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Friday 4 December 2015, 7 – 10 pm: Young Publishing Night

You’re invited!

The ‘letter to the young artist’, is a long established format that has often been used by artists and writers to address the generations below them to offer their  insight and advice , and as a reflexive tool to extend a hand back in time to their younger, less experienced selves. Through self-publishing, two recent graduates have produced Forty One Letters from the Young Artist as an attempt to redress the balance.

PrintRoom takes this freshly published book to open up the space as a platform for young artists and designers working in publishing, and to celebrate with hot chocolate and speculaas.  


– Now Will Not Be with Us Forever

Maurice van Es

All of These Images Are the Outcome of Certain Observations

Liza Wolters

Eenenveertig brieven van de jonge kunstenaar
(Forty-one Letters from the Young Artist)

Edited by Roos van den Oetelaar en Renée Verberne

In the eight books gathered under the title, Now Will Not Be with Us Forever, Maurice van Es deals with photography’s intrinsic dimension: seizing a moment that will never return. He focuses on his close environment, family and the familiar and transcends it subtly: his young brother going to school every morning, his grandfather putting on a pullover, the details of an interior (carpet, blanket), motifs on a garment or his father’s car as he waits for him at the station. It takes on a troubling poetic and plastic dimension.

Initially produced as a dummy edition of 20, the book has recently been published by RVB books (FR) and was launched at the NY Art Book Fair 2015.


Liza Wolters’ artists book All of These Images Are the Outcome of Certain Observations based on the concept of collecting and archiving. Neither a collection nor an archive can consist of only one element; one thing needs another to exist. Wolter brings together a selection from her archive of everyday scenes. As an object, ‘All of These Images Are the Outcome of Certain Observations’ is subject to the rules of collecting and archiving: the book has a slanted cut and  requires support from other books or objects around it to stay upright.

All of These Images Are the Outcome of Certain Observations’ was produced as part of Liza’s graduation work at art academy AKV|St.Joost in Breda in 2014.


Forty-one Letters from the Young Artist
In 2007 the book Eenenveertig brieven aan de jonge kunstenaar Forty-one Letters to the Young Artist – was published. It was compiled by Jos Houweling, the then director of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. The book was a collection of letters containing experiences, personal stories and opinions of what the art world terms ‘mid-career’ artists, art critics and authors. The voice of the young artist himself, however, was omitted.

Now, eight years later, graduating into a much changed art world, Roos van den Oetelaar and Renée Verberne present a new book: Forty-one Letters from the Young Artist. In this book recent graduates from art schools within the Netherlands and Belgium speak in their own words through letters about their situation and position as artists and designers today. The two compilers -emerging artists themselves- invited their peers to write, and to determine to what and whom they addressed their letters.

Compiled together they offer a glimpse into the personal motives and emotional worlds of young artists looking for their place in the world.

The design, conceived by Iris Cuppen, emphasises the increasingly outmoded physical nature of writing and receiving a letter by post; by using a Japanese binding method, which necessitates the reader cut open the pages to read the letters.

‘Dare to place a bomb and to look at the crater you have caused.’ (Liza Wolters )

Forty-one letters from the Young Artist is published by (and with big support of) Pels & Kemper.

Letters from: Iris Cuppen, Johanna Motschmann, Marieke Busser, Talitha Davida Meijer, Davor Šubarić, Janina Frye, Klaas Burger, Lin Houtman, Matthijs Walhout, Eva de Jong, Jasmin Moeller, Roel Neuraij, Kai Chang, Nina Spoetnik, Lina van Hassel, Renée Verberne, Roos van den Oetelaar, Steve Cromsigt, Liza Wolters, Yvette Jacobs, Hanna Krol, Tijl Orlando Frijns, Manon Vosters, Manon van Trier, Lilian Stolk, Willem Sjoerd van Vliet, Linde Keja, Jonathan van Doornum, Marijn Moerbeek, Sanne Schumacher, Elleke Hageman, Meral van de Velde, Emma Sophia Grout, Lisette Schumacher, Dorenda Verhaegen, Don Jeronimo, Nina Jilesen, Marleen Verber, Nora Roggausch, Marjolein van Houten and Petra Kühnle


Saturday 21 November 2015, 4 -7 pm: Library Tales

You’re invited!

