3 July 2017: Archival Erasures and Artistic Activism

Archives and Disobedience

5 – 8 pm at PrintRoom!

(Book)presentations and discussion, with:
Tanel Rander, Tina Bastajian and Ehsan Fardjadniya, Hodan Warsame and Tirza Balk and YOU.
The discussion is moderated by Margaret Tali, one of the editors

Join us for a discussion and presentation of the book “Archives and Disobedience: Changing tactics of visual culture in Eastern Europe” (2016), an edited collection of essays by artists and theorists. The book deals with the use of visual art and images in activism.
The discussion will focus on colonial erasures in different Eastern European contexts – Armenia, Poland, Estonia – and in the Netherlands. How do past erasures affect us in the present? And how have artists and activist dealt with them in their work? Can we learn from each other’s struggles? Presentations by Tanel Rander, Tina Bastajian and Ehsan Fardjadniya, Hodan Warsame and Tirza Balk.

The discussion is followed by a dinner.

You’re invited!!

The program is held in English.

Tina Bastajian will speak about the transits between the hidden, overlooked and exposed as the recurrent themes of her work. Rather than simply problematizing erasure, she is interested in the layers of absence and presence, ways of mining, undermining and overwriting them. She will introduce a work in progress, which is based on her essay in the book about Filmadaran, Armenian National Cinematheque in Yerevan. In her presentation she discusses the process of re-imagining her textual essay to a film essay.

Ehsan Fardjadnyia will talk about and show video documentations of the intervention “Polacy! Refugees and Citizens” that he organized in 2016 in the Warsaw Uprising Museum and at the Frontext Headquarters of the EU border control. He will discuss the construction and erasure of particular narrative in the Warsaw Uprising Museum, what the collective intervention aimed to achieve, how it was perceived and reflect on some of its continuing aftermaths.

Tanel Rander will present his artistic research on East Europe, subjectivity and decolonial option, with a focus on the ideology of transformation from post-socialist era to the present day. This ideology comprises of the concept of otherness and the mechanisms that apply it on history, memory, knowledge and subjectivity. “The guillotine effect” is an idea that Rander uses to describe the mechanisms of erasure in the production of contemporaneity in the post-socialist public space and public art – for example, the fall of socialist art and the rehabilitation of dissident avant-garde in Eastern Europe.

Hodan Warsawa and Tirza Balk will discuss their intervention “Decolonizing the museum” realized at the Tropenmuseum last year:

“Decolonize The Museum is an effort to confront the colonial ideas and practices present in ethnographic museums up until this day. We have worked throughout 2015 to stage a joint intervention in the Dutch National Museum of World Cultures. This intervention critiques the language, imagery and accessibility of its current exhibitions. Our intent is firstly to expose the violence perpetuated by ethnographic museums by critiquing its Eurocentrism, white supremacy, its assumed neutrality and its excuses of “only having so much time/space”. We base this critique on the museum experience of ourselves and our friends whose heritage is studied and analysed, but who, ourselves, are seldom the target group of ethnographic museums. Simultaneously, we push a conversation about how – if at all – the ethnographic museum can contribute to reinstating the agency and histories of colonized peoples, life and territories. Last but not least, Decolonize The Museum is about educating and challenging the organization so that neo-liberal conceptions of ‘diversity’ do not become the limit of change for these institutions.”


27 May 2017, 5 -7 pm: Archive Poetry

Book presentations and a peek into the archives of the artists

Ruth van Beek: The Cast
Batia Suter: Parallel Encyclopedia #2

Ruth van Beek and Batia Suter both generate a personal image library and, by using different strategies, edit and re-create its content into parallel living realities.

The Cast
The Cast draws from the artist’s growing archive of found photographic source material taken from vintage books and magazines. Activated through contextual and physical refiguration, her work transforms these clippings from silent paper objects to vivid biomorphic actors.

