Friday 4 March, 6 – 8 pm: Public Library Of 📚📚 zines launch with Eva Olthof, Joke van der Zwaard a.o. 

Launch of Public Library Of – Zines on library controversies and library love.
A project by Eva Olthof. 

Friday 4 March 2022, 18:30hrs (doors open at 18hrs)

PrintRoom, Schietbaanstraat 17, Rotterdam

Public Library Of is a series of zines which zoom in on public library controversies in different parts of the world. For each of the zines one specifically invited guest sheds light on a local library issue. This first edition of 200 copies, comprises 5 contributions, which are set in Alice Springs (AU), Bandung (ID) and Rotterdam (NL) with detours to Amsterdam and Spijkenisse (NL), Chicago (US) and Inverness (UK). The zines, published and riso printed at PrintRoom, feature multiple texts, newspaper clippings, fieldwork pictures, a poem and drawings. 

With presentations by Eva Olthof (visual artist) and Joke van der Zwaard (researcher and writer, co-initiator Leeszaal West) and video contributions by Frans Ari Prasetyo (researcher), Gabriel Curtin (artist, writer, editor) and Agent OH (artist, member of KUNCI). The program is subject to change. This evening is part of PrintRoom’s and Eva Olthof’s ongoing collaboration. 

Since working on her long-term research project Public Library Of, Eva Olthof has had many encounters and inspiring conversations with people in different parts of the world that have the public library (and/or self-organised libraries) close to their heart. At the same time, they all observe the challenges which the institutions or users face firsthand: the closing of libraries, recurrent budget cuts, libraries used as instruments for city marketing lacking profound visions, opposition to self-organised initiatives, or – in times of a pandemic – libraries becoming places of exclusion instead of inclusion. 

Eva Olthof is a visual artist based in Rotterdam (NL). In recent years her work has focused on public and self-organised libraries, examining how to make the public library a (more) democratic place by collectively re-thinking its current state through means of art, publishing, history and philosophy.

Joke van der Zwaard researches and writes about social issues in the city. She is co-initiator of Leeszaal West and Jeugdbieb West, both citizens libraries in Oude Westen Rotterdam (NL). All newspaper clippings in Public Library Of are part of Joke’s collection.Frans Ari Prasetyo is an External Research Associate at York University. He is based in Bandung (ID) and works on urban-ecology politics with various grassroots communities, underground collectives and representatives of the marginalised urban population.

Gabriel Curtin is an artist, writer and editor living and working in Alice Springs (AUS) on unceded Arrernte Country. His work is broadly concerned with poetry’s ability to locate and enact relations unencumbered by policy.

Agent OH is an artist based in Yogyakarta (ID) and a member of KUNCI study forum and collective.

Design by in collaboration with Eva Olthof.

Published and riso printed at PrintRoom

18.12.21 14.00 – 17.00: YOUR COMPANY NAME HERE  2022 Calendar of Leaked Research “Life goes on”

A sidewalk calendar launch

Calendar PICK-UP point 
Annual *research* VIBE CHECK*
Ch0553L Mix-tape DJ set 
on PARTYBOX soundsystem
Phone photo album SCROLL-A-THON
YouTube cinema WATCH PARTY*
Unprofessional BIZNIZ GIFTS

*c o m i n g s o o n   2 0 2 2

Cengiz Mengüç and Clara Balaguer present their 2022 Calendar of Leaked Research which contains residue from their ongoing investigation into vernacular design culture as it manifests on the streets of Rotterdam and as it links to other design cultures in the elsewhere. The corporate giveaway template (calendar) is considered a valid research surface. 

Throughout 2021, Mengüç and Balaguer—under the temporary handle Your Company Name—have used casual of field work methodologies to amass qualitative data: long walks documented by smartphone, Whatsapp image dumps, take-away-fueled conversations logged on Etherpad, and chilling IRL and on Zoom. 

For this afternoon, the facade and sidewalk of PrintRoom will be transformed to a Covid-friendly, outdoor window installation and take-away pick-up point. The calendars will be for sale alongside some (warm) drinks, snacks, and music blasted on a portable partybox. 

