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17 April 2015, 8 – 10 pm: On Pixels and Cathedrals – Artists’ books by Laurence Aëgerter and Anouk Kruithof

An integral part in the practice of both artists Anouk Kruithof and Laurence Aëgerter involves the production of artists’ books and publications, which can be pieces in themselves and contributions to larger projects within exhibitions and the public space.

For this occasion the artists provide an introduction to their practices by presenting and discussing several publishing projects with the audience.

Special guest Erik van Boxtel, librarian of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, brings books from the museum collection that he and PrintRoom selected to set in dialogue with Kruithof’s and Aëgerter’s works. Following the event books by both artists will be joining the museum collection as new acquisitions.
Anouk Kruithof is a New York based artist. Conceptual and project based, her work uses photography as a vehicle for infinite possibilities. She is a frenetic artist book maker.
Laurence Aëgerter is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Amsterdam and Marseille. In an on-going process which oscillates between projects in public space, photography and artist’s books, Aëgerter’s work addresses the permanent transformation that lies in the essence of things.



27 March 2015, 8 – 10 pm: book presentations by Bik Van der Pol and Matylda Krzykowski

What if the moon were just a jump away? is a publication by Bik van der Pol. It is a script based on conversations into the Participatory Budget* (PB) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This material has been arranged as a dispute; as a discursive and imaginative fight in space. The moon, an image shared and owned by all inhabitants of this planet, is conjured as a location that activates a new participatory imagination, to eventually implement change here on earth.
Bik van der Pol is an artist duo based in Rotterdam.
What if the moon were just a jump away?  was made in collaboration with poet/editor Rachel O’Reilly and designer Dongyoung Lee. It is the first project of Labin, a publishing project by Dongyoung Lee and printed at the Charles Nyples Lab at Jan van Eyck

* Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, and a type of participatory democracy, in which ordinary people decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Participatory budgeting allows citizens to identify, discuss, and prioritize public spending projects, and gives them the power to make real decisions about how money is spent. When PB is taken seriously and is based on mutual trust, local governments and citizen can benefit equally. In some cases PB even raised people’s willingness to pay taxes. Source: Wikipedia

Matylda Krzykowski‘s work plays a role in integrating curating and exhibition-making within a larger discourse. With Display she explores how we design messages to the public in a collaborative mode. An extract of the project is compiled as a handbook, now serving as template for the designers and artists that will be invited to make a display in the former shop windows of Depot Basel, space for contemporary design in Switserland. It thus became a long-term exhibition format, a collaborative curatorial strategy, open to the public 7 days a week. Matylda Krzykowski is a designer, curator and co-director of Depot Basel.

The Display handbook holds contributions by: Anna Bak, Bill Balaskas, Alexandra Bertels, Josh Bitelli, Isabelle Born, Gregor Brändli, Christophe Clarijs, Marta Colon, Klara Czerniewska, Timo Demollin, Workshop for Potential Design, EMYL, Tal Erez, The Farm, Studio Glithero, Veronika Gombert, Carl Haase, Rodrigo Hernandez, Maria Jeglinska, Kaja Kusztra, Moritz Lehner, Cedar Lewisohn, Bárbara Maçães, Agata Nowotny, Study O Portable, Stefan Pabst, Juan Palencia, Pedro Portellano, Kasper Pyndt, Ronja Römmelt, Vera Sacchetti, Alessandro Schiattarella, Michael Schoner, Theda Schoppe, Speedism, Jasio Stefanski, TEOK, Andrew Thrope, Basil Thüring, Bik van der Pol, Andres Wanner, Anna-Lena Werner. It is collaboratively designed by Christophe Clarijs, Timo Demolin, Kaja Kusztra and Kasper Pyndt and printed at the Charles Nyples Lab with support by Jo Frenken.

For this occasion, Matylda Krzykowski and PrintRoom will make an installation at PrintRoom’s shop window.
This event will mark the opening of our renovated window space, and the start of a window exhibition format at PrintRoom.


