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Magical mushroom ant farms? Mushy versions of classic Doctor Who enemies? Or a clay, waste straw, paper pulp, and wood shavings-constructed small house meant to decompose over time? One of these possibilities exists in House of Economy, a staple-bound booklet created by the group Learning Site. 
This is one of 30 different items on sale - in honor of summer and you, our cherished readers and supporters! Check out all the sale items here.
(via House of Economy [OPUB87] - $4.20)

Magical mushroom ant farms? Mushy versions of classic Doctor Who enemies? Or a clay, waste straw, paper pulp, and wood shavings-constructed small house meant to decompose over time? One of these possibilities exists in House of Economy, a staple-bound booklet created by the group Learning Site. 

This is one of 30 different items on sale - in honor of summer and you, our cherished readers and supporters! Check out all the sale items here.

(via House of Economy [OPUB87] - $4.20)

BOOK RELEASE AND PERFORMANCE:Audible Dwellingby Learning Site
When: Friday, February 24, 2012, 16:00-19:00
Where: Trampolinhuset, Skyttegade 3, 2200 København N
Details: FREE and open to the public. Learning Site will introduce their book and answer questions. Karin Gudbrand will perform material related to the book.
ABOUT THE BOOK AND AUTHORS: Audible Dwelling examines the relation of speech to place and architecture to political and cultural landscape. Audible Dwelling is a mobile dwelling and a stereo loudspeaker system. This publication is a record of the research that inspired the Audible Dwelling project. This volume contains observations on the research by Learning Site and specially commissioned essays by Katarina Bonnevier, on the design work of Eileen Gray, and Justin Stapleton, on the history of transmission line speakers. This publication also contains full details of the first use of Audible Dwelling 1.0 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The themes covered in this publication include: the history and politics of speaking houses, the autocity as aesthetic and political landscape, the relationship of revolutions to renovation, and the gender and political opinions of furniture.
Learning Site (Rikke Luther and Cecilia Wendt) was formed in 2004. Learning Site is a platform for exchange and dialogue between people from different disciplines, practices and backgrounds who have a common interest in learning. Learning Site projects learn from, and respond to, the dynamics of local cultures, environments, resources and economies.
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE: Opera singer Karin Gudbrand will perform the cantata that opened the Second International Conference of Socialist Women, August 1910, at the former Peoplesʼ House, located at Jagtvej 69. The conference became famous primarily for its resolution to introduce an International Womenʼs Day, which later led to womenʼs right to vote.
Published by Half Letter Press [Chicago/Copenhagen/Philadelphia] ISBN: 978-87-92065-06-3 Copies will be available for purchase at the event as well as at: www.halfletterpress.com

BOOK RELEASE AND PERFORMANCE:
Audible Dwelling
by Learning Site

When: Friday, February 24, 2012, 16:00-19:00

Where: Trampolinhuset, Skyttegade 3, 2200 København N

Details: FREE and open to the public. Learning Site will introduce their book and answer questions. Karin Gudbrand will perform material related to the book.


ABOUT THE BOOK AND AUTHORS: Audible Dwelling examines the relation of speech to place and architecture to political and cultural landscape. Audible Dwelling is a mobile dwelling and a stereo loudspeaker system. This publication is a record of the research that inspired the Audible Dwelling project. This volume contains observations on the research by Learning Site and specially commissioned essays by Katarina Bonnevier, on the design work of Eileen Gray, and Justin Stapleton, on the history of transmission line speakers. This publication also contains full details of the first use of Audible Dwelling 1.0 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The themes covered in this publication include: the history and politics of speaking houses, the autocity as aesthetic and political landscape, the relationship of revolutions to renovation, and the gender and political opinions of furniture.

Learning Site (Rikke Luther and Cecilia Wendt) was formed in 2004. Learning Site is a platform for exchange and dialogue between people from different disciplines, practices and backgrounds who have a common interest in learning. Learning Site projects learn from, and respond to, the dynamics of local cultures, environments, resources and economies.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE: Opera singer Karin Gudbrand will perform the cantata that opened the Second International Conference of Socialist Women, August 1910, at the former Peoplesʼ House, located at Jagtvej 69. The conference became famous primarily for its resolution to introduce an International Womenʼs Day, which later led to womenʼs right to vote.

