19.04.19: Dubbeldruk, closing event of Copie Machine

Join us on Friday the 19th at PrintRoom for an evening of words spoken, written, recorded, printed, copied and copied yet again. We will spend the evening enjoying presentations and performances that deal with independent publishing and the word as a performative medium.

Doors open at 19.00 – the programme starts at 19.30

This is the final event of Copie Machine. This project has transformed PrintRoom into a free-for-all, free of charge, fully operating copy shop with contributions by over fifty artists.

G.J. de Rook is an artist, publisher and critic and will activate the copy machine once more to focus on ghost images: the images created when images or texts are – purposefully or by mistake – printed on top of each other. The printing of these double images opens up possibilities for conceptual layering and aesthetic indeterminacy.

Laura Morsch-Kihn organized Copie Machine together with Antoine Lefebvre and will present some of her other publishing projects. As a curator, art historian and artist-publisher she is focused on subculture and the aesthetics of the periphery. Among many things she is involved with the publishing projects such as The New Spirit of Vanvalism, Bleu Travail, REBEL REBEL zine and its related publishing residency and zine fair.

Ash Kilmartin and Collette Rayner will take the stage and present the book The Almanack of Breath (2018), which was printed at PrintRoom. Together they’ll read some stories from this small calendar-of-listening. The Almanack of Breath tells a tale of two demons collecting language that fills the air. The first a rag picker of language, hoarder of slurred chants mumbled by chanting monks and slips of the tongue chattered by gossiping women. The second more meticulous, carefully collecting all sounds heard with utmost attention. Day by day a library is created celebrating all vocal expression from uhh to oh! And sigh to laughter.

Tracy Hanna will perform She Knows How She Might Behave, an expanded work of poetry based on personal and imagined experience that merges painting, projections, sound, music and words written, spoken and sung. Tracy Hanna developed this work after winning the Hybrid Publishing Research Award, granted by the Willem de Kooning Academy for her outstanding thesis. The work is published as a vinyl + insert will be launched in PrintRoom during this event.

To conclude Copie Machine we will launch our new Parazine. This parasitic booklet uses other publications as their host, feeding off their distribution, hiding behind their appealing covers, and imposing uncalled-for encounters with unanticipated readers.

02.03 – 20.04 2019: Copie Machine, Temporary Photocopy Zone

From 2 March until 20 April PrintRoom transforms into a free-for-all, free of charge, fully operating copy shop. Take any of the contributed works by over sixty participants, place it on the glass screen, hit that big green button. place it on the glass screen, hit that big green button. All stationary is provided to duplicate and create self-copied constellations bound together in book form. Copie Machine is a project by Antoine Lefebvre (FR) and Laura Morsch-Kihn (FR) with contributions by over sixty Rotterdam-based and international artists.

Sara MacKillop (UK) presents her new artist book Publications 2008-2018 alongside a display of her self-published material produced during this ten-year period. We can also expect an intervention by Sara in our temporary copy shop.

Copie Machine kicks off with a performative presentation of Copy This Book by Eric Schrijver.

16.00 -18.00 Presentations by Sara MacKillop, Antoine Lefebvre and Eric Schrijver

20.00 – 1.00 Copie Machine – hit that green button!
Part of the Museumnacht010 programme.

Copie Machine, Temporary Photocopy Zone runs from 2 March – 13 April 2019.

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With Copie Machine, Antoine Lefebvre and Laura Morsch-Kihn call for a copy-left paper jam. In this temporary autonomous zone exclusive ownership is replaced by freedom of use, transformation and distribution under the Free Art License. The photocopier functions as a subversive tool inviting the viewer to become user, author and publisher; its formal office esthetics is just a cover-up. During the time of the exhibition we’ll create a publication with Antoine Lefebvre, Laura Morsch-Kihnn and contributors to the project.

