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.

20 July 2018, Temporary Services: The Self-Reliance Library & What Problems Can Artist Publishers Solve

Self-Reliance Library

PrintRoom welcomes the group Temporary Services from Chicago and Auburn, Indiana. They will install a selection from their Self-Reliance Library, a collection of books on creative approaches to living radically, along with books and booklets by the group and their publishing imprint Half Letter Press. Temporary Services are publishers in residence at PrintRoom in July 2018.

On view through 15 September, 2018.

** Friday 20 July, 6 – 9 pm:   Opening and book launch

– What Problems Can Artist Publishers Solve?

This new booklet by Temporary Services in collaboration with PrintRoom asks 17 artist publishers from the US and EU: Thinking locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally: What are some social, political, economic and ecological problems that artist publishers are equipped to address or solve using their knowledge, skills, and resources?

-Talks by booklet contributors Clara Balaguer and Antoine Lefebvre
-Self-Reliance Library tour by Marc Fischer of Temporary Services

**Saturday 21 July, 1 – 5 pm:
Publishing workshop, taking the Self-Reliance Library as a starting point to make new Risograph publications or prints.

** Tuesday 24 July, 6 – 8 pm:
What could the Self-Reliance Library include?
Marc will show any new additions to the library that he found during his stay in The Netherlands. Please bring your favorite books on creative problem solving and DIY improvisation to share.

More information: (below)


More information:

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 our own projects and living our lives, as well as new books we are just starting to spend time with. The Self-Reliance Library contains recently published titles that are still available as well as out of print books that you can find in public libraries or on the secondary market. It includes a few of our own publications as well.

The collection is designed to provoke the reader, encourage a deeper relationship with our shared natural and human environment, solve creative problems, or suggest imaginative directions for a range of creative practices. Most of these books have strong visuals and an accessibly designed approach to sharing knowledge.

The Self-Reliance Library consists of over 80 books about visionary architecture, desperate or wildly imaginative mobility, miniature buildings and nomadic living, self-publishing and design, skill sharing, everyday repair solutions, running a music venue, spaces for parenthood, toys and design for children, ecologically sound living, foraging, blueprints for fantasy worlds and alternate realities, pranks and mischief, technologies used in prisons and other restrictive or impoverished settings, survivalism, weapons for self-defense or recreation, and creative approaches to living radically.

The books will be presented with banners, made from plastic bags.

Since 2015, antoine lefebvre editions is the publishing structure and nom de plume of artist publisher Antoine Lefebvre. He holds a Phd in Fine Arts from the Sorbonne where he teaches, and created La Bibliotheque Fantastique (2009–2014) as the experimental aspect of his practice-based research. La Bibliothèque Fantastique is a publishing structure for artists’ books that was shown in several countries and acquired by numerous libraries and museums, such as the MoMA, Kunst bibliothek and Centre Pompidou.

His latest research project ARTZINES is divided between an on line database for artists’ fanzines, www.artzines.info, a meta-zine issued irregularly about places and people who make artzines, and a series of Show and Tell events. Antoine will present a selection of ARTZINES  and La Bibliothèque Fantastique.


16 June 2018: Speculative Libraries by Nick Thurston

~Workshop   Me–We Library   10.00 – 17.00
please email us if you’d like to participate

~Talk  Speculative Libraries  19.00 – 21.00


Workshop   Me–We Library

How do individual writers, librarians and readers change each other, and in doing so become a community, in the peculiar space of a public library? What happens when those places, collections and communities disperse? And how might the act of publishing – of making public – be at the core of any answer to these questions?

Beginning with an informal talk about a recent exhibition exploring the relationship between contemporary art and libraries, ‘The House That Heals The Soul’ (CCA, Glasgow, 2017; The Tetley, Leeds, 2018), this practical workshop invites participants to collaboratively make a set of answers to these questions. By sharing, copying, re-printing and talking we will explore ideas of loss, recovery, speculation, reproduction, anthologisation and reading.

Please bring a book that you would like to share but not to loose.  

Speculative Libraries, talk

Public libraries are having their purposes and practices fundamentally challenged by the growth of networked computing and neo-liberal models of the civic sphere. While these changes should be matters for broad social debate, it seems equally important to re-imagine what public libraries of the near future could be and could enable. This talk will explore some of the roles that contemporary art might have in that collective process of re-imagining.

From Martha Rosler Library (2005-6) to the open-access file-sharing on aaaaarg.fail, a trend can be traced for making libraries as or within contemporary art projects. This talk will cover the history and techniques of what Nick Thurston calls speculative library-making, considered as the practice of constructing real or imaginary libraries as an artistic act, plus a sub-genre practice of producing functioning public libraries as a form of public non-art. He will discuss examples of both throughout.

Nick Thurston is a writer and editor who makes artworks. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include the solo show ‘Hate Library’ at Foksal Gallery (Warsaw, 2017) and HKW (Berlin, 2018), group shows at GRAF Museum (Groningen, 2018) and MuHKA (Antwerp, 2018), and his co-devised exhibition about art and libraries, ‘The House That Heals The Soul’ at CCA (Glasgow, 2017) and The Tetley (Leeds, 2018). As well as writing regularly for the literary and art press, he is the author or co-author of several books, pamphlets, essays and stranger things. His next book, Back to Front Truths: Opposing the post-digital cultures of the far-right, co-edited with Maik Fielitz, will be published in early 2019.

