San Serriffe—Art book shop

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12–19h

Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam

    This week at San Serriffe:


  • 21.05.2015 Launch SERVING COMPRESSED ENERGY WITH VACUUM by Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven



    with a talk between Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Julie Peeters and Chris Fitzpatrick, at 8pm


    Serving Compressed Energy with Vacuum was published on the occasion of Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven’s eponymous solo exhibition currently on display at Kunstverein München, curated by AMVK and Chris Fitzpatrick.


    Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven’s corpus of interdisciplinary work, which she is still expanding daily, is fuelled by overwhelmingly wide-ranging subject matter, from Artificial Intelligence, theory and thermodynamics to the materiality of plastic and the representation of women in pre-1960s softcore pornography. Her ongoing interest in arrays, ciphers, databases, equations, files, lexicons, logs, schematics and systems all tie into Van Kerckhoven’s use of art to make sense of the world.     


    This publication, co-published by Roma Publications and Kunstverein München, brings together a collection of graphic and textual work by the artist, dating from the seventies up till 2015. Compiled and designed by Julie Peeters, the publication is enriched with translations of facsimile material and a large amount of personal comments from the artist on the selected work.

  • 30.04.2015 Launch of REPRINT by Karel Martens



    This book is published on the occasion of an exhibition of work by Karel Martens at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Besides offering a closer look at his recent free work, it also covers his approach to the teaching of graphic design. Comprising a selection of both past work and more recent applied work, it also includes new essays by David Bennewith, who examines Martens’ approach to teaching through its history and accounts from students, and Robin Kinross, who offers a meditation on Martens’ mono-prints, which demonstrate a consistent line of inquiry through his 54 years in graphic design. Martens was the recipient of the Gerrit Noordzij Prize in 2012.

    The book is designed by Karel Martens in collaboration with David Bennewith and the students of Type and Media, The Hague.

  • 16.04.2015 Launch of RETROSPECTIVE by Alberto García del Castillo


    Cesar Segarra_Alberto Garcia del Castillo_Retrospective

    a novelette by Alberto García del Castillo
    with a reading at 8 pm


    Alberto García del Castillo will read from Retrospective some comedy excerpts of science-fiction, and present some of the first writings of his upcoming editorial endeavour, ‘Fancy Dinner for Homosexuals’.

    ‘Retrospective’ is a comedy-science-fiction novelette about ‘faggotry’ and the art world; depicting a retour-au-passé in contemporary painting and waving to some of the most beautiful homosexuals on Earth. Flaunting otherness, the alert reader can follow a clerk of The Land of Sculptures whilst he encounters the pretty faces of The Painter, The Foreign Painter, The Tyrolese Painter and other people doing art and drugs. Retrospective includes “Thumbs-Up”, a superficial analysis of the normalisation of gayness; “Why Homos Are Better”, a masterpiece of investigative journalism in two parts, that originally appeared in Agony 2 (circa 1988–93), a zine edited by B. Boofy and William Bonifay; a drawing by Jurgen Ots; a photograph by César Segarra; and a poem by Lars Laumann.


    Alberto García del Castillo is a Spanish-born Latina faggot curator and writer. He is currently the chief curator of Buenos Tiempos, Int., an online exhibition space on “faggotry as it is today” and a collaborative production initiative; its most recent productions were presented in Petunia magazine and at La Loge in Brussels. His first novel, ‘Retrospective’, was published by Shelter Press in 2014.



    Image credit: César Segarra, Untitled (Berlin), 2011

  • 09.04.2015 Launch of TURNING INWARD



    with a conversation between Lou Cantor and Philipp Ekardt, moderated by Melanie Bühler

    Talk starts at 6pm


    Turning Inward comprises a selection of texts by international artists, critics, and curators, which aims to renegotiate the relationship between centers and peripheries in contemporary art worlds. In the context of advanced globalization, the distributed agency of networked power structures can hardly be localized any longer in geographical terms. Yet, if we are to turn our attention away from geographical—that is, horizontal—relations, we can conceive of the central and peripheral as vertical phenomena that can coexist spatially in the shapes of social constructions, genealogies, or epistemic formations.
    Against this backdrop Turning Inward provides a heterogeneous range of critical reflections upon contemporary art and its modes of production, distribution, and consumption. Reaching far beyond the spatial metaphor, the positions assembled in this volume touch on fields such as art history, philosophy, economics, gender studies, urbanism, language, and education.


    Edited by Lou Cantor, Clemens Jahn

    With texts by John Beeson, Svetlana Boym, Marta Dziewańska, Philipp Ekardt, Felix Ensslin, Orit Gat, David Joselit, William Kherbek, John Miller, Reza Negarestani, Matteo Pasquinelli and Dieter Roelstraete.
    Published by Sternberg Press

  • 03.04.2015 San Serriffe at SPEECH, Antwerp


    San Serriffe will be participating in SPEECH in Antwerp. More information:

    The shop in Amsterdam will be open during normal opening times, 12-7.

