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.

Join The Flip Collection VII, part of the programme of the International Film Festival Rotterdam

PrintRoom invites you to contribute to the Flip Collection VII

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PrintRoom joins the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) with a programme of book presentations, workshops and a presentation of our extensive flipbook collection by artists, designers, filmmakers and photographers.

We invite you to donate your flipbook to our unique and 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 12 January 2017 to info@printroom.org. Your book should be at PrintRoom before Friday 21 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 email),
-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 Flip 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:
Schietbaanstraat 17
3014ZV Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Happy Holidays from the PrintRoom team!

We’d like to wish you all a happy new year!!

PrintRoom will reopen on Thursday 12 January at 12.

Gloria Glitzer

Gloria Glitzer

Saturday 17 December: RISO PRINT WORKSHOP

Saturday 17 December, 1 – 4 pm at PrintRoom

RISO WORKSHOP by the PrintRoom team

Explore the wonders and possibilities of risograph printing! We’ll show you examples of work by our favorite artists and designers working in this technique*.
You can bring your own design (bring your laptop) or improvise; draw with markers, cut and paste while we go. Basic equipment and materials are provided.
Each participants will go home with 20 A3 prints in 2 or three colours.
costs: 35 euro
*Sigrid Calon, Maura Biava and Moritz Grünke (We Make It) have work installed at PrintRoom this month.

please email us if you want to participate: info at printroom dot org





2 December: Salon HOHOL* take-away publishing lunch, film presentation with Clara Balaguer

*Hang out hang out lang (only) is Manila slang for when you go on a platonic date. Related to MOMOL or make out make out lang, which is self-explanatory.

One day of meetings, talks and screenings with Clara Balaguer from Office of Culture and Design, in preparation of the PrintRoom publishing residency in 2017. We look forward to having her here in September 2017!


The OCD is a research and project production platform for social practice in art and design. Since 2010, The OCD has funded and organized residencies for artists who wish to immerse in underserved communities. The OCD creates multi-morphous projects that address and unpack social issues. In 2013, The OCD founded its own graphic design studio and imprint, Hardworking Goodlooking, which serves to present the results of their experiments (and those of others) in print and other formats. Both The OCD and HWGL are interested in the decolonisation of Philippine cultural discourse, most especially through the lens of the contemporary vernacular.

Hardworking Goodlooking (HWGL) is a publishing and graphic design hauz interested in decolonization of aesthetic voices, vernacular artisanry and giving value to the invisible. Primarily, they publish cultural research and theory, printed in very, very small cottage-industry presses in the Philippines. But they also work with small and large studio clients in order to fund or generate original content for the social practice projects of The Office of Culture and Design (The OCD). HWGL works out of Brooklyn and Parañaque City.

Clara Lobregat Balaguer (Manila,1980) is a social practice artist and independent researcher interested in the decolonization of Filipino cultural production most especially through the lens of the contemporary vernacular. She founded The Office of Culture and Design in 2010, a platform through which she articulates research, residencies and social practice projects, mostly for culturally underserved communities in the Philippines. She has released one book as author and nine as publisher at the helm of the imprint Hardworking Goodlooking, which she co-founded in 2013 with Filipino-American graphic designer, Kristian Henson (MFA Yale). She has lectured at Harvard GSD, MIT, Strelka Moscow, RISD, MoMA PS1, AIGA-Museum of Art and Design NY, Triple Canopy, Hanyang University (Seoul), Ateneo de Manila and University of the Philippines, Diliman. She has exhibited work and publications at Asia Culture Center, Art Dubai, Gwangju Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, New York University (NYU), Hangar and La Capella.