- PrintRoom is closed on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 August
- 27.05 -05.07 2020: Venster Zien ||Window Zine
- 1 June 2020: OPEN WITH CARE || new projects
- PrintRoom is closed for the public from 13 March, until further notice
- 7 March 2020, 8 pm – 1 am: Thunderclap by Amy Suo Wu | PrintRoom x Museumnacht010
- 6-9 Feb.// Off the Wall: The Almonde Papers //Not For Profit Art Party, Art Rotterdam Week 2020
- Happy Holidays from the PrintRoom team!
- 23 November 2019: Holiday in the Archive @ De Appel
- 22 – 23 – 24 November 2019: PrintRoom @ Printing Plant Art Book Fair, Amsterdam
- 15 November: PrintRoom’s Picks from the NY Art Book Fair 2019 & Holiday in the Archive @ Franklin Furnace souvenirs
Harnessing the great Dutch tradition of raamdecoratie, domestic window displays, we’re creating a series of riso printed posters for our neighbours to customise and publish in their windows.
The posters will be distributed, carefully, door to door by our team and participants, around our own neighbourhoods. An online/print-your-own copy option will be available from our website and we’ll publish some designs in local newspaper De Havenloods. Residents can adjust these posters to publish anything: poems, drawings, messages to passers-by, a catalogue text for their windowsill museum… The displays will be documented for collection and re-publication in zine-format, together with images and texts by invited contributors, as a quick response to our fast-changing situation.
Contributors of the first series: Kate Briggs, Eva Olthof, Ash Kilmartin, Karin de Jong, Cengiz Menguz, Josie Perry, Anna Sandri, a.o.
Venster Zien @ PrintRoom: Pin after Pin by Janneke Absil
Cut out and paste – Instructions to make a new song, by Kate Briggs
Based on an old poem by M. van Heijningen Bosch as found in Gerrit Komrij’s De Nederlandse kinderpoëzie in 1000 en enige gedichten (Amsterdam: Prometheus, 2008)
Colour-in-cats by Josie Perry
Featuring your neighbourhood pals
Buurboek by Eva Olthoff,
Recommend and lend books from your library to your neighbours.
Dreaming of a busy living room! By Anna Sandri
After weeks of responsible isolation, what does your dream house party look like? Grab some colours, make your playlist, add the best moves. What colour is the vibe?
Exhibit Labels, by the PrintRoom team
Show your appreciation for your neighbours’ Vensterbank Museum, or give an introduction to your own display.
Kleedjes, by the PrintRoom team
Make up for missing out: A King’s Day carpet, every day. What do you have to ask or offer?
Pin after pin – Window display at PrintRoom
Janneke Absil bought her first pins at a second-hand market in Paris in 2014. Ever since that moment she has been collecting pins from artists and makers from all over the world. Some beautiful pieces were given to her by friends. Pin followed pin, and before she knew, she became the owner of an extensive pin collection.
Janneke’s 100+ pins are displayed throughout her house and hang in- and outside of her closet, like small artworks in a domestic display.
“In the past six years, my pin collection has become an important part of my daily routine. Every morning, before leaving the house, I choose a pin to fit the specific day ahead of me, reflecting on the activities of that day, timely topics, or my specific mood. Sometimes it forms a small statement other times it just happens to be the perfect match for my outfit.”
As you may have expected, PrintRoom has been working quietly behind closed doors for the past several weeks. We’ve missed you, and our lively events! With some restrictions in the Netherlands now easing, and taking great care, we’re happy to invite locals back to PrintRoom to browse.
OPEN, WITH CARE
We’re happy to welcome you, at 1,5m, Thursday to Saturday, from 1 June. Before that date, you can email us to make an appointment to visit the space.
Want to order something, but aren’t able to visit? Email us! If you’re local, we can deliver your new purchases to your door ourselves.
Meanwhile, whether you’re nearby or far, you can always visit PrintRoom on Instagram, where we’ll be posting regularly with updates on what you can find in the store.
DON’T STOP PUBLISHING!
Do you have a riso printing project to get on with? We can make arrangements for your project to be carried out, without unnecessary contact in the workshop. Just mail us to discuss.
HOLIDAY IN THE ARCHIVE || QUARANTINE IN THE ARCHIVE
We’ll also be using the gram to share some special selections from this year’s edition of our ‘Holiday in the Archive’. In the past we’ve journeyed to CdLA in France, Franklin Furnace in NY and de Appel in Amsterdam (last November) to dig through the stacks for lost gems and old favourites from the published world.
The findings from de Appel will be distributed in the next weeks, please email us your postal address if you’d like to receive mail! (info at printroom dot org)
This year we’ll be on staycation here in Rotterdam, where friends and colleagues of PrintRoom will make selections from our own archive. We’ll share these online for now, but look out for our postcards later in the summer!
To limit the spread of the corona virus PrintRoom is temporarily closed for the public. We will work from home and occasionally at PrintRoom on publishing projects and on the upcoming events. You can reach us via email.
Our publisher in residence programme with Aram Han Sifuentes, the workshops and presentation on the 28th of March, will be postponed. We will soon announce a new date via email and social media. Stay tuned!
