San Serriffe—Art book shop

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12–19h

Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam

    This week at San Serriffe:


  • 19.11.2015 John Holten reads from OSLO, NORWAY



    John Holten published his first novel The Readymades in 2011 (with artwork by Darko Dragicevic). The art group he created in the novel, The LGB Group, enjoyed exhibitions in many cities as well as being included in The Armory Show, New York in 2012.


    Oslo, Norway is his second novel and is an intriguing story of love and loss that begins in the affluent and rapidly growing city of Oslo, Norway. It follows the story of William Day, an economic migrant who moves to the city to work as a mechanical engineer before chance thrusts him into the alluring world of Sybille and her artist friend Camille. As they do their best to reconcile growing differences in personality and culture, Camille’s growing influence over Sybille threatens the relationship, before her dangerous friends in the Oslo underworld finally undo William’s search for stability. This sets William – and the reader – in the direction of the novel’s horizon, which is set outside of historical time and space, taking in the history of oil exploration, Norse mythology, coronal mass ejections and post-apocalyptic landscapes.     


    As well as working as an editor, John Holten has written collaborative texts for a number of artists and his writing has appeared in numerous publications. His work has appeared in many international contemporary art settings such as Malmö konsthall, The White Building London, David Zwirner Gallery New York (with Aengus Woods), NGBK and Agora, Berlin and Villa Romana, Florence amongst others. His video commercials for Oslo, Norway have been exhibited in Plan B Gallery and Team Titanic, Berlin, Extrapool, Nijmegen and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna.

  • 05.11.2015 Launch of BLACK TRANSPARENCY by Metahaven



    with Metahaven in conversation with David Bennewith at 8pm


    Black transparency, as a new form of information democracy, has brought forward a sense of unpredictability to international relations, and raises questions about the conscience of the whistleblower, whose personal politics are now instantly geopolitical.
    Empowered by networks of planetary-scale computation, disclosures today take on an unprecedented scale and immediacy. Difficult to contain and even harder to prevent, black transparency does not merely foster openness, order, and clarity; it also triggers new forms of chaos, stirring the currents of a darker and more mercurial world.      

    On November 5 Metahaven’s new book will be launched at San Serriffe bookstore in Amsterdam. They’ll be in conversation with the Amsterdam-based designer, researcher, and editor David Bennewith. David, Vinca and Daniel will discuss the book, the changing nature of visual practice within internet culture, and views on the aesthetics and politics of critical design.      

    Metahaven operates on the cutting blade between aesthetics and politics. Their books include Black Transparency (2015), Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? (2013), and Uncorporate Identity (2010). They created products for WikiLeaks, graphics and music videos with progressive EDM superstar Holly Herndon, and are currently finishing a moving image project about perception, propaganda and the internet.      

    David Bennewith is a New Zealand-born, Amsterdam-based graphic designer and design researcher. Under the name Colophon, he works on research and commissioned projects focused on type-design and typography. For New Zealand’s entry to the 56th Venice Biennial, Bennewith worked closely with artist Simon Denny on the exhibition Secret Power, looking at the way the contemporary world is depicted in leaked imagery produced or used inside the international intelligence network ‘Five Eyes’.
    Bennewith is the head of the graphic design department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.

  • 29.10.2015 Launch of UNTITLED by Anu Vahtra



    with an introduction to the publication by Anu Vahtra at 8pm


    Anu Vahtra’s artists’ book “Untitled” documents ten of her projects which by combining photography and large-scale spatial installation deal with space, awareness of space and its characteristics, the border between the second and the third dimension.


    Vahtra is interested in how a space, either physical or photographic, can be activated by a straightforward and simple gesture. The book is accompanied by three visual contributions by graphic designers Na Kim (KR), Mikk Heinsoo & Kaarel Nõmmik (Stuudio Stuudio, EE) and Jens Schildt & Matthias Kreutzer (Our Polite Society, SE/DE).




    Released by Roma Publications, and featuring contributions by Linda van Deursen, Mark Owens, Ian Svenonius and Jon Sueda, ‘Statement and Counter-Statement’ is the very first publication on the work of Experimental Jetset, covering almost two decades of graphic design praxis.

    During this book launch at San Serriffe, the three members of Experimental Jetset will sign (or better said, stamp) copies of the paperback, while a mixtape (specifically compiled for this occasion) will be played in the store, featuring bands and songs that are mentioned in the book.

    More information about the publication can be found here:

  • 01.10.2015 Launch of NO INTERNET, NO ART



    Today it has become increasingly difficult to find a person or an object without some kind of connection to the internet. No Internet, No Art is dedicated to exploring what this situation entails with respect to one cultural field in particular: art. This anthology forms both the culmination and a continuation of a series of public events titled Lunch Bytes – Thinking about Art and Digital Culture, held in Washington, D.C., which invited artists and experts from different fields to discuss their work in relation to this overarching theme.


