San Serriffe—Art book shop

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12–19h

Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam

    This week at San Serriffe:


  • 11.09.2014 Re-opening with V. Vale



    “I sold my typography business to publish full time.”
    V. Vale in conversation with Jeffrey Babcock at 8pm


    V. Vale is on tour in Belgium and Holland and he makes a stop at San Serriffe this Thursday. As an interviewer/writer/editor/publisher, Vale has been giving his counterculture viewpoints in various publications for over 30 years.


    Vale’s publishing activities started with the publication of Search and Destroy in the late seventies. The first issue was produced with 100 dollar raised from both Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This San Francisco-based zine reported on the then-current punk subculture and included interviews with Cramps, Devo, Dead Boys, Nico, Throbbing Gristle, J.G. Ballard, Dead Kennedys, William Burroughs, The Clash, and many, many more.

    RE/search magazine and RE/search publications followed S&D, covering topics as pranks, obscure music and films, industrial culture, authors J.G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs, modern primitives and many other underground topics.


    Vale will be interviewed by Jeffrey Babcock, alternative film curator and cultural activist, about his practice, counterculture strategies and most likely also about his 1985 publication Incredibly Strange Films.

    Organised with the generous support of Objectif Exhibitions and Chris Fitzpatrick.

  • 25.07.2014 Summer Break


    San Serriffe is closed for summer holidays until end of August.

  • 24.07.2014 Launch of Social Life of the Record #2: METAL IDEAS



    Launch of Social Life of the Record #2: METAL IDEAS
    Edited by Felicia von Zweigbergk


    The Social Life of the Record: Metal Ideas gathers texts by Felicia von Zweigbergk, Pieter Kock (DJ Peacock), Janine Armin, and Ärkan Nordin, dealing with the influence of listening experiences on moods and behaviors, the death of morality, atonality in horror movies, amongst other questions.


    Artist and musician Felicia von Zweigbergk, chairman of Lost Property art space and Butcher’s Tears microbrewery investigates muzak as a concept of style; DJ Peacock, founder and searcher of Berlin’s bar “O Tannenbaum,” remembers the birth of ACID music with concision; Janine Armin, writer, editor brings Rameau’s nephew on the table; and Swedish beer brewer/musicologist Ärkan Nordin discusses the merits of deliberately uncomfortable music.

    This issue of The Social Life of the Record comes in a special edition with a cassette tape supplement by Felicia von Zweigbergk. The tape sleeve is typeset with Will Holder; the sixteen tracks are for Dawn Crosby and Shulamith Firestone.


    The Social Life of the Record is an occasional, non-subscription series of texts by musicians, fans, critics, collectors, dealers, label owners, etc. — reflecting on recording, releasing, listening to, filing, flipping and DJing records today.

    Published by Paraguay Press

  • 10.07.2014 Launch of COMPENSATING TRANSIENT PLEASURABLE EXCITATIONS by Koenraad Dedobbeleer




    Roma Publication 224 by Koenraad Dedobbeleer
    with a talk at 8pm

    + launch of Gerrit Oorthuys’ Weg is Weg 12 / Rietveld Academie
    + records from Gistel (B), with DJ Lieven Lahaye


    COMPENSATING TRANSIENT PLEASURABLE EXCITATIONS was published in conjunction with the exhibitions:
    ‘The Desperate, Furiously Positive Striving of People Who Refuse to Be Dismissed’ held at Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp from April 4 till May 25, 2014 and
    ‘A Quarrel in a Faraway Country Between People of Whom We Know Nothing’ held GAK, Bremen from November 1, 2014 till January 25, 2015.

    Its initial spark originated in the framework of the exhibition ‘Up, Close & Personal’ held at Cultuurcentrum Mechelen in Mechelen from April 6 till June 16, 2013.

    The premises of the Cultuurcentrum’s classical, museum styled exhibition halls serve as a container for an imaginative exhibition. The present publication lists the complete catalogue for that undertaking.

    Koenraad Dedobbeleer is an artist, occasional curator and amateur publisher from Brussels, Belgium. He spends an important amount of his time in the European capital, sharing life with his wife, the no less than brilliant artist, Valérie Mannaerts and their daughter Claude Konrad Mannaerts.

  • 03.07.2014 Launch of THE WITCHING HOUR with Richard John Jones



    Edited by Anna Colin and featuring contributions from Jean-Luc Blanc, Lindsey Bull, Georges Devy & L. Dalliance, Florence Doléac, Camille Ducellier, Mary Beth Edelson, León Ferrari, Derek Jarman, Richard John Jones & Max Allen, Latifa Laâbissi, Bruce Lacey, Adolphe Lalauze, Évariste-Vital Luminais, Ana Mendieta, Anita Molinero, Preston Marie, Olivia Plender & Patrick Staff, Carolee Schneemann & Victoria Vesna, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero.