10 & 13 December: Wrapping Paper Workshop

We’ve riso printed December wrapping papers designed by the artists we’ve worked with in the past year – get your copy when you visit PrintRoom for a book-pick up!

You can also mail us if you wish to receive a Holiday in the Archive wrapping paper.

12.12.21: Lunch at Bookiewoekie – Holiday in the Archive

We have gathered together to talk and eat lunch around a wooden table in the back of the shop. Runa and Jan from Boekie Woekie, Karin and Nadine from PrintRoom and Eleanor who is visiting from London.

What would you say to someone thinking of opening an artist bookshop?

We are riding the wave. Several reasons have led to amazing increase of the scene and opportunities for artists to avoid a potentially corrupt gallery system and go into something which has until now has kept its innocence. And this is penetrating into other circles.  We are in great times and anyone who could possibly think of starting an artist bookshop – please do it now! I’m fully for it. It’s even feasible, it’s not even as totally ridiculous anymore as it was. (Laughs)

Continue reading Eleanor’s X Archive

Conversation with Jan Voss, Rúna Thorkelsdóttir, Nadine, Karin de Jong, Eleanor Vonne Brown at Boekie Woekie on Sunday 12 December 2021 for PrintRoom’s ‘Holiday in the Archive’ project. Books and images we collected that day were used to make Riso printed wrapping paper at PrintRoom.

3.12.21 Book Lunch: Counter Signals #4 with Alan Smart, Matt Plezier and FGA

An intimate gathering with Alan Smart from Other Forms, Matt Plezier – Mono Rhetorik, Robert Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma from Fucking Good Art – who also interviewed Alan for WORM Radio. Friends and PrintRoom team members and some passers by joined us – we all listened to the interview.

The fourth issue of Counter-Signals invokes, in black and bright red, texts and images to query the claims and break the aesthetic chains of “visual identity,” within and against late capitalism. What is an identity and what can we do about it? Proletarian negativity, the IBM design manual, chop suey cheap wasp workers, rowdy crinolines, tranquilizing camouflage, misprint capital, José Carlos Mariátegui, queers at war, indonesian punks on hope, and much much more, or less.

Counter-Signals #4 includes contributions from Nathan Brown, Ulrike Jordan, Gerd Conradt, Lisa Vinebaum, Samo Tomšič, Bea Walker, Verónica Casado Hernández, Nat Pyper, Werker Collective, Evan Fusco, Michalis Pichler, Andrea Garcia Flores, Angel Gonzalez, Chris Lee, Mahmoud Keshavarz, Hannah Bruckmüller and Michal B. Ron, Jorge Cano, Anuar Portugal, Carlos Quiroz, Erin Madarieta, Alex Lahr, Sean Martin-Iverson, and Jacob Lindgren.

11.11.21: Pandemic Publishing II

Pandemic Publishing part II

 11 November 2021
19.00 – 21.00 at PrintRoom

An evening of talks and cocktails and more!

PrintRoom presents a second group of publications that were created by artists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   With the shock of the lockdowns slowly fading into the background it may seem we are getting ‘back to normal’, yet many of us still feel the after effects of the crisis on a daily basis, especially in the cultural sector. COVID-19 affected each of us in different ways. While many suffered from lack of income and isolation, some benefitted from an increase of time and a lack of distractions. For the first Pandemic Publishing event, PrintRoom presented two publications made by artists and writers in response to the pandemic. But there was so much to choose from, that one event was not enough! Pandemic Publishing II brings you another exciting and eclectic mix of publications to enjoy, and perhaps even help make sense of the strange times we are currently living through. 

Pandemic Publishing II presents

~Magiun #2 with Alice Strete (editor), Simon Browne (design) and Yoana Buzova (contributor)

~ Pandemie Magazine #6 with Manouk van Egmond (contributor), Tobias Lengkeek, Goed Folk, Malyssa ten Hove,  Rooz Boersma (editors) and Teuntje Fleur (editor and Riso chef at PrintRoom).

