The House That Heals The Soul, CCA, Glasgow, 2017

Booklet Cloud —  The House that Heals the Soul, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland, July 22 – September 3

Contributors: The Book Lovers, Beatrice Catanzaro, Curandi-Katz, Sean Dockray & Benjamin Forster, Emily Jacir, My Bookcase, OOMK, Publication Studio Glasgow, The Serving Library, Temporary Services & Nick Thurston

This summer’s exhibition at CCA focuses on the political and social status of libraries. Programmed in collaboration with artist Nick Thurston, CCA’s exhibition spaces will be opened up to house a selection of library and self-publishing resources alongside artworks that look at various histories of, and approaches towards, the protection and presentation of libraries’ collections, infrastructures and their users.

Public libraries have become one of the last remaining spaces where people can gather without expectation or requirement. As the future of libraries and their buildings becomes increasingly precarious, this exhibition aims to expand an understanding of the potential of libraries as sites of resistance, shelter, preservation, creation and restitution, and to do so in a dynamically public way as a functioning library of libraries.

It includes artworks that explore the loss of libraries and books, and how controlling access to them can be a political strategy of occupation. Alongside typical and atypical library resources, the exhibition will also include a series of artworks examining readers’ relationships to publications, alternative politics of collecting publications, and technologies for disseminating and archiving them. Digital sharing platforms will also have a presence in the space, and there will be a series of talks by artists and practitioners throughout the show exploring our ever-changing relationships to public sites for knowledge development and exchange. The exhibition will support a dialogue around the importance of the librarian as an interlocutor, artist and curator, as well as giving access to CCA’s spaces for visitors to read, view and produce.

Publication Studio Glasgow will move into the gallery spaces as an open-source resource for self-publishing. CCA and the Publication Studio partners will run a series of workshops and inductions, enabling any member of the public to design, print and bind their own book edition.

We welcome proposals from any individual or group who would like to contribute a library collection, gain access to any of the resources listed, host their own event or use the gallery as a space to meet during The House That Heals the Soul. This project marks the beginning of a series of summer exhibitions in CCA’s main galleries that will open the rooms up as spaces for meeting and exchange, providing the resources and facilities for more autonomous activities to be led by our communities.


Self-Reliance School — ZINEmercado, Compound Yellow, Oak Park, IL, 12-5 PM, August 26

We are really excited that the ZINEmercado folks will be organizing one of the zine fests at Compound Yellow as a part of the Self-Reliance School.

Join us for the ZINEmercado at Compound Yellow, a free one-day Zine Fest organized by Oscar Arriola and Chema Skandal! This year’s edition will feature zines by many artists, writers, musicians, and photographers! There will be food and beverages and lots to read with ZINEmercado right next to the Self-Reliance Library!

The participants for this edition are:

Adam Jason Cohen – photography zines
Blake Jones – illustration / comic zines and pins
Brown and Proud Press – art, writing, POC zines
CHema Skandal – illustration zines & prints
Fotoflow Press / Oscar Arriola – graffiti and photography zines
Grant Lewandowski – photography zines
Half Letter Press
Holy Demon Army Distribution – a distro for wrestling zines
Logan Kruidenier – illustration / comic zines
Mike Gamboa – photography zines
Rebel Betty Arte – photography / writing zines

Meet these artists and publishers, learn more about zines, and take home their work!


116. Abandoned Signs, by Temporary Sercvices, May 2017.

Abandoned Signs — The Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, CA,  June 18 – August 20

We are presenting a new collection of images of Public Phenomena called Abandoned Signs. We made a page of all the images of Abandoned Signs that we have taken.

Free copies of our booklet are available during the exhibition.

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.

Museum of Capitalism

Temporary Services and Half Letter Press Publications — Zine Mercado: Logan Square Independent Zine Fest, Comfort Station, Chicago, IL, 11 AM – 6 PM, August 20th

Join us for the 2nd annual ZINEmercado at Comfort Station in Logan Square! This year’s edition will be larger and feature zines by several dozen artists, writers, musicians, and photographers. We’ll also feature live music by Wet Wallet, and DJ sets by Rebel Betty, BillyTheKidBumbac Joe, and King Hippo!

Zine tablers this year include:
Alamo Igloo Press with Keith & Gina Herzik
Banana Sticker
The Bettys
Blood Fruit Printworks
Brown and Proud Press
Charles H. Kerr Publishing
Corey Hagberg
Cul de Sac Press
David Alvarado
Flatlands / Fltlnds Prss
Fotoflow Press
Half Letter Press
Holy Demon Army Distro
Joe Tallarico
Lupe Garza-Martinez
Michael Morrill
Mike Gamboa
Nathan Pearce
Ocho Manos Press
Rebel Betty Arte
Tara Zanzig
Tom Guenther
Tony Recktenwald
Vice Versa Press
YouMedia @ Chicago Public Library
and more!

Admission is free.


DIY Cultures

Temporary Services and Half Letter Press — DIY Cultures, Rich Mix London, London, UK, 12-7 PM, May 14 – June 2

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

American Made

Prisoners’ Inventions drawings — American Made: Mass Production/Mass Incarceration, MICA, Baltimore, MA, April 26 – May 26

American Made is an exhibition about mass incarceration curated by the Exhibition Development Seminar of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

We are presenting several drawings our collaborator Angelo made of Prisoners’ Inventions that had never been publicly presented before.

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: http://readwritelibrary.org/hungry-for-stories-chicago-book-club

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.

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Temporary Services and Half Letter Press — Madison Print & Resist, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM, March 25

Madison Print & Resist 2017 is a day-long festival of political print media, zines, experimental publications, and workshops related to the world of art, do-it-yourself culture, and political action. We’re looking for subversively creative print/media artists including zine makers, printers, poster-makers, and other self-published artists and writers to share their work with the Madison area community.

Madison Print & Resist

Temporary Services and Half Letter Press — Zine and pop-up bookshop,The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera, Chicago, IL, 4-8 PM, March 10

Several zine and book makers will be present to sell publications at The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera in Chicago.

Vendors will include:
Public Collectors
Temporary Services/Half Letter Press
Matthew David Crowther of Half Moon Projects
Joseph Wilcox
Carlos Morales
Nathan Pearce of Same Coin Press
and more.

Event listing on facebook

The Rangefinder Gallery

Los Angeles Art Book Fair, 2017

Temporary Servcies and Half Letter Press — Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, February 23-26

We have a table at this year’s fair. Brett will be at the fair on our behalf. We will have several new publications to present.