In 2022 I had the pleasure to be the editor at PrintRoom, a space for artist publishing and riso printing in Rotterdam. Apart from book presentations, performative readings, residencies, and do-it-yourself-together workshops in the archive and riso space, our team realized a playful Art Book Fest with international publishers at local community gardens. The day was organized within the scope of the Books Are Bridges Summit – a small-scale gathering for artist publishers spread across locations in Rotterdam. Participants reflected on collective practices of publishing and zine making. How to grow publishing roots, nourish the community, and host a public differently?
Artist publishing, in my experience, holds space for various voices situated in many contexts and topicalities. It connects (across) communities, ages, and continents. It is playful and accessible, without shying away from the urgent matters of the everyday, sociopolitical issues, and environmental concerns. It may involve cooking, folding, singing, sewing, writing, or collaging. I worked with and learned from many. Some words on working with an archive, drafted during my last day at PrintRoom:
Editing edited matter
Shared. Situated. Scattered
Rhythms of distribution
Energy. Particles. Joy
Through fluvial invites
[produced by the action of a stream]
“And if you eat that ticket, it will bring you luck!”
Together with: Karin de Jong, Teuntje Fleur, Hilde Westerink, Nadine Ghandour, Kimberley Cosmilla, José Quintanar, Ruohong Wu, Marc Nagtzaam, Czar Kristoff, Claudia de la Torre, Bebe Books, Seda Yıldız, Rob van Leijsen, Anita Di Bianco, Hannah Dawn Henderson, Eleanor Vonne Brown, Gloria Glitzer, Knust/Extrapool, Anahi Saravia Herrera, Rose Nordin, Terry Bleu, Chantal Garduño, Nicole Martens, Eva Olthof, Bronwen Jones, Ellis Tree, Bence Musinszky, Valentina Benassi, Dongyoung Lee, Alan Smart and more.
Roles: conversation partner, text editor, program host