Until 14 February: GLASS HOUSE by Zoe Beloff & the Flip Collection V, part of the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam

~ GLASS HOUSE, an installation by Zoe Beloff

~ The Flip Collection V
An international collection of flipbooks by artists (scroll down for list of contributors)

Featuring: THE NUDISTE ASSOCIATION, a flip book by Zoe Beloff, PrintRoom publication #14

Opening: 23 January 2015, 7 – 10 pm
Schietbaanstraat 17, Rotterdam
The exhibition runs until 14 February

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More information:


A moving image installation based on Sergei Eisenstein’s notes and drawings for a science fiction movie that he pitched to Paramount in 1930. He imagined a great glass tower in which not only the walls, but also the floors and ceilings would be made out of glass, a structure of complete visibility. “Glass House” was to be satire on capitalism in which surveillance deeply undermines relations between people. He called it “a comedy of and for the eye”. This speculative projects imagines what Eisenstein’s film might have been and how it can speak to us in the twenty first century.
Please visit the website of the artist for more information.

THE NUDISTE ASSOCIATION, a flip book by Zoe Beloff,
Based on notes for Glass House by S.M. Eisenstein
PrintRoom publication #14

The Flip Collection V

The Flip Collection is an international, growing collection of flipbooks, part of PrintRoom’s travelling collection of publications by artists, designers, photographers and theoreticians. A flipbook (also called thumb cinema) is a booklet that, for a short moment, becomes a film.

Contributions by: Ghenadie Popescu (MD), Maike Hemmers (DE/NL), Gözde Türkkan | Mimiko (TR), Georg Traber CH), Elena Gilbert (US/DE), Rachel Sender (ES/NL), Antje Van Wichelen (BE), Lawrence-Olivier Mahadoo (US/FR), Han Hoogerbrugge (NL), Sarah Vanagt (BE) & Katrien Vermeire (BE), Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva (NL/RU), Esther Urlus (NL), Bas Fontein (NL), Gloria Glitzer (DE), Quinten Swagerman (NL), Scott Blake (US), Ricardo Leal Gomes (PT), Roger Bygott (UK), Alice Rice (US), Jenny Suhonen (FI), Loes Verstappen (NL), Ernesto Morales (MX), Terhi Ekebom (FI), Andre Pielage (NL), Jenni Rope (FI), Mariana Zanetti (BR), Kati Rapia (FI), Samuli Otto-Henrik Saarinen (FI), Anne Roecklein (US), Marieke Verbiesen (NL/SE), Derek Parker (US), Lise Duclaux (BE), Jan Voss (DE/NL), Com Amoras (PT), Maurizio Montalti (IT), Tomas Schats (NL), Michael Leigh (UK), Guilia Garbin (IT/UK), Anneke Nieuwdorp (NL), Armelle Caron (FR), Paulina del Paso (MX), Max Senden (NL), Margarida Fernandes and Sofia Magalhães (PT), Team Zatara (ES), Katrien Zintzen (NL), Wil van Iersel (NL), Gözde “mimiko” Türkkan (TR), Wouter Venema (NL), Martha Colburn (US/NL), Joris Lindhout and Maaike Gouwenberg (NL), Ines Schaber (DE), David Kühne (DE), Jessica Tankard ((US/NL), Corinne Janier (FR), Kamaya Lindquist (US), Rania Ho (US/CN), Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL), Francien van Everdingen (NL), Antje van Wichelen (BE), Fiet van de Vijsel (NL), Bea van Golen (NL), Joost Stokhof (NL), Stefan Klein (DE), Kim Hospers (NL), Michiel van Bakel (NL), Genevieve Hergott (FR), Akshara Verma(IN), Federico Antonini and Alessio D’Ellena (IT), Kathrin Wolkowicz (NL/DE), Primal (MX), among others.






The Flip Collection V, open call & exhibition


You’re invited!

This is the fifth time PrintRoom joins the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) with an exhibition by Zoe Beloff and a presentation of flipbooks by artists, designers, filmmakers and photographers. More info on the full program soon.

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PrintRoom invites you to donate your flipbook to our growing collection.
A flipbook (also called folioscope, kineograph or thumb cinema) is a booklet that, for a short moment, becomes a film.

You can confirm your contribution by e-mail until 11 January 2015 to Your book should be at PrintRoom before 20 January.