Part-shop, part-sewing workshop and part-exhibition, Amy Suo Wu’s Thunderclap employs steganography to publicly redistribute the erased work of Chinese anarcho-feminist He-Yin Zhen (1886–1920) through the medium of clothing accessories.
On the occasion of Museumnacht010, visitors of Printroom can make their own DIY Chinese anarcho-feminist patches. Thunderclap patches and ribbons will be also available to buy on the evening. The artist will offer free services to sew DIY patches and Thunderclap patches on clothes that visitors bring in from home.
Thunderclap is a steganographic zine that piggybacks on fashion accessories. The ribbons and embroidered patches contain translated English quotes taken from He-Yin’s essays and are nested around the QR code. When passersby scan the code, they can download her original Chinese writing. The work was originally designed to be hidden in plain sight on the streets of Beijing by co-opting shanzhai fashion – the Chinese phenomenon that features nonsense English – together with a QR code, as a covert system to publish sensitive knowledge originally destined to circulate within China.
All proceeds of the night will go to starting up Serenity Department, a clothing label and embodied publishing project between Amy Suo Wu and her mother Maria Huang. Serenity Department will be hosted by PrintRoom in Autumn of 2020.
Amy Suo Wu was born in China, grew up in Australia, and lives in The Netherlands as an artist, designer and teacher. Wu is also co-organizer of Zine Camp, an annual zine making festival in Rotterdam. Her work has been presented at Seoul Mediacity Biennale, KR; The Influencers, ES; Kunsthaus Langenthal, CH; I:projectspace Beijing, CN; Aksioma Ljubljana, SI ; Mine Yours Ours festival, HR; Gallery 12 New Media Hub, RS; ISEA Istanbul, TR; Van Abbemuseum, NL; Gogbot Enschede, NL; TENT Rotterdam, NL; Showroom MAMA Rotterdam, NL; WORM Rotterdam, NL and V2_ Rotterdam, NL
PrintRoom joins the Not For Profit Art Party at Rotterdam Art Week 2020
Off the Wall: The Almonde Papers
Opening: Thursday 6 February, 18:00 – 22:00
Almondestraat 161, 3032 CD, Rotterdam
PrintRoom activates her archive, feeding the past into a new project. Taking a 2013 presentation as a starting point, Off the Wall: The Almonde Papers aims to maintain a dialogue through new works by five artists: Ruth van Beek, Czar Kristoff, Cengiz Mengüç, Johann Kauth, Nicole Martens.
For Off the Wall the participating artists – all of whom collaborated with PrintRoom before in the past 10 years – designed new wallpaper based on the wallpaper found in the former social housing units of the Almondestraat where the exhibition takes place. These new designs are riso-printed at PrintRoom and installed in one apartment of Pension Almonde.
The wallpaper is also part of a publication that will be launched on the opening night.
The starting point for Off The Wall is a 2013 presentation by Michalis Pichler, Louis Lüthi and G.J. de Rook that revolved around Ulises Carrión’s bookwork Sonnet(s), in which G.J. de Rook presented Tell Me What Sort of Wallpaper Your Room Has and I Will Tell You Who You Are (1973).
The NFPAP is an independent body, where non-profit presentation institutions from the Netherlands work together to exchange artists, knowledge and informal networks. Including among us: SIGN, Nieuwe Vide, Expoplu, WORM Rotterdam, Stichting VHDG, Tetem, EXTRAPOOL, MURALS Inc.
Pension Almonde is a project of Stad in de Maak – City in the Making in the former social housing units of Almondestraat. The street functions temporarily as a home for city nomads, social and cultural projects, up to the demolition.
Thursday February 6, 18:00-22:00h (Opening)
Friday February 7, 12:00h-18:00h
Saturday February 8, 12:00h-18:00h
Sunday February 9, 14:00h-18:00
Thank you for joining us in Rotterdam and on location. Wishing you all a very happy 2020!
We’re closed until 12 January but we hope to see you soon in the new year.
From top left: Wrapping paper by Nicole Martens (NM) and Cengiz Mengüç,
Work day with Nassim Azarzar and Francesca Masoero / Qanat (Le 18, Marrakech)
On 23 November 2019 we celebrate a short Holiday in the Archive of art space De Appel in Amsterdam. PrintRoom invited artists publishers and archive lovers to join us for a deep search in the core of De Appel, which houses a collection of artists’ books and ephemera, catalogues, documentation and books that inform the research of the curatorial programme.
We will produce a set of postcards from our findings, which we’ll spread via the networks of both organisations. Please let us know if you wish to receive mail!
Jan Steinbach – edcat / Edition Taube
Ami Clarke – Banner Repeater
Andreas Bühlhoff – Library of Artistic Print on Demand
Julie Boschat Torez – Varia
Christina Chocior – Varia
Thomas Walskaar – Varia
Floor van Luijk – art historian
Karin de Jong – PrintRoom
Nell Donkers – de Appel
Address De Appel: Schipluidenlaan 12D4 1062 HE 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
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!
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.
Holiday in the Archive II at Franklin Furnace – Souvenirs
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
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.