27.05 -05.07 2020: Venster Zien ||Window Zine

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.”

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