Temporary Services and Compound Yellow present the Self-Reliance Library and initiate the Self-Reliance School.

The Self-Reliance School will host classes, workshops, talks, public events, a book shop, a zine mercado and more from May – October 2017.

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.

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.


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Many Possible Futures
Inside the Matrix: The Living Structures of Ken Isaacs, talk by Susan Snodgrass
Soil Exam with Nance Klehm
Booklet release for “At Work with Thomas Kong” by Dan Miller with Illustrations by Ruby T, published by Half Letter Press
Artists’ Books, Zines and Printed Mayhem from Mexico, with Marc Fischer of Temporary Services
Mariame Kaba discusses Trying to Make the Personal Political
Opening Day of the Self-Reliance School
Installing the Self-Reliance Library
Getting the Book Shop ready
Demolition time at Compound Yellow
Making the Signs
Diagram of Compound Yellow