An afternoon with book presentations, an artist talk and conversations:

 – Bookspace by Inland Editions

– Moving Thinking
The foundation of one’s thought is the thought of another

 – Fantasies of the Library by K. Verlag with HKW

Library Tales is the inaugural event of the research project Infinite Library, a joint initiative of Sara Giannini and Karin de Jong (PrintRoom).

The project arises from the urgency of articulating and debating the transitional status of libraries today. At the verge of extinction for many, libraries and books certainly find themselves in a juncture point in which their meaning, function and symbolism are being de-structured and restructured.

Without indulging in nostalgic observations Infinite Library wishes to explore and intervene in the current reconfiguration: Are libraries and books the archeology of the future? What is their present potential? What narratives are embedded in library collections? Are these narratives still readable? What can artists, writers and curators do with them?

The research will attempt to raise these questions emerging as a series of discursive events and artistic interventions at various locations and libraries across the Netherlands starting with Library Tales.

Library Tales wishes to disclose a landscape of possibilities through three different approaches to the library as a living organism. The afternoon will include presentations by Mariana Lanari (artist, Amsterdam), Maria Inês Cruz and Lozana Rossenova (Inland Editions, London), and Anna-Sophie Springer (curator, editor, writer, Berlin/London).

After years of working as an editor, Brazilian artist Mariana Lanari intersects in her practice speech, language and dynamics of cultural translations. Mariana will introduce Moving Thinking. The foundation of one’s thought is the thought of another, a five-month performance at the Stedelijk Museum Library, in which she follows the movement of thoughts that links a book to the other through their content. Over the next few months, Mariana Lanari will transform the current classification of the books in the reading room – which are usually ranked alphabetically, by artist – by changing the order of the books, and replacing some with publications from the storage depot. Lanari begins by exploring the branching of the influential book Writing as Sculpture by Louwrien Wijers (1996). Moving Thinking is a growing, associative project that, as it undulates and meanders, highlights the relationships and cross-currents between books.

Maria Inês Cruz and Lozana Rossenova of Inland Editions will discuss Bookspace: Collected Essays on Libraries. Inland’s new book focuses on the current development of library spaces as public institutions through the perspective of architects, writers, librarians, and readers. Bookspace addresses the architecture of modern public spaces, and the development of library collections in the age of digital information, in order to discuss the larger social context of libraries as institutions. It provides an insight into their management and how their functions are changing.

Anna-­Sophie Springer is a writer, editor, curator, and co-director (with Charles Stankievech) of K. Verlag, an independent Berlin-based publishing project exploring the book as a site for exhibition making. Her practice merges curatorial, editorial, and artistic interests by stimulating fluid relations among images, artifacts, and texts in order to produce new geographical, physical, and cognitive proximities, often in relation to historical archives. She will introduce Ex Libris, a curatorial project exploring various libraries as curatorial spaces, and her recent editorial project Fantasies of the Library, the inaugural volume in the Intercalations: paginated exhibition book series co-published by K. Verlag in the framework of the HKW’s Anthropocene Project.

Sara Giannini is an independent curator and researcher from Italy currently based in Amsterdam. In collaboration with 98weeks Research Project (Beirut), she initiated and curated the long-term research project VOLUME, investigating the role and potential of public libraries through performances, workshops, and conferences (2013-2014) . Her most recent curatorial project is a web-library of folders in motion generated by seven guest curators entitled Unfold.

PrintRoom started in 2003 as a travelling and growing collection of artists’ books. From the beginning PrintRoom runs a discursive program around artist books, collections and archives, working with artists, graphic designers, curators and librarians. To mention some of our collaborators: Arnaud Desjardin (The Book on Books on Artists’ Books), Charlotte Cheetham (Slide Shows), David Senior (bibliographer MoMA) Jason Simon (Festschrift For an Archive), Eva Weinmayr (The Piracy Collection).


30 October, 6 – 10 PM: PrintRoom’s Pick from the NY Art Book Fair 2015

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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 from all over the world. PrintROOM returned from the fair with more than 60 new picks.

