20 July 2018, Temporary Services: The Self-Reliance Library & What Problems Can Artist Publishers Solve

Self-Reliance Library

PrintRoom welcomes the group Temporary Services from Chicago and Auburn, Indiana. They will install a selection from their Self-Reliance Library, a collection of books on creative approaches to living radically, along with books and booklets by the group and their publishing imprint Half Letter Press. Temporary Services are publishers in residence at PrintRoom in July 2018.

On view through 15 September, 2018.

** Friday 20 July, 6 – 9 pm:   Opening and book launch

– What Problems Can Artist Publishers Solve?

This new booklet by Temporary Services in collaboration with PrintRoom asks 17 artist publishers from the US and EU: Thinking locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally: What are some social, political, economic and ecological problems that artist publishers are equipped to address or solve using their knowledge, skills, and resources?

-Talks by booklet contributors Clara Balaguer and Antoine Lefebvre
-Self-Reliance Library tour by Marc Fischer of Temporary Services

**Saturday 21 July, 1 – 5 pm:
Publishing workshop, taking the Self-Reliance Library as a starting point to make new Risograph publications or prints.

** Tuesday 24 July, 6 – 8 pm:
What could the Self-Reliance Library include?
Marc will show any new additions to the library that he found during his stay in The Netherlands. Please bring your favorite books on creative problem solving and DIY improvisation to share.

More information: (below)


More information:

The Self-Reliance Library  is an autonomous reading and creating library. It is a collection of older books and reference materials that Temporary Services has found inspiring while doing our own projects and living our lives, as well as new books we are just starting to spend time with. The Self-Reliance Library contains recently published titles that are still available as well as out of print books that you can find in public libraries or on the secondary market. It includes a few of our own publications as well.

The collection is designed to provoke the reader, encourage a deeper relationship with our shared natural and human environment, solve creative problems, or suggest imaginative directions for a range of creative practices. Most of these books have strong visuals and an accessibly designed approach to sharing knowledge.

The Self-Reliance Library consists of over 80 books about visionary architecture, desperate or wildly imaginative mobility, miniature buildings and nomadic living, self-publishing and design, skill sharing, everyday repair solutions, running a music venue, spaces for parenthood, toys and design for children, ecologically sound living, foraging, blueprints for fantasy worlds and alternate realities, pranks and mischief, technologies used in prisons and other restrictive or impoverished settings, survivalism, weapons for self-defense or recreation, and creative approaches to living radically.

The books will be presented with banners, made from plastic bags.

Since 2015, antoine lefebvre editions is the publishing structure and nom de plume of artist publisher Antoine Lefebvre. He holds a Phd in Fine Arts from the Sorbonne where he teaches, and created La Bibliotheque Fantastique (2009–2014) as the experimental aspect of his practice-based research. La Bibliothèque Fantastique is a publishing structure for artists’ books that was shown in several countries and acquired by numerous libraries and museums, such as the MoMA, Kunst bibliothek and Centre Pompidou.

His latest research project ARTZINES is divided between an on line database for artists’ fanzines, www.artzines.info, a meta-zine issued irregularly about places and people who make artzines, and a series of Show and Tell events. Antoine will present a selection of ARTZINES  and La Bibliothèque Fantastique.


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