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A new free PDF from Temporary Services and Half Letter Press member Marc Fischer’s Public Collectors initiative.
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The free booklet with my essay about Malachi Ritscher, created for Public Collectors’ participation in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, is now available online. Click here to view the PDF.This has been one of the deepest and most emotional projects I’ve worked on. I’m grateful to the many people whose words and other contributions made it possible to tell Malachi Ritscher’s story.

A new free PDF from Temporary Services and Half Letter Press member Marc Fischer’s Public Collectors initiative.

publiccollectors:

The free booklet with my essay about Malachi Ritscher, created for Public Collectors’ participation in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, is now available online. Click here to view the PDF.

This has been one of the deepest and most emotional projects I’ve worked on. I’m grateful to the many people whose words and other contributions made it possible to tell Malachi Ritscher’s story.

Whoops! A quick correction to our June newsletter: the right link is now up for “New Axioms For Reading The Landscape: Paying Attention to Political Economy and Social Justice,” written by Don Mitchell. You can find it in the Free Stuff section at the bottom of the Reading Room page. Add it to your June reading list and check out the other suggestions posted by Regional Relationships in the current Reading Room. (via READING ROOM: REGIONAL RELATIONSHIPS : Half Letter Press, Independent Art & Publishing & Infrastructure)

Whoops! A quick correction to our June newsletter: the right link is now up for “New Axioms For Reading The Landscape: Paying Attention to Political Economy and Social Justice,” written by Don Mitchell. You can find it in the Free Stuff section at the bottom of the Reading Room page. Add it to your June reading list and check out the other suggestions posted by Regional Relationships in the current Reading Room. (via READING ROOM: REGIONAL RELATIONSHIPS : Half Letter Press, Independent Art & Publishing & Infrastructure)

We have a new installment of our Reading Room up on Half Letter Press. This one is the most extensive yet. There are new titles in stock at HLP and several things for free download. Check it out!
READING ROOM is an initiative of Half Letter Press that focuses on the books and writings of important contemporary artists, theorists, and critical thinkers as well as key themes in contemporary practice.
For this installment, we have invited Regional Relationships (Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross) to curate a selection of titles for this page. We know them as people who love books: both reading and making them. They have chosen two new titles for the store and highlighted books already in stock that intersect with their own practice. If you scroll all the way down you will find some great FREE items they have provided. We are happy to be adding their recently launched subscription service to our store.
Go to Reading Room

We have a new installment of our Reading Room up on Half Letter Press. This one is the most extensive yet. There are new titles in stock at HLP and several things for free download. Check it out!

READING ROOM is an initiative of Half Letter Press that focuses on the books and writings of important contemporary artists, theorists, and critical thinkers as well as key themes in contemporary practice.

For this installment, we have invited Regional Relationships (Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross) to curate a selection of titles for this page. We know them as people who love books: both reading and making them. They have chosen two new titles for the store and highlighted books already in stock that intersect with their own practice. If you scroll all the way down you will find some great FREE items they have provided. We are happy to be adding their recently launched subscription service to our store.

Go to Reading Room

Temporary Services took part in a conference called Public Interfaces at the Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. This paper was published in relation to the conference and is filled with a bunch of good articles. We have some material in it about our project in Sydney, Australia examining a particularly troubling public sculpture. The paper is free for download here: http://darc.imv.au.dk/publicinterfaces/

Temporary Services took part in a conference called Public Interfaces at the Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. This paper was published in relation to the conference and is filled with a bunch of good articles. We have some material in it about our project in Sydney, Australia examining a particularly troubling public sculpture. The paper is free for download here: http://darc.imv.au.dk/publicinterfaces/

FREE DOWNLOAD: Swop Book
HLP-er Brett was interviewed by Lise Skou and Andrea Kreutz who work together as Swop Network. The interview was recently published in a book that is free to download here: http://www.swopnetwork.dk/swop_book.pdf
More about the book:
Swop Book
The objective of this book is to present Swop Projects and  some of the initiatives and projects we conducted within this framework.  Apart from the material, documentation and concrete output, the book  also includes three texts commissioned from authors to give an idea of  the contexts in which the various projects operated. As a backdrop, we  chose to include a text by writer and researcher Kolya Abramsky, which  outlines the political and economical climate. We asked Emily Pethick,  director of CASCO at the time, to contribute a text on how to build  relationships around an art institution by collaborating with artists.  We also asked freelance curator Katarina Stenbeck to contextualize the  project from a contemporary art perspective.
To us, the work of developing alternative strategies and micro-models  is a collective effort involving individuals from various groups and  local communities. In order to understand local contexts and, not least,  to be able to imagine alternative goals, we have operated within an  international network. We started in Copenhagen and around Denmark. The  project then brought us further afield to cities in Europe and beyond.  We met people and visited local communities whose relationship to  contemporary culture is based on ideas of co-operation, collectivism and  social diversity in the local environment.
During the years we spent on Swop Projects we learned a lot,  both personally and professionally, through meeting people who inspired  us, presented us with ideas and who generously shared their knowledge  and experience. We hope that we, through this book, can communicate the  views of a political and artistic sphere as well as share some of the  critical and diverse ideas that we have had the privilege to come across  during the course of our work. We hope to inspire others and to arouse  the readers’ curiosity in the same way as our own curiosity was kindled.
Andrea Creutz, Stockholm and Lise Skou, Aarhus, November 2010.
http://www.swopnetwork.dk/swop_book.html

FREE DOWNLOAD: Swop Book

HLP-er Brett was interviewed by Lise Skou and Andrea Kreutz who work together as Swop Network. The interview was recently published in a book that is free to download here: http://www.swopnetwork.dk/swop_book.pdf

More about the book:

Swop Book

The objective of this book is to present Swop Projects and some of the initiatives and projects we conducted within this framework. Apart from the material, documentation and concrete output, the book also includes three texts commissioned from authors to give an idea of the contexts in which the various projects operated. As a backdrop, we chose to include a text by writer and researcher Kolya Abramsky, which outlines the political and economical climate. We asked Emily Pethick, director of CASCO at the time, to contribute a text on how to build relationships around an art institution by collaborating with artists. We also asked freelance curator Katarina Stenbeck to contextualize the project from a contemporary art perspective.

To us, the work of developing alternative strategies and micro-models is a collective effort involving individuals from various groups and local communities. In order to understand local contexts and, not least, to be able to imagine alternative goals, we have operated within an international network. We started in Copenhagen and around Denmark. The project then brought us further afield to cities in Europe and beyond. We met people and visited local communities whose relationship to contemporary culture is based on ideas of co-operation, collectivism and social diversity in the local environment.

During the years we spent on Swop Projects we learned a lot, both personally and professionally, through meeting people who inspired us, presented us with ideas and who generously shared their knowledge and experience. We hope that we, through this book, can communicate the views of a political and artistic sphere as well as share some of the critical and diverse ideas that we have had the privilege to come across during the course of our work. We hope to inspire others and to arouse the readers’ curiosity in the same way as our own curiosity was kindled.

Andrea Creutz, Stockholm and Lise Skou, Aarhus, November 2010.

http://www.swopnetwork.dk/swop_book.html

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/