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Open doors + special guest: Astrid Vorstermans (Valiz)

Every first Thursday of the month, De Monsterkamer organizes an Open doors + special guest event. On February 5th we invite Astrid Vorstermans.

  • Date: 05/02/2015
  • Time: 17:00 - 20:00
  • Location: De Monsterkamer
  • Speaker: Astrid Vorstermans
  • Costs: Free

Astrid Vorstermans (Maastricht, 1960) is the founder of and editor/publisher at Valiz. Astrid has previously worked at various bookstores and in the international distribution of art books and also served as publisher at NAi Publishers. She studied Art History in Leiden and visual arts in Leeuwarden.

Vorstermans works closely with designers, printers and the paper world, though not a designer herself. She will talk about the relationship between editorial and design work: how to structure content-related issues into a coherent, editorial plan, how to adapt this into book-form in close collaboration with designers, and how to do this in a clear and exciting manner. Several pertinent issues will be addressed, such as conveying the urgency or relevance of the topic, the targeted readership and objectives of the publication, its social contexts, and finding ways to mutually strengthen both editor and designer in their respective competencies.

Valiz is an independent international publisher on contemporary art, theory, critique, design and urban affairs. Valiz’s books offer critical reflection, interdisciplinary inspiration, and establish a connection between cultural disciplines and socio-economic questions. Valiz publishes these books out of its commitment to their content, to artistic and social issues and to the artists, designers and authors.

Walter Nikkels, Depicted | Abgebildet | Afgebeeld (Wigger Bierma e.a.)
Best Dutch Book Designs 2013

Jurriaan Schrofer (Frederike Huygen, Jaap van Triest, Karel Martens)
Best Dutch Book Designs 2013

The Valiz programme consists of two components:
– Theory and texts on art and culture.
– Books that are conceived and elaborated in close collaboration with artists, designers and art institutes.

Apart from publishing Valiz organizes cultural projects in which certain topics in contemporary art are investigated. Valiz is run by Astrid Vorstermans, Pia Pol and Brenda Tempelaar. Vorstermans has been invited regularly to give guest lectures and workshops at art institutions.

Astrid Vorstermans. Photo: Hannah van Herk

Registration for the event is not needed. Afterwards you can join us for dinner at Studio/K (at your own costs). Looking forward to see you on February the 5th.

The activities programm of De Monsterkamer is financially supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL.


  • 17:00 Drinks
  • 18:00 Presentation Astrid Vorstermans
  • 18:30 Q&A
  • 19:00 Drinks
  • 20:00 End

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