San Serriffe—Art book shop

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12–19h

Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam

    This week at San Serriffe:


  • 12.04.2014 DEEPTIS.SU by Harm van den Dorpel



  • 07.04.2014 Launch of DIARIES: SPINOZA’S POETICS by Ainārs Kamoliņš




    a publication by Ainārs Kamoliņš

    Monday April 7, 7.30pm—9.30pm


    Presentation by Zane Ockule, followed by a conversation with Ainārs Kamoliņš and Aaron Schuster at 8pm.


    What happens when the work of Spinoza is misconceived as a text on art?


    Diaries: Spinoza’s Poetics invites us to read the Ethics as a literary fiction, conceive an ethical rewriting of Charles Bukowski (alcoholism more geometrico), spy on Spinoza’s sadistic insect games, witness the transformation of poetics to politics and back, ponder a theater of plants (asparagus, ivy, and two cacti), copy the miming of the mimosa bush (Ponge and Derrida), follow the author on a not quite successful trip to The Hague, and imagine Spinoza in Cabaret Voltaire.


    Neither an academic text nor a smoothly flowing narrative, Diaries: Spinoza’s Poetics is a collection of fragments, stories and observations circling around the question of a Spinozistic aesthetics, and more specifically the possibility of a Spinozistic theatre as a production of affects. “If I were to offer a term for this book, the simplest would be a Dadaist history.”


    The book, published in a bilingual Latvian-English edition, will be presented by Zane Ockule, followed by a conversation with Ainārs Kamoliņš and Aaron Schuster.


    Editors: Zane Onckule, Iliana Veinberga
    Latvian proofreading: Anda Baklāne
    Translated by: Rita Ruduša
    English proofreading: Clive England
    Translation from French into Latvian: Agnese Gaile-Irbe
    Design: Oļa Vasiļjeva
    Publisher: kim? Contemporary Art Centre
    Printed at: Studio RBB
    Riga, 2014

  • 03.04.2014 VERTIKAL KLUB by Willem Oorebeek



    Launch of VERTIKAL KLUB
    a publication by Willem Oorebeek
    with a talk between Camiel van Winkel and Willem Oorebeek at 8 pm


    “Vertikal Klub” is a manual for future installations of the “Vertical Club”, a project launched by Willem Oorebeek in 1994 and which has been developing ever since.


    Reflecting on the representational power of images and information disseminated by mass media, for over 25 years Oorebeek has selected printed matter to manipulate and transpose into other media, very often utilizing techniques from the graphic arts, to explore themes of repetition, reproduction, seriality and order.


    The book Vertikal Klub not only compiles in an archaeological way present and (potential) future members of the “Vertical Club”, but also reflects on the use and representation of the human figure in print media. “Vertikal Klub” raises the question as to the admission policy and representational use of the human figure in dark times.


    Willem Oorebeek was born in 1953 in Rotterdam and currently lives in Brussels where he coordinates the Residency Program at WIELS.


    The book is published by NN editions, Brussels.

  • 20.03.2014 San Serriffe at BOLD ITALIC 2014


    we love Ghent and Bold Italic

    On Thursday you can find us in Ghent (Belgium) at the 10th & final edition of BOLD ITALIC.


    For one day only we have shifted lots of our books from Amsterdam to Vooruit Theaterzaal and we will be open there from 12:00—18:00.


    And this means our shop in Amsterdam is closed till Friday!
    Check out the amazing BOLD ITALIC lineup here

  • 13.03.2014 IN TWO MINDS by Gwenneth Boelens



    Launch of IN TWO MINDS by Gwenneth Boelens

    with a reading by Nickel van Duijvenboden at 8pm


    In Two Minds documents Gwenneth Boelens’ practice of the past ten years, comprising photography and sculpture, as well as performative and filmic works. An extensive chapter of notes, written by her partner and editor Nickel van Duijvenboden, illuminates Boelens’ work and evolving attitudes from an intimate and studious perspective.


    Conversations and reflections are punctuated by a rich vein of illustrations and process images, as well as citations from twentieth-century literature and philosophy, such as by Bergson, Valéry, Merleau-Ponty and Woolf. A sense of searching pervades the publication, visually as well as intellectually, resulting in a meditation on experience, thought, memory and process.

