence!💥

We are happy and excited to introduce our new Publisher in Residence Aram Han Sifuentes (Chicago, US) and her Protest Banner Lending Library. 

During her stay at PrintRoom the Protest Banner Lending Library will be activated as a communal work space in which skills related to banner-making are shared in an environment supportive of different voices. 

Aram will be in residence at PrintRoom from Monday 4 October to Sunday 10 October. Daily (except Wednesday) she will be hosting banner making workshops focusing on different urgencies each day such as the Dutch housing crisis and the effects of climate change.

For the workshops she will be joined by invited guest artists and/or activist groups as well as members of the public who are interested in co-creating and contributing. 

All banners made during the week will be included in a procession walk through Rotterdam on Saturday 9 October. A selection of previously made banners, part of the Protest Banner Lending Library collection, will also be on show at PrintRoom.

During the residency period we will also realise the publication Taking Receipts (new edition) and Gossip Log. They will be launched during the Artist Talk on Saturday. 

After Aram’s residency is over, a part of the Protest Banner Lending Library will permanently stay at PrintRoom, open to  everyone to lend and use at future protests. 

EVENTS

🌈🪡WORKSHOP BANNER MAKING 🏳️✂️

Mon 4 Oct – Tue 5 Oct – Thu 7 Oct – Fri 8 Oct 

10:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 17:00 

🏳️🌈TALK & WALK 🏳️🌈

Saturday 9 October

14:00-17:00 Meet the Publisher Artist Talk + Publication Launch + Banner Parade 

Soup and drinks at PrintRoom upon return 

If you’d like to join one of the workshops please email us at indicating your preferred day and time slot. No sewing skills are needed.

If you’d like to join the talk & procession please reserve here

All activities are open to the public and take place at PrintRoom Schietbaanstraat 17 Rotterdam www.printroom.org

More information:

Aram Han Sifuentes: As an immigrant and a daughter of a seamstress, I learned to sew at age six. It was not a choice but rather a necessity to help my mother earn a living. In this way, sewing has ever since been an important part of me, my body memory, and my politics. Sewing is my medium to investigate identity politics, immigration and immigrant labor, possession and dispossession, citizenship and belonging, dissent and protest, and race politics in the United States.

My art practice situates itself at the intersection of fiber, social practice, performance, and pedagogy. At the core of my practice, I create socially engaged and materially rich projects in an ‘art world’ environment that are available and accessible for those who are disenfranchised, particularly for dispossessed immigrants of color.

I confront social and racial injustices against the disenfranchised and riff off of official institutions and bureaucratic processes to reimagine new, inclusive, and humanized systems of civic engagement and belonging. I do this by creating participatory and active environments where safety, play, and skill-sharing are emphasized. And even though many of my projects are collaborative and communal in nature, they incite and highlight individual’s experiences, politics, and voice. Much of my communal work revolves around sharing skills as a point of connection. We share sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion, and protest.

https://www.aramhansifuentes.com/

PrintRoom’s Programme is kindly supported by the Mondrian Fund, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the City of Rotterdam       

🧦✍🏽 🧶 Clothing Correspondence 20, 21, 27, 28 August, 3 and 4* September (*closing event!)

A friendly Take Over and Repair Residency by Bronwen Jones at PrintRoom

Bring your moth-eaten knitwear, torn linen, elbow-less jumpers, threadbare socks… to be repaired by artist Bronwen Jones — in exchange for a conversation initiated by the garment.

on Fridays and Saturdays, August 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th 
& on the 3rd and 4th September from 12 till 6pm

Finissage 4 September, 2 – 7 pm!

Clothing Correspondence explores the potential of textiles as containers of stories.

The simple act of repairing clothing aims to initiate conversations around care, value, productivity, and the stories and bodily traces held in textile. Caring for clothing acts as a metaphor for rethinking how we care for our bodies, relationships, and communities.

Clothing Correspondence wishes to explore the potential of broken garments to reimagine broken systems, to enact care in a visible way, to rethink forms of exchange, and to retain intimacy in a post-covid world.

