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

19 – 23 September: PrintRoom @ the NY Art Book Fair 2018

PrintRoom @ the NY Art Book Fair 2018 oganized by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1. We’re here to join the program of talks and panel discussions, discover new work, meet with publishing friends and make a selection to bring back for a presentation at PrintRoom.

15th September 2018, Self-Reliance Library Event: Workshop Bookbinding

Saturday 15th September from 14:00 to 18:00 at PrintRoom

Instructor: Camille Boisaubert

All welcome. Whether you have no prior experience with bookbinding, or already have some knowledge of the craft, you’ll receive personalised advice and guidance.

The book—blank or printed—is one of our most frequently used tools for thinking, reflecting, recording. But in its mass-produced and standardised form, the book-object seldom reflects our readerly explorations and appropriations.

Let’s transform our books to follow our reading experiences! In this workshop we will compile excerpts from multiple publications in the Self-Reliance Library into our own (note)books. Everything is possible with some (Riso printed) paper, a needle, a thread and some glue.

Hands on! We will begin warming up with simple ‘needle bind a booklet’ exercises. Camille will teach three ways to sew books: one booklet, two booklets together and multiple booklets. She will bring  examples of her work to show.
 Following a coffee break, we will compile excerpts from the Self-Reliance Library’s collection into our own books, thinking through bookbinding as a reading and editing exercise.

PrintRoom will provide Riso printed pages from the Self-Reliance Library, blank paper, needles, thread, and we’ll use our Riso misprints to make notebooks. Participants are welcome to bring their own materials if they have something special in mind. By the end of the workshop participants will have their own hand-bound book, drawing from the Self-Reliance Library and elsewhere.

Capacity is limited, please register before 10 September with printroomnl@gmail.com    Participation fee: 25 euro

Camille Boisaubert studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre, Paris and Book Design at La Cambre, Brussels. In 2017, she founded her publishing house les murmurations.

The Self-Reliance Library  is an autonomous reading and creating library. It is a collection of older books and reference materials that Temporary Services has found inspiring while doing their own projects and living their lives, as well as recently published titles that are still available, and out-of-print books that you can find in public libraries or on the secondary market. It includes a few of Temporary Services’ own publications too.

Temporary Services (Chicago and Auburn, Indiana) were publishers in  residence at PrintRoom in July 2018. A selection of their titles remains on view at PrintRoom until 15 September, 2018

6 – 9 September 2018: PrintRoom at the London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery

We’re joining the X Marks the Bökship Tableshare at the London Art Book Fair 2018 at Whitechapel Gallery. PrintRoom will bring a selection of books that reflect our programme of the past year and we’ll look for new publications to bring back to Rotterdam. Come and see us on Friday from 11.00 to 14.00!

A shared table for invited artists and independent publishers. Each publisher shares the table with another for 2 – 3 hour time slots throughout the duration of the book fair.

Publishers include:

AND, Behind the X, Chelsea Space, Common Books, Copy Press, Flat Time House, Clare Gasson, Independents United, Keep it Complex, LCBA, Sara Mackillop, Mörel Books, Oh, OOMK, PrintRoom, Publication Studio, Setsuko, Test Centre, The Everyday Press, We are Publication.