~ Quaranzine by Public Collectors (US)

~ Mail project: Quarantine in the Archive with Karolina Rupp, Kees van Leeuwen, Hannah Dawn Henderson, Eva Posas and the PrintRoom team
More information:

Magiun Magazine #2:  On Adapting
The second issue of Magiun is about how we can change our relationship with food; using it as a coping mechanism, a way of learning or a creative way of moving forward. Magiun is a magazine about everyday food, created during the pandemic when food played an increasingly important role in our lives. It publishes stories, poems, essays, recipes, photos and illustrations. Contributors to issue 2: Yoana Buzova, Dorothy Cheung, Patricia Cirtog, Valentina Vella, Raluca Chereji, Witold van Ratingen, Inge Hoonte
co-published with PrintRoom, 2021 

Pandemie Magazine #6: Gezonde Spanning
Pandemie Magazine was set up in March 2020 by a group of friends in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each edition is a document of the time in which it appeared, and the ultimate medicine against boredom and hopelessness. It is filled with art, puzzles, stories, games and illustrations. The magazine is self published and printed on a Riso.Artists were invited to create work for Pandemie Magazine in response to the title of issue 6: Gezonde spanning (roughly translating as ‘Healthy Tension’).Editors: Teuntje Fleur (our Riso chef at PrintRoom), Tobias Lengkeek, Goed Folk, Malyssa ten Hove en Rooz Boersma. Contributors to issue 6: Sanne Boekel, Koen Taselaar, Sim Kaart, Nick Doejaaren, Conform Cox, Manouk van Egmond, Onno Blase, Anne Stalinski, Bianca Boer en Luuk Kuipers 

QUARANZINE, by Public Collectors (US)A one-page zine published daily, starting on March 15, 2020 as a printed space for creative work produced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public Collectors is a project by Marc Fischer, a long time PrintRoom collaborator and member of Temporary Services. We co-published What Problems Can Artist Publishers Solve in 2018 when Temporary Services was Publisher in Residence at PrintRoom. 

Quarantine in the Archive – PrintRoomFor this Pandemic edition of Holiday in the Archive, PrintRoom invited friends and colleagues to delve into our archive of artist publishing, exploring it through the lens of the pandemic. They drew on themes that have acquired a particular urgency during this time: Self-reliance, Health, Equality, Care, Isolation, Love, Community, Solidarity, Family. For Pandemic Publishing II, the selected publications and cards will be on display. Holiday in the Archive/Quarantine in the Archive is an ongoing project by PrintRoom that aims to activate and cross-pollinate the archives of like-minded institutions. Contributors to this edition: Karolina Rupp, Kees van Leeuwen, Hannah Dawn Henderson, Eva Posas and the PrintRoom team.

Please send us an email with your postal-address if you’d like to receive a printed surprise from our archive! 

6 & November: PrintRoom @ Zinecamp – zine table and screening of ‘The Lost Record’ by Ian Svenonius and Alexandra Cabral

Zine Camp at WORM focuses on the tools needed to create, publish and reflect on zines.

PrintRoom joins with a table of zines on the 6th and a screening of The Lost Record, by Ian Svenonius and Alexandra Cabral. The Lost Record is a sci-fi rock ‘n’ roll essay fantasy film about art, music, fetish, creation, love, & records. 

It explores people’s relationships to inanimate objects and the power they invest said objects with, whether it be political, cultural, sentimental, sexual, or monetary. The Lost Record examines the idea that a piece of art could act as a catalyst to transform the world in a revolutionary sense, and the effect popularity has on the meaning or value that people place on art. It examines the capacity for artwork to be an avatar for its maker or owner and also for an artwork to become a Frankenstein or golem, which its creator can lose control of.

16.10.21: 📒Soul Kitchen & 📗Pandemic Exchange, You’re invited! at PrintRoom and Leeszaal

Join us on Saturday 16 October for two presentations of art publications dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. With the shock of the lockdowns slowly fading into the background it may seem we are getting ‘back to normal’, yet many of us still feel the after effects of the crisis on a daily basis, especially in the cultural sector. Covid19 affected each of us in different ways. While many suffered from lack of income and isolation, some benefitted from an increase of time and a lack of distractions.

