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5 & 6 February 2016 Workshops and lecture: String Figures and Paper Plane Publishing by Philip Noble

In the frame of SMITHSONIANA, our program during the International Film Festival Rotterdam, we organise a series of workshops in the spirit of the extraordinary collections of Harry Smith.

Email us if you would like to participate. Workshops and lecture are free.

String Figures, lecture 5 February 2 pm:
Philip Noble presents a history and culture of string figures from around the world and illustrates this with many examples of string figures and some stories of the amazing people who went out of their way to collect these. At the end of the session the audience will be taught one or two simple string games.
The lecture is open for the public.

String Figures: workshop 4 – 6 pm (limited public access):
A detailed workshop on how to make string figures, centred on string stories and teaching slightly more complex games.
This session will end with giant string figures made co-operatively as a group.

Paper Plane Publishing workshop (limited public access), 6 February 2 – 4 pm:
Philip Noble demonstrates different planes and then each person will be taught how to fold three planes: one dart shape, one glider, and one boomerang.
The event is accessible to anyone from 8 years upwards.
We’ll find a high place for testing the airplanes and release them.

 Philip Noble has degrees in Science, Divinity and is ordained into Christian ministry.
In 1978 Philip co-founded the International String Figures Association with Dr Hiroshi Noguchi of Waseda University in Japan. Since then Philip has travelled widely teaching and collecting string figures, written two books on the subject and in 2008 worked with Audi cars in 2008 to produce a TV commercial of a car made out of string games.

Friday 29 January 2016: *Smithsoniana* *The Flip Collection VI* *Launch of Erigone’s Daughter by Lewis Klahr*

Opening 29 January, 5 – 7 pm

~SMITHSONIANA
Catalogue Raisonné, From the Collections of Harry Smith, Paper Airplanes and String Figures
Exhibition of photographs by Jason Fulford and workshops to celebrate the newly published books on the singular collections of Harry Smith, legendary filmmaker, painter and ethnomusicologist (1923 – 1991)
Published by J & L Books and Anthology Film Archives, 2015

~ The Flip Collection VI
PrintRoom’s international and growing collection of flipbooks by artists
~Launch of Erigone’s Daughter, a flipbook by Lewis Klahr (US), PrintRoom publication #15, co-published with Knust (NL)

~Signing session by Lewis Klahr at Lantaren Venster at 6.45 pm previous to the first festival screening of Klahr’s film Sixty Six, which starts at 7.15 at Lantaren Venster 6.  Tickets through the festival website iffr.com

~The documentary AMERICAN MAGUS – HARRY SMITH by Paola Igliori will be screened during opening hours.

~Workshops and lecture on Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February by Tomas Schats and Philip Noble

Presentation dates: 28 January – 5 March 2016
During the festival PrintRoom is open every day from 12 to 6 pm

 

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SMITHSONIANA
Filmmaker, painter, anthropologist, musicologist and occultist–Harry Smith (1923-1991) was an incomparable polymath and seminal figure in the realms of beat culture and avant-garde art. Smith’s kaleidoscopic experimental films have influenced generations of artists and cinephiles, while his landmark three-volume compilation, the Anthology of American Folk Music (1952), laid the foundation for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to his ecstatic artwork, Smith is renowned for his vast collections of curious objects. The Collections of Harry Smith, Catalogue Raisonné series spotlights and indexes his eclectic research obsessions.

Volume one features richly detailed photographic documentation of 251 paper airplanes gathered by Smith from the streets of New York City over an approximately 20-year period. Whimsical and weird, the paper airplanes rank among Smith’s most mysterious collecting pursuits. This extensive compendium presents the fruits of his extraordinary aeronautic pursuit and highlights the tangled history and myths that accompany them.

Volume two of The Collections of Harry Smith focuses on Smith’s erudite study of string figures, an age-old form of spiritual and recreational play that he passionately chronicled in multiple mediums. This immersive volume contains photographs of the extant mounted string figures created by Smith alongside interviews, film stills and selections from his unpublished anthropological research. Additional contextual materials include an introductory essay and a conversation between musician, photographer and filmmaker John Cohen, a longtime colleague of Smith, and painter Terry Winters.

Lectures and Workshops! 