2 June 2018: Detroit Backwards ::: Wet Ink / Fresh Zines

*Ronald Cornelissen and Davin Wade Brainard: zine presentation Detroit Backwards*
& screening of Time Stereo’s Movie Time, a compilation of live action and animation

While you’re here, check out wet ink / fresh zines by:

* Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva: the Strangers *
* Wobby.club: latest issues! * with Marjolein Schalk and Jeroen de Leijer
* Ewoud van Rijn: Mary Jane Rorschach – Archaic Revival Review 2018 *

Saturday 2 June 2018
3 – 5 pm at PrintRoom
Schietbaanstraat 17

This week PrintRoom’s Riso workspace is taken over by Ronald Cornelissen and Davin Wade Brainard. They collaborate on a zine titled Detroit Backwards; a portrait of Davin’s hometown, which Ronald has visited several times in the past 20 years. Both artist share a love for comics, cartoons, fanzines, graffiti and collage, and perform together in the group Princess Dragon-Mom. Their Riso-Print Holiday here at PrintRoom will be a collage of remembrances, influences, all manner of new visions blowing through on Rotterdam’s mildly psychedelic late-may winds when minds are across an ocean.

Join us on Saturday to see the result of this Riso-trip back in memory and celebrate all our wet-from-the-press new zines, printed at PrintRoom or at Wobby’s headquarters.


more information:

Davin Wade Brainard was born in 1969 in Detroit, Michigan. Like most boys his age he loves giant monsters, superheroes and outer space. After finishing college in the early 1990’s he started a series of cloud paintings that he continues working on to this day. In the past 25 years he has written and published many books (SPACE, HEY WRINKLENUT, CHARLIE BROWN, PUDDLES and more), made over 20 short films, toured Europe, Japan and the USA with his performance art & noise group PRINCESS DRAGONMOM, and completed lots of paintings. In 2008 his art collective TIME STEREO (started in 1993 with Warn Defever) was included in the MOCAD exhibition CONSIDERING DETROIT. Lately Davin has been working hard as the gallery director of UFO FACTORY in Corktown.

Ronald Cornelissen was born in 1960 in Beverwijk, the Netherlands, and lives in Rotterdam. Since 1988 he has worked as a visual artist, making drawings, sculptures and installations, from 2000 to 2007 he published WORMHOLE magazine. His works arise from the twlightlight zone between avant-garde and underground, mining urban subcultures of comic strips, graffiti and music and looking at the friction between the urban environment and its inhabitants. His work has been exhibited at State of Concept, Athens; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; TENT, Rotterdam; Instituto Buena Bista, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles (2008); Natural Law (with Princess Dragonmom), Busan Biennale, South Korea; Galerie de l’École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, France; and W139, Amsterdam, among many others.


Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva

Ewoud van Rijn


17 May 2018: supposing you do not like to change


11.00 – 17.00 at our Babel Book Space, gallery G at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

supposing you do not like to change
an English-to-Dutch
live translation of 
Gertrude Stein’s 
Tender Buttons
A project initiated by Kate Briggs & Moosje M. Goosen
in collaboration with: Niels Bekkema, Hannah Dawn Henderson, Ash Kilmartin, Sarah Posman, Natasha Soobramanien, Nienke Terpsma, and Marije de Wit

21 April 2018: Love from Kingston, Hannah Dawn Henderson and Nicole Jordan

** bookpresentations **  reading ** discussion **

Hannah Dawn Henderson: Being, in a State of Erasure

Nicole Jordan: 89

2 – 4 pm at our Babel Bookspace at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18, Rotterdam

Email us if you’d like to be on the guest list for free entrance to the museum (info@printroom.org).

The publications of Nicole Jordan and Hannah Dawn Henderson deploy autobiographical voices so as to generate an oscillation between past and present. Departing from their Caribbean heritage, both writers seek to address histories that have contoured their conceptions of selfhood, whereby a literary register serves as a device to navigate political/politicised heritage.

Being, in a State of Erasure recollects Hannah Dawn Henderson’s research in the archives of the British National Council of Civil Liberties. Henderson’s excavation of the archive was motivated by a desire to comprehend the political inheritance of Commonwealth descendants living in Britain today. During the 20th century many formerly colonised countries acquired independence, yet this dissolution of the empire saw a rise in nationalism on the British mainland. In the wake of independence, it was the body and identity of the Britain-bound Commonwealth migrant that thus became the territory upon which colonial power-plays would be exerted.

Commissioned as part of Beyond Words Library residency by the Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull Culture and Leisure Library Services and Book Works, in association with Hull History Centre, Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, funded by James Reckitt Library Trust and Arts Council England. This project was also supported by Stroom Den Haag and the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam.

In 89, a series of meditations as poems by Nicole Jordan, a staccato meter evokes the pace of memories scattered across the Caribbean, Canada, and Europe, particularly the Netherlands. Featuring eighty-nine poems completed over one year, the anthology is a meditation on sentiments of nature, spirituality, (mis)placement, longing, inheritance and resolution. Written in what Nicole calls “hashtype”, 89 simultaneously explores abstract form and emerging clarity in contemporary communication while it commemorates and extends the legacy of works penned by Nicole’s grandmother, Hope, published over seventy years ago in Kingston, Jamaica.

The presentation will involve readings from both publications and a discussion on the process of their creation.

Thanks! Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam (CBK) for supporting Babel Bookspace at Boijmans Van Beuningen