Parallel Encyclopedia #2
Batia Suter’s work intuitively situates found images in new contexts to provoke surprising reactions and significative possibilities. This volume follows on from the first ‘Parallel Encyclopedia’, published in 2007. Underlying themes of Suter’s practice are the “iconification” and “immunogenicity” of old images, and the circumstances by which they become charged with new associative values. With an attuned sensitivity to hidden harmonies and expressive accidents, Suter thus generates hypnagogic spaces where pictures can communicate by their own logic, in a force field of imaginative metamorphosis.



24 May 2017: Book Lunch # 3

Book Lunch # 3
With El Corruptor from Colombia and Ruja Press from Rotterdam/London
Wednesday 24 May, from 12.00 to 13.15

Bring your own lunch, we povide you with tea and coffee. Places are limited, so please send us an email if you would like to join.

El Corruptor is a Colombian project, based in Bogota, dedicated to the production and promotion of queer and gay artistic expressions. El Corruptor curates gay art exhibitions and they produce limited edition publications and screen print works.

The Rotterdam based editorial RUJA Press was founded in London by artist/architect Ruohong Wu and artistJose Ja Ja Ja. RUJA PRESS aims to construct open dialogues with alternative languages of art, focussing on experimental digital drawing, abstract comics, visual arts and exhibitions.


10 May 2017 Book Lunch #2

On the occasion of Flaneur magazine’s visit to Rotterdam we organised a lunch meeting with some members of the local publishing scene.


Fabian Saul en Grashina Gabelmann of Flaneur Magazine
Charlie Koolhaas: ‘What happened in Rotterdam?’
Conversas Rotterdam / Oana Clitan: Conversas #81 – #90
Publication Studio Rotterdam /Yin Yin Wong: ‘Tourist Visa’ by Sumantra Mukherjee
Thomas Walskaar (PrintRoom): My Hard-Drive Died Along With My Heart
Asnate Bockis: Siroop Rotterdam

In collaboration with and thanks to OMI, Rotterdam and Het Nieuwe Instituut

Flaneur is a nomadic, independent magazine focussing on one street per issue. The magazine embraces the street’s complexity, its layers and fragmented nature with a literary approach. The content of the magazine is produced with and for Flaneur by artists of all disciplines while the team spends two months on location. It is made using a collaborative, impulsive and unconventional approach. The magazine attempts to use a single microcosm to tell universal stories.

4 March: PRO Posters – PrintRoom @ Museumnight Rotterdam

You are all invited to join us during Museum Night! We will be making and printing Risograph posters with the forthcoming elections as the main subject. This is the ideal moment to express your ideas, concerns and specially invite everyone to go and vote!

Jonas Nachtergaele and Dries Deriemaeker from Topocopy, (Ghent) will be our guest this evening, contributing with their designs and knowledge in Riso printing. There will be posters designed by different contributors ready to print with our Riso printers, but also a DIY desk so that you can create your own design.

Poster contributors include:

Rosalie Schweiker, Jeroen de Leijer, Han Hoogerbrugge, Jessica Gysel & Katja Mater and YOU.

We’ll be open from 20:00 / 0:00

We’re also part of the Museumnight quiz :-)http://www.openrotterdam.nl/doe-de-open-museumnacht010-quiz-en-win/nieuws/item?949767

Saturday 18 February 2017: Plots and Improvised Doorways

Emma Bennett & Holly Pester & PrintRoom invite you to an afternoon of willful tales linking archive fragments, body parts and furniture.

From 5 – 8 pm at PrintRoom

Video registration:

Plots and Improvised Doorways by Emma Bennett and Holly Pester

Holly Pester is a poet working through archives and written histories, with gossip, radical storying and dream logic. Her book, go to reception and ask for Sara in red felt tip is a collection of archive fan-fiction (Book Works 2015) and her album, Common Rest (Test Centre 2016) is a collection of collaborative lullabies and sound poems.

Emma Bennett is a performance artist and theorist of joking. She has recently finished a PhD on speech, work, stubbornness and longing. For her most recent performance What Matter (created for Hubbub at Wellcome Collection, 2016) she brought all her soft furnishings onto the stage.

Holly and Emma are also guest tutors at “Speech Commands”, a writing programme at Piet Zwart, hosted by Kate Briggs and Steve Rushton.