In tandem with Copie Machine Sara MacKillop will show playful and minimalistic works in which office equipment features as key component. Ballpoint pens, envelopes and Post-its form elements within her practice that can be arranged and rearranged into prints, publications and minimalist interventions such as Pencil Fence. By using mundane imagery and appropriating corporate identities she seamlessly blends art and the everyday, for example in her better known bootleg IKEA-catalogues.

Self-publishing is a key element within MacKillop’s practice, therefore a number of her publications will be on display besides some minimalist interventions.

Furthermore Eric Schrijver will do a performative lecture introducing the topic of copyright. His Copy This Book – An artist’s guide to copyright was recently published at Onomatopee, Eindhoven; critical as well as practical, Copy This Book invites its readers to take part in its redistribution.

Contributions by:

Kate Briggs, Arnaud Desjardin, El Corruptor, Wil van Iersel, gerlach en koop, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, Gloria Glitzer, Sara Mackillop, Nicole Martens, Stefan Marx, Cengiz Mengüç, Mark Pawson, Just Quist, Temporary Services, Thomas Walkaar, Erik van der Weijde, Ian Whittlesea,
AGV, Anonyme, Atelier 17 17, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Pierre Belouin & François Coadou, Natalia Bobadilla, Leszek Brogowski & Aurélie Noury, Camille Carbonaro, Aymeric Chaslerie, Alex Chevalier, Rodolphe Cobetto-Caravanes, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques, Nicolas Daubanes, Dominique De Beir, Demi Tour De France, Barbara Denis-Morel, Nil Dinç, Damien Dion, Sophia Djitli, Nico Dockx, documentation céline duval, Vanessa Dziuba, Arnaud Elfort, Expo-serPublier, Ryan Foerster, Anne Valérie Gasc, Misha Golebska, Mattias Gunnarson, Charlotte Hubert, Farah Khelil, P. Nicolas Ledoux, Cary Loren, Laurent Marissal, Pat McCarthy, Ghislain Mollet-Viéville, Antoine Moreau, Omnivorous Persona, Andrée Ospina, Pierre et Gilles, Océane Ragoucy, Julie Redon, Jean-François Robic, Lucie Rocher, Benjamin Sabatier, SAEIO, Cédric Schonwald, Catherine Schwartz, Seitoung, Marie Sochor, Sun7 (Marie Glasser, Mattéo Tang, Carine Klonowski), Melchior Tersen, Mathieu Tremblin, Dennis Tyfus, Eric Watier, Werker, Nayel Zeaiter, Fabio Zimbres

Copie Machine is a production of the Edith research team from the Esadhar, Rouen.

The copy machine of Copie Machine is generously sponsored by Ophuysen, Rotterdam.


24 January – 9 February 2019: Cinematic Pages x2 & Flipbook request

PrintRoom joins the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) with an exhibtion by Mika Taanila and a presentation of our extensive flipbook collection by artists, designers, filmmakers and photographers.

Finnish artist Mika Taanila will present the exhibition Works on Paper, consisting of two series: an ultra-minimalist reduction of a film script in My Silence (On Paper) (2015) and a small library of brutally, yet cleverly abused books on cinema: Film Reader (2017), as previously premiered at the Venice Biennale.

My Silence (On Paper) is a companion piece to Taanila’s 2013 video installation My Silence. Here the point of departure is the published script of the feature film My Dinner with André (dir. Louis Malle, 1981). The artist photocopied each page of the book, cut out all the dialogue content using small knives, then re-photocopied the residue on standard office paper. The piece is shown on a wall as a grid of 97 paper sheets.

In collaboration with Balzer Projects and part of the film programme Say No More


The Flip Collection  ~  Flipbook request

**A flipbook (also called folioscope, kineograph or thumb cinema) is a booklet that, for a short moment, becomes a film.**

You’re invited!

The Flip Collection is an international, growing collection of flipbooks, part of PrintRoom’s collection of artists’ books.

We invite you to donate your flipbook to our unique and growing collection.

You can confirm your contribution by e-mail:  info@printroom.org.

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.

