Launch of Pandemic Exchange: How Artists Experience the COVID-19 Pandemic

When: October 16, 2021 16:00 - 18:00

Where: Leeszaal West Rijnhoutplein 3 Rotterdam

Join us on Saturday 16 October for two presentations of art publications dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. With the shock of the lockdowns slowly fading into the background it may seem we are getting ‘back to normal’, yet many of us still feel the after effects of the crisis on a daily basis, especially in the cultural sector. Covid19 affected each of us in different ways. While many suffered from lack of income and isolation, some benefited from an increase of time and a lack of distractions.

📒Printroom invited artist Sophia Tabatadze to present her colouring book with a workshop for kids and grownups in the first part of the afternoon and a talk at 16.00. 🎨

📗From 16.30 till 18.00 we have the official Dutch book launch for Pandemic Exchange – how artists experience the Covid-19 crisis. Art writer and editor Josephine Bosma talks about how the book was conceived, while artists Daniela de Paulis and Michelle Teran will tell us more about their contributions.

🍵🍹Printroom provides food and drinks 🍻🥧

Practical info:

Date: 16 October 2021 from 16.00 – 18.00

Location: Leeszaal West, Rijnhoutplein 3, Rotterdam

16.00 – book presentation Soul Kitchen, a colouring book by Sophia Tabatadze

The drawings that are collected in this book were made during the pandemic. The artist cataloged her home observations during the lockdown. Strange things appeared in her home where she lives with her six year old: toy lizards were taped on the slide in the living room, iron met drawing materials on the kitchen table.. Instead of tidying up Sophia treasured these combinations and captured them on A4 paper. Rather then going to her studio she brought her studio home.

The coloring book Soul Kitchen is placed in a multi-functional corrugated cardboard folder which can also be turned into an easel and a wall pocket. Sophia made it in collaboration with Mukao, a Georgian company specializing in innovative products from corrugated cardboard.

16.30 – 18.00 – Pandemic Exchange, How Artists Experience the COVID-19 Crisis

News reports on the Covid-19 pandemic seldom include how the virus and the societal lockdowns affect artists. A lively circuit of cultural events, meetings, and exhibitions had come to an almost complete stop, leaving artists often not just with a significant drop in income but also bereft of their vital and supporting social communities. Art writer and curator Josephine Bosma, feeling quite cut off herself after a year of lockdowns and too much screen time, saw both desperate and relieved outcries from artists popping up through the glossy algorithmic veneer on social media. She decided to reach out to some of the more outspoken voices. From this an interview project was born, which grew into this collection of heartfelt stories and brief reports from artists trying to survive the pandemic and sometimes finding unexpected ways to do so.

Contributors: Annie Abrahams, Lucas Bambozzi, Dennis de Bel, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, S()fia Braga, Arcangelo Constantini, Tiny Domingos, John Duncan, Nancy Mauro Flude, Ben Grosser, Adham Hafez, Sachiko Hayashi, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Garnet Hertz, Jennifer Kanary, Brian Mackern, Miltos Manetas, Lorna Mills, Daniela de Paulis, Tina La Porta, Archana Prasad, Melinda Rackham, Michelle Teran, Mare Tralla, Igor Vamos, Ivar Veermäe.

This book is part of the Theory on Demand Series of The Institute of Network Cultures. A limited amount of printed copies of the publication will be available during the launch. You can download the epub and pdf versions of the book here.

Mare Tralla – Covid Plants action. Here is a zucchini plant dedicated to a researcher from Liverpool University. It has the hashtag #opencovidpledge on it.
Dennis de Bel – No title