24 and 25 May 2014: ZINE CAMP @ WORM and PrintRoom

On the weekend of 24-25th May, WORM, PrintRoom and ReKult present Zine Camp, an open workspace connecting like-minded zinesters and newbies from Rotterdam to their national and international peers. (http://zinecamp.hotglue.me/ text by Eyesberg)

PrintRoom presents a variety of zine-collections with material from different zine-scenes, contemporary as well as historical and a panel discussion with the collectors. On both days people are invited to make their own zines during workshops hosted by Chantal Rens and Basje Boer, and by the PrintRoom team.

For this occasion Enrique Arriaga, curator at Museo del Chopo made a selection from the  ‘Fanzinoteca’ collection of the museum.
Christian Greer, Ph.D researcher and lecturer at UvA presents a selection of his American anarcho-esoteric underground zines from the ’60’s ’70’s and ’80’s.
Florian Cramer, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and program curator at WORM, made a selection from his Neoist zine collection from the ’80′s and ’90′s, from the UK and Us.
Next to these private collections, we’ll make space for the zines we’ve been collecting over the years at art book fairs in New York, Mexico and at other occasions.

PrintRoom wishes to thank Serge Onnen for connecting us to Enrique in Mexico and for co-selecting zines for the exhibition.

PrintRoom is open on Saturday 24 May from 12 – 6 pm and on Sunday 25 May from 2 – 6 pm.

The Zine Collections exhibition runs until 21 June 2014.

Saturday from 7 – 9 pm at WORM: conversation and talks by Enrique Arriaga (via Skype), Christian Greer and Florian Cramer.


Saturday 3 – 6 pm:
Risography workshop by the PrintRoom team.
This workshop will introduce you to basic stencil printing and zine production.
Each participant will produce their own edition of an A5 16 page (or smaller) zine. You can work on a prepared project or improvise and collaborate.
Please register at info@printroom.org
Costs: 30€ (materials included)

Sunday 2 – 5 pm

ZINE ONE : INSERT TEXT HERE by Basje Boer & Chantal Rens
Artist Chantal Rens and writer Basje Boer, who both flirt with the absurd on a regular basis, have extensive experience with do-it-yourself publishing. During this workshop they will combine practical tips on how to put together a zine with stimulating ideas on imaginative content, the main question being: How do you combine text with images? What playful or innovative ways can we think up to do this?


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Christian Greer began making zine in his early twenties with a series of immense travelogues that he worked on collaboratively with two other college students. In his mid-twenties, he began producing issues of a nameless eight-page zine that featured a photograph of hands in the shape of mudras, symbols, geometric shapes, etc., which acquired the name “sign language”. He collaborated with Ilyn Wong and Sterling Hall on this nameless zine. Now, in addition to putting out a zine entitled “Journal for the Study of Horseplay, Hijinx, and Tomfoolery,” he is conducting PhD research on the intersection of anarchism and occultism in the 1980s North American zine scene.

“zine collection: The number one issue concerning zines is that researchers simply do not know what they do not know! As a zine archivist friend of mine once quipped, “zines represent an entirely undiscovered continent of material culture”. As such, the hardest part of collecting is knowing what it is I am looking for. Although, considering the rarity of esoteric anarchist, or anarchist esotericist zines, I tend to collect somewhat relevant I can get my hands on. I especially focus on zines produced or that feature writers like Hakim Bey (Peter Lamborn Wilson), Bob Black, and Mike Gunderloy.” (C.G)

Artist Chantal Rens (1981) creates playful, childlike collages, photography and textiles, among other media. She also has a large experience in self-publishing. Her latest artist’s book/zine Kanada contains a collection of collages. In many of her works she appropriates the aesthetics of nostalgia as a disguise for her very contemporary imagery.
Her collages all share an unusual, slightly magical, slightly spastic, slightly menacing quality, as if they were put together by a brilliant but mildly distracted 3rd grader with asocial tendencies. This childlike naturalness of style provides a refreshing counterbalance to Rens’ essentially hardcore surrealistic imagery. Every collage seems governed by an unsettling, vaguely shocking, but nevertheless just barely emotionally decipherable dream logic.
​S​he reuses, arranges, cuts, tears and piles her pictures on top of one another. This results in collages that are illusive, funny, obscene, mysterious, playful and cool. All at the same time.  
The main force of these distortions? Our vague recollection of the indivisible remainder. As with any masquerade, the frustration is in the visual obstruction. We are left with a blind spot but what we get in return is a sublime substitution. A good deal, after all.
Basje Boer (1980) is a writer of short stories, essays and poetry. In 2006 a collection of her short stories was published. She also initiated and contributed to several self-publications combining art and poetry. At the moment she’s working on her first novel, which is due in 2015. (Tex Basje Boer)


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