  • 28.03.2015 DEEPLY EMOTIONAL — Launch & Private performance by Sam de Groot and Paul Haworth



    Private performances by Paul Haworth and Sam de Groot

    on the occasion of the launch of a new book by Paul Haworth


    To mark the release of Deeply Emotional, the new book by Paul Haworth, you are invited to enjoy a private performance at San Serriffe. During your visit, you – and you alone – will receive a performance by Paul Haworth and Sam de Groot of a song from their forthcoming album, Illegal Emotions.


    Yes: emotions will run high on this afternoon at San Serriffe.


    Deeply Emotional is about theatre and art, and how these exist in London today. Paul Haworth discusses Marina Abramović, an artist whose works seek human connection through encounters, private and communal.


    Paying homage to Marina, this afternoon of private performances offers a celebratory welcome to the world for Deeply Emotional.

  • 26.03.2015 Marc Matter about Henri Chopin’s OU


    Marc Matter (º1974 in Basel, CH) will give a talk about the adventurous multimedia periodical OU (1964-1974) and its publisher Henri Chopin featuring Concrete & Sound Poetry, prints, posters, pages & other pell mell.
    With sound & video-samples.
    Marc Matter is a sound-artist, researcher and curator currently living in Brussels.

  • 12.03.2015 Launch of FACSIMILE II by Bruno Zhu


    with a reading at 8pm

    The ‘Facsimile’ project tracks Tumblr users who have reblogged one of the artist’s works, and rehashes the found material into a series of epistolary novels.

    Initially drawn to be an archive exercise, the project quickly turned into an ethnographic research, delineating demographics, genders and most importantly becoming a chronicle of pubescent forms of speech.

    The narratives in ‘Facsimile’ are informed by the text found in blogger descriptions of themselves. Foregrounding the surveillance theme throughout the series, a CCTV camera inspired the first book’s coming-of-age story, while a dark and empty lot inspired the second book’s thriller format.
    Facsimile presents itself as a model of organizing information that converts the sterile nature of virtual profiles into a mythology of identity crises.

  • 05.03.2015 Launch of NOT NOW! NOW! and AFTERSHOW by Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz



    Talk starts at 8pm


    This event is organised with the kind support of Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, where Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz open the exhibition Opaque on Saturday March 7!


    As an artists’ book, AFTERSHOW engages with the recent film installations of Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz. Installation shots, research material, scripts, and film stills give an insight into the artists’ investigation of performance in film and their dense net of references to experimental film, the history of photography, sound, and underground (drag) performances. The book’s title alludes to an interest in opaque events that are belated, left backstage or off-screen. A number of (fictitious) letters to friends and collaborators such as Sharon Hayes, Yvonne Rainer, Ginger Brooks-Takahashi, and Jack Smith place the work of Boudry & Lorenz in a context of debates around temporalities, activism, the archival, decolonizing practices, and queer histories.     


    NOT NOW! NOW! — CHRONOPOLITICS, ART & RESEARCH is edited by Renate Lorenz and engages with the politics of time in art: historical narratives and memory, the unforeseen rhythms of time, and the challenge of visualizing time. The book connects the postcolonial and queer debate around chronopolitics with artistic strategies that introduce breaks, stutter time, use citations and anachronisms, and introduce deferrals and collapses between time and meaning.




    Lecture by RICHARD VENLET
    Launch of FROM MATERIAL GESTURES TO SITUATIONS, a publication by Sandberg’s Studio for Immediate Spaces

    Lecture starts at 8pm

    The lecture of Brussels based artist-architect Richard Venlet will be accompanied by a launch of publication “From Material Gestures to Situations”. This overview of the second year of the Studio for Immediate Spaces gives us more insight in what immediate space can be.

    Richard Venlet (1964, Hamilton, Australia) is an artist-architect and creates ‘environments’ out of spaces. The viewer plays a vital part in all of this. By intervening in a space, the artist gives the viewer an experience of alienation, making him see his surroundings in a new way. The wall is a recurring element in Venlet’s minimalist formal idiom.
    One of his recent works for public space is Open Room for Monnikenheide (2006), a living room without walls but with an intriguing mirrored door in the grounds of the Monnikenheide centre for the disabled in Zoersel. Venlet was born in Australia in 1964 but now lives in Brussels. His work has been shown at the Centre for Fine Art in Brussels, the Museo Español de Arte Contemporaneo in Madrid, Galerie Bruges La Morte in Bruges, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dunkerque, the SMAK in Ghent and the FRAC in Paris.