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
3 – 5 p.m.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Museumpark 18, Rotterdam
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We gather at 2.30 at the information desk of the museum (main entrance)
Daniela Cascella’s new book SINGED starts not with creation, but destruction – a library ravaged by fire. What of the singed debris can be salvaged? Which of the disfigured inkblots deciphered? How much will be remembered? Rewritten, re-invented, re-imagined? Singed, only to sing again? The condition of instability permeating Cascella’s project is already conveyed by the book’s title, Singed, at once a reference to burning/singeing and a mistaken past form of “to sing.”
The title thus posits writing as located at the interference of a burning and a singing, unmaking and making meaning. Writing, not foreknown or guaranteed, is here enchanted through rhythmic events: “Of hearing a rhythm in reading, a song sometime, voices sound words, wh-h mh-m maybe that is why.”
Singed performs a transmission of knowledge in a condition of instability across languages, media and cultures.
In conversation with Kate Briggs, writer and member of the Babel Bookspace team.
Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) will give this afternoon a talk about her library project THE GERMAN LIBRARY PYONGYANG (2015), which was a fictional recreation of an existing German library once opened in Pyongyang by the German Goethe-Insitut in 2004-2009. Germany believed it could help the two Korea’s with the unification process. Chang’s project became a space for critical questions, regarding imperialism, the two parallel histories between Korea an Germany. Several artistic interventions merged with the library looking for peaceful relationships through language or questioning nationalistic politics.
After her project was censored in China as well, we are excited to present a publication that brings together the four original exhibition booklets in German, Korean, English, and Chinese. An additional reader is included with critical reflections as well as documentation of the exhibition and the organized seminar. Design by Dongyoung Lee.
Contributions by Anselm Franke, Changho Choi, Chankyong Park, Chen Tong, Dongyoung Lee, Egon Hanfstingl, Gabriele Stötzer / Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt, Hans Haacke, Henk Slager, Janet Grau, Kyungman Kim, Liu Ding, Louwrien Wijers, Rory Pilgrim, Sora Kim.
Published by Sternberg Press, 2017
7 – 9 pm
7 – 10 pm
In conversation with Eline Verstegen
From 13 January to 13 February 2018, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Ian Whittlesea’s A Breathing Bulb will shine its light on the books he has published over the last decade and a selection of items from the archive of printed matter that informed their production.
To accompany the display Eline Verstegen has written an essay on Whittlesea’s work, to be published as an illustrated booklet by PrintRoom.
The booklet (like the invitation) is set in Sol Sans, a typeface designed by Whittlesea. Sol Sans is based on Sol LeWitt’s handwritten Sentences on Conceptual Art first published in 0-9, New York in 1969. Any letters not used in LeWitt’s original text have been replaced by Helvetica Medium.
Ian Whittlesea (b. 1967, Isleworth, UK) is an artist whose work is concerned with the ability of text to transform the physical and psychic state of the viewer. He has worked with The Everyday Press, London to publish a series of books that have been collectively described as ‘instruction manuals for transcendental exercise’. His translation of Yves Klein’s Les Fondements du Judo was published in 2009, and his newly appended edition of Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture in 2012. Becoming Invisible, published in 2014, is a visual primer that draws on the literature of Rosicrucianism, theosophy and esoteric yoga. It describes how, through visualisation and breathing exercises, the reader will be able to split light into its constituent parts and then recombine the seven colours of the spectrum to form a glowing white cloud that envelops its creator. His most recent book is The Egyptian Postures, an illustrated guide to the advanced Mazdaznan exercises that Johannes Itten taught his students at the Bauhaus.
Eline Verstegen (b. 1991, Antwerp, BE) is an independent curator and writer based in Antwerp and London. She holds an MA in History from the University of Antwerp, where she specialized in 19th and 20th-century (art) history, and an MA in Curating the Contemporary from London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery. Her curatorial practice is informed by a keen interest in immersive installations, atmospheres and environments, and by an attention to multidisciplinary cross-overs with the performing arts, film, literature, philosophy and cultural theory. She recently worked with the curatorial teams at Whitechapel Gallery on Art Night 2017, London and she is currently involved with the contemporary art platform Tique in Antwerp.
Thursday 21 December 2017, 12.00 – 16.00
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Clara Lobregat Balaguer (PH), PrintRoom Publisher in Residency
Then an in-conversation with Florian Cramer
Followed by NETbook presentations:
SEAWEED by guest editor Aletta de Jong
RAINWATER AUTUMN ALE by guest editor Henriette Waal
Readings by Miek Zwamborn and Vytenis Burokas
Food by Maki Oishi
Beer tasting: NETbooks’ own Rainwater Autumn Ale
NETbooks is a series of publications initiated by X Marks the Bökship and PrintRoom which takes self-publishing as a starting point for other “self-reliance” projects. These projects are made by a small group of artists and designers – often after a collaborative exercise or workshop – and distributed via like-minded small publishers and publishing platforms using Risograph printing facilities. Each NETbook dips into a particular field of knowledge and presents a selection of findings with an emphasis on process, sharing and collective experience.
Aletta de Jong’s ‘Drugstore’ project examines a wide range of applications for seaweed – past, present, and future – as a way of exploring the interactions between locations, commodities, and people. This inquiry delves into discussions concerning energy, food, and ownership.
Henriëtte Waal is an artist and designer who came to beer brewing through research into water purification. Interested in the relationship between people and their surrounding environments, Henriëtte’s experiments with brewing focus on the social, ethical, and cultural function of beer. Her Buitenbrouwerij has travelled worldwide since its inception in Tilburg in 2009. She is artistic research director of atelier LUMA, a design research lab in Arles, and since 2013 has taught in the Social Design Master Program at Design Academy Eindhoven.
Design NETbooks: Dongyoung Lee
Miek Zwamborn is an author, translator and artist. Her practice often delves into archival collections, drawing on the suggestive possibility of historical materials, letters, texts, objects and artefacts in order to create semi-factual narratives. Through installations, performance, and photography, Zwamborn imbues her source material with a rigorous sense of subjective and the speculative. In this way, her work not only traces the lives of her subjects but her own experiences as a researcher and writer. Each work claims its own place within the story, becoming an indispensable branch of the greater rhizome.
Zwamborn has published the novels Oploper (2000, Meulenhoff) and Vallend Hout (2004, Meulenhoff), the poetry book Het krieken van sepia (2008, Slibreeks) and De duimsprong (2013, Van Oorschot).
Vytenis Burokas (Vilnius, Lithuania) is an artist and curator. He is interested in visible and invisible manifestations of history and memory fragments. He appears in public socio-cultural context by documenting passing time and responds to it with choreography, installations, movements, narratives. Vytenis tries to highlight inherited cultural leftovers, traces, slips of a tongue and language as well as to create new cultural artefacts. He is focused on rituals and happenings in social environments and architecture.
Vytenis has received Contemporary Sculpture BA, MA and Art Education from the Vilnius Academy of Arts (2009-2015) and completed the Rupert Educational Program in Vilnius (2013-2014). He has exhibited or performed in Contemporary Art Center (Vilnius, LT), Autarkia (Vilnius), 427 (Riga), Komplot (Brussels, BE), Šiauliai Art Gallery (Šiauliai, LT), Nida Art Colony (Nida, LT), Granada Film Festival (Granada, Spain), Rupert (Vilnius, LT). He recently co-curated exhibition Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond at the National Gallery of Art (Vilnius), Parade at Klaipėda Culture Comunication Center (Klaipėda), Another Crossroads of Epochs at the National Gallery of Art (Vilnius) etc.