Current Services

This page lists current, ongoing, and upcoming exhibitions, publications, book fairs, projects, and more for both Temporary Services and Half Letter Press.

Self-Reliance Library & Self-Reliance School — Compound Yellow, Oak Park, IL, May – October

Temporary Services is working with Compound Yellow to present our Self-Reliance Library and initiate the Self-Reliance School. Compound Yellow is an autonomous site for learning, researching and making that consists of multiple spaces for experimental exhibitions, public art, classes, workshops, film screenings, recording, and events located in Oak Park.

Self-Reliance Library (SRL) is an immersive installation consisting of a library of over 80 books, as well as banners and furniture that take influence from ideas found in the library. You can see the full list of books by clicking on the booklet cover below. A link to Installation images of the SRL can be found below in the sidebar.

For regular updates, programming, and news, visit the page we made for this initiative:

Self-Reliance School

DIY Cultures

Temporary Services and Half Letter Press — DIY Cultures, Rich Mix London, London, UK, 12-7 PM, May 14

DIY Cultures, which will be on 14th May this year, is an annual day festival exploring intersections of art and activism, running since 2013. The programme consists of a zine fair, exhibitions, workshops, contemporary craft, panel discussions, comic illustration, video art and digital animation exploring DIY practice. The event has established itself as a leading national forum for artists-run initiatives and alternative publishing. The event distinguishes itself by by its commitment to Black and people of colour empowerment and centralising marginalised histories and subcultures such as decolonialising initiatives, diaspora stories, prisoner solidarity, radical mental health and Muslim communities under the War on terror. The festival programme has expanded into an accompanying extended exhibition and commissions programme.

DIY Cultures

Chicago Zine Fest 2017

Temporary Services and Half Letter Press — Chicago Zine Fest 2017, Chicago, May 5th-6th

We will have a booth again this year at the CZF. Marc will there with our publications and plenty of his Public Collectors ones as well. Stop by and check out one of our favorite self-publishing gatherings.

Chicago Zine Fest

104. Publishing Clearing House, by Temporary Services, illustrations by Kione Kochi, September 2014.

Book Discussion — Hungry for Stories #4—Publishing in the Realm of Plant Fibers & Electrons, Read/Write Library, Chicago, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, April 30

Read/Write Library welcomes Marc Fischer of Temporary Services to discuss their booklet ‘Publishing in the Realm of Plant Fibers and Electrons’ from publisher Half Letter Press.

Hungry for Stories is designed to raise discussion around the culture and expression we value as a city through diverse, contemporary Chicago books. With the selection of wildly different forms, genres and voices from across the city, we hope to grow a community committed to reading outside of their comfort zones.

This discussion is free for Hungry for Stories subscribers and their guests, $10 for the public. To learn more and subscribe for future books and discussions, visit:

About ‘Publishing in the Realm of Plant Fibers and Electrons’

“This is an idiosyncratic guide to self-publishing. We think that self-publishers should craft their own hybrid publishing and distribution solutions. This booklet, we hope, is an aide for those curious about the process and who may want to start doing their own publishing.

Temporary Services has been actively thinking about, making, talking about, selling, and giving away publications for over 16 years. We have written or said things in interviews and lectures about our publishing, but we have never sat down to craft a long-form essay about our efforts and where they fit in the larger world of artist books, artist publishing and book making. This booklet is an attempt to articulate our ideas about publishing, particularly in light of the current post-digital environment. It was published to be given away during the life of our temporary print shop called Publishing Clearing House.”

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Read/Write Library

Temporary Services — Self-publishing for Activism, Gray Center for Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, 6 PM, Thursday, April 13

How can self-publishing be used as a tool to address, challenge and fight against social injustice? In what ways is self-publishing being used in social movements today to inform, educate and bring about change? Taking inspiration from cultural and political activist John La Rose, cartoonist Naji al Ali, the magazine Gidra, and groups such as See Red Women’s Workshop, the panel discussion aims to explore how artists and activists across the globe are using self-publishing to address urgent issues today.


Leila Abdelrazaq (author and artist), Marc Fischer (Temporary Services), Tempest Hazel (independent curator), Sheika Lugtu (cartoonist and researcher) and members of OOMK share their perspectives and discuss the different ways that artists and activists in their communities are self-publishing for activism. The session is introduced by Yesomi Umolu, Logan Center Exhibitions Curator.

Full event listing

Museum of Capitalism

Abandoned Signs — The Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, CA, summer 2017

The Museum of Capitalism is an institution dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the history, philosophy, and legacy of capitalism, through exhibitions, research, publication, collecting and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts of capitalism, and a variety of public programming. The museum’s programs result from collaborations between a network of researchers, curators, artists, designers, filmmakers, writers, economists, historians, scientists, and non-specialists from all walks of life, including those with direct experience of capitalism. The Museum’s inaugural exhibition will appear in Oakland, California in 2017.

We are presenting a new collection of images of Public Phenomena: Abandoned Signs. There will be a free booklet available during the exhibition.

Museum of Capitalism