Flipbook animation by Tomas Schats (NL), 4 February, 7 – 9.30 pm
In this workshop you are going to make a small narrative flipbook.
The essence of the workshop is conceptualizing a small story, which can be told in only 5 to 10 seconds using just a fine-liner and a pile of paper.

Tomas Schats makes clear line animations and drawings from which everything superfluous has been omitted. They are miniatures created in pencil and displayed against a blindingly clean and white background. The narratives he tells are layered and occasionally take unexpected turns. They tell stories about humankind, with all its possibilities and limitations.

String Figures, lecture 5 February 2 pm:
Philip Noble presents a history and culture of string figures from around the world and illustrates this with many examples of string figures and some stories of the amazing people who went out of their way to collect these. At the end of the session the audience will be taught one or two simple string games.
The lecture is open for the public.

String Figures: workshop 4 – 6 pm (limited public access):
A detailed workshop on how to make string figures, centred on string stories and teaching slightly more complex games.
This session will end with giant string figures made co-operatively as a group.

Paper Plane Publishing workshop (limited public access), 6 February 2 – 4 pm:
Philip Noble demonstrates different planes and then each person will be taught how to fold three planes: one dart shape, one glider, and one boomerang.
The event is accessible to anyone from 8 years upwards.
We’ll find a high place for testing the airplanes and release them.

 Philip Noble has degrees in Science, Divinity and is ordained into Christian ministry.
In 1978 Philip co-founded the International String Figures Association with Dr Hiroshi Noguchi of Waseda University in Japan. Since then Philip has travelled widely teaching and collecting string figures, written two books on the subject and in 2008 worked with Audi cars in 2008 to produce a TV commercial of a car made out of string games.

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Erigone’s Daughter, a flipbook by Lewis Klahr (US), PrintRoom publication #15, co-published with Knust (NL)

Lewis Klahr, called “the reigning proponent of cut and paste” by The Village Voice, is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic collage films and cut-out animations. His animations’ elliptical tales of sunshine noir and classic Greek mythology are inhabited by comic book super heroes and characters from Portuguese photo romans who wander through mid century modernist Los Angeles architectural photographs and landscapes from period magazines.

The Flip Collection VI

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), Margarida Fernandes and Sofia Magalhães (PT), Team Zatara (ES), Katrien Zintzen (NL), Wil van Iersel (NL), 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), Marjolijn Kok (NL), Antje van Wichelen (BE), Fiet van de Vijsel (NL), Bea van Golen (NL), Joost Stokhof (NL), Stefan Klein (DE), Kim Hospers (NL), Daphne Bom (ZA/NL), Michiel van Bakel (NL), Genevieve Hergott (FR), Akshara Verma(IN), Federico Antonini and Alessio D’Ellena (IT), Kathrin Wolkowicz (NL/DE), Primal (MX), Cetrucflotte (FR), Maia Gusberti (AU), Freerk Wilbers (NL), Dejan Habicht (SI), Tadej Pogačar (SI), Seripop: Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau (CA), Uta Eisenreich  (NL), Sayaka Abe (NL/JP), Lea Dahan (FR/BE), among others.

 

 

Invite The Flip Collection VI

You’re invited to contribute to The Flip Collection VI

PrintRoom joins the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) with an exhibition program and a presentation of flipbooks by artists, designers, filmmakers and photographers.
We invite 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 15 January 2016 to info@printroom.org. Your book should be at PrintRoom before 23 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 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:
PrintRoom
Schietbaanstraat 17
3014ZV Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Presentation dates: 28.01.16 – 27.02.16

During the IFFR PrintRoom is open every day  from 12 to 6 pm.

Happy New Year from the PrintRoom team!

PrintRoom is closed from January 2 – 9

 

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.  

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– 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.

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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.

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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
MARIA INÊS CRUZ AND LOZANA ROSSENOVA

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

 – Fantasies of the Library by K. Verlag with HKW
ANNA-SOPHIE SPRINGER

Read the notes on this afternoon at the Inland Editions blog here!

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.

*    *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   The first publication on the work of Dutch power trio Experimental Jetset features almost two decades of graphic design praxis. Rather than a monolithic monograph, it is a very loose, personal archive, with essays by Linda van Deursen, Mark Owens, and Ian Svenonius, plus two photographic chapters with a selection of work by the studio.

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.

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