📒Printroom invited artist Sophia Tabatadze to present her colouring book with a workshop for kids and grownups in the first part of the afternoon and a talk at 16.00.

📗From 16.30 till 18.00 we have the official Dutch book launch for Pandemic Exchange – how artists experience the Covid-19 crisis. Art writer and editor Josephine Bosma talks about how the book was conceived, while artists Daniela de Paulis and Michelle Teran will tell us more about their contributions.

Practical info:

Date: 16 October 2021 from 16.00 – 18.00

Location: Leeszaal West, Rijnhoutplein 3 (a 3 minute walk from PrintRoom)

Prior to that you can join Colouring Pages from 13.00 – 16.00 at PrintRoom

Colouring Pages, 13.00 – 16.00
Join us and colour various drawings from the colouring book Soul Kitchen depicting everyday objects and invented shapes!

16.00 – book presentation Soul Kitchen, a colouring book by Sophia Tabatadze

The drawings that are collected in this book were made during the pandemic. The artist cataloged her home observations during the lockdown. Strange things appeared in her home where she lives with her six year old: toy lizards were taped on the slide in the living room, iron met drawing materials on the kitchen table.. Instead of tidying up Sophia treasured these combinations and captured them on A4 paper. Rather then going to her studio she brought her studio home.

The colouring book Soul Kitchen is placed in a multifunctional corrugated cardboard folder which can also be turned into an easel and a wall pocket. Sophia made it in collaboration with Mukao, a Georgian company specialising in innovative products from corrugated cardboard.

16.30 – 18.00 – Pandemic Exchange, How Artists Experience the COVID-19 Crisis

News reports on the Covid-19 pandemic seldom include how the virus and the societal lockdowns affect artists. A lively circuit of cultural events, meetings, and exhibitions had come to an almost complete stop, leaving artists often not just with a significant drop in income but also bereft of their vital and supporting social communities. Art writer and curator Josephine Bosma, feeling quite cut off herself after a year of lockdowns and too much screen time, saw both desperate and relieved outcries from artists popping up through the glossy algorithmic veneer on social media. She decided to reach out to some of the more outspoken voices. From this an interview project was born, which grew into this collection of heartfelt stories and brief reports from artists trying to survive the pandemic and sometimes finding unexpected ways to do so.

Contributors: Annie Abrahams, Lucas Bambozzi, Dennis de Bel, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, S()fia Braga, Arcangelo Constantini, Tiny Domingos, John Duncan, Nancy Mauro Flude, Ben Grosser, Adham Hafez, Sachiko Hayashi, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Garnet Hertz, Jennifer Kanary, Brian Mackern, Miltos Manetas, Lorna Mills, Daniela de Paulis, Tina La Porta, Archana Prasad, Melinda Rackham, Michelle Teran, Mare Tralla, Igor Vamos, Ivar Veermäe.

This book is part of the Theory on Demand Series of The Institute of Network Cultures. A limited amount of printed copies of the publication will be available during the launch. You can download the epub and pdf versions of the book here.

Mare Tralla – Covid Plants action. Here is a zucchini plant dedicated to a researcher from Liverpool University. It has the hashtag #opencovidpledge on it.
Dennis de Bel – No title

4.10.21 – 10.10.21 🏳️🌈 The Protest Banner Lending Library by Aram Han Sifuentes

💥 Meet PrintRoom’s new Publisher-in Residence!💥

We are happy and excited to introduce our new Publisher in Residence Aram Han Sifuentes (Chicago, US) and her Protest Banner Lending Library. 

During her stay at PrintRoom the Protest Banner Lending Library will be activated as a communal work space in which skills related to banner-making are shared in an environment supportive of different voices. 

Aram will be in residence at PrintRoom from Monday 4 October to Sunday 10 October. Daily (except Wednesday) she will be hosting banner making workshops focusing on different urgencies each day such as the Dutch housing crisis and the effects of climate change.