Contributions by: David Claerbout (BE), 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.



Happy Holidays from the PrintRoom team!

We’re closed until 9 January, looking forward to seeing you soon in the new year!

14 December 2018: Museums & Palaces, Shards & Signs, Pasts & Presents

-Richard Niessen: The Palace of Typographic Masonry

– Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum: 400m – On the ostraca of Iruña-Veleia, and the path that leads from archaeology to contemporary art.

14 December 7 – 9 pm at PrintRoom

The Palace of Typographic Masonry
The aim with ‘The Palace of Typographic Masonry’ is to make a plea for the splendour and variety of the graphic languages. A place where the intrinsic values of graphic design can be stored and cherished, a collective (imagined) building that is entirely devoted to the craft’s abundance, poetry and digressions. This mission of the project is expressed in exhibitions, publications, lectures and an encyclopaedic website. From what started out as a personal initiative of Richard Niessen, The Palace of Typographic Masonry is now forming a platform where more and more graphic designers are invited and involved in.
In the book ‘The Palace of Typographic Masonry – a guided tour by Dirk van Weelden’, philosopher and writer Dirk van Weelden takes the reader on a guided tour through the imagined structure. The journey offers reflections on the items on display, along the nine rooms of the Palace: Sign, Symbol, Ornament, Construction, Play, Poetics, Dialogue, Craft, and Order, and their inhabitants Juan Luis Blanco, Nejc Prah, Hansje van Halem and Mienke Simon Thomas, Tony Côme, Fanette Mellier, Studio Moniker, Matthijs van Boxsel, Daniel Wiesmann, Harmen Liemburg, Julius Vermeulen and Els Kuijpers.
The Palace of Typographic Masonry is edited by Richard Niessen, designed by Esther de Vries and published by Spector Books.

400m – On the ostraca of Iruña-Veleia, and the path that leads from archaeology to contemporary art.
400 meters is the distance between the museum of archaeology and the museum of contemporary art in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country. It is also the title of the latest book by the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum. Printed and bound entirely by hand, using a mimeograph, this book deals with the polemical debate over the authenticity of the so-called “ostraca” from Iruña-Veleia: Hundreds of shards of ancient Roman pottery, discovered during archaeological excavations, into which have been scratched stick figures, numbers and alphabets, Latin phrases and even what appeared to be the earliest evidence of a literate Basque culture.

When a committee of academic experts dismissed these engravings as a hoax, the artefacts were sealed in boxes and locked away from the public. Ten years later, the artists submitted a formal loan application to the local authorities, requesting the original items for an exhibition in Artium, the Museum for Contemporary Art of Álava. Their objective was a conceptual, as well as a physical displacement of the contested objects, that would allow for interpretations beyond the binary opposition between false and genuine.

Besides offering unsolicited advice in anticipation of the reluctant authorities’ final response, the book considers the ongoing controversy over the ostraca from the angle of the turbulent history of Basque scholarship, and offers some reflections on the nature of knowledge, power and authorship in contemporary society.



16 November 2018, PrintRoom’s Pick from the NY Art Book Fair

In September, PrintRoom submerged itself again in the world’s largest – and hottest – art book fair, to do our annual research, meet new makers and catch up with publishing friends from all corners of the world. We resurfaced with treasure to share with you. Join us for presentations, and dive into the new selection of publishing projects!

7 – 10 pm @ PrintRoom
Programme begins at 7.30pm

Presentations by:

-Eva Wilson (UK/DE) and Adam Gibbons (UK)
Reading by Mirthe Berentsen, Kate Briggs, Florian Cramer, Constant Dullaart, Nicole Jordan, Judith Vrancken and Eva Wilson
-Stefan Marx (DE)
-Ruth van Beek (NL)
-Werkplaats Typografie (NL/Int.)

