Distant Intimacy, An evening on Self-Help and Co-Creation
With Marie Déhé and Haydée Touitou
19:30 – 21:00 Doors open at 19:00
Presentation of publications & film screening at PrintRoom
Artist Marie Déhé and writer Haydée Touitou will present their publications and engage in a public conversation about what it means to co-create as artists – without being an artist duo. In a situation of distant intimacy, they found themselves working together, again and again. The screening of their video Self-Help is part of tonight’s programme.
In a round table conversation, moderated by Alexandre Furtado Melville, Marie and Haydée will reflect on ways to support one another in collective practices. They will touch upon shared correspondence, the wider family, spaces of residence, and the meaning of place.
Haydée Touitou is an author and translator who works with poetry. Publications: In Constant Hilarity published by Thoughts of Me Still Life Poems / Poèmes Nature Morte published by Pois.é
Marie Déhé is an artist and publisher. Publications: Distant Intimacy published by Art Paper Editions Correspondance self-published as Asiro éditions
Together, they have published: We Have Been Meaning To published by Art Paper Editions Self-Help poster self-published as Asiro éditions
Alexandre Furtado Melville is initiator of this event. He is a creative director and partner at Concrete Blossom.
The visit of Haydée Touitou and Marie Déhé is made possible by the International Visitors Programme of Nieuwe Instituut with support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
23 to 26 November 2023 Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
PrintRoom will join Tokyo Art Book Fair with a curated collection of our publications and works by other publishing platforms. As part of the public programme, artist Erika Hirose will give a talk about the book Making Miso, which we published together with Twofold Press in 2022.
9 to 12 November 2023 Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris
PrintRoom will join Offprint Paris with a selection of our publications and works by publishing platforms that we dearly support. In line with the Books Are Bridges concept, we will bring back new editions for our shop and archive in Rotterdam.
At Offprint we will serve watermelon (in the form of a pin) and Cease Fire buttons. Donate what you can. Profit goes to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).
We will also bring reprints of Intifada Milk (2015), which explores a hidden chapter in the history of Palestinian resistance, and its vision to be an independent nation. Illustrations by Sofia Niazi, with text by Arwa Aburawa and created for the OOMK Visions of the Future reading room exhibition at IHRC Bookshop. Reprinted by PrintRoom in November 2023.
Join us for the book presentation of Let’s Become Fungal! – Mycelium Teachings and Arts with Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodriguez.
Friday, 13 October, 19:30-22:00 // start at 20:00
This Friday, the 13th Let’s Become Funghal! will be presented at PrintRoom. As part of this occasion, we will go out in the afternoon with a group of interested parties and experts, led by Eline Vis of the Mycologische Vereniging Nederland. Eline is specialized in the mushrooms that grow in the Natura2000 area of Oostvoorne and Rockanje. The walk is organized in preparation for a future NETBook in collaboration with Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodriguez. In the evening, Yasmine will present her most recent publication Let’s Become Funghal! and talk about her collective mycelial efforts. Come to Printroom to spread your spores and make new connections!
About Let’s Go Funghal!
There is a growing interest in fungi and mycelium as a material, the ever-branching connecting threads of the fungal world. The entanglements and how this rhizomatic network functions is not just a fascinating ecological system and material, but carries a profound usefulness as a metaphor for our potential new systems, ways of thinking and behaviors.
Let’s Become Fungal!takes its inspiration from the world of art and mycology and shares innovative practices from Latin America and the Caribbean that are rooted in multispecies collaboration, symbiosis, alliances, non-monetary resource exchange, decentralization, bottom-up methods and mutual dependency—all in line with the behavior of the mycelium.
Every chapter is phrased as a question. They do not lead to answers, but to twelve teachings addressing for instance collaboration, decoloniality, non-linearity, toxicity, mobilization, biomimicry, death, and being non-binary. Simultaneously it ventures deeper into the world of fungi. The teachings from the fungus may inspire artists, collectives, organizations, educators, policy-makers, designers, scientists, anthropologists, change-makers, curators, urbanists, activists, gardeners, community-leaders, farmers, and many others, to become more fungal in their ways of working and being.
