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16 June 2018: Speculative Libraries by Nick Thurston

~Workshop   Me–We Library   10.00 – 17.00
please email us if you’d like to participate

~Talk  Speculative Libraries  19.00 – 21.00


Workshop   Me–We Library

How do individual writers, librarians and readers change each other, and in doing so become a community, in the peculiar space of a public library? What happens when those places, collections and communities disperse? And how might the act of publishing – of making public – be at the core of any answer to these questions?

Beginning with an informal talk about a recent exhibition exploring the relationship between contemporary art and libraries, ‘The House That Heals The Soul’ (CCA, Glasgow, 2017; The Tetley, Leeds, 2018), this practical workshop invites participants to collaboratively make a set of answers to these questions. By sharing, copying, re-printing and talking we will explore ideas of loss, recovery, speculation, reproduction, anthologisation and reading.

Please bring a book that you would like to share but not to loose.  

Speculative Libraries, talk

Public libraries are having their purposes and practices fundamentally challenged by the growth of networked computing and neo-liberal models of the civic sphere. While these changes should be matters for broad social debate, it seems equally important to re-imagine what public libraries of the near future could be and could enable. This talk will explore some of the roles that contemporary art might have in that collective process of re-imagining.

From Martha Rosler Library (2005-6) to the open-access file-sharing on, a trend can be traced for making libraries as or within contemporary art projects. This talk will cover the history and techniques of what Nick Thurston calls speculative library-making, considered as the practice of constructing real or imaginary libraries as an artistic act, plus a sub-genre practice of producing functioning public libraries as a form of public non-art. He will discuss examples of both throughout.

Nick Thurston is a writer and editor who makes artworks. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include the solo show ‘Hate Library’ at Foksal Gallery (Warsaw, 2017) and HKW (Berlin, 2018), group shows at GRAF Museum (Groningen, 2018) and MuHKA (Antwerp, 2018), and his co-devised exhibition about art and libraries, ‘The House That Heals The Soul’ at CCA (Glasgow, 2017) and The Tetley (Leeds, 2018). As well as writing regularly for the literary and art press, he is the author or co-author of several books, pamphlets, essays and stranger things. His next book, Back to Front Truths: Opposing the post-digital cultures of the far-right, co-edited with Maik Fielitz, will be published in early 2019.

2 June 2018: Detroit Backwards ::: Wet Ink / Fresh Zines

*Ronald Cornelissen and Davin Wade Brainard: zine presentation Detroit Backwards*
& screening of Time Stereo’s Movie Time, a compilation of live action and animation

While you’re here, check out wet ink / fresh zines by:

* Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva: the Strangers *
* latest issues! * with Marjolein Schalk and Jeroen de Leijer
* Ewoud van Rijn: Mary Jane Rorschach – Archaic Revival Review 2018 *

Saturday 2 June 2018
3 – 5 pm at PrintRoom
Schietbaanstraat 17

This week PrintRoom’s Riso workspace is taken over by Ronald Cornelissen and Davin Wade Brainard. They collaborate on a zine titled Detroit Backwards; a portrait of Davin’s hometown, which Ronald has visited several times in the past 20 years. Both artist share a love for comics, cartoons, fanzines, graffiti and collage, and perform together in the group Princess Dragon-Mom. Their Riso-Print Holiday here at PrintRoom will be a collage of remembrances, influences, all manner of new visions blowing through on Rotterdam’s mildly psychedelic late-may winds when minds are across an ocean.

Join us on Saturday to see the result of this Riso-trip back in memory and celebrate all our wet-from-the-press new zines, printed at PrintRoom or at Wobby’s headquarters.


more information:

Davin Wade Brainard was born in 1969 in Detroit, Michigan. Like most boys his age he loves giant monsters, superheroes and outer space. After finishing college in the early 1990’s he started a series of cloud paintings that he continues working on to this day. In the past 25 years he has written and published many books (SPACE, HEY WRINKLENUT, CHARLIE BROWN, PUDDLES and more), made over 20 short films, toured Europe, Japan and the USA with his performance art & noise group PRINCESS DRAGONMOM, and completed lots of paintings. In 2008 his art collective TIME STEREO (started in 1993 with Warn Defever) was included in the MOCAD exhibition CONSIDERING DETROIT. Lately Davin has been working hard as the gallery director of UFO FACTORY in Corktown.