Bronwen Jones is an artist working between text and textile. She is intrigued by bodies and textiles — the stories held in their creases and the traces they leave in one another. She thinks of buildings, clothing, and objects as bodies, and considers how we inhabit these spaces, and similarly how they inhabit us. Her practice aims to stretch the boundaries of how we perceive by playing with the familiar.

Bronwen is also a former volunteer at PrintRoom and we’re very happy to have her take care of PrintRoom in the summer. After the residency she will make a zine reflecting on the exchanges and stories shared.

Flyer by Agathe Gabrielle

17.07.21 14 Trees of Rotterdam – book presentation by Alice Ladenburg  + city walk with talks by guest speakers

15:00 welcome and introduction at Rijnhoutplein Rotterdam

15:30 walk to 2 trees featured in the guide

17:00 drinks at PrintRoom

We meet at Rijnhoutplein (1 min walk from PrintRoom) where one of the protagonists of the book is situated: a Chinese Windmill Palm – planted there in 2007 as part of the move to integrate Rotterdam’s diverse cultural history and present into city urban developments. From here we will visit two other trees that are featured in the book, in the vicinity of PrintRoom. We are very happy to welcome five distinguished experts who will share their specific knowledge in relation to trees from the fields of architectural history, biology, dendrology and tree activism.   

Guest speakers:
🍀 Herman van Bergeijk – architectural historian TU Delft
🍂 Pim Janse – Stichting De Bomenridders
☘️ Ronald Loch – Advisor Trees, Municipality Rotterdam
🍁 Kees Moeliker – director Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam
🍃 Frans Smith – Cool Down City

A limited number of people can join the walk. Reserving is mandatory. Please make a reservation through info@printroom.org under the subject 14 Trees.

🌳🥾All talks will be in Dutch🐞☀️

14 Trees of Rotterdam – a Guide for City Exploration

Rotterdam is known for its innovative and futuristic architecture. But it is also a city of trees – living things that can also be interpreted as architectural monuments central to urban life. Focusing on fourteen trees in central Rotterdam, this guide gives a fascinating insight to the city from historical, cultural and botanical perspectives.

Design by Peter Foolen and Alice Ladenburg, published by Peter Foolen Editions and PrintRoom

The Chinese Windmill Palm at Rijnhoutplein will be the point of departure.

The tree silhouettes presented in this book are made using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)

AL: ‘TLS is a technology using laser pulses to create ‘point clouds’ to capture the 3D structure of an environment. The technique is used for detailed tree measurement, making for progressive forestry research which contributes to new environmental understandings. Visualisations such as those in this guide are increasingly used to illustrate tree architecture (i.e. its structure and shape) – which is now known to determine how a tree interacts with its environment.’

More information:
Alice Ladenburg undertakes individual and collaborative projects in a range of mediums including video, photography, drawing and performance. Often nomadic in nature, many of her projects playfully capture times and places to give structure to human experiences of the complex, and at times irrational, world we live in today. Over the past five years she has also been developing new art-science research methods and modes of presentation in academia, working collaboratively and across disciplines to reflect upon the nature of individual observation, knowledge and creativity. Both research and production based, this work is influenced by scientific methodologies, but does not set out to explain results or prove a hypothesis, rather portray an individual understanding of any given subject, time or place. This investigative process considers visual, audio and written observations as ‘data’ to be ‘analysed’, ‘processed’ and finally presented in a variety of formats and environments.