PrintROOM will present this selection and make it available to the public, along with a focus on 4 invited exhibitors of the fair who will present their special projects and publications:

Lugemik: Indrek Sirkel and Anu Vahtra (EE)

Experimental Jetset (NL)

Micah Silver (US)

Werkplaats Typografie (NL): Olya Domoradova, Maud Vervenne &    Caroline Wolewinski; introduction by WT head of program Armand Mevis and  project tutor Constant Dullaart

*    *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *    Lugemik is a small independent publishing initiative in Tallinn, Estonia, founded in 2010 by graphic designer Indrek Sirkel and artist Anu Vahtra. Lugemik publishes small editions of books and other printed matter, working closely together with artists, writers, designers and printers in every step of the publishing process.

Anu Vahtra’s artists’ book “Untitled” documents ten of her projects that focus on photography and large-scale spatial installation, dealing with space, awareness of space and its characteristics, the border between the second and the third dimension.

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Experimental Jetset is a small, independent, Amsterdam-based graphic design studio, founded in 1997 by (and still consisting of) Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers and Danny van den Dungen.

*    *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   Figures in Air is a new book that will be presented by emerging artist and theorist Micah Silver, whose practice elaborates on the impact of audio on human behavior and social space. Silver’s research ranges from Meillassoux and a triangulation of audio’s trans-substance, to Yves Klein’s Air Architecture, through La Monte Young’s Dream House, and culminates in a discussion of historically significant audio systems and their importance as ephemeral social architectures made of air.

*    *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   * Werkplaats Typografie course participants present their project YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Questions on materiality and value. ‘You may also like’ employs the language of an online shop as a platform for selling physical items through a strictly non-physical path.

Werkplaats Typografie (WT), located in Arnhem, was founded in 1998 by Karel Martens and Wigger Bierma as an experiment in graphic design education based on a combination of practical assignments and self-initiated projects.

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Books by:
Soberscove Press, Library of the Printed Web, Broken Dimanche Press, Katy Holten, Rollo Press, 4478ZINE, Subway, Half Letter Press,  Printed Matter, The Ice Plant, Lugemik, Laura Toots, Laura Kuusk, Marge Monko, MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Onomatopee, Michalis Pichler, FW: books, Fukt Magazine, Feira Plana, Bia Bittencourt, Joachim Schmid, Elisabeth Tonnard, Hato Press, Issue Press, Fillip, Roma Publications, Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E, Knust / Extrapool, Paraguay Press, Gloria Glitzer, Stefan Marx, Temporary Services / Half Letter Press, Marc Fischer, Guerilla Girls, Inventory Press, Primary Information, RVB books, Maurice van Es, Mariken Wessels, APE, Reading Room Confessions, Joanna Drucker, Flavio Trevisan, Le Roy, Artspeak, Martha Wilson, Pork Salad Press, Capricious Publishing, Melanie Bonajo, Gato Negro, Blister Zine, A.R.T. Press, 5 Ports Publishing, David Horvitz, Paper Monument, Bywater Bros, Moira Davey, New Documents, PIE Paper, Independent Curators International, Cabinet Books, One Page Productions, The Office For Culture and Design, Variants of Evil, Christine Burgin, Zoe Beloff, Charwei Tsai, a.o.



PrintRoom is closed until August 22. Have a great summer!

Friday 5 June 2015, 8 – 10 pm: The Mothernists, book presentations by Lise Haller Baggesen, Andrea Francke and Christa Donner

Join us for an evening of book presentations and talks by Lise Haller Baggesen (US), Andrea Francke (UK) and Christa Donner (US).

This program is part of the weekend-long The Mothernists event at Leeszaal West, Upominki and PrintRoom, in collaboration with m/other voices and Upominki, with deep gratitude to all contributors. Full program 5/6/7 june 2015


Book presentations:

-Mothernism by Lise Haller Baggesen

-Invisible Spaces of Parenthood Manual by Andrea Francke

Propositions, Manifestos & Experiments by Christa Donner

Tunes by Loes Verstappen

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MOTHERNISM by Lise Haller Baggesen
At the intersection of feminism, science fiction, and disco, MOTHERNISM aims to locate the mother-shaped hole in contemporary art discourse. If the proverbial Mother is perhaps perceived as a persona non grata in the art world, because her nurturing nature is at odds with the hyperbolic ideal of the singular artistic genius, MOTHERNISM amplifies her presence, channeling her energy, complexity, and sublime creative potential in a series of intimate and critical reflections. The resulting collection of letters—dedicated with love from one mother to her dear daughter, sister, mother, and reader—fuse biography, music, art, and history into an auto-theoretical testimony that recalls and redefines the future imperfect.