A reading of Badlands Unlimited (Act 1) by Badlands Unlimited from the new series ” ” (quotation mark quotation mark)

“Set behind the scenes of an artist-run, New York-based publishing company, the play Badlands Unlimited (Act 1) follows seven characters as they launch an erotic novella, deal with internal conflicts, and imagine the promise and threat of technology between the pages and in our lives.”
The new series “ ” looks at the forms and roles of publishing as and within artists’ practices; hosting conversations with artists who work at the intersection of publishing and exhibition-making, in the realm of circulation, dissemination, spamming, dispersion, print, data, language, infection, fashion, networks, disturbance, myth, parasiting, and infiltration.

Following a short introduction by series editors Adam Gibbons and Eva Wilson we will read issue #5: Badlands Unlimited (Act 1) by Badlands Unlimited with a cast of invited guests. “ ” is published by NERO (IT).

Priority Boarding by Stefan Marx

Stefan is an artist and actor of the skateboard scene. His black and white drawings, over-painted flyers and enigmatic slogans are anchored in street culture but address our cultural awareness. Stefan’s artist books are published by Nieves, Rollo-Press, and Christoph Keller Editions/JRP Ringier – or are self-published.

PrintRoom’s pick – Priority Boarding – features his new drawings of airplanes. These originated over the last two years at various airports. The selection is based on and inspired by Ari Marcopoulos’ new publication focusing on the same commercial airlines and aircraft types. Priority Boarding is published by Nieves (CH) and Perimeter (AU)

How To Do The Flowers by Ruth van Beek

Starting from her archive, Ruth van Beek makes collages and books. A large part of the image archive originates in old manuals, books that are made as a tools for everyday occupations. The images mainly show hands that demonstrate how something is supposed to be done. Hands that dig in the earth, that make dolls, that arrange flowers, that cook. All sorts of daily actions pass by.

By focusing on the action and detaching images from their original context, van Beek encourages imagination, thereby provoking uncomfortable and uneasy feelings: passive human hands become animated, objects become characters and abstract shapes come to life. Hundreds of images and tests from van Beek’s archive come together to show a method and create, in turn, a manual for creating new work.  Published by APE (BE) and Dashwood Books (US)

Members of Werkplaats Typografie present their project: Boiling Room for Hot Reading

“We recently encountered a series of paparazzi shots of Jon Snow wearing a pair of black swimming trunks, holding his red and blue flip-flops in his left hand, walking down a sandy beach. We thought this was funny. In one of the photos an anonymous person, blocked from view by an older man in biker gear, is seen poking one of Jon’s six exposed abs with their index finger.”

The NY Art Book Fair is organised by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1

29 September: Metaphonics Book Launch and Live Music with Special Guest Red Brut

Metaphonics Book Launch and Live Music
~ with special guest Red Brut
Saturday 29 September, 3 – 5 pm at PrintRoom
Colliding black holes, whispering caves, melting glaciers, and exploding volcanoes. These are some of the things you will hear as Field Works launch their new book, Metaphonics. Readings are accompanied by projected video and live music. Published by Jap Sam Books. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
About the work:
For Stuart Hyatt, the world itself is a recording studio where people, places, and things become the instruments. Hyatt has spent the last four years collecting these sounds and arranging them into uniquely site-responsive music. Working collaboratively under the name Field Works, musicians from around the world have contributed over 50 new compositions to this massive collection.
In Metaphonics: The Field Works Listener’s Guide, Hyatt contributes a complete track-by-track guide to the 7-album Field Works box set, addressing from many angles the interpretation of place through sound. Renowned naturalist Bernie Krause writes the book’s foreword, establishing a taxonomy of the soundscapes explored in the book’s essays: geophony (earth sounds), biophony (animal sounds), anthropophony (human sounds) and cosmophony (sounds from outer space). Designed by PRINTtEXT, the book features original contributions from Cheryl Tipp, Leah Barclay, Gustavo Valdivia, Enrique Ramirez, Yiorgis Sakellariou, Sarah Laskow, Stuart Fowkes, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Manuja Waldia and Peter Liversidge.

Red Brut – photo Rik Möhlmann