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 www.printroom.org

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

17.07.21 14 Trees of Rotterdam – book presentation by Alice Ladenburg  + city walk with talks by guest speakers

15:00 welcome and introduction at Rijnhoutplein Rotterdam

15:30 walk to 2 trees featured in the guide

17:00 drinks at PrintRoom

We meet at Rijnhoutplein (1 min walk from PrintRoom) where one of the protagonists of the book is situated: a Chinese Windmill Palm – planted there in 2007 as part of the move to integrate Rotterdam’s diverse cultural history and present into city urban developments. From here we will visit two other trees that are featured in the book, in the vicinity of PrintRoom. We are very happy to welcome five distinguished experts who will share their specific knowledge in relation to trees from the fields of architectural history, biology, dendrology and tree activism.   

Guest speakers:
🍀 Herman van Bergeijk – architectural historian TU Delft
🍂 Pim Janse – Stichting De Bomenridders
☘️ Ronald Loch – Advisor Trees, Municipality Rotterdam
🍁 Kees Moeliker – director Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam
🍃 Frans Smith – Cool Down City

A limited number of people can join the walk. Reserving is mandatory. Please make a reservation through info@printroom.org under the subject 14 Trees.

🌳🥾All talks will be in Dutch🐞☀️

14 Trees of Rotterdam – a Guide for City Exploration

Rotterdam is known for its innovative and futuristic architecture. But it is also a city of trees – living things that can also be interpreted as architectural monuments central to urban life. Focusing on fourteen trees in central Rotterdam, this guide gives a fascinating insight to the city from historical, cultural and botanical perspectives.

Design by Peter Foolen and Alice Ladenburg, published by Peter Foolen Editions and PrintRoom

The Chinese Windmill Palm at Rijnhoutplein will be the point of departure.

The tree silhouettes presented in this book are made using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)

AL: ‘TLS is a technology using laser pulses to create ‘point clouds’ to capture the 3D structure of an environment. The technique is used for detailed tree measurement, making for progressive forestry research which contributes to new environmental understandings. Visualisations such as those in this guide are increasingly used to illustrate tree architecture (i.e. its structure and shape) – which is now known to determine how a tree interacts with its environment.’

More information:
Alice Ladenburg undertakes individual and collaborative projects in a range of mediums including video, photography, drawing and performance. Often nomadic in nature, many of her projects playfully capture times and places to give structure to human experiences of the complex, and at times irrational, world we live in today. Over the past five years she has also been developing new art-science research methods and modes of presentation in academia, working collaboratively and across disciplines to reflect upon the nature of individual observation, knowledge and creativity. Both research and production based, this work is influenced by scientific methodologies, but does not set out to explain results or prove a hypothesis, rather portray an individual understanding of any given subject, time or place. This investigative process considers visual, audio and written observations as ‘data’ to be ‘analysed’, ‘processed’ and finally presented in a variety of formats and environments.

She trained in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art (graduating 2008), and received a TECHNE grant from the Arts and Humanities Research council to undertake a masters degree in Cultural Geography at the Royal Holloway University of London (2015). She has undertaken and presented work at a broad range of institutions including The Institute of Economic Research and Innovation at Tshwane University, South Africa, the geography departments at the University of Edinburgh and Royal Holloway University of London, the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and the Amsterdam Research Institute for the Arts & Sciences. She currently lives and works in Rotterdam.  PrintRoom’s programme is kindly supported by the Mondrian Fund, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the City of Rotterdam

03.07.21: Launch of “Plasma Freeze: Salon at the Centre of the Earth”, the third comic by Josie Perry and Daphne Simons 👅 👀   & 🐩✨

In this episode, the infamous Pauline takes a psychedelic escape from her life as a Tudor foot-stylist in the 1500’s, hiding out amongst a secret subterranean poodle community and organising the party of the millenia. 