Lise Haller Baggesen (1969) left her native Denmark for the Netherlands in 1992, to study painting at the Academy of Art and Industrial Design in Enschede and the Rijksacademy in Amsterdam. In 2008, she relocated with her family to Chicago, where she graduated from the School of the Art Institute in 2013 with an MA in Visual and Critical Studies.  Over time, her painting practice evolved into a hybrid production, including teaching, curating, writing, and multimedia installation work. She has shown internationally in galleries and museums including Overgaden in Copenhagen, the Municipial Museum in the Hague, MoMu in Antwerp, Württembergischem Kunstverein in Stuttgart, CAEC in Xiamen, The Poor Farm in Manawa, Wisconsin, 6018 North, Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. MOTHERNISM (Green Lantern Press, 2014) is her first book.

Invisible Spaces of Parenthood Manual by Andrea Francke
The ISP Manual is part of Invisible spaces of parenthood: A collection of pragmatic propositions for a better future, a Communal Knowledge project by Andrea Francke that explores issues surrounding childcare in collaboration with local nurseries, childminders, children’s centres and parent groups, and looks for new models and possibilities. This included setting up an exhibition and a workshop space at The Showroom, summer 2012, for visitors to test out DIY designs for furniture and forms of play, some of which were gathered through an open call.
The manual contains eight especially commissioned essays as well as interviews, event excerpts, discussions and documentation from the exhibition.

Andrea Francke was born in Peru and is currently based in London. She is currently developing two main research projects. Invisible spaces of parenthood: A collection of pragmatic propositions for a better future explores issues surrounding childcare in collaboration with local nurseries, childminders, children’s centres and parent groups, and looks for new models and possibilities. It uses 1960s and 70s DIY culture as a frame of reference to question political, pedagogical, social and economic structures around parenting. The Piracy Project, a collaboration with Eva Weinmayr as part of the AND Publishing program (2011 – 2013), is an exploration of the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy. She was a recipient of the Red Mansion Art Prize (2011) and a Communnal Knowledge resident at The Showroom gallery in London (2012). In early 2013, she was an artist in residency at CCA, and working on a commission for the 2 degrees festival in London.

Propositions, Manifestos & Experiments is a risographed think-tank exploring the intersection of contemporary artmaking and family life through text and image from 28 international artists, published in glorious duotone by the collective Temporary Services with a centerfoldout poster of the Cultural ReProducers Manifesto. The zine features contributions by: Christa Donner, Candida Alvarez, Laura Berman, Andrew Yang, Lise Haller Baggesen, Keiler Roberts (Powdered Milk), Lenka Clayton, Jennie Temple (Project!! Wakaka!), Stephanie Diamond, Selina Trepp, Chiara Galimberti, Lauren Weinstein, Alberto Aguilar, Fred & August Sasaki, Orla Whelan (AtHomeStudios, the Mothership Project), Crystal Ann Brown & Eliot Hown (The Hown’s Den), Libby Clarke, Rebecca Niederlander & Iris Anna Regn (Broodwork), Jane Marsching & Andi Sutton (Plotform), Kyle Schlie (S.A.C.K.), Melissa Potter, Claire Ashley, Andre Francke & Kim Dhillon (Invisible Spaces of Parenthood).

Christa Donner is an American artist based in Chicago. She investigates the human/animal body and its metaphors using a variety of media, ranging from small-press zines to large-scale installations. Her work is exhibited internationally, including projects for The Worldly House in dOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel, Germany);  BankArt NYK (Yokohama, Japan); Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art (Paphos, Cyprus); the Museum Bellerive (Zurich, Switzerland), ANTI Festival of Contemporary Art (Kuopio, Finland), the Centro Columbo Americano (Medellin, Colombia), and throughout the United States. In 2013 Donner initiated Cultural ReProducers, an evolving creative platform supporting active cultural workers who are also raising children.





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.