San Serriffe—Art book shop

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12–19h

Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam

    This week at San Serriffe:


  • 23.06.2016 Launch of MY WAVY SARONG by Jasper Griepink



    For the presentation of My Wavy Sarong at San Serriffe, Jasper Griepink will be collaborating with Maia Lyon Daw to conjure an interactive and exploratory sound and narrative landscape. Free-style slam reading, field recordings and traditional Indonesian Gamelan music enter into in the mystical journey of My Wavy Sarong.
    My Wavy Sarong (2016) is an animistic and sensual short novel in which the reality of a white western youngster with shamanic aspirations meets up with the current reality of Indonesia. In the story line, a tension is created between the free appropriation of exotic cultural elements as a means to make the world more magical and free, and the awareness that this doesn’t always work out. During the travel, the protagonist discovers that the spiritual ‘self-development’ of the West is in fact deeply rooted in an early-colonial esoteric philosophy. Via dialogues with granite temple-complexes, cute boys, snake-spirits and various traditional rituals, the spirituality and sexuality of the author are reflected against his experience of the South East Asian country.

  • 22.06.2016 Launch of AGLAIA KONRAD FROM A TO K


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    Camiel van Winkel in conversation with Aglaia Konrad, Linda van Deursen, Armand Mevis and Willem Oorebeek at 8.30pm
    followed by a screening of Konrad’s new film La Scala


    Aglaia Konrad roams through cities on all five continents. Through photos, films and installations, she not only focuses on exceptional buildings and the way cities transform, but also on representations of big cities and the role of photography therein.
    Structured and typeset like an encyclopedia, Aglaia Konrad From A to K draws out and explores the plastic and aesthetic possibilities of the reference book format. It indulges in a certain fascination for lists and their cumulative force while seizing upon the fact that alphabetic organization is extremely orderly, but also, upon reflection, entirely random. The book explores this in-between space and thwarts the self-evident integration of component parts in the reference work.



    Aglaia Konrad From A to K is published alongside Konrad’s first major solo exhibition in Belgium at Museum M, Leuven, is designed by Mevis & van Deursen and features contributions by Friedrich Achleitner, Hildegund Amanshauser, Emiliano Battista, Elke Couchez, Penelope Curtis, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Michiel Dehaene, Steven Humblet, Moritz Küng, Willem Oorebeek, Spyros Papapetros, Angelika Stepken and Edit Tóth & Stefaan Vervoort.

  • 15.06.2016 THROAT AND COLUMN — an exhibition in two parts by Claudia Pagès


    part of A Festival of Choices, Sandberg Institute’s Fine Arts department’s graduation show

    with a performance at San Serriffe
    followed by ‘special’ drinks at Rongwrong
    on Thursday June 16 at 8pm

    Throat and Column is an exhibition in two parts.

    At San Serriffe the written and the oral are exchanged in the threads of a narrative that passes through individualising architectures. Talking and swallowing. Talking and fucking. The solo voice and the choir are separated, as in Ancient Greek theatre, but still they support each other.

    (Some pharmacies have rooms to talk and don’t clog, but they are too similar to therapeutic institutions. And my friend, who swallows way too much, can’t pronounce things accurately but loves to groove with others – and so do I.)

    At Rongwrong, objects continue the talk. Continuously in dialogue with themselves, their insides and outsides, they maintain a constant groove.

    (Displays and mechanisms for encapsulating doses and words meant only for you – like techno-thoughts, drawn to stay in the greyness of their function.)

    San Serriffe
    Sint Annenstraat 30, 1012 HE Amsterdam

    Binnen Bantammerstraat 2, 1011 CK Amsterdam

    Throat and Column is part of A Festival of Choices, the graduation show of Sandberg Institute’s Fine Arts department which is taking place in various locations throughout Amsterdam from June 15—19.
    For more information and the full program, please check

  • 10.06.2016 NNTR: release of KIIGED by Ruutu Poiss



    NNTR are heating up with summer excitement in anticipation of the presentation of the new 12″ of Ruutu Poiss on London based Levels label.


    On the 10th of June, we’ll convert Nearly Not There Records and San Serriffe into a 3 hour pre-club session, with RP and guest spinning tunes, as well as NNTRs Koen and Seamus doing some warm up selecting. Bring your dancing shoes and we’ll supply the free hats.
    This 5th release from Levels is from Ruutu Poiss, an Estonian producer based in Tallinn and Amsterdam, known to some of us, still a great secret here, but not for long.
    Be quick to pick up these two stunning tracks of splinter contemporary beat music, like broken up house from some futuristic Detroit party colony.


