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Half Letter Press & Temporary Services September 2013

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Hello!

We’re excited to bring you some new stock in our online inventory. If you’re in Berlin or New York this September, you’ll have a chance to visit us in person at two different book fairs. This is one of those seasons (among many) where it’s nice to have three people, three different home cities, and, as always, our great network of friends and supporters. 

Some news and notes:

Our conquest of book fair tables and your hearts continues this month at two different locations during the same weekend. 

From September 19-22, 2013, Marc and Salem will be representing Temporary Services and Half Letter Press at the NY Art Book Fair, organized by our friends at Printed Matter, and hosted by MoMA/PS1. More information on the fair and a list of all the exhibitors and events is here: http://nyartbookfair.com/. We’ll be in the “Friendly Fire” section. 

During the same time, September 19-22, 2013, Brett will be tabling for Temporary Services and Half Letter Press in Berlin at Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair. More information on that fair (hosted at abc – art berlin contemporary) is here: http://www.missread.net/.

Visitors to both fairs who stop by our table can pick up one of our Half Letter Handbills as long as supplies last! See more about that project here:
https://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=page&id=33.

We continue to offer a free copy of our 2012 book Mobile Phenomena for all orders that total $50 or more:
http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_3&products_id=281

While quantities last, buy a copy of Mobile Phenomena along with the book Audible Dwelling (by the group Learning Site) at a discounted combo price here:
http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_2&products_id=283

More information about all of this as well as our other projects is available atwww.temporaryservices.org/current_services.html. Some addresses and web links are below.

To contact us with ordering questions, chat about books you would like to see at HLP or anything else, email us at publishers@halfletterpress.com.

You can also socialize with us via Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

We are grateful for your interest in our work and thankful for your support. Whether you’re a friend, member of our family, a fellow artist, someone we’ve worked with or are working with, someone who has bought a booklet, attended an exhibition, had a conversation about one of our projects — or all of the above — we thank you.

– Temporary Services & Half Letter Press




NEW & NOTABLE:

David Wojnarowicz: Tongues of Flame, edited by Barry Blinderman. Includes essays by Carlo McCormick, John Carlin, and Curtis White, and an interview of Wojnarowicz by Blinderman. Illinois State University, 1992. A 132-page softcover book packed with over 100 images (black & white and in color) and some great texts about and by Wojnarowicz. Every aspect of Wojnarowicz’s work is included: paintings, collages, photography, writing, film stills, performance stills, and more. Queer culture, AIDS, activism, and the East Village Art Scene of the 1980s. $30.00.

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=312




Actors, Agents, and Attendants. Social Housing – Housing the Social: Art, Property, and Spatial Justice. Edited by Andrea Phillips & Fulya Erdemci, with a forward written by Teddy Cruz. Sternberg Press, 2013. This is a huge (over 500 pages!) volume on housing issues that was published as part of the Actors, Agents, and Attendants series initiated by SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain. Housing provides essential shelter, but also gives form to the social. The writings in this book question the politics of urban practice from a variety of geopolitical and disciplinary viewpoints, mixing artistic and architectural contributions with those of sociologists, urban historians, philosophers, and activists. Contributors include Manuel Castells, Chto Delat, Teddy Cruz, Zoran Eric´, Fallen Fruit, Jiang Jun, Doreen Massey, Markus Miessen, Don Mitchell, Partizan Publik, Andrea Phillips, Miguel Robles-Durán, Martha Rosler, and Ultra- red, among others. $31.00.

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=311




Arts For Living, by Common Room, with essays by Alan Moore and Kim Förster, an interview with Lo-Yi Chan, and photographs by Jason Fulford. Common Books, 2012. Arts For Living takes a close look at the Abrons Arts Center, a community art facility in the Lower East Side, as a case study for an architecture designed to address issues of public space and community life. The center was built during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s and designed as a cultural institution with new educational facilities intended to enable, foster, and serve the everyday activities of the local low-income population. $26.00 

CONDITION NOTE: Our copies of this book arrived a little bumped to one corner. In light of this we have reduced the price. The books are still in very solid, readable condition. 