When you send in a contribution, please include in the parcel as well as in your e-mail:
-Your address details (post, web and e-mail),
-A short c.v.,
-The title of the book,
-The year it was made
-A short description

Please note that all flipbooks will become part of the PrintRoom Flip collection as donations.

Although we handle all donations with care, we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage.

Please send your flipbook to:
Schietbaanstraat 17
3014ZV Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Presentation dates: 22.01.15 – 14.02.13

During the during the 44th edition of the IFFR (21.01 – 01.02.2014) PrintRoom is open from Thursday to Sunday 12.00-18.00
Or by appointment

Friday 12 December 2014, 5 – 9 pm: Ma(r)king Time

Ma(r)king Time

– Milou van Ham and Moniek Driesse
Presentation of a working week’s collective labour; a wall sized poster produced at PrintRoom from Monday 8 to Friday 12 December, from nine to five.
Special guests:

– Mark Pezinger Verlag: Thomas Geiger & Astrid Seme

– Live book production by the PrintRoom team, based on ‘I Work, Therefore I’m Not’ by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan


More info:

Ma(r)king Time

From Monday 8 December to Friday 12 December 2014, each day from 9 to 5, Milou van Ham and Moniek Driesse work at PrintRoom on the production of a wall-sized poster. Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour they will be painstakingly perforating this poster by hand.
You are invited to join them during office hours. Take time to peruse the pages of PrintRoom’s books and select interesting quotes.
A selection of your quotes will be integrated in every fortieth part of the poster.

Thomas Geiger and Astrid Seme of Mark Pezinger Verlag (AT) present a selection of books by Kasper Andreasen, Katrin Herzner, Max Leiß, Thomas Geiger and Astrid Seme, who work in a daily publishing routine; a collection of productions documenting either long periods of work or individual documentations of a single working day. This collection of books was previously exhibited at Wiels Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels.
With his ongoing performance ‘I Want to Become a Millionaire’ Thomas Geiger stood for more than 350 hours in public space holding a sign with the project’s title. By selling signed sheets of paper for 1 euro each, he raised 15.000 euro so far. With this money Geiger finances new artistic projects.

‘I Work, Therefore I’m Not’, a book by Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (RO).
From 8 to 12 December 2014 the PrintRoom team will also start the production of a new book, based on work by Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan.
‘I Work, Therefore I’m Not’ examines the condition of the artist who needs to support his or her practice through a day job. In their case, most of these jobs involve computer work. The drawings represent the traces left by the computer mouse, recorded through software, while working 5 days per week. A calendar will be compiled, starting from the 1st of December 2014. At PrintRoom we’ll print a drawing of each working day of Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, or a blank page with only a date when they worked on their artwork instead. ‘I work therefore I’m not’ will be published in December 2015.
‘I Work, Therefore I’m Not’ was previously exhibited at Upominki, as part of the group show: Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk / documentation, curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk.

14 November 2014: PrintRoom’s Pick from the NY Art Book Fair

PrintRoom presents a selection of books and new acquisitions from the New York Art Book Fair 2014, enhanced by a programme of presentations by Art Book Fair participants.
Friday 14 November, 8 – 10 pm
doors open at 7.30

Special Guests:
* Ruth Beale (UK)

* Werkplaats Typografie (NL) members: Fay Kolokytha, Virginie     Gauthier, Jungmyung Lee, Fred Cave

PrintRoom will bring an impression of the fair to Rotterdam, in an evening featuring a wide range of international publications, a presentation and reading by Ruth Beale from Performance as Publishing and a presentation by members of the Werkplaats Typografie.