Ronald Cornelissen was born in 1960 in Beverwijk, the Netherlands, and lives in Rotterdam. Since 1988 he has worked as a visual artist, making drawings, sculptures and installations, from 2000 to 2007 he published WORMHOLE magazine. His works arise from the twlightlight zone between avant-garde and underground, mining urban subcultures of comic strips, graffiti and music and looking at the friction between the urban environment and its inhabitants. His work has been exhibited at State of Concept, Athens; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; TENT, Rotterdam; Instituto Buena Bista, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles (2008); Natural Law (with Princess Dragonmom), Busan Biennale, South Korea; Galerie de l’École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, France; and W139, Amsterdam, among many others.

Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva

Ewoud van Rijn


17 May 2018: supposing you do not like to change


11.00 – 17.00 at our Babel Book Space, gallery G at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

supposing you do not like to change
an English-to-Dutch
live translation of 
Gertrude Stein’s 
Tender Buttons
A project initiated by Kate Briggs & Moosje M. Goosen
in collaboration with: Niels Bekkema, Hannah Dawn Henderson, Ash Kilmartin, Sarah Posman, Natasha Soobramanien, Nienke Terpsma, and Marije de Wit

21 April 2018: Love from Kingston, Hannah Dawn Henderson and Nicole Jordan

** bookpresentations **  reading ** discussion **

Hannah Dawn Henderson: Being, in a State of Erasure

Nicole Jordan: 89

2 – 4 pm at our Babel Bookspace at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18, Rotterdam

Email us if you’d like to be on the guest list for free entrance to the museum (

The publications of Nicole Jordan and Hannah Dawn Henderson deploy autobiographical voices so as to generate an oscillation between past and present. Departing from their Caribbean heritage, both writers seek to address histories that have contoured their conceptions of selfhood, whereby a literary register serves as a device to navigate political/politicised heritage.

Being, in a State of Erasure recollects Hannah Dawn Henderson’s research in the archives of the British National Council of Civil Liberties. Henderson’s excavation of the archive was motivated by a desire to comprehend the political inheritance of Commonwealth descendants living in Britain today. During the 20th century many formerly colonised countries acquired independence, yet this dissolution of the empire saw a rise in nationalism on the British mainland. In the wake of independence, it was the body and identity of the Britain-bound Commonwealth migrant that thus became the territory upon which colonial power-plays would be exerted.

Commissioned as part of Beyond Words Library residency by the Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull Culture and Leisure Library Services and Book Works, in association with Hull History Centre, Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, funded by James Reckitt Library Trust and Arts Council England. This project was also supported by Stroom Den Haag and the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam.

In 89, a series of meditations as poems by Nicole Jordan, a staccato meter evokes the pace of memories scattered across the Caribbean, Canada, and Europe, particularly the Netherlands. Featuring eighty-nine poems completed over one year, the anthology is a meditation on sentiments of nature, spirituality, (mis)placement, longing, inheritance and resolution. Written in what Nicole calls “hashtype”, 89 simultaneously explores abstract form and emerging clarity in contemporary communication while it commemorates and extends the legacy of works penned by Nicole’s grandmother, Hope, published over seventy years ago in Kingston, Jamaica.

The presentation will involve readings from both publications and a discussion on the process of their creation.

Thanks! Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam (CBK) for supporting Babel Bookspace at Boijmans Van Beuningen

9 February – 21 May 2018: Babel Bookspace, PrintRoom at Boijmans van Beuningen

On the occasion of ‘BABEL – Old Masters Back from Japan’, on view from 3 February until 21 May 2018, PrintRoom takes up space at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Tower of Babel (c. 1568) imagines an actual architectural construction in its rise and fall. In the Babel Bookspace, occupied by PrintRoom, we imagine what lies in its long-cast shadow: lost, living, and imaginary libraries, books in and about translation, the confusion and commingling of tongues.

On view at the Babel Bookspace are works by Zoe Beloff, Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), Sora Kim, and a selection of artists’ books from the PrintRoom collection.

Further contributions and events by: Niels Bekkema & friends, Kate Briggs, Daniela Cascella, Moosje M. Goosen, Dongyoung Lee, Nick Thurston.

* To be announced: Supposing You Do Not Like to Change: Studies in description translation, a live translation of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, a project initiated by Kate Briggs and Moosje M. Goosen, in collaboration with Niels Bekkema, Katarina Jazbec, Ash Kilmartin, Sarah Posman, Riet Wijnen, Mia You, et al.


