San Serriffe—Art book shop

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12–19h

Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam

    This week at San Serriffe:

  • 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.

  • 14.02.2015 Launch of NOON ON THE MOON


    Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14, 5pm—7pm
    Launch of NOON ON THE MOON
    Poetic Series #4, a literary journal by APE – Art Projects Era


    with romantic readings by Liz Allan en Styrmir Orn Gudmundsson


    The “Poetic Series” brings together works of poetry and literature in combination with visual art, introducing young as well as established writers concerned with challenging the boundaries of traditional forms of narrative. Initiated by Keren Cytter and coedited with Fiona Bryson.

    The fourth issue in the “Poetic Series” is a seasonally themed special issue, a festive anthology composed of contributions from more than twenty writers and artists. Each interpreting the theme in an unconventional and abstract sense, it is an alternative omnibus of everyone’s favorite and most controversial holiday. Noon on the Moon’s title comes from a poem by Barry Schwabsky, featured alongside poetry by Charles Bernstein, Judith Goldman and Dorothea Lasky, prose by Veronica Gonzalez Peña, Andreas Schlaegel and Sarah Wang, amongst others. Artwork is provided in the form of a colorful collection of romance covers illustrated by Vicki Khuzami.   

    Contributions by Luna Miguel, Dafna Maimon, Pablo Larios, Bernadette Van-Huy, Mark von Schlegell, Gerry Bibby, Natalie Häusler, Josef Strau, Judith Goldman, Andrew Kerton, Robert Dewhurst, Dena Yago, Kenneth Goldsmith, Karl Holmqvist, Alejandro Cesarco, Sophie Collins, Sarah Wang, Barry Schwabsky, Dorothea Lasky, Andreas Schlaegel, Veronica Gonzalez Peña, Óscar Garcia Sierra, Matthew Dickman, Keith J Varadi, Jacob Wren, Madeline Gins, Charles Bernstein and Nora Schultz.


    Published by A.P.E (Art Projects Era) and Sternberg Press
    Design by Keren Cytter

  • 17.01.2015 San Serriffe at STEDELIJK BOOK FAIR


    Saturday January 17, 12am—6pm and Sunday January 18, 10am—6pm
    STEDELIJK BOOK FAIR at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

    In the weekend of January 17 and 18 the first book fair of the new year will take place at the Stedelijk, with a special selection of art books from the exhibition On The Move: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design. The whole weekend the largest exhibition area in the Stedelijk Museum will be filled with publishers presenting their most recent publications.
    San Serriffe will be present with a small selection of books!


    The shop in the Sint Annenstraat will be closed this day.

  • 16.01.2015 San Serriffe at A NEW DIVIDE?



    Friday January 16, 11am—5pm
    Social and economic challenges in contemporary design
    at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig

    The conference A New Divide? aims to explore the increasing divides between social and economic agendas in contemporary graphic design.
    Organised by Barbara Steiner with talks by Stuart Bailey, Bart de Baets, Rebecca Stephany, Radim Pesko and Elisabeth Klement.
    San Serriffe will be present with a selection of publications and Elisabeth will be giving a talk about how San Serriffe came about, amongst other things.


    The shop in the Sint Annenstraat will be closed this day.

  • 29.12.2014 Closed for a short winter break



    The shop will be closed from December 24 until January 4.

    Open again Thursday January 8!


    Best wishes for 2015!

  • 12.12.2014 Xtra Xmas Opening Hours


    This and the coming week, San Serriffe will be open extra hours.


    Wednesday 17/12— Saturday 20/12, 12—7

    Sunday 21/12, 12—5

    Monday 22/12—Tuesday 23/12, 12—7


    The shop will be closed from December 24 until January 4.


    Hope to see you soon! Best wishes for the new year!

  • 11.12.2014 Launch of GIRLS LIKE US 6: Secrets


    With the slide projection ‘Art History’ (2011) by Sara van der Heide, plus the usual drinks & mingle.


    The new issue explores secrets in a plethora of forms and contexts. From layered accounts of mediaeval ecstasy to the unexplored sensory experience of smell. From camouflaged play to queer readings of astrological charts and the hidden history of house music. From a very analog point of view to the outskirts of the internet.