Books by:  AND publishing, Nieves, Soberscove Press, Blister Zine, Rollo Press, 4478ZINE, Half Letter Press, Anouk Kruithof, Printed Matter, The Ice Plant, Lugemik, MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Onomatopee, Edition Fink, Michalis Pichler, Sigrid Calon, FW:, Fukt Magazine, Elisabeth Tonnard, Fillip, Lubok Verlag, Roma Publications, Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E, Knust / Extrapool, Paraguay Press, Gloria Glitzer, Stefan Marx, Temporary Services / Half Letter Press, Guerilla Girls, Primary Information, Joanna Drucker, Artspeak, Martha Wilson, Printed Matter, Boabooks, Capricious Publishing, Gato Negro, A.R.T. Press, Kuk & Parfume, 5 Ports Publishing, David Horvitz, Paper Monuments, New Documents, Martha Hellion, Independent Curators International, Laura Kuusk, Cabinet Books, One Page Productions, The Office For Culture and Design, Variants of Evil, Christine Burgin, Charwei Tsai, Bread & Puppet Press, Library of the Printed Web ao

NY Art Book Fair web cover(design by Loes Verstappen)

The NY Art Book Fair, organised by Printed Matter and hosted by MoMA Ps1, is the largest fair of its kind, held as the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines.

Performance as Publishing is an independent practice-based research project led by Nicole Bachmann and Ruth Beale. It explores, through their own and other artists’ practice, the relationship between the written word (archival material, found texts, fiction and art writing) and exhibition-making, audio and performance. Many of the invited artists deal directly with the subject of text and language, others use it more formally to explore different thematic concerns.

The Werkplaats Typografie (WT) is a two-year graphic design masters programme, part of ArtEZ Institute of the Arts. The WT is centred on assignments and self-initiated projects with lectures, seminars, meetings and readings geared towards self-accountable and independently motivated work and research.


12.09.14 V. Vale RE/Search Publications

“I look at books not as books, but as conversations.”

Editor, interviewer-writer, graphic designer, historian, photographer and pianist V. Vale (US) will treat us to an evening of stories and converstions on his pubishing activities since 1977. In his chosen role as amateur anthropologist in the Bay Area of San Fransisco, he covered cult luminaries like William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, George Kuchar, Timothy Leary, DNA, Lydia Lunch, Genesis P. Orridge, David Lynch, Dead Kennedys, Iggy Pop, Television, Siouxsie Sioux, Suicide, SRL, Sun Ra, John Waters… Vale will bring a good selection of his books as food for conversation.

Friday September 12th
7 – 10 pm
Talk starts at 7.30, drinks & music (Vale’s cassette tapes) at 9 pm

As publisher-editor of the 1977-79 zine SEARCH & DESTROY, V. Vale helped bring international attention to the San Francisco punk rock scene. The publication was launched with $100 each from Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and published at City Lights Bookstore, where Vale worked at the time. For Vale, Punk provided a launching pad for a host of cultural-anthropological explorations, including Industrial music, the writings of J.G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs, feminism, pranksterism, studies of The Body, plus “Incredibly Strange” filmmaking and music, which he has chronicled with the RE/SEARCH series of publications that he founded in 1980.w-vvale-front

All 11 issues of Search and Destroy and most of the books he’s helped compile for RE/Search Publications, are in a Q&A format; a format he said was inspired by Warhol’s then-nascent Interview magazine, which Vale greatly admired. He even copied the magazine’s design for his first Search & Destroy.
For Vale the interview format was the most direct and unpretentious way to communicate ideas. He wanted primary-source documentation because he knew that would be quoted for years to come.

Now lauded as an invaluable document of early punk and a graphic design rule-breaker (“We’d do a layout meeting: ‘Here’s the text. Here are the pictures. Your job is to make this interview as rad as you can’”), Search and Destroy also became a way for Vale to make critical connections between the work and thoughts generated by punk groups and those formulated by artists in other media, as interviews with Vale’s mentors Ballard and Burroughs made their way into the zine.


Besides a selection of his Re/Search publications, for PrintRoom especially Vale will bring editions of Vile magazine, a parody of Life magazine and responding to A.A. Bronson’s File magazine.

“I learned long ago that reading is not a passive process. I like to mark up my books. My books are heavily interacted with. I look at books not as books, but as conversations.”

V. Vale’s “I look at books not as books, but as conversations” is part of “Tour & Destroy”—a European tour of speaking engagements by V. Vale, organised by Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp. We would like to thank Chris Fitzpatrick for organising the tour, Christian Greer, Florian Cramer, Ronald Cornelissen and Paul van den Hout. Poster design by Loes Verstappen.

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