Published by Half Letter Press [Chicago/Copenhagen/Philadelphia] ISBN: 978-87-92065-06-3 Copies will be available for purchase at the event as well as at: www.halfletterpress.com

MOBILE STRUCTURES: Garbage truck from the autonomous neighborhood of Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark
I have walked through Christiania, on too many occasions to count, en route to the headquarters of friends and collaborators, Learning Site, whose books we have available via HLP. I came across this freshly painted garbage truck that handles the waste of the freetown. Christiania is a former military base that was squatted in the late 60s and has been occupied since. It is self-governed and they do many things, like garbage collection, for themselves.
- Brett

MOBILE STRUCTURES: Garbage truck from the autonomous neighborhood of Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark

I have walked through Christiania, on too many occasions to count, en route to the headquarters of friends and collaborators, Learning Site, whose books we have available via HLP. I came across this freshly painted garbage truck that handles the waste of the freetown. Christiania is a former military base that was squatted in the late 60s and has been occupied since. It is self-governed and they do many things, like garbage collection, for themselves.

- Brett

NEW BOOK at HLP: House of Economy, by Learning Site
This new booklet from Learning Site documents a project called “House of  Economy”, 2010, realized in Auckland, New Zealand. It includes an essay  by Anthony Iles titled, “Crises, Ruin, Allegory”. Learning Site made a  small house that decomposes over time. Here is their description of the  project and thinking: The title, The House of Economy, refers to the ever present possibility  of collapse within all economic systems, but particularly those of  contemporary financial capitalism. The walls of the structure are made  from local clay excavated form an area north of Auckland and waste  straw, paper pulp and wood shavings from nearby industries. Despite the  seemingly solid exterior architecture, The House of Economy is, in fact,  an eco-system that is simultaneously in the process of production,  collapse and disintegration. Mushrooms and mycelium cover the interior  walls. Throughout the period of the exhibition, as nature takes its  course, the house produces food as a by-product of its collapsing  architecture. The House of Economy is, in part, inspired by termitaries,  and in part by the decayed architecture of deregulated financial  markets, it forms an allegory of the entropy of architectural and  economical systems. It is accompanied by images and a text written by  writer Anthony Iles in conversation with the Rikke Luther, safely placed  in a vitrine next to the collapsing dwelling.
Get a copy of the book.

NEW BOOK at HLP: House of Economy, by Learning Site

This new booklet from Learning Site documents a project called “House of Economy”, 2010, realized in Auckland, New Zealand. It includes an essay by Anthony Iles titled, “Crises, Ruin, Allegory”. Learning Site made a small house that decomposes over time. Here is their description of the project and thinking:

The title, The House of Economy, refers to the ever present possibility of collapse within all economic systems, but particularly those of contemporary financial capitalism. The walls of the structure are made from local clay excavated form an area north of Auckland and waste straw, paper pulp and wood shavings from nearby industries. Despite the seemingly solid exterior architecture, The House of Economy is, in fact, an eco-system that is simultaneously in the process of production, collapse and disintegration. Mushrooms and mycelium cover the interior walls. Throughout the period of the exhibition, as nature takes its course, the house produces food as a by-product of its collapsing architecture. The House of Economy is, in part, inspired by termitaries, and in part by the decayed architecture of deregulated financial markets, it forms an allegory of the entropy of architectural and economical systems. It is accompanied by images and a text written by writer Anthony Iles in conversation with the Rikke Luther, safely placed in a vitrine next to the collapsing dwelling.

Get a copy of the book.

TRANSDUCERS: Collective Pedagogies and Spatial Politics
** Brand new book that includes the work of Temporary Services and some of our friends: AREA, Learning Site, CUP, REPOhistory, Wochenklausur, Oda Projesi, and Platform (London). Download a copy for free. See below. **
From the publishers of the book:

This book represents an open document or guide whose aim, in the first part, is to show the theoretical framework of the project’s work, while the second part contains in a summarised form the various projects compiled in the archive.
Regarding the first part of the book, we should first of all like to underline the interrelation of the theoretical texts offered here, due to the complexity of the projects and their multiple dimensions, so that several approaches are possible, whether from artistic and collaborative practice, from political practice or from pedagogy. Grant Kester gives us a general view of collaborative artistic practices, understood outside a mere contrast between reformists or radicals in their manners of political organisation. To this end, his text introduces the distinction between theological and dialogic action, demonstrating how the latter emerges and contributes to contextual collaborations promoting a participative agency. For her part, Aida Sánchez de Serdio presents us with the problematics of specific politics in collaboration projects, based on a redefinition of the political and institutional dimension of culture and art as a specific, complex mode of action, riddle with power relations and operating under several specific forms of organisation and political structures. Finally, Javier Rodrigo’s text attempts to pinpoint the elements making up a possible collective network pedagogy, providing keys and lines of work that can be located in several examples of the projects analysed, that may serve for reconsideration and learning from the practices and the politics of the projects in TRANSDUCERS.The second part of this publication consists of a number of analytical summaries of the first projects contained in the TRANSDUCERS archive. These summaries were done using each group’s answers to commonly asked questions, to which we later gave structure, unifying the descriptors of each of the projects included. The summaries this show the elements making up the practices and most relevant aspects of the processes carried our (introduction to the group; origin and development of the project; relation with the context and collaborators; methodologies and results; links, networks and dissemination; references and learning; challenges and difficulties). Each summary is also illustrated with a number of photographs showing both the processes, and the contexts and results. At the beginning of each summary, we provide a sociogram, i.e., a map of the social agents brought into play. This diagram also shows the resulting products, the impacts and expansions in each context, attempting to reveal the structural complexity of each practice and, therefore, their collective pedagogies and spatial politics in action.

To see the book online visit: http://issuu.com/blogguerrero/docs/transductores
To download a free PDF: http://www.halfletterpress.com/FREE_STORE/TRANSDUCTORES.pdf
Visit the site for the project: http://transductores.net/

TRANSDUCERS: Collective Pedagogies and Spatial Politics

** Brand new book that includes the work of Temporary Services and some of our friends: AREA, Learning Site, CUP, REPOhistory, Wochenklausur, Oda Projesi, and Platform (London). Download a copy for free. See below. **

From the publishers of the book:


This book represents an open document or guide whose aim, in the first part, is to show the theoretical framework of the project’s work, while the second part contains in a summarised form the various projects compiled in the archive.


Regarding the first part of the book, we should first of all like to underline the interrelation of the theoretical texts offered here, due to the complexity of the projects and their multiple dimensions, so that several approaches are possible, whether from artistic and collaborative practice, from political practice or from pedagogy. Grant Kester gives us a general view of collaborative artistic practices, understood outside a mere contrast between reformists or radicals in their manners of political organisation. To this end, his text introduces the distinction between theological and dialogic action, demonstrating how the latter emerges and contributes to contextual collaborations promoting a participative agency. For her part, Aida Sánchez de Serdio presents us with the problematics of specific politics in collaboration projects, based on a redefinition of the political and institutional dimension of culture and art as a specific, complex mode of action, riddle with power relations and operating under several specific forms of organisation and political structures. Finally, Javier Rodrigo’s text attempts to pinpoint the elements making up a possible collective network pedagogy, providing keys and lines of work that can be located in several examples of the projects analysed, that may serve for reconsideration and learning from the practices and the politics of the projects in TRANSDUCERS.

The second part of this publication consists of a number of analytical summaries of the first projects contained in the TRANSDUCERS archive. These summaries were done using each group’s answers to commonly asked questions, to which we later gave structure, unifying the descriptors of each of the projects included. The summaries this show the elements making up the practices and most relevant aspects of the processes carried our (introduction to the group; origin and development of the project; relation with the context and collaborators; methodologies and results; links, networks and dissemination; references and learning; challenges and difficulties). Each summary is also illustrated with a number of photographs showing both the processes, and the contexts and results. At the beginning of each summary, we provide a sociogram, i.e., a map of the social agents brought into play. This diagram also shows the resulting products, the impacts and expansions in each context, attempting to reveal the structural complexity of each practice and, therefore, their collective pedagogies and spatial politics in action.

To see the book online visit: http://issuu.com/blogguerrero/docs/transductores

To download a free PDF: http://www.halfletterpress.com/FREE_STORE/TRANSDUCTORES.pdf

Visit the site for the project: http://transductores.net/