Inspired by conversations with: Francisca Álvarez Sánchez, Carolina Caycedo, Annalee Davis, Maya Errázuriz, Juan Ferrer, Lilian Fraiji, Giuliana Furci, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Yina Jiménez Suriel, Patricia Kaishian, Mirla Klijn and Olaf Boswijk, Lola Malavasi and Daniela Morales Lisac, Martina Manterola and Carmen Serra, Camila Marambio, Mariana Martínez Balvanera, Claudia Martínez Garay, Lina Meija and Luciana Fleischman, Tomaz Morgado Françozo and Marília Carneiro Brandão, Marion Neumann, Maria Alice Neves, Tara Rodríguez Besosa, Raquel Rosenberg, Juli Simon, Ela Spalding, Gianine Tabja, Gabriela Flores del Pozo and Lucia Monge, Fer Walüng, Tatyana Zambrano
Design: Andrea Spikker with illustrations by Rommy González
Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez is the author of Let’s Become Fungal! Mycelium Teachings and the Arts. She works as a curator and researcher on art and ecology, and is based in Mexico-City. She founded and directed many international initiatives at the intersection of art and ecology, including the Green Art Lab Alliance (Asia, Latin America and Europe) and the Nature Research Department; the Van Eyck Food Lab; and the Future Materials Bank at the Jan van Eyck Academie (the Netherlands).
Book Nomad, a traveling selection of books by abC (art book in China) Art Book Fair and other contributors, is visiting PrintRoom.
Friday 29 September, 19:00-21:00 Book presentation, drinks and bites
Book Nomad was launched during the 7th abC Art Book Fair (Shanghai, February 2023) under the theme Nomadic and Imagined. The project explores the possibilities of independent publishing and distribution through self-practice with the intention “to bring cutting-edge, independent art publications from China, and other countries and regions to global readers in a curated manner.”
The project consists of a collection of art publications with a focus on ‘Asianness’. These are sent via post to their next caretakers (publishers, art book shops and art book fairs), who in turn are asked to contribute by adding a selection of their choice to the bundle. On Friday, the 29th of September, 2023 the traveling collection will be at Printroom. You are welcome to browse the books! They will be on display untill Sunday, the 7th of October, before heading off to Vienna.
Printroom’s selection for ‘Book Nomad’ features:
* Making Miso by Erika Hirose * A Cookbook of Invisible writing by Amy Su Wu * 184.108.40.206.5 by Ruohong Wu * Virus Cookbook by Pei-Ying Lin * NETbook 4: Paper by Marieke de Hoop, Sooji Kim, Esther Krop, Minna Henriksson, among others
Book Nomad’s previous stops include: abCABF (Beijing), pon ding (Taipei), Temporary Unit (Singapore), BKKABF (Bangkok), KL Art Book Fair (Kuala Lumpur), abcABF (Sanghai), Commerce Commerce (Milan), JBE BOOKS (Paris) and einbuch.Haus (Berlin).
left: abC Art Book Fair (Shanghai) 2023 right: The Book Nomad collection, waiting to be unboxed at Printroom
The Protest Banner Lending Library has returned to Rotterdam! Join us at the Rijnhoutplein Festival to make your own banner during the Groot Rotterdams Atelierweekend at Het Archief.
16 September: Rijnhoutplein Festival / 13:00 – 17:00 Rijnhoutplein, Rotterdam (between West Kruiskade and Nieuwe Binnenweg)
15 September:Opening / 16:00 – 18:00 16 & 17 September: GRAW / 13:00 – 17:00 Het Archief (former city archive) Robert Fruinstraat 52, Rotterdam
On Saturday, September 16th PrintRoom joins the annual Rijnhoutplein Festival, co-organised with our colleague organisations and small businesses in the neighbourhood. You can expect a vibrant afternoon with live music, fashion shows, presentations and workshops.
PrintRoom will once again join forces with Patricia Fonseca Monteiro at her Invalid Atelier, where we will make protest banners for our branch of the Protest Banner Lending Library. You’re invited to join us and make a banner on a topic of your choice!
During the Rijnhoutplein Festival both old and new banners will be presented on the square and at our headquarters. The banners are also part of the Groot Rotterdams Atelierweekend Rotterdam on September, 16 and 17 at Het Archief, where Herman Lamers curates a show. PrintRoom’s workshop space will be located in the basement of the building.
What would your banner look like?
You can join the workshop at Rijnhoutplein on 16 September. Send us your slogan and/or banner design.
The Fabulous Books Are Bridges Art Book Festreturns to SNV community gardens on
Sunday 9 July 2023from12.00 – 17.00
Roel Langerakweg 33, 3041 JK Rotterdam
Join our Fabulous Art Book Fest with over 30 international and local artist publishers, who present their latest publications at the Clubhouse of SNV community gardens in Rotterdam-West.