26 January – 4 February 2017: IFFR @ PrintRoom: EXPRMNTL PAPERS and The Flip Collection VII

Opening: 27 January, 18.30 pm at PrintRoom

EXPRMNTL PAPERS – Xavier Garcia Bardon

-A selection from the archives of the legendary EXPRMNTL film festival, the first international festival devoted to experimental cinema, which took place in Knokke between 1949 and 1974, organised by Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.

-Screening of ‘Le Corbeau et le Renard’ by Marcel Broodthaers

-Festival posters by Pierre Alechinsky


The Flip Collection VII


-An international and growing collection of flipbooks by artists

-The pure necessity
by David Claerbout     

PrintRoom publication #16
Launch: Sunday 29 January, 3.00 pm at Pathé 6

after the screening of the film ‘Die reine Notwendigkeit’ (starting time 2.00 pm)   
Tickets through the festival website iffr.com 

Part of the programme of the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam
26 January – 4 February 2017:  
Extended opening hours during the IFFR: every day from 12 to 6 pm

More information:

Film historian, programmer and researcher Xavier García Bardón opens up the vaults of the Brussels’ CINEMATEK paper archive to highlight some lesser known aspects of the tumultuous history of EXPRMNTL. One important activity that continued in the intervals between editions, was the correspondence with filmmakers. In between 1967 and 1974, many of them applied for free film stock. On the basis of their proposals, Ledoux would donate Agfa-film, on the condition that the new work would then première at the next festival edition. Some filmmakers tested the limits of the festival by submitting ‘films without film’ (Eric Andersen, Tony Conrad), or by sabotaging the manifestation out of ideological protest against the Vietnam war (Harun Farocki, Holger Meins). And then there are notorious examples of titles that never made it through the selection process, such as Marcel Broodthaers’ Le Corbeau et le Renard. The graphic look of EXPRMNTL, designed by the likes of Corneille Hannoset and Alechinsky, also deserves special attention of course. A presentation in collaboration with CINEMATEK, Brussels.

EXPRMNTL is the most important event that has ever been organised for experimental cinema. This amazing festival (five editions between 1949 and 1974), organized in Knokke-le-Zoute in an empty casino between Christmas and New Year, was a key place for experimental film in the critical period of its development, and actually almost the only meeting point for avant-garde filmmakers for years, the place where experimental movements connected.


 The pure necessity /Die reine Notwendigkeit 2016, by David Claerbout

Rather than telling the story of a little boy abandoned, far from civilization, in the middle of a jungle and in the midst of its fauna, Claerbout’s film loop culminates anew every hour on the hour –  like a clock – in the final scene of the original animated film. It is the moment in which a girl comes to the edge of the jungle to fetch water.

The one-hour loop turns the sentimental and comical story about dancing, singing, and trumpet-playing jungle animals of the animated movie classic The Jungle book of 1967 into a film that has dispensed all ‘humanization’ of the animals and portrays them instead in a manner befitting their species.

Despite the fact that The pure necessity completely eliminates the narrative of the original, it holds a fascination of its own. The ambiguity and incongruity of the protagonists, on whom a human ego was first imposed, only to be deprived of it again in this adaptation, serve to charge the completely eventless film narrative with a suggestive tension virtually impossible to put a finger on.


The Flip Collection VII

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: Zoe Beloff (US), Lewis Klahr (US), Joris Lindhout and Maaike Gouwenberg (NL), Martha Colburn (US/NL), Sarah Vanagt (BE) & Katrien Vermeire (BE), Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva (NL/RU), Esther Urlus (NL), Han Hoogerbrugge (NL), Quinten Swagerman (NL), Bas Fontein (NL), Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL), Gloria Glitzer (DE), 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),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), Ines Schaber (DE), David Kühne (DE), Jessica Tankard ((US/NL), Corinne Janier (FR), Kamaya Lindquist (US), Rania Ho (US/CN), 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), Nóra Békés (HU) and Marika Seo (JP), Cat Fenwick  and Victor Leo Vickman (UK),  Amanda Friedman (US), among others.