    The Witching Hour follows Witches: Hunted, Appropriated, Empowered, Queered (2012), a collection of texts and interviews which examined the witch figure as a metaphor for alterity. Conceived as its visual companion and as the catalogue of a group exhibition held at the art centre Le Quartier Quimper, the book explores the following questions: What do witches embody? What mechanisms and affects do they summon? How was this “unfortunate class”—as Jules Michelet has called them—raised to the rank of protofeminist? And what political, social and human lessons have they handed down to us?

    The Witching Hour is published by Editions B-42


    The launch will feature a special installation by Amsterdam based contributor Richard John Jones. This launch coincides with Jones’s solo presentation Sandberg Festival of Choices: Richard John Jones: ‘Blending Blending Never Ending’ at P L A Y S T A T I O N @ Galerie Fons Welters. On view until the 16th July.

  • 26.06.2014 Launch of VAGUELY SPECIFIED OBJECTS by Our Polite Society


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    You are warmly invited to this week’s event at San Serriffe

    Thursday June 26, 7.30pm — 9.30pm
    A publication by Our Polite Society


    This publication has been published on the occasion of Our Polite Society’s exhibition at the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival in Chaumont.


    In the publication and in the exhibition in Chaumont, Our Polite Society measures the distance between their studio in Amsterdam and Chaumont. The exhibition in Chaumont and OPS’s studio are separated by three countries and an infinite number of signs. Using the train ride as a pretext, the two designers have sampled the signage forms of the Dutch, Belgian and French railway systems: an authorless visual language that is meaningless to most of the travellers and designers. Hypervisual, this vocabulary of shapes is above all encapsulated in a numerical typography. The format allows for an appropriation of the shapes by the graphic designers in real time and calls for a diffusion and an implementation by a real composition.

  • 05.06.2014 Speculative Press goes Viral


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    You are warmly invited to this week’s event at San Serriffe



    Close Uncounters of Some Kind


    Launch of the new in-house publisher of the Werkplaats Typografie, conceived by Lotte Schröder.

  • 21.05.2014 San Serriffe at Kunstvlaai



    For this year’s edition of Kunstvlaai, San Serriffe has invited illustrator and graphic designer Rudy Guedj to continue his ongoing project Learning the Alphabet from a Plant. Titled in reference to the video Teaching a plant the alphabet (John Baldessari, 1972), the project explores the possibilities of nature study in order to generate both readable letters and abstracted signs. For Kunstvlaai he proposes a display and publication of drawings and typographic experiments based on observations realised in the context of the Amstelpark.


    Published in an edition of 30 on the occasion of Kunstvlaai 2014:


    Recording, collecting, cataloguing and witnessing by Rudy Guedj

    This publication compiles observations, small constructions, and other fictions generated while discovering the Amstelpark and its constructed landscapes.


    — Available at San Serriffe and is amongst our selection of books at the Kunstvlaai temporary bookshop.

  • 15.05.2014 Launch of OBJECTS AND RECORDINGS, 2014 by Maarten Sleeuwits



    You are warmly invited to this week’s event at San Serriffe—

    Thursday May 15, 7.30pm—9.30pm
    Launch of OBJECTS AND RECORDINGS, 2014
    a publication by Maarten Sleeuwits

    With a screening at 8 pm

    Maarten Sleeuwits (born 1978 in Enschede, the Netherlands) showcases various materials and forms, turning them into a memorable experience for viewers and users. Lead and clay, porcelain and bamboo are only a few of the raw materials and composite substances whose qualities are conveyed sensually through the artist’s works. Going beyond Constructivist sculpture or Minimal Art, these objects, in many cases movable, function like “slow gadgets.” They are made to be picked up and handled, giving users a very visceral experience of art, while allowing them to engage in a dialogue with the work. Often, traces left behind by the artist, by other participants in the work, or by places are inscribed in the material as an integral component without which the work would not be complete.
    A first publication, designed by Nora Turato and published by Hatje Cantz, accompanies Maarten Sleeuwits’s first large-scale solo exhibition, hosted by Kunsthalle Erfurt.

    During the opening of his exhibition at Kunsthalle Erfurt, Sleeuwits made a site specific work titled Recording No. 4. For this work, a mass of 200 kilo grams of clay were extruded to a 21 meter long roll and carried by a group of 40 people from the site of production, a pottery workshop at the city centre, to the Kunsthalle. This process was documented and made into a video by Nora Turato, which will be shown during the the book launch at San Serriffe.

  • 14.05.2014 Launch of PAZIFIK by Katinka Bock



    You are warmly invited to this week’s event at San Serriffe—

    Wednesday May 14, 7.30pm—9.30pm
    Launch of PAZIFIK
    a publication by Katinka Bock

    With a reading of a text by Thomas Clerc at 8pm.

    Bock focuses on sculpture as encounter and material transformation. In works that incisively investigate the sites of their production, she questions and highlights the materials that compose them, and meditates on the processes that shape them. For Bock, sculpture is the record and measure of place, space, time, and actions, in continuum.

    The publication PAZIFIK was published in conjunction with the exhibition Katinka Bock: A and I at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle.

    Texts by Marie-Cécile Burnichon, Thomas Clerc, Luis Croquer and Sylvia Wolf
    Design by Louis Lüthi
    Published by Roma Publications