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9.4.21 – 15.5.21: 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.

01.12.20 – 17.01.21 Inexistent Books

PrintRoom presents the third edition of Inexistent Books, initiated by Jan Steinbach (edcat.net).

Inexistent Books questions the invisible in times of contemporary hypervisibility and explores the utopian potential of the art book. To this end artists have submitted publications that deal with non- existence or the outright refusal to exist at all.

B., Bia Bittencourt, Cassie Thornton, Christiane Blattmann, Claudia De La Torre, Elisabeth Tonnard, José Quintanar, Fiona Banner, Florence Jung, H.P. Blavatsky & Sun Ra, Hammann von Mier, Jenny Rova, Kasper Andreasen, Lars Dyrendom, Lisa Mühleisen, Martijn in ’t Veld, Nusserglazova, Sara MacKillop, Slow Reading Club, Sophie Nys, Stefano Calligaro, Studio for Propositional Cinema, Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson, Thomas Geiger, Villa Design Group and Yoshinori Niwa.
The book collection was first presented at I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel and Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich.

For this edition we printed a special edition by David Horvitz, Bia Bittencourt, Christiane Blattmann, Sveinn Fannar, a.o. Read all about the collection in your copy of Inexistent Times, to be picked up for free at PrintRoom.

20.11.20: Launch of 15 03 20 and Opening of PrintRoom’s Temporary Take-Away

19.00 – 20.00 at Leeszaal, Rijnhoutplein 3

15 03 20 is the first publication of Notes on Hapticity Collective, published by PrintRoom. There will be an introductory talk by Karolina Rupp and Hannah Dawn Henderson, as well as artist talks by Tomasz Skibicki and Kees van Leeuwen. 

PrintRoom’s Temporary Take Away

20 November 2020 – 10 January 2021 :

At this not-so-typical take-away, visitors can order from a menu of printed matter. Our Riso chefs will be working tirelessly to keep up with orders, printing work by invited artists throughout the duration of our Temporary Take-Away. You can also come in to use our Riso kitchen with your own files and print on demand with assistance from our Riso chefs. 

With a purchase made at a local restaurant take-away, you will receive the Free Baklava print by Lisa Blaauwbroek when you visit our space! (see below for more information). Also be on the lookout for Wild Cards around the neighbourhood— on bulletin boards, at local shop counters…they are various prizes to be redeemed at our Take-Away, such as a free hour of Riso printing or a set of our new wrapping papers.

We hope that PrintRoom’s Temporary Take-Away will be a space to generate support for artists, and local businesses and communities.

Dessert: Installation of the Free Baklava print project by Lisa Blaauwbroek, Side dish: Gilles de Brock at the RAAM MAAR window; Daily Special: Riso printed wallpaper by Cengiz Menguç

More information:

Feed me
At the start of the second lockdown in the Netherlands, when all Dutch horeca had to close, Lisa Blaauwbroek (1990) launched her project ‘Feed me’ on her Instagram-page. Every day she makes a drawing of a dish that she would like to eat or drink. If someone from her audience orders the dish for her, they receive the drawing! This way she’s both supporting the horeca and herself, while drawing (and eating!) delicious food.

Free Baklava!
Printroom, located in the city centre of Rotterdam, is also seeing their horeca-neighbours struggling because of the lockdown. We collaborated with Lisa and made a series of risoprinted baklavas, based on her drawing. If you get yourself a take-out meal in a café or restaurant located near PrintRoom, show us your receipt – you’ll get a free baklava print from us for dessert! 

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

UPDATE: The book launch has had to be postponed. We will announce a new date as soon as possible. Meanwhile, you can still check out Towards a Foreword. Stay tuned!
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. 

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.

11.10.20 TOWARDS A FOREWORD

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

PREVIEW **

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.

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!

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!