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Saturday 1st October 2016, ’email me’ Book Club

Saturday 1st October 2016, 4 – 5 pm at PrintRoom

Book Club

’email me’: Writings on Email in Contemporary Art and Experimental Literature by Molly Richards

email us if you want to participate!



For this book club we will be discussing ’email me’, a printed collection of writing examining email as a material, medium and tool in the visual arts and experimental literature from the late eighties to present day. Composing, sending and receiving become essential components to listserv experimentation, curatorial email projects, spam poetry, collaborative writing or the dreaded break-up email. ’email me’ shines a light on materiality, interactivity, constraints, moderation, identity and some of the implicit hierarchies that prevail within this medium.

Writer, Rachel Greene has compared the act of printing images of net art to looking at caged animals in a zoo. Much like net art, many of the email artworks Richards references are intended to be experienced in the email browser or online. Once they are displaced from the internet and put into print, they are stripped from their original context. Therefore, readers who wish to interact further with the described work can email the provided email addresses, (which are indicated on the printed publication), and receive additional content, loyal to its true form: the email.

Molly Richards recently graduated from the Royal College of Art’s MA in Critical Writing in Art and Design. She has researched a number of different areas including sound art, new media art, net art, digital ephemera and meme culture. She is interested in using the written word as part of an expanded curatorial practice.

Pick up a copy from PrintRoom
A limited amount of reading copies of the book are available for free at PrintRoom. This is the 2nd print edition and has been printed in-house using the Risograph especially for The Post Internet Cafe at PrintRoom.

’email me’: Writings on Email in Contemporary Art and Experimental Literature
By Molly Richards
Designed by Kia Tashihgou

Many thanks to Molly Richards, Kia Tashihgou and LCBA

This event is part of the Post Internet Café final presentation. More information soon.


The Post Internet Café will be present at the NY Art Book Fair, come and say hello, stamp and mail your postcards, or have them delivered to (other) fair participants.


The Post Internet Cafe /PrintRoom is open on Friday 19 and 26 August from 12 – 6 pm

This week and next week PrintRoom and the Post Internet Cafe are only open on Friday.

Thursday 4 August 2016, 7pm: Paul Soulellis Talk @ Post Internet Cafe, Web-to-print-to-street

New York-based graphic designer, aritst, teacher and publisher Paul Soulellis will present the Library of the Printed Web and we’ll launch the latest issue of PW4, featuring Wolfgang Ploeger, Lorna Mills, Molly Soda, Travess Smalley, Angela Genusa, Eva and Franco Mattes, Anouk Kruithof, Elisabeth Tonnard, Christopher Clary and Michael Connorand.

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Next to The Library of the Printed Web, Paul presents the outcome of the Open Set workshop Web-to-print-to-street.*

Paul Soulellis is the founder of Library of the Printed Web, a physical archive devoted to web-to-print artists’ books, zines and other printout matter. The Printed Web project “embraces the fluid movement between material and digital realms that characterizes our age.” He curates, designs and publishes print-on-demand publications that have featured the work of over 180 contemporary artists. According to Soulellis, Printed Web artists “‘perform publishing’ by investigating multiple materialities and design possibilities as their works travel through the network.”
He is a contributing editor and curator at Rhizome and an Assistant Professor of graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design.

This event is hosted by Eleanor Vonne Brown, founder of X Marks the Bökship, a bookshop and project space for independent publishers in London and our collaborator at the Post Internet Cafe.

*Paul Soulellis is one of the the tutors of the Open Set Dutch Graphic Design Summer School 2016 in Rotterdam.

Elisabeth Tonnard (l) / Anouk Kruithof (r)


15 July – 10 September 2016: Post Internet Café

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The Post Internet Café is a social space for the consumption and digestion of our communication systems. On the menu for the next month will be: Mailing Lists, Contacts, D.I.Y Networks and Mail Art, handpicked from the Hypermarket and washed down with an continuous refill of filter coffee. Cafés have always been places for information exchange, places to read the paper, send postcards home, chat to friends and find out local information. Internet cafés were an evolution of the traditional café, providing public devices to access the internet and digital communication services.  Often people use them when traveling to access webmail, to stay in touch with family and friends, although in poorer communities they are the primary form of Internet access. As technology evolves the number of Internet cafés is decreasing since more and more regular cafés offer the same services. These cafés provide us with a place to recharge – and to work in a traditionally social space. Fueled by our love of coffee culture and personal wireless devices, we assemble in these spaces to communicate with our growing collection of ‘contacts’, often drinking our coffee alone.

The Post Internet Café is a social space designed to be shared with its users and other online and offline networks, to create a space for conversation and criticism on whatever is on the Menu. The first location is in PrintRoom where the Kiosk will open its hatch from Friday 15 July. To be added to the mailing list please send a postcard or email to:

The Post Internet Cafe is a project by Eleanor Vonne Brown (X Marks the Bökship and Karin de Jong (PrintRoom).


Coming up:

Saturday 16 July, 2 – 5pm
Postcard workshop with Eleanor Vonne Brown

Thursday 4 August, 7pm
Paul Soulellis Talk

Date TBC
Reading Group
Reading: The Internet Does Not Exist, Published by Sternberg Press, 2015.
P162 ‘What is the Social in Social Media?’ By Geert Lovink.
‘Create a soup of ideas and taste it frequently. Connect everyone that’s important to you, as fast as you can, as automatically as possible, and put the pedal to the metal and take your foot of the brake.’




