“Seit wann kann man hier tanzen” presents a series of drawings and short stories that reflect the surreal musings and quiet epiphanies I experienced while staying in Rotterdam, working at a Museum and on my own exhibitions in tandem.

The title of the book comes from my reaction to the established nightlife that materialized in Rotterdam just after I moved away, with cocktail bars and high profile DJs emerging throughout the city centre like mushrooms after a rainstorm. The development struck a stark contrast to the social scene me and my friends cobbled together back when the city seemed comparatively untouched, with memories of improvised gatherings in cosily crowded rooms kept warm by lit cigarettes and body heat, dancing on the furniture, and YouTube DJs getting sentimental when they’re drunk. I recall the sort of conversations people have when they’re forced to stand nose-to-nose. The sort of nights that felt handcrafted.

limited edition of 40
copies still available

24x26,5 cm
handmade, silkscreen, japanese side stitch, digital print
book design and production: Dörte Fischer
editing: Fatima Camara (english), Bettina Henningsen (deutsch)
link to the drawings