Manifold Books
Kraijenhoffstraat 34, 1018RL Amsterdam
Please note: the entrance is located in the corridor between number 30 and 32

Dear reader, 

our words as space as language is a conversation-as-performance between artists Kees van Leeuwen and Andrea Knezović, organised by Notes on Hapticity Collective as part of their nomadic programme Between Four Walls. It will also function as a prelude to Resonant match, Manifold Books’ upcoming 2023 programme that will relate ‘resonance,’ to a variety of phenomena, particularly to dialogue, language and translations. our words as space as language invites the audience to question and meander along with Knezović and van Leeuwen’s thoughts, annotations, doubts and propositions. The conversation will dwell on the intersection between language, spatiality, neurodiverse sensibilities, institutionalized and intimate systems, and the negotiation of knowledge exchange in the midst of all such circumstances.

We ask ourselves: in what ways do we negotiate as much ourselves as the world around us through language? How else may language materialise, both within and beyond verbal processes? Can one’s somatic sensibilities fecundate a language, and can space that which surrounds and holds one together be understood as universal syntax? When faced with an expanded conception of language, what happens to the mythos of certainty? If there is knowledge in the unspeakable, what other thought styles and systems can we nurture, in an effort to support a sustainable psycho-cultural dynamic?

As space is limited, registration is recommend:

Manifold Books
03/12/’22, 4 – 6pm
Doors open at 4pm

Organised by
Notes on Hapticity
& PrintRoom
Language: English

our words as space as language is the second event in the nomadic public programme Between Four Walls, co-developed by N.O.H. Collective and PrintRoom. Over the course of three nomadic events from November to December, the programme will feature artist talks, screenings and performances. It officially launches the collective
s newest printed project —an anthology of performance scores, titled 16 10 20, riso-printed and published in a limited edition by PrintRoom.

Sofar, Manifold Books has organised shows/projects with: Selma Selman, Dan Zhu,
Ada M. Patterson
, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Isabelle Sully and Matt Hinkley (Unbidden Tongues), Hadassah Emmerich, Eileen Quinlan, Melissa Gordon, To See the Inability to See, Ada Van Hoorebeke, Kato Six, Riet Wijnen, Patricia Esquivias, Aglaia Konrad, Özlem Altın, Gwenneth Boelens, Barbara Neves Alves, Baha Görkem Yalım, Martín La Roche Contreras, Dongyoung Lee, Maartje Fliervoet

Recent & ongoing:

Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee online radio show
Lineages – Theresa Hak Kyung Chas Dictée reading group
Listen on
13/04/2022, 6–7:30 pm

In this reading group, between rongwrong and Manifold Books, we will share and discuss excerpts from Korean-American artist and writer Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s (Busan 1951 – New York 1982) experimental and influential novel Dictée. The session will explore the challenging diversity of genres, textualities, and modes of speech of the unorthodox and undefinable Dictée. Reading out loud excerpts and unpacking how these words, in our guests’ voices, can be “looking for the roots of language before it’s born in the tip of the tongue,” quoting Hak Kyung Cha.

With Maartje Fliervoet, Sara Giannini, Chaelim Kwon, Isabelle Sully, Mia You,  Arnisa Zeqo, Arif Kornweitz
and Andrea González.

For this occasion we have permission to live broadcast ‘Monologue,’ an audio piece by Cha. The piece will not be archived.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Monologue, 1977, typewritten text on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches, aired on KPFA Radio Station, Berkeley.

This radio show is a live iteration of the reading group Lineages, initiated by Arnisa Zeqo and Sara Giannini at Manifold Books. A close reading on Dictée and a common thread between Between the Teeth, by Isabelle Sully and Matt Hinkley at Manifold Books, and a forthcoming project at rongwrong, curated by Sara Giannini and Arnisa Zeqo. Both focus on the work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and her legacy.

Fundraiser limited edition Ex Libris stamp
produced on the occasion of
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha – Between the Teeth
designed by Isabelle Sully and Matt Hinkley (Unbidden Tongues)
Sponsored by Koninklijke Fabrieken Posthumus B.V.
Available at Manifold Books and via e-mail
€ 100,- each, edition of 25

In 1978, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha created a stamp titled Mot Caché (Hidden Word) for the International Rubber Stamp Design Exhibition at Stempelplaats, held in Amsterdam and speculated to have been organised by Ulises Carrión. Drawing on a connection between Cha and Koninklijke Fabrieken Posthumus B.V.—a long-running family business of stamp makers in whose shop the Stempelplaats was held—Isabelle Sully and Matt Hinkley designed a stamp on the occasion of Between the Teeth, produced in an edition of 25. Funds raised from the sale of the stamp will support Manifold Books’ programme for the coming year, while also providing the purchaser with a small dedication—to whoever they wish to gift a book, and to unbidden tongues everywhere, Cha’s included.

About Manifold Books
Manifold Books’ activities may be best described as a spatial investigation exploring connections between art and books. With each exhibition a few titles are added to its book collection (all including artists’ interventions). Manifold Books has received funding from: the Mondriaan Fund (2019); the AFK (2020). Currently its programme is supported by the AFK, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Koninklijke Fabrieken Posthumus B.V.

Manifold Books is a foundation with an independent board consisting of:
Arnisa Zeqo (chair)
Stéphanie Noach (secretary)
Paul Domela (treasurer)

Regular opening hours (during presentations only): Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 pm, or make an appointment via e-mail, Facebook or Instagram

New web-archive coming soon!