8 and 9 July 2016, A Peek into The Kitchen of Hato Press and

PrintRoom welcomes Hato Press (UK) and Wobby (NL) for presentations and a publication workshop in Rotterdam, the second weekend of events in our summer program.
8 July, 8 – 10 pm (doors open at 7.30)
** HATO PRESS, presentation by Justin Bailey and Margherita Huntley
** WOBBY presentation by Marjolein Schalk and Jeroen de Leijer
** After the break you can learn how to draw a masterpiece during a master class by Jeroen de Leijer
9 July, 11 am – 4 pm
**Riso workshop with Hato Press

Join us to see the work of our fellow risograph printers, artists designers, illustrators and publishers from London and Tilburg; and to contribute to a new book with them!


Hato Press is an independent printing and publishing house based in London, well-known for their inventive Risograph printing. Hato was established in 2009 to act as a support structure to help sustain its members’ practices and offer an affordable means of production for others. Hato now comprises of three parts: Hato Press, a printing and publishing house; Studio Hato, a design studio specialising in publications, exhibitions, education and workshops and its newest member Hato Labo, an interactive design studio. is a collaboration of visual artists Jeroen de Leijer and Marjolein Schalk (Studio De Leijer) and Steppie Lloyd Trumpstein.
Four times a year they publish and print on riso the humorous, quirky zine Wobby, with contributions by various guest artists: a.o. Daan Botlek! Gees Voorhees! Paul Faassen! JipPiet! and Bobbi Oskam!
The new issue has work by Danielle Lemaire, Maia Matches, Nick J. Swarth, Roos Vlogman en Berend Vonk.

Saturday 9 July,  11am – 4 pm

Riso workshop with Hato Press, to compile, edit,  lay out and print a small series of booklets. These publications will bring together the documentation and related material compiled from the foraging walk and fermentation workshop with Zsófia Sonja Illés (Collective Plant, HU) and Anne-Lise Vredenbregt (Cuisine Vagabonde, NL) which took place on 26 June.

These new publications serve as the pilot of our series NET Books, a collection of instruction books (cook books, DIY books, manuals) in which we’ll collaborate with like minded publication initiatives, including X Marks the Bökship (UK), Temporary Services (US), Collective Plant (HU), Hato Press (UK) and more. The digital files for NET Books will be distributed between these organisations and each of them will print their version on their own stencil machine and distribute the collection via their network.


25 & 26 June, 7 – 9 pm: Walk with Me – Jasper Griepink, Zsófia Sonja Illés / Collective Plant and friends

We’re celebrating the start of summer with book presentations,  performances, a foraging walk and (wild!) snacks and drinks

You’re invited!!

25 June, 7 -9 pm

* Collective Plant
by Zsófia Sonja Illés

 *My Wavy Sarong,
book presentation by Jasper Griepink
with sound performance in collaboration with Maia Lyon Daw

Sunday 26 June, 11 am – 4 pm:

Foraging walk and wild food preparation

email us if you’d like to participate! info(at)printroom(dot)org

Collective Plant zines and calendar – foraging trip and meal


My Wavy Sarong by Jasper Griepink


For the presentation of My Wavy Sarong at PrintRoom, Jasper Griepink will be collaborating with Maia Lyon Daw to conjure an interactive and exploratory sound and narrative landscape. Free-style slam reading, field recordings and traditional Indonesian Gamelan music enter into in the mystical journey of My Wavy Sarong.

My Wavy Sarong (2016) is an animistic and sensual short novel in which the reality of a white western youngster with shamanic aspirations meets up with the current reality of Indonesia. In the story line, a tension is created between the free appropriation of exotic cultural elements as a means to make the world more magical and free, and the awareness that this doesn’t always work out. During the travel, the protagonist discovers that the spiritual ‘self-development’ of the West is in fact deeply rooted in an early-colonial esoteric philosophy. Via dialogues with granite temple-complexes, cute boys, snake-spirits and various traditional rituals, the spirituality and sexuality of the author are reflected against his experience of the South East Asian country.

Collective Plant is a community foraging project based in Budapest, founded by the artist and photographer Zsófia Sonja Illés. Collective Plant organises community activities, such as workshops and foraging trips which encourage urban dwellers to come closer to nature and natural sources of nutrition that grow wild in our cities.

Collective Plant publishes community cookbooks and risograph foraging fanzines with Budapest-based artists.

Zsófia Sonja Illés participated in the 2015 Istanbul Biennale with a cookbook project and organised a Foraging city walk for Urban Series Festival Istanbul in April 2015. She has been artist in residence in both Lisbon and the Azores islands on arts and sustainability projects.


Sunday 26 June, 11 am – 5 pm:

Foraging walk and wild food preparation

PrintRoom welcomes Collective Plant and Cuisine Vagabonde for a day-long workshop and invites a small group to explore Rotterdam on foot to forage for edible plants growing wild in our city.
The walk will lead us to the kitchen of Het lachende varken, where Anne-Lise and Zsofia instruct us in preparing the seasonal, wild ingredients found along the way. We’ll use these to make tea, lemonade, pesto, shrubs/sodas and salads.

Our findings, texts, photos and drawings will make their way into a new publication by PrintRoom on the wild edible foods we can find here in our city, together with instructions and our experiments in preserving food.

It will be the pilot of our series NET Books, a collection of instruction books (cook books, DIY books, manuals) in which we’ll collaborate with like minded publication initiatives, including X Marks the Bökship (UK), Temporary Services (US), Collective Plant (HU), Hato Press (UK) and more. The digital files for NET Books will be distributed between these organisations and each of them will print their version on their own stencil machine and distribute the collection via their network.

Cuisine Vagabonde is run by Anne-Lise Vredenbregt. Working always with organically grown seasonal vegetables and organic products, Anne-Lise Vredenbregt runs cooking workshops in Rotterdam and is a chef at the local vegetarian restaurant Het lachende varken (The Smiling Pig.)



10 – 11- 12 June PrintRoom at Miss Read, the Berlin Art Book Fair