She trained in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art (graduating 2008), and received a TECHNE grant from the Arts and Humanities Research council to undertake a masters degree in Cultural Geography at the Royal Holloway University of London (2015). She has undertaken and presented work at a broad range of institutions including The Institute of Economic Research and Innovation at Tshwane University, South Africa, the geography departments at the University of Edinburgh and Royal Holloway University of London, the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and the Amsterdam Research Institute for the Arts & Sciences. She currently lives and works in Rotterdam.  PrintRoom’s programme is kindly supported by the Mondrian Fund, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the City of Rotterdam

03.07.21 PrintRoom @ Rijnhoutplein Festival ~Ulufer Çelik and Alaa Abu Asad: Moedertaal / Beeldverhaal

PrintRoom and Invalid Atelier present:  Moedertaal / Beeldverhaal by Ulufer Çelik & Alaa Abu Asad 

A Live translation and publishing workshop, (creating posters and silkscreen on textile, by the artists, Invalid Atelier and the PrintRoom team. You’re invited

This new edition of Rijnhoutplein Festival takes place on Saturday 3rd July from 13.00 to 17.00.
Live music, a fashion show, workshops (for a green Rijnhoutplein) for children and adults!

Do you know what şemsiye means?

Do you use the word kırbaç for whip?

Have you been very  مشغول   lately?

What is distance in your mother tongue?

How would you draw breath?

Flyers and posters by @c3n_g1z

Come by to draw and translate words in your mother tongue during the workshop Moedertaal/Beeldverhaal Anadil/hikaye ve suret  لغة الأمّ/صورة وحكاية together with artists Ulufer Çelik & Alaa Abu Asad and contribute to the festive garlands of words and drawings that we will be hanging transversely over the square!

More Info:

[First name] Alaa [surname] Abu Asad (عَلاء أبو أسعد) is an artist, researcher, and photographer. His practice is centred around developing and experiencing alternative trajectories where values of (re)presentation, translation, viewing, reading, and understanding intersect. https://www.alaaabuasad.com/

Ulufer Çelikis an artist, who lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her artistic practice explores the potentialities of narrative and myth-making, that is expressed through moving image, poetry, drawing, sound and performance. In her work, she constructs on multi-layered planes through a non-linear perception of time. She searches for queer, immigrant, feminist ways of making and thinking with the archeological, spiritual and spatial traces of memory. https://www.ulufercelik.com/

Both artists have completed the MA Art Praxis program at the Dutch Art Institute Arnhem in 2018.

The idea for the workshop Moedertaal/Beeldverhaal Anadil/hikaye ve suret  لغة الأمّ/صورة وحكاية is based on their project and book I love it when translation can be found to agree with our weird desires published in 2017:

Do you know what does şemsiye mean? Do you use the word kırbaç for a whip? For around two years, we have been collecting identical words used in both of our languages of Turkish and (vernacular) Palestinian Arabic. A process that can last for good – as long as our friendship lives. We spend time together uttering words that are in common and draw them, whether they carry the same meaning, were slightly different, or were false friends.’

18.06.21 Presentation Publisher-in-Residence El Corruptor (Colombia)

14:00-19:00 at PrintRoom, Schietbaanstraat 17

Join us on Friday 18 June for an afternoon with our Publisher-in-Residence El Corruptor! A project that explores masculinity and how the male body is represented in history, media and art.

El Corruptor will present two publications printed during their residency: Side Guys and El Orto, a facsimile of El Otro magazine. On view are a selection of publications by El Corruptor themselves and admired artists from Colombia – specially curated for this occasion, a unique and one of a kind chance to view these publications in The Netherlands!

Side Guys is a compilation of drawings and stories by El Corruptor- whore collective. For it they asked their friends what they do while waiting for a hook-up to arrive at their place. With that information, they made 9 drawings that escort three short stories in which they talk about the concept of value, broken hearts, monogamous and open relationships, power and worth.

El Orto (The Arsehole) is an inaccurate facsimile of El Otro (The Other) which is considered the first gay magazine in Colombia, and was edited by Leon Zuleta in the city of Medellin between 1977 and 1979. In El Orto (The Arsehole) El Corruptor gathers and analyses 6 issues of the legendary publication. The magazine has it all: mysterious lesbians, how to be your own biggest fan, fagbags, brainy articles, hand-drawn advertising and more!

Following the tradition of the Colombian ‘onces’ (afternoon snack) El Corruptor will make for their guests the Colombian speciality Chicha de arroz and cold Aguadepanela! Colombian coffee, chocolate and snacks will be present as well.

El Corruptor will be there all afternoon to hang out, chat, answer questions and sign their books with a kiss! 