For the workshops she will be joined by invited guest artists and/or activist groups as well as members of the public who are interested in co-creating and contributing. 

All banners made during the week will be included in a procession walk through Rotterdam on Saturday 9 October. A selection of previously made banners, part of the Protest Banner Lending Library collection, will also be on show at PrintRoom.

During the residency period we will also realise the publication Taking Receipts (new edition) and Gossip Log. They will be launched during the Artist Talk on Saturday. 

After Aram’s residency is over, a part of the Protest Banner Lending Library will permanently stay at PrintRoom, open to  everyone to lend and use at future protests. 



Mon 4 Oct – Tue 5 Oct – Thu 7 Oct – Fri 8 Oct 

10:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 17:00 

🏳️🌈TALK & WALK 🏳️🌈

Saturday 9 October

14:00-17:00 Meet the Publisher Artist Talk + Publication Launch + Banner Parade 

Soup and drinks at PrintRoom upon return 

If you’d like to join one of the workshops please email us at indicating your preferred day and time slot. No sewing skills are needed.

If you’d like to join the talk & procession please reserve here

All activities are open to the public and take place at PrintRoom Schietbaanstraat 17 Rotterdam

More information:

Aram Han Sifuentes: As an immigrant and a daughter of a seamstress, I learned to sew at age six. It was not a choice but rather a necessity to help my mother earn a living. In this way, sewing has ever since been an important part of me, my body memory, and my politics. Sewing is my medium to investigate identity politics, immigration and immigrant labor, possession and dispossession, citizenship and belonging, dissent and protest, and race politics in the United States.

My art practice situates itself at the intersection of fiber, social practice, performance, and pedagogy. At the core of my practice, I create socially engaged and materially rich projects in an ‘art world’ environment that are available and accessible for those who are disenfranchised, particularly for dispossessed immigrants of color.

I confront social and racial injustices against the disenfranchised and riff off of official institutions and bureaucratic processes to reimagine new, inclusive, and humanized systems of civic engagement and belonging. I do this by creating participatory and active environments where safety, play, and skill-sharing are emphasized. And even though many of my projects are collaborative and communal in nature, they incite and highlight individual’s experiences, politics, and voice. Much of my communal work revolves around sharing skills as a point of connection. We share sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion, and protest.

PrintRoom’s Programme is kindly supported by the Mondrian Fund, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the City of Rotterdam       

🧦✍🏽 🧶 Clothing Correspondence 20, 21, 27, 28 August, 3 and 4* September (*closing event!)

A friendly Take Over and Repair Residency by Bronwen Jones at PrintRoom

Bring your moth-eaten knitwear, torn linen, elbow-less jumpers, threadbare socks… to be repaired by artist Bronwen Jones — in exchange for a conversation initiated by the garment.

on Fridays and Saturdays, August 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th 
& on the 3rd and 4th September from 12 till 6pm

Finissage 4 September, 2 – 7 pm!

Clothing Correspondence explores the potential of textiles as containers of stories.

The simple act of repairing clothing aims to initiate conversations around care, value, productivity, and the stories and bodily traces held in textile. Caring for clothing acts as a metaphor for rethinking how we care for our bodies, relationships, and communities.

Clothing Correspondence wishes to explore the potential of broken garments to reimagine broken systems, to enact care in a visible way, to rethink forms of exchange, and to retain intimacy in a post-covid world.

Bronwen Jones is an artist working between text and textile. She is intrigued by bodies and textiles — the stories held in their creases and the traces they leave in one another. She thinks of buildings, clothing, and objects as bodies, and considers how we inhabit these spaces, and similarly how they inhabit us. Her practice aims to stretch the boundaries of how we perceive by playing with the familiar.

Bronwen is also a former volunteer at PrintRoom and we’re very happy to have her take care of PrintRoom in the summer. After the residency she will make a zine reflecting on the exchanges and stories shared.

Flyer by Agathe Gabrielle