Zoe Beloff

Zoe Beloff explores the role of the historical context in the development of a specific pictorial idiom. These three watercolours are part of a spatial installation titled ‘Emotions Go to Work’. They investigate the way technology translates human emotions into statistical information and how this data is used to shape society – in the past, the present and the future.

In the mid-nineteenth century the scientist Duchenne de Boulogne used electrodes to produce emotions on the human face. He did this to study and categorize them. Now Duchenne’s facial expressions have been translated into emojis and no one needs to move a muscle to show that they are angry, surprised or happy. In the future Beloff foresees enormous data clouds in the sky, constructed from the emotions of millions of people, which have gobbled up each individual emotion.

Masha Krasnova Shabaeva

Masha Krasnova Shabaeva grew up surrounded by chemical plants, in an environment that evoked post-apocalyptic visions and where her imagination was able to flourish as rampantly as the weeds on the pavement. Her childhood in Russia is still the source of complex and moving narrative images in diverse media. These are not stories in the normal sense of the word, but surprising situations where everything is out of proportion and human figures seem to have been cloned or taken on hybrid forms.

Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide)

THE GERMAN LIBRARY PYONGYANG (2015) by artist Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) was a fictional recreation of the German library of the Goethe-Institut in Pyongyang, North Korea, operative from 2004-2009. Chang’s library, revived for the 1st Asia Biennal in Guangzhou, became a space for critical questions regarding imperialism, the parallel histories of Korea and Germany, and issues of censorship.

Sora Kim, who’s work is present here as well, was one of the participants.

On the occasion of her presentation of The German Library Pyongyang (Sternberg Press, 2017), a publication that brings together the four original exhibition booklets in German, Korean, English, and Chinese, Chang has re-installed elements of the library in the Babel Bookspace.

Thanks CBK Rotterdam (Centre for Visual Arts) for co – funding our projectspace and programme at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen!

3 March 2018: Birch Bar & Back Yard Sauna

8 pm – 1 am      Museumnacht @ PrintRoom

You are invited to celebrate spring!

With Mari Keski-Korsu and Contemporary Wild (Asnate Bočkis and Willem van Doorn)

Even though it’s still cold outside, the spring spirit is here- the days get longer and the sun gains strength. This moment, charged with sparkles of new life energy, can be used to activate our own energy flows and cleanse our bodies from outside and within.

In the centre of our Spring Celebration is a birch tree, the messenger of spring, the carrier of new energy within its sap. A temporary sauna, fired up with birch wood, will become an intimate celebration place that brings comfort to body and mind.

Our Birch Bar will offer refreshments and warm drinks made from birch sap and buds. At the campfire – the heart of the sauna – we will make tar and charcoal from birch wood and in the last part of the evening we will dive into the sauna and leaf bathing rituals.

There is a limited amount of places available for the sauna session that will start around 22:00 and will take about 90 minutes.

Please apply via, if you would like to join.

 This event is also the lead in to the production of the next PrintRoom Net-book.

More information:

Mari Keski-Korsu (mkk) is a transdisciplinary artist. She explores how ecological and socio-economical changes manifest in everyday life. The work is based on collaborations with different kinds of communities, individuals and species. Her current practice is focused on inter-species communication and creating emphatic environments to enable empathy towards whole ecosystems. She is interested in relations in between art, activism, politics and science from permaculturic and ecofeminist perspectives.

The collective Contemporary Wild is founded by two designers, Asnate Bočkis and Willem van Doorn, after their graduation at Design Academy Eindhoven.

Willem grew up in a farm near to Amsterdam and works in the context of DIY culture, nature and constructions. Asnate has her roots in Riga, Latvia; she was educated as a classical artist before attending design studies. Her work concerns social and spatial interventions.

In Contemporary Wild they share their fascination for the duality between Man & Nature. With their projects they challenge public rituals and rethink usage of natural elements in the urban landscape.

PrintRoom @ My Zine – Independent publishing project in Taiwan

My Zine – Independent publishing project in Taiwan VS the Netherlands, an exhibition about Dutch indie publishing and Risograph printing in Taipei Taiwan, hosted by Tien Tien Circle Creative 🇹🇼 🇳🇱 田田圈文創工作群