[act-ma] 4/18, 7pm - Prisoners' Inventions - discussion with Chicago-based Temporary Services
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Fri Apr 1 12:27:53 PDT 2011
A R T I S T S I N C O N T E X T
SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AND
THE DESIGN STUDIO FOR SOCIAL INTERVENTION
invite you to a public talk by
Salem Collo-Julin of
on the group's project Prisoners' Inventions, a collaboration with Angelo, a
person who is currently incarcerated
Monday April 18th at 7pm
Design Studio for Social Intervention
1946 Washington Street 2nd Floor
Temporary Services is Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. The
members of Temporary Services are currently based in Chicago and Copenhagen.
Temporary Services has existed, with several changes in membership and
structure, since 1998. Temporary Services produces exhibitions, events,
projects, and publications.
The distinction between art practice and other creative human endeavors is
irrelevant to the group. They invent infrastructure or borrow it when necessary.
The group is self-representing and has never had a commercial gallery
affiliation. In 2008, Temporary Services created Half Letter Press (a publishing
imprint and online store) to better circulate their own published work and to
highlight and distribute the work of their peers. Publications by the group
include Prisoners' Inventions with Angelo (WhiteWalls, 2003), Group Work
(Printed Matter, 2005), Public Phenomena (Half Letter Press, 2008) and the
nationally distributed newspaper Art Work: A National Conversation About Art,
Labor, and Economics (self-published with many contributors in 2009).
For this event, Salem Collo-Julin will give a presentation on the group's
project Prisoners' Inventions, a collaboration with Angelo, a person who is
currently incarcerated. Angelo wrote about and made illustrations of many
incredible inventions made by prisoners to fill needs that the restrictive
environment of prisons do not allow or actively suppress. The inventions include
everything from condoms to salt and pepper shakers to chess sets. With Angelo's
insight, words, and guidance, and the assistance of many friends and
collaborators, Temporary Services co-created a book and a traveling exhibition
that includes re-creations of many of the inventions and of Angelo's prison
cell. Temporary Services and Angelo started working on Prisoners' Inventions in
2001 and the project has been seen internationally, including at the 2007 Athens
(Greece) Biennial, at MassMOCA, and at the Transmediale Festival in Berlin.
More information about Temporary Services is viewable at their website,
Artists in Context is a flexible organizational framework designed to assemble
artists and other creative thinkers across disciplines to conceptualize new ways
of representing and acting upon the critical issues of our time. Artists in
Context is a project of The Arts Company, 501(c)3.
Join us on June 10-12, 2011 at the Northeastern University Eagan Center for
“Connected & Consequential” a conference featuring stories from the field of
hybrid art, case studies, and skill-building workshops. For more information
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