More info:

El Corruptor is an art project that explores masculinity and how the male body is represented in history, media and art. We like men, we like to look at men, draw them, taste them, and use them. After years of observation of the male body, we have learned about sexuality, gender, desire, class, race, nature and history. We understand, then, masculinity as a cluster of concepts that battles for the dominance of bodies, regardless of sex. Therefore, our role is to play with all these concepts to find what is possible to do with them. 

Originally initiated as an editorial project, El Corruptor works with drawings, illustrations, publications, animation, texts, and sound. The way these mediums are approached is heavily influenced by a drawing and collage mindset. Moreover, we only want to have fun, and pleasure is the original condition of all our projects. 

El Corruptor has worked with Daily life Storage, Oasis, Bulto and Queer Archive Institute Colombia.

PrintRoom’s Programme is kindly supported by the Mondrian Fund, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the City of Rotterdam. 

PrintRoom Schietbaanstraat 17 Rotterdam

29.05.21: Print Jam – XXLIQUIDATION TOTALEXX

📦🖨️ Print Jam – XXLIQUIDATION TOTALEXX 🖨️📦 with publisher and Riso expert Paul John, publisher in residence El Corruptor and the PrintRoom Team
We were thrilled to have @pjpjpjpjpjpjpjpj on Saturday 30th May for a print jam and instruction session – as well as for a nice lunch in the☀️

Paul John is publisher of Endless Editions, co-organiser of the Brooklyn Art Book Fair and currently Riso-chef at the Jan Van Eyck Academie. He joined the team for a Riso PrintJAM, to say one last goodbye to our Temporary Take Away; the PrintRoom risography workspace at Rijnhoutplein, before the upcoming “liquidation totale” of this location, that has been affecting us and our lovely neighbours. 

For the occasion we translated our mixed feelings about the fast changing neighbourhood onto paper to generate some awareness. We created a fun and colorful alphabet, where letters have been drawn, cut out, overlapped, scanned (from found objects at the workshop) with our two duplicators and printed on test prints from previous projects. What better way to celebrate this transition and our collaborators than by printing a bold statement and sticking it to our windows?

We had a great time and can’t wait to have another workshop together in the future! 

Team members: Cengiz Menguc, Teuntje Fleur and our interns Carolina Cristallo, Juliette Douette and Izi Thexton

9.4.21 – 18.6.21: Meet PrintRoom’s new Publisher-in Residence!

We’re excited to introduce our Publisher-in-Residence Daniel Iglesias Gonzalez (Colombia), member of ‘El Corruptor’, a project that explores masculinity and how the male body is represented. Daniel will be in residence at PrintRoom from 9 April – 15 May 2021, during which time he will be working on an inaccurate facsimile of El Otro, the first gay magazine in Colombia, focused on the production of texts that reflect upon homosexuality in Colombia. Daniel will also produce Side Guys, a publication about the commodification of love, monogamy, and how the ‘marketing mentality’ affects the way we relate to each other. Daniel will be digging into PrintRoom’s archive for inspiration, and contribute to the archive by sharing his favourite publishers and some of his findings in relation to his work and experiences via PrintRoom’s Quarantine in the Archive mail project. 

Events: 

Meet-the-publisher 

Every Friday between 9 April-15 May, 13:00-17:00
Daniel will be present in the PrintRoom shop to work on his projects and answer your questions. He will also host weekly collage workshops including online sessions with his connections from Colombia. Following the tradition of the Colombian ‘onces’ (afternoon snack), Colombian coffee, chocolate and cookies will be present! If you would like to visit PrintRoom during those hours, please book your timeslot via http://www.calendly.com/printroom/. 

Booklunch 

Friday 30 April, 13:00-14:00
Meet Daniel during a lunch in our garden and discuss your publishing work. Information on how to sign up to this event will follow soon. 

The Collage Colab 

Collage workshop with invited publishers and friends, from Colombia, the Netherlands and Belgium.  

More information will follow soon!