  • 07.03.2014 ‘The Transmitter Show—Words At a Distance,’



    Launch of ‘The Transmitter Show—Words At a Distance,’


    A selection of radio plays will be transmitted at San Serriffe during the evening.



    ‘The Transmitter Show—Words At a Distance,’ consists of a book of scripts for radio plays commissioned from artists and writers, and the transmission of these plays on the radio. The book has been edited by Anne Szefer Karlsen and Aaron Schuster and was a project for Performa 13 in collaboration with Hordaland Art Centre (Bergen, Norway).


    The book includes contributions by Alex Bailey, Pierre Bismuth and Dessislava Dimova, Espen Sommer Eide and Kristin Tårnesvik, Ingrid Furre, Kim Hiorthøy and Lisa Östberg, Jugedamos (Jurgis Paškevičius, Géraldine Geffriaud, David Bernstein), Krõõt Juurak, Tija Suttikul, M. A. Vizsolyi, and Bedwyr Williams.

    Pierre Bismuth, Dessislava Dimova, Alex Bailey, Krõõt Juurak, and David Bernstein, collaborators on the project, will be in attendance.

  • 06.03.2014 Werker 7 — The Language of Revolution



    Launch of Werker 7 — The Language of Revolution


    Audio reading of Ariella Azoulay’s essay at 8pm


    This issue of Werker takes its title from ‘The Language of Revolution — Tidings from the East’, a lecture given by Ariella Azoulay in 2011 at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Her analysis of Egypt’s revolution, through images from the internet, became the inspiration for this work.


    Selected keywords from Azoulay’s text serve to articulate a visual alphabet of revolution illustrated by a selection of images taken from internet during 2009 and 2011. Werker 7 consists of a newspaper that is meant to be read and discussed collectively by displaying its pages on a wall at home, at school or on the floor of a public square… What is a revolutionary image? Which aesthetic elements are involved in the making of a revolution? Does revolution have a global language? What role does photography and the mass-media play in all this?

  • 02.02.2014 Dan Graham in conversation with Wineke Gartz


    Dan Graham in conversation with Wineke Gartz Sunday February 2, 3pm
    Dan Graham and Wineke Gartz will talk about their mutual interest in landscape and light.

  • 23.01.2014 SOUS CLOCHE by Wytske van Keulen



    Launch of SOUS CLOCHE
    a publication by Wytske van Keulen
    Thursday January 23, 7.30pm—9.30pm


    Screening of a new slide work at 8pm, followed by a conversation with Caroline von Courten, former managing editor of Foam Magazine and now PhD researcher at the University of Leiden and Utrecht in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

    Sous cloche brings together Wytske van Keulen’s photographic observations of Saskia and Andrez, two remarkable figures living a secluded life in the rugged mountain landscape of the French Pyrenees. Made over an extensive period of time, this precise selection of still-lifes, portraits and landscapes offers an intimate view of both protagonists, who never met in person.

  • 16.01.2014 MULIER SACER A publication by Jimini Hignett



    Launch of MULIER SACER
    A publication by Jimini Hignett

    Thursday January 16, 7.30pm—9.30pm

    with a presentation by Jimini Hignett and Markha Valenta* at 8pm



    The title Mulier Sacer is taken from the Latin term Homo Sacer – someone excluded from civil and religious society, deprived of his or her full humanity, an ‘outsider’ or ‘non-citizen’ who neither makes, nor enjoys the protection of, the law, and who can be killed without legal consequence.

    “As an inhabitant of this city, which generates such a large proportion of its income through the prostitution industry, the issue is one I feel compelled to tackle with my work, but I struggle to find a way to approach it as an artistic project… so many feminist controversies, so many complexities ­ I am wary of the battleground. How to make art from something this desolate, this vulnerable?”

    In Mulier Sacer Hignett juxtaposes the fragile stories and photographs of women who have escaped from forced prostitution in the Netherlands with other pieces of writing – ­ an essay about the uneasy relationship between prostitution and feminism by Professor Maggie O’Neill, a selection of blog entries by an ex-prostitute turned abolitionist, an interview with a sociologist who procures sex-workers for her handicapped clients, and a proposed change in Dutch legislation by a crown prosecutor specialising in human trafficking.

    *Markha Valenta is an interdisciplinary researcher and teacher, whose work examines the interplay between religion, politics and sexuality in urban worlds. She teaches at Radboud University Nijmegen, as well as performing on occasion in museums, galleries & cultural events.