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Postponed: Launch of 15 03 20 by Notes on Hapticity Collective

We have to postpone the launch event, but email us if you’d like to receive the publication. The price is 10 euro and this week we’ll ship it for free within the Netherlands. 
Hopefully we can announce a new date soon. 

PrintRoom @ De Leeszaal, Rijnhoutplein 3, (1 min walk from PrintRoom)

 15 03 20 is created in response to the limitations that the lockdown period placed on the collective’s activities. The publication considers the possibilities for collective practice and making contact with an audience under the ongoing conditions. 15 03 20 is published parallel to the exhibition Towards a Foreword at PrintRoom’s temporary space at Rijnhoutplein, across Leeszaal.

With contributions by: Hannah Dawn Henderson, Elena Kostenko-Lefebvre, Kees van Leeuwen, Grigoris Rizakis, Karolina Rupp, Tomasz Skibicki, Yindi Chen and Alexandre Richardeau

We’d like to thank Stroom Den Haag for supporting the activities of Hapticity Collective.

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


Hannah Dawn Henderson, Elena Kostenko, Kees van Leeuwen, Karolina Rupp, Tomasz Skibicki, with curatorial support from Yindi Chen and Alexandre Richardeau


11th October

13:00 – 17:00 at Art Bar, Rijnhoutplein (a 2 min. walk from PrintRoom)

During Art Central, the collective opening of galeries in the neighbourhood.

** Due to the current regulations, a maximum of four visitor may enter the space at one time. Wearing a mask is required. 

Towards a Foreword is the first public manifestation of Notes on Hapticity Collective, developed in collaboration with Print Room and presented in the Art Bar on Rijnhoutplein. The collective sets out to be a permeable, nomadic terrain — a travelling forum that is always reconfiguring itself in response to its (digital or real-life) context. It invites diverse interlocutors to present and exchange their research, (his)stories and contemplations.

The word ‘haptic’ denotes a kinaesthetic experience, often used in relation to the experience of touch. However, beyond this immediate connotation, ‘haptic’ can refer to much more. It can also describe the immaterial residual of an event — such as an ever-regurgitating memory or, quite the opposite, a sense of absence, loss, or fracture. It also refers to connectivity and overlaps — an encounter between surfaces and spaces, as much literally as metaphorically. The circumstances of social distancing have prompted us to be more attentive towards exercising touch than ever before. However, how much touches, permeates and moves us without us immediately recognising it? The artworks featured in the exhibition closely examine and even seek to generate a ‘haptic encounter’. 

Parallel to the exhibition, the collective will also launch their first publication, 15 03 20. Created in response to the limitations that the lockdown period placed on the collective’s activities, the publication considers the possibilities for collective practice and making contact with an audience under the ongoing conditions. 

With contributions by: Hannah Dawn Henderson, Elena Kostenko-Lefebvre, Kees van Leeuwen, Grigoris Rizakis, Karolina Rupp, Tomasz Skibicki, Yindi Chen and Alexandre Richardeau

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.”

1 June 2020: OPEN WITH CARE || new projects

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.


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.


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.


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!

PrintRoom is closed for the public from 13 March, until further notice

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!




7 March 2020, 8 pm – 1 am: Thunderclap by Amy Suo Wu | PrintRoom x Museumnacht010

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


6-9 Feb.// Off the Wall: The Almonde Papers //Not For Profit Art Party, Art Rotterdam Week 2020

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

Happy Holidays from the PrintRoom team!

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)


23 November 2019: Holiday in the Archive @ De Appel

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

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)