With: antoine lefebvre editions /Art Zines / Hon Books (Paris), Artists in Solidarity (Rotterdam), Beatrix Pang/ Zine Coop/ Small tune press (Hong Kong), Bebebooks (Gent), Bur-Rose (The Hague), Colorama (Berlin), Eleanor Vonne Brown / The Nose (Walton on the Naze), F.G.A.(Rotterdam), Futura Resistenza (Rotterdam/Brussels), Gloria Glitzer (Berlin), Good Neighbour (Amsterdam), Heiba Lamara /OOMK (London), Jap Sam Books (Prinsenbeek), Jesse Presse (Amsterdam), Knust (Nijmegen), Limestone Books (Maastricht), Lu Lin / Not just a collective (Arnhem), Mono Rhetoric (The Hague), Nazir Fadzilah/ SVARA art journal/ Tintabudi Bookshop (Kuala Lumpur), Onomatopee (Eindhoven), Other Forms Berlin/Chicago, Pei-Ying Lin (Taiwan/Eindhoven), PrintRoom (Rotterdam), Priya Jay /iniva / STUART(London), Roots to Fruits (Arnhem), Rose Nordin / STUART/Rabbits Road Press (London), Sarmad Magazine (Rotterdam), Stefanie Leinhos (Leipzig), Tender Hand Press (Glasgow), Teuntje Fleur (Schiedam), The Eriskay Connection (Breda), This was a project… (Rotterdam), Unformed Informed (Rotterdam), Valiz (Amsterdam) and more
on the program:
13.00 – 15.00 Print the Garden workshop by PrintRoom and gardeners
14.00 – Dutch launch of NETbook Walton Flax Exchange with Shane Waltener + workshop
15.00 – Virus cookbook presentation by Pei-Ying Lin “Virophilia: The 2070 revised edition of the Postnatural Cookbook” & tasting of some of the recipes prepared by CHAxARTxRTM
16.00 – Workshop by Martin Laroche/ Good Neighbour: ‘ I remember’
+ All afternoon: Artists in Solidarity will serve snacks and sell artist editions. The proceeds will go to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
+ All afternoon: Music by Lucija Gregov, Cengiz Menguç and Futura Resistenza
Books are Bridges Art Book Fest 2022
The Fabulous Books Are Bridges Art Book Fest is part of the second Books Are Bridges Publishing Summit, which brings together and links international and local publishing platforms to exchange ideas and strengthen the support structures that we build to create a publishing community.
What models do we use to gather around publishing and zine-making and what do we wish to develop in the coming years? How can we (continue to) provide space and attention for not-so-loud voices? Together we will reflect on how to maintain and grow our networks and care for ourselves, so that we can continue to nourish our communities. Three days to share time and care: to think, make and play together during workshops, shared meals, presentations, conversations, and a Fabulous Art Book Fest.
The Books Are Bridges Publishing Summit is developed by PrintRoom (Karin de Jong and team) in collaboration with Rose Nordin and Eleanor Vonne Brown. The title Books Are Bridges is inspired by the publishing practice of Claudia de la Torre. The logo is designed by José Quintanar. The flyer, poster and booklet are designed by Dongyoung Lee.
Celebrating the last days at PrintRoom with Alan Smart, Publisher in Residence in April, sharing some of our Archive stories and finds
27 April 2023
20:00 – 22:00 at PrintRoom
Calling all anarchists, royalty-rejectionists, and everyone else seeking an alternative to the capitalist deluge of King’s Day! Schlep your second-hand wares and revolutionary aspirations to PrintRoom, and join us for an evening programme celebrating resistance from past and present.
Artist and musician Ian F Svenonius will present his fourth and latest book AGAINST THE WRITTEN WORD. Deemed ‘the book to end all books’, this publication is the first of its kind to take a principled stance against literacy, which it describes as a ruling class conspiracy that renders workers as participants in their own oppression. Ian’s talk will include an encounter session with testimonials by former readers and a musical accompaniment from ESCAPE-ISM — the beneath-the-underground sensation that has been described as ‘an act of musical vandalism’.
New Babylon Times: Publishing in the Contested City is an exhibition by publisher-in-residence, Alan Smart. The exhibition, which evolved over the course of the residency, maps a chronology of counter-culture manifestos – including excerpts from Dadaist texts, the Situationist International, and Provo publications. This gathering of material retraces the evolution, dissonances, and interconnections between these movements, each articulating – through happenings, spatial interventions, and reimaginings of the urban sphere – a radical desire for new social and spatial paradigms.
During the month of April, a series of research excavations and communal discussions will be undertaken in institutional and more independent archives and collections, harvesting both textual material and questions, stories, and shared contemporary perspectives on the historical corpus. Some of these gleanings will be reproduced and made available in our mail-out project, Holiday in the Archive, which will also draw on PrintRoom’s visit to the Interference Archive (NY, USA) and the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam, NL). If you would like to receive a copy of Holiday in the Archive in the post, please send us a mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org