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=309




Mum Is The World, by Zanny Begg. Blood & Thunder, Australia, 2013. A sensitive and charming small edition book of drawings from Zanny Begg (zannybegg.com). In her introduction, Zanny writes:

"Being a mum can be intense. My baby learnt to walk and talk pretty much simultaneously - she would totter along hanging off my hands and chanting mumma. If I put her down for a second the chant would escalate to a howl for more. Through these drawings I hope to share the pressure and beauty of this brief time when mumma and baby are each other’s whole world. Soon enough she could walk on her own and new words came along expanding this intense little universe."

This sweet publication would make a fantastic gift for any new parent - or just for folks who appreciate great drawing-based ‘zines! $6.00.

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=308




WANT TO ORDER?

Our website processes orders using Paypal, so you can use a credit/debit card, or your existing Paypal account. We will also accept alternative methods of payment including money orders, checks, and some trades. Some ideas are here.

To use an alternate method of payment, please contact us about it first and we can give you instructions on how to complete the transaction. Send an email to pubishers@halfletterpress.com to talk to us. 

ATTENTION STORES, DISTROS, SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES!

We offer volume discounts to schools and libraries and wholesale pricing to stores and distributors on some titles. We would especially like you to consider the books that we have published under the Half Letter Press imprint, including:


Mobile Phenomena


Revolution as an Eternal Dream: The Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective.


Audible Dwelling 


PDF: Public Phenomena, only $5

Please contact us at publishers@halfletterpress.com for pricing and distribution details. 


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Hey weekend warriors! Time to get some knowledge via another great publication from Microcosm Publishing. This is the third edition of this great compilation of how-to articles, DIY/DIT zine excerpts, and more teaching you to a whole heck of a lot of stuff (including home brewing, car maintenance, making rubber stamps, and singing)!
Check out Making Stuff & Doing Things - an amazing how-to guide! [OPUB64] - $10.00 at HLP.

Hey weekend warriors! Time to get some knowledge via another great publication from Microcosm Publishing. This is the third edition of this great compilation of how-to articles, DIY/DIT zine excerpts, and more teaching you to a whole heck of a lot of stuff (including home brewing, car maintenance, making rubber stamps, and singing)!

Check out Making Stuff & Doing Things - an amazing how-to guide! [OPUB64] - $10.00 at HLP.

The Finnish group IC-98 makes beautiful publications on a regular basis. Escape From Tokyo was created during a residency that the group participated in, in Tokyo in 2008.
"Where would you escape to (from Tokyo)?" was asked of a variety of people, and the results include conceptual proposals of different ways of living (outside of capitalism) as well as ideas of escape beyond leaving town. A beautiful 60-page softcover book.  
This is one of 30 different items we have on sale - in honor of summer and you, our cherished readers and supporters! Check out all the sale items here.
(via Escape from Tokyo [OPUB02] - $9.80 : Half Letter Press, Independent Art & Publishing & Infrastructure)

The Finnish group IC-98 makes beautiful publications on a regular basis. Escape From Tokyo was created during a residency that the group participated in, in Tokyo in 2008.

"Where would you escape to (from Tokyo)?" was asked of a variety of people, and the results include conceptual proposals of different ways of living (outside of capitalism) as well as ideas of escape beyond leaving town. A beautiful 60-page softcover book.  

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

(via Escape from Tokyo [OPUB02] - $9.80 : Half Letter Press, Independent Art & Publishing & Infrastructure)

Hey artist-parents, check out this new publication at Half Letter Press. We have Andrea Francke’s Invisible Spaces of Parenthood in the store!
Andrea Francke, a London based artist and mother, opened a functioning daycare center (crèche) for her graduate show. Francke, who moved to Britain from Brazil to study, assumed that having a child would be just a matter of adopting some new routines and then back to business as usual with her art work, social life, etc. When the Chelsea College of Art and Design decided to close the nursery where Francke kept her son while she attended classes, the artist realized that daily life with a child would not be going along as planned. Francke joined with other parents to protest the nursery closing but the school’s administration was not moved. The artist set up a functioning daycare in the gallery of her thesis exhibition which created a platform for public discussions of how budget cuts to public services in Britain were affecting small children and families. Many things came out of Francke’s functioning daycare installation. She connected with local nurseries and other parents. She broke boundaries between public (gallery/university space) and private (daycare, childhood, etc). She also realized that her fellow students without children were not concerned with her struggle, because they felt it didn’t apply to their live—she felt invisible as the parent of a small child in an academic art context. All of these discoveries led to her work with the Showroom, a gallery in London that works with the intersection of art, research, and participation. They invited Francke as part of Communal Knowledge, a series with artists partnering with local groups and organizations in the Showroom’s neighborhood—considered one of the poorest in Great Britain. Francke put together Invisible Spaces of Parenthood: A collection of pragmatic propositions for a better future, an exhibition that expanded on her thesis show with events, workshops, interviews with childminders and other care workers, activist connections, and a publication. This manual contains eight specially commissioned essays as well as interviews, event excerpts, discussions and documentation from the exhibition. HLP’s Brett Bloom has an essay in the book he co-authored with his partner, Bonnie Fortune.