Daniel Iglesias Gonzalez’ (1988, Colombia) practice involves drawing, understood as a mindset that allows approaching the world that surrounds him. When he draws, he studies an object, a subject, or a topic, and the result of that reflection is a temporary thought expression in a visual form. With this, Daniel is trying to say that his drawings are not final pieces that condense an opinion or expression, but rather comment on ongoing thoughts drawn from his interest in masculinity, sexuality, desire, gender, nature and colonialism. 

As part of his practice, Daniel uses mediums like video, voice and text. The way he approaches those is heavily influenced by the mindset of someone who draws. When he has no idea what to do, he draws; when he has ideas, he draws them. 

El Corruptor is an art project that explores masculinity and how the male body is represented. We like men, we like to see men, draw them, taste them, and use them. After years of observation of the male body, we have learned about sexuality, gender, desire, class, race, nature and history. We understand, then, masculinity as a cluster of concepts that battles for the dominance of bodies, regardless of sex. Therefore, our role is to play with all these concepts to find what is possible to do with them. 

Originally initiated as an editorial project, El Corruptor works with drawings, illustrations, publications, animation, texts, and sound. The way these mediums are approached is heavily influenced by a drawing and collage mindset. Moreover, we only want to have fun, and pleasure is the original condition of all our projects. 

El Corruptor has worked with Daily life Storage, Oasis, Bulto and Queer Archive Institute Colombia. 

✨📚 PrintRoom at Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair 24 – 28 Feb 2021

We’re participating in the first Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair (PMVABF) from February 24–28, 2021, with more than 400 exhibitors from over 40 countries. 

Over the course of five days, we’ll join the PMVABF marketplace where people can learn about and purchase books from all over the globe. Visitors can attend a large variety of free, live and pre-recorded presentations, organised by Printed Matter as well as the participating artists, publishers and institutions. 

PrintRoom will be available for conversations over our digital table – but also at our Temporary Take Away at the Rijnhoutplein in Rotterdam, where a fair table has been set up for local visitors (one at a time at the moment ;-). 

In the virtual sphere we’ll hang out with befriended publishers, purchase books for the shop and archive and make a wishlist for our future programme. 

Eva Posas, publisher, curator and researcher from Mexico, currently in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academy, opened our offline table today! We met in 2011 at an art book fair in Mexico DC and have been in touch since then, meeting each other annually at art book fairs. 

Feed Me!

Window exhibition by Lisa Blaauwbroek at PrintRoom’s Temporary Take Away – Until 28 February 

Feed Me involves an exchange between Lisa, her instagram audience and local restaurants. Since the second lockdown in the Netherlands, Lisa creates drawings of food she is interested in eating and shares them on instagram. To purchase a drawing, you can order the pictured meal for Lisa at a local restaurant as take-away- and by doing so, support both the artist and the restaurant industry in Rotterdam.

Veggies and Fruit

A special Riso print edition by Lisa Blaauwbroek to support the Food Bank (Voedselbank) in the Netherlands. All proceeds from this print will go to this cause.
Email us if you’d like to pick up a print from our Temporary Take Away. A print costs 30 euros (plus shipping if you’d like us to send it to you). 
 
Our Temporary Take Away – Riso workshop is open by appointment only.
Window exhibition is open 24/7 🙂 
Van Speijkstraat 190 / Rijnhoutplein
(2 min. walk from our headquarters).

12.12.2020, 13.00 – 17.00: celebration of the Inexistent Books presentation at PrintRoom and new books, prints and editions at our Temporary Take Away location

Inexistent Books: catalogue and special editions

In collaboration with Edcat.net and Jan Steinbach, we printed special editions to coincide with the Inexistent Times; the catalogue of the Inexistent Books collection which we present until January 17th 2021.

Email us (at info at printroom dot org) if you would like a catalogue with an edition and we can send it to you. Editions by: Christiane Blattmann, Bia Bittencourt, David Horvitz, Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson, Studio for Propositional Cinema, Slow Reading Club, Thomas Geiger and Florence Jung. Design of the Inexistent Times by Jan Steinbach.