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

Satellites around the bellybutton
A Saturday afternoon around the work of Dan Zhu, surrounded by Melting Without Compromise, with dream records, a conversation between Dan Zhu and Astrid Nobel, the premiere of Zhu’s A trip to an image, and prose poem fragments by Lucie Fortuin

Manifold Books,
16/07/2022, 3:30 – 5pm
Doors open at 3pm
Organised with Esma Moukhtar
Language: English

Dear reader, 

Daily reality forces us to strive for control, efficiency, and rationality, while the world and we are falling apart. What if we refuse to bow, prefer not to participate? Can we cultivate concentration or trance instead of strategic speculation? What if intuition instead of calculation were leading, dreams held above tasks, and ambiguous memories or visions prevailed over solid plans? Melting, as Dan and the other participants of this afternoon will show us, can lead you via chains of associations to times and places that may have never existed, yet carry a reality and power of their own. What would it be like, to go there again and again, as a form of soft, and nonetheless uncompromising resistance?

Dan (who will join us from China via Skype) and Astrid will read from old and new email correspondences about the dreams from which they wake up, and how these memories or visions shape their intuitions and fuel their practices.

Based on a pile of drawings and a story about a mural, Dan made a slideshow that takes us on a train to a cliff on an island, to discover the mysterious origin of that image.  

Lucie will read from textures, an ongoing project that takes place in the fictive city Asude: a city built from the ruins of memories (resurfacing) and dreams (a looming present). textures is a prose poem that connects imagination to our physical surroundings, a slow landscape from which with each reading, different fragments come to the fore.

(You can bring your own little cushion to make yourself comfortable on the floor; a couple of chairs will be available.)

We hope to see you then!
Esma Moukhtar

Manifold Books #16
Melting Without Compromise
Dan Zhu
12/06/2022 – 16/07/2022
Open on Fri-Sat 1-5 pm

Our programme has been made possible by:
Koninklijke Fabrieken Posthumus B.V.
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

We would like to thank:
Nicholas van der Plaats, Bart Overeem and Melchior Jaspers

Sofar, Manifold Books has organised shows/projects with:
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 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

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