    Already this 12″ is being played by Benji B, Call Super, James Blake and Omar-S and names like this can’t be mistaken…

  • 09.06.2016 Launch of 1130 FIFTH AVENUE by Jacob Peter Kovner



    with a reading at 8.30pm
    “I walked up the marble staircase into the grandest space of the house, a large drawing room with double height ceilings and windows, which performed its role with great pomp and circumstance. It was a mixed metaphor of styles—Louis XIV, Beaux Arts, Georgian—all insisting upon resplendence. I sighed, thinking a thought I had many times before: that this house was what separated me from my father, who remained for me a perpetual arriviste. I conceded to myself that this had always been a house for new money. It would be designated as a mansion, distinct from the discreet brownstones preferred by the originary Dutch New York upper-crust. Only when the new money flushed in during the Gilded Age did mansions start getting built with ballrooms, vaulted ceilings, and glitzy stylistic affectations. This home was never meant for modesty; conspicuous consumption is part of its structural integrity.”    

    Framed by two academically-styled essays, the heart of 1130 Fifth Avenue is a narrative which traces Kovner’s cathartic process following the mysterious death of his billionaire father. Kovner meets a psychic who prescribes him a regimen of peculiar art therapy. This remedy brings Kovner to write a tell-all, which is met with public success. The writing of the book-in-book opens as many questions as it addresses. 


    1130 Fifth Avenue is a continuation of Kovner’s project, Classy. In a series of works, viewers use Kovner as an avatar to experience the problems of inherited privilege: complicity in the hegemony of the wealthy, the compromised subjectivity of not having earned what one has, and the ambivalence of inheriting a role in society. Classy Trailers, a multi-channel video installation, will be presented at the event.

  • 02.06.2016 Launch of BRITTLE LAND by Alexandra Navratil



    with a talk between Inga Lace and Alexandra Navratil
    and music by Natalia Dominguez Rangel

    Brittle Land is comprised of stills from Alexandra Navratil’s works ‘Silbersee’ (2015) and ‘Resurrections’ (2014), along with essays by Paul Feigelfeld and Keston Sutherland, plus a poem by Rachel O’Reilly. Taking the former Agfa-ORWO photographic film factory in Wolfen, Germany, as a point of departure, it divulges the interdependent histories of photographic emulsion, gelatin, labour, exploitation, exhaustion, chemical contamination, and slow violence. For Navratil, film reflects the ongoing technological development from the late 19th century until now, a product inextricably linked to the plastics industry that developed simultaneously with it, and to today’s widespread digitisation. Brittle Land is published by Roma Publications in collaboration with Dan Gunn, Berlin, designed by Roger Willems and produced with the support of AFK.

  • 28.05.2016 Launch of HAIKU by Rafaël Rozendaal



    Between 2013 and 2015, Rafaël Rozendaal formulated a series of haiku as non-physical artworks that jump from one medium to another. Written on his phone, they first appeared as tweets, then as posts on his blog and Instagram, and later as wall paintings in exhibition spaces and collectors’ homes. Published in conjunction with the exhibition ‘DOings&kNOTs’ at Tallinn Art Hall, curated by Margit Säde, this offset edition reproduces Rozendaal’s wry and terse commentary on various aspects of our digital age and society, from full inboxes, oversaturation of information, and hyper-capitalist drive, to mundane routines, desires, and frustrations.

  • 26.05.2016 Launch of NAÏVE GOSSIP THEORY by Gianmaria Andreetta



    | D | I | S | C | L | A | I | M | E | R |




    (Artist) You should look carefully

    and critically at the way your work
    is turned into gossip
    Making gossip is precarious but
    it is indispensable
    to the artist that works today 
    Gossip is crucial to
    the career of the artwork
    Many people will come to you
    by the way of gossip




    A hot dog walks into a bar and says:
    – I’d like a beer.
    The bartender says:
    – I’m sorry, sir, we don’t serve food here.

  • 14.05.2016 How To Show Up? No.1 Angharad Williams



    How To Show Up? No.1 Angharad Williams





    Performance starts at 6 pm onwards


    For the last year we’ve been thinking about how to show up? What does showing up mean in relation to the spaces we occupy, the characters we play, and the work we make? We have invited artists to think alongside us by exploring the relationship between writing, speech and performance. Through a series of events, artists will present new work at San Serriffe in Amsterdam. Following words written and spoken aloud, How To Show Up? creates a space to test where the breath is headed.

    How to Show Up? is a collaboration between Gianmaria Andreetta, Annie Goodner and Elizabeth Graham.

    For event each we will publish a handout in collaboration with the artist, designed by Elisabeth Klement.

  • 28.04.2016 Launch of TAXIDERMY FOR LANGUAGE-ANIMALS by Tine Melzer


    With a talk between Ilse van Rijn and Tine Melzer and a short reading at 8.30pm

    A parrot can be trained to repeat the sounds we make when we speak. But what does a parrot say? ‘Taxidermy for Language-Animals’ examines language fragments from different practices – philosophy, literature, visual art – by exploiting some of our linguistic habits and tools. This book includes examples of ordinary language trapped in images. Games we play with language and games language plays with us are introduced. Like language itself, language-games are based on perception, habit and memory and are played in collaboration with others.