    By opening up the often narrowly-defined discursive field of “post-internet,” artistic practices are examined thematically within the larger context of digital culture. As such, this anthology offers valuable new contributions to the fields of art history, media studies, philosophy, curatorial studies, and design.


    No Internet, No Art is edited by Melanie Bühler and features contributions by Kari Altmann, Karen Archey, Michael Bell-Smith, Annet Dekker, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joel Holmberg, Paul Kneale, Geert Lovink, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jon Rafman, Rafaël Rozendaal, Ben Vickers, Bernadette Wegenstein, Peter Weibel and Elvia Wilk amongst many others.

  • 24.09.2015 Launch of REREADING APPROPRIATION by If I Can’t Dance



    On Thursday 24 September at 7.30pm, San Serriffe will host If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution for the launch of its latest reader, Rereading Appropriation. This reader compiles texts read in, and shared by, If I Can’t Dance’s four sister reading groups that were convened in Amsterdam, New York, São Paulo and Toronto at a monthly rhythm across Edition V — Appropriation and Dedication (2013–2014). The evening will include an introduction from the book’s designers, Joris Kritis and Julie Peeters, as well as live contributions from each of the sister reading groups to celebrate the launch.     


    Rereading Appropriation reconsiders the artistic strategy of appropriation through later elaborated theories of affect, to explore how an understanding of ‘reciprocal investment’ reconfigures appropriation as an act that is based in connecting, acknowledging and being porous to material.


    The reader includes texts from art history, feminist theory, political economy, anthropology, and artists, among others, by Richard Bell, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Adriana Cavarero, Darby English, Alfred Gell, Corinn Gerber, Isabelle Graw, Emma Hedditch, Bruce Hainley, Melanie Klein, Teresa de Lauretis, Sherrie Levine, Karl Marx, Helen Molesworth, Fred Moten, Adrian Piper, Henrik Olesen, Pauline Oliveros, Craig Owens, Suely Rolnik, Peter Stallybrass, Hito Steyerl, Ian White, and Slavoj Žižek. It also includes, essays by Kelly Kivland, Alex Martinis Roe, Claudia Medeiros, Rachel O’Reilly, the São Paulo Reading Group, the Toronto Reading Group, and Vivian Ziherl, and artist pages by Christian Nyampeta.


    The third in an ongoing series of readers, Rereading Appropriation joins the previous titles (Mis)reading Masquerades and Reading/Feeling, which originate in the research field that circumscribe each of If I Can’t Dance’s two-year Editions, and are designed by Joris Kritis and Julie Peeters.

  • 10.09.2015 Opening of NEARLY NOT THERE RECORDS



    with a performance by the DNK Ensemble at 9pm


    Nearly Not There Records has found a new home at San Serriffe and will be offering different streams of experimental music and sound art at its new premises.


    The opening evening will be accompanied by a performance by the DNK Ensemble (Seamus Cater & Koen Nutters), introducing new music alongside drinks, tunes, general good times and a good opportunity for record browsing. New stock will be available crossing many styles and fields of interest, harvested directly from the artists and small labels around the world.
    For lovers of the avant-garde, good design and obscure hipness, Nearly Not There Records will be open every week from Thursday till Saturday, 12—7.

  • 03.09.2015 San Serriffe is open again!


  • 04.08.2015 Summer Break


    San Serriffe is closed until end of August.

    See you in September and enjoy your summer!

  • 18.07.2015 Roma’s Summer Party a.k.a. Launch of Roma Publications at Fondazione Giuliani, Rome



    with a short concert by Wouter van Riessen, a reading by Nickel van Duijvenboden and music by Experimental Jetset
    Catalogue of Roma Publications’ exhibition at Fondazione Giuliani in Rome, from October till December 2014. Exhibition and catalogue were compiled and designed by Roger Willems, in collaboration with Lorenzo Benedetti and Marc Nagtzaam. The exhibition featured contributions by Gwenneth Boelens, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Nickel van Duijvenboden, Marlene Dumas, Geert Goiris, Kees Goudzwaard, Sara van der Heide, Arnoud Holleman, Rob Johannesma, Jan Kempenaers, Irene Kopelman, Bart Lodewijks, Mark Manders, Marc Nagtzaam, Oksana Pasaiko, Wouter van Riessen, Nancy Spero, Petra Stavast, Batia Suter, Raymond Taudin Chabot and JCJ Vanderheyden.