Saturday 3 July from 1 – 5 pm at PrintRoom
We celebrate this new publication with a video screening, snacks and drinks and – poodle badges!

Previous editions from the series are Plasma Spring (2019), and PLASMA FREEZE: Making Friends (2020). Perry and Simons currently have a video installation based on the comics within “Material Context,” the Piet Zwart Institute MFA Graduation Exhibition, open from July 1st – 11th at Het Archief, Rotterdam.

1.7.21 – 4.7.21: It is invisible what guides you along the way – poster launch Katarina Jazbec at Art Rotterdam

Poster Launch at Art Rotterdam! We printed and published film posters for and with Katarina Jazbec, who presents her film ‘You can’t Automate Me’ at the Prospects and Concepts section of the Mondrian Fund.

It is invisible what guides you along the way – (A3, riso poster, front and back side, 2021)

This riso poster, designed by Tessa Meeus and published by PrintRoom, gives an insight into The Handbook for Eyes, Bones, Muscles, Skin, and Dreams (2020), a collection of movement scores developed with Angeliki Diakrousi and made into booklets that were given to lashers. Responding to our increasingly automated bodies, the scores address all the workers of the Capitalocene as Haraway puts it nicely. The Handbook emerged from extensive research and desire to understand the experience of human and animal bodies in the harbour of Rotterdam, an engine of our economy, in an embodied manner. In the long period of exploring the harbour, Katarina Jazbec encountered lashers whose work came incredibly close to her research questions.

03.07.21 PrintRoom @ Rijnhoutplein Festival ~Ulufer Çelik and Alaa Abu Asad: Moedertaal / Beeldverhaal

PrintRoom and Invalid Atelier present:  Moedertaal / Beeldverhaal by Ulufer Çelik & Alaa Abu Asad 

A Live translation and publishing workshop, (creating posters and silkscreen on textile, by the artists, Invalid Atelier and the PrintRoom team. You’re invited

This new edition of Rijnhoutplein Festival takes place on Saturday 3rd July from 13.00 to 17.00.
Live music, a fashion show, workshops (for a green Rijnhoutplein) for children and adults!

Do you know what şemsiye means?

Do you use the word kırbaç for whip?

Have you been very  مشغول   lately?

What is distance in your mother tongue?

How would you draw breath?

Flyers and posters by @c3n_g1z

Come by to draw and translate words in your mother tongue during the workshop Moedertaal/Beeldverhaal Anadil/hikaye ve suret  لغة الأمّ/صورة وحكاية together with artists Ulufer Çelik & Alaa Abu Asad and contribute to the festive garlands of words and drawings that we will be hanging transversely over the square!

More Info:

[First name] Alaa [surname] Abu Asad (عَلاء أبو أسعد) is an artist, researcher, and photographer. His practice is centred around developing and experiencing alternative trajectories where values of (re)presentation, translation, viewing, reading, and understanding intersect. https://www.alaaabuasad.com/

Ulufer Çelikis an artist, who lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her artistic practice explores the potentialities of narrative and myth-making, that is expressed through moving image, poetry, drawing, sound and performance. In her work, she constructs on multi-layered planes through a non-linear perception of time. She searches for queer, immigrant, feminist ways of making and thinking with the archeological, spiritual and spatial traces of memory. https://www.ulufercelik.com/

Both artists have completed the MA Art Praxis program at the Dutch Art Institute Arnhem in 2018.

The idea for the workshop Moedertaal/Beeldverhaal Anadil/hikaye ve suret  لغة الأمّ/صورة وحكاية is based on their project and book I love it when translation can be found to agree with our weird desires published in 2017:

Do you know what does şemsiye mean? Do you use the word kırbaç for a whip? For around two years, we have been collecting identical words used in both of our languages of Turkish and (vernacular) Palestinian Arabic. A process that can last for good – as long as our friendship lives. We spend time together uttering words that are in common and draw them, whether they carry the same meaning, were slightly different, or were false friends.’