Hey artist-parents, check out this new publication at Half Letter Press. We have Andrea Francke’s Invisible Spaces of Parenthood in the store!

Andrea Francke, a London based artist and mother, opened a functioning daycare center (crèche) for her graduate show. Francke, who moved to Britain from Brazil to study, assumed that having a child would be just a matter of adopting some new routines and then back to business as usual with her art work, social life, etc. When the Chelsea College of Art and Design decided to close the nursery where Francke kept her son while she attended classes, the artist realized that daily life with a child would not be going along as planned.

Francke joined with other parents to protest the nursery closing but the school’s administration was not moved. The artist set up a functioning daycare in the gallery of her thesis exhibition which created a platform for public discussions of how budget cuts to public services in Britain were affecting small children and families. Many things came out of Francke’s functioning daycare installation. She connected with local nurseries and other parents. She broke boundaries between public (gallery/university space) and private (daycare, childhood, etc). She also realized that her fellow students without children were not concerned with her struggle, because they felt it didn’t apply to their live—she felt invisible as the parent of a small child in an academic art context.

All of these discoveries led to her work with the Showroom, a gallery in London that works with the intersection of art, research, and participation. They invited Francke as part of Communal Knowledge, a series with artists partnering with local groups and organizations in the Showroom’s neighborhood—considered one of the poorest in Great Britain.

Francke put together Invisible Spaces of Parenthood: A collection of pragmatic propositions for a better future, an exhibition that expanded on her thesis show with events, workshops, interviews with childminders and other care workers, activist connections, and a publication. This manual contains eight specially commissioned essays as well as interviews, event excerpts, discussions and documentation from the exhibition. HLP’s Brett Bloom has an essay in the book he co-authored with his partner, Bonnie Fortune.

Top Image: Nils Norman, a contributor to Mobile Phenomena, talking about his amazing project the Geocruiser (which is in the book) at our book launch in Copenhagen last week.
Bottom Left Image: Brett from TS/HLP talking about an older book of ours, Public Phenomena, which we are now offering a PDF of.
Bottom Right Image: Benny Henningsen’s Mobile Pizza Oven
Thanks to Motto Charlottenborg for the images!
Top Image: Nils Norman, a contributor to Mobile Phenomena, talking about his amazing project the Geocruiser (which is in the book) at our book launch in Copenhagen last week.
Bottom Left Image: Brett from TS/HLP talking about an older book of ours, Public Phenomena, which we are now offering a PDF of.
Bottom Right Image: Benny Henningsen’s Mobile Pizza Oven
Thanks to Motto Charlottenborg for the images!
Top Image: Nils Norman, a contributor to Mobile Phenomena, talking about his amazing project the Geocruiser (which is in the book) at our book launch in Copenhagen last week.
Bottom Left Image: Brett from TS/HLP talking about an older book of ours, Public Phenomena, which we are now offering a PDF of.
Bottom Right Image: Benny Henningsen’s Mobile Pizza Oven
Thanks to Motto Charlottenborg for the images!

Top Image: Nils Norman, a contributor to Mobile Phenomena, talking about his amazing project the Geocruiser (which is in the book) at our book launch in Copenhagen last week.

Bottom Left Image: Brett from TS/HLP talking about an older book of ours, Public Phenomena, which we are now offering a PDF of.

Bottom Right Image: Benny Henningsen’s Mobile Pizza Oven

Thanks to Motto Charlottenborg for the images!

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