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Temporary Services - Publishing in the Realm of Plant Fibers and Electrons (BUY $8.00)
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.
Also available as a PDF or an Epub.

Temporary Services - Publishing in the Realm of Plant Fibers and Electrons (BUY $8.00)

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.

Also available as a PDF or an Epub.

What does a typical day look like for you?

JP: I take care of my daughter. I make emails. I make Word documents. On good days, I use the guillotine to do some cutting or pull out the typewriter to make pages for books or sew some books.

JH: At any given time, I work (occupationally, alongside my labor-of-love creative work) doing between 3 and 5 different freelance jobs (teaching, translating, interpreting) so my days are rarely typical. Or the typical day usually involves something quite different from the day before. Some elements of my days are typical, however: I ride my bike, I make and eat homemade food, I feel like what is possible to get done in one day is never enough.

Relate-able and inspiring words from Antena, a collaborative that includes friend of HLP/Temporary Services Jen Hofer. Check out some information about their projects in Houston this spring here

and we carry En las maravillas (In Wonder), the first book from Antena’s press here!

YO PHILLY! Join Marc & Salem on Wednesday night (April 2, 2014) at the Mural Arts program exhibition inside PAFA’s Hamilton building. It’s the newer building on Broad. We’re talking Temporary Services, Self-Reliance Library, books, working in groups… most likely our impressions of Philadelphia natives as well as spontaneous metal band reviews will come into play - always do! 
Here’s the facebook invite. Join us - it’s free and you can take home a booklet & special Self-Reliance Library pencil FOR FREE. 
Again - Wednesday 4/2/14, 6-8 pm (approx), at PAFA (Hamilton Building), 128 N. Broad St., PHILTHYDELPHIA!

YO PHILLY! Join Marc & Salem on Wednesday night (April 2, 2014) at the Mural Arts program exhibition inside PAFA’s Hamilton building. It’s the newer building on Broad. We’re talking Temporary Services, Self-Reliance Library, books, working in groups… most likely our impressions of Philadelphia natives as well as spontaneous metal band reviews will come into play - always do! 

Here’s the facebook invite. Join us - it’s free and you can take home a booklet & special Self-Reliance Library pencil FOR FREE. 

Again - Wednesday 4/2/14, 6-8 pm (approx), at PAFA (Hamilton Building), 128 N. Broad St., PHILTHYDELPHIA!

New in our webstore! Here’s the first interior spread from
Impractical Labor’s 4th Annual Festival To Plead For Skills ($5.00)
Another beautifully crafted publication by our friends at ILSSA. The labor that went into this booklet may be impractical but it sure paid off in terms of aesthetics! Here’s more about this group and the event that this publication was produced for, quoted from atlengthmag.com:
"The Festival to Plead for Skills is ILSSA’s key event. Rather than pleading, ILSSA members spend July 7 in practice. A celebration of the generative and meditative experience of slow work (ILSSA’s coda is the enthusiastic cry: “As Many Hours As It Takes!!!”), some of the activities from ILSSA members on July 7, 2012, are documented here. These are windows into workshops identified by a local (area code) and shop name. These are views of “impractical” practice: the peculiar act of practicing under the midsummer sky.–Elaine Bleakney”

New in our webstore! Here’s the first interior spread from

Impractical Labor’s 4th Annual Festival To Plead For Skills ($5.00)

Another beautifully crafted publication by our friends at ILSSA. The labor that went into this booklet may be impractical but it sure paid off in terms of aesthetics! Here’s more about this group and the event that this publication was produced for, quoted from atlengthmag.com:

"The Festival to Plead for Skills is ILSSA’s key event. Rather than pleading, ILSSA members spend July 7 in practice. A celebration of the generative and meditative experience of slow work (ILSSA’s coda is the enthusiastic cry: “As Many Hours As It Takes!!!”), some of the activities from ILSSA members on July 7, 2012, are documented here. These are windows into workshops identified by a local (area code) and shop name. These are views of “impractical” practice: the peculiar act of practicing under the midsummer sky.–Elaine Bleakney”

New in our webstore! 
Repository - A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure by Friends of the Pleistocene ($10.00)
A super cool deck of cards-style artist publication. From the publisher Smudge Studio:
"All of our nation’s high-level nuclear waste has nowhere to go. And yet, it’s always going somewhere, either under its own power or in a vibrant assemblage with other things such as water, air, soil, bacteria or human commerce. Repository graphically depicts this material reality through a deck of 42 cards designed to help you spot and identify today’s temporary solutions for the storage of radioactive waste, as you pass by them on the highway, or as they pass by you. Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was our nation’s best attempt to store and contain high-level waste. In 2010 the site was deemed unsuitable and the project’s funding was eliminated. No permanent storage options are expected to be available for the next 100-300 years. In 2004, the EPA determined that high-level radioactive wastes will remain dangerous to humans for 1 million years. They stipulated that any repository for high level waste will have to meet the unprecedentedly long-term safety goal of 1000 millennia. As of 2011, about 66,000 metric tons of spent fuel were being held at power reactor sites in 33 states. Each year, this amount increases by another 2,000 metric tons. Repository chronicles “temporary” infrastructures designed (or simply used) to contain nuclear waste until more enduring facilities can be researched and constructed. Some of the cards feature structures that take notably unique approaches to storage. Others exemplify common infrastructural forms or approaches that run through multiple facilities, or function as mobile infrastructures for transporting radioactive waste between sites. As with other smudge projects, we invite audiences to expand their capacities to imagine the monumental time spans required to contain and monitor nuclear materials, and to consider the extraordinary challenges that they present to designers, architects and engineers.”

New in our webstore! 

Repository - A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure by Friends of the Pleistocene ($10.00)

A super cool deck of cards-style artist publication. From the publisher Smudge Studio:

"All of our nation’s high-level nuclear waste has nowhere to go. And yet, it’s always going somewhere, either under its own power or in a vibrant assemblage with other things such as water, air, soil, bacteria or human commerce. Repository graphically depicts this material reality through a deck of 42 cards designed to help you spot and identify today’s temporary solutions for the storage of radioactive waste, as you pass by them on the highway, or as they pass by you.

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was our nation’s best attempt to store and contain high-level waste. In 2010 the site was deemed unsuitable and the project’s funding was eliminated. No permanent storage options are expected to be available for the next 100-300 years. In 2004, the EPA determined that high-level radioactive wastes will remain dangerous to humans for 1 million years. They stipulated that any repository for high level waste will have to meet the unprecedentedly long-term safety goal of 1000 millennia. As of 2011, about 66,000 metric tons of spent fuel were being held at power reactor sites in 33 states. Each year, this amount increases by another 2,000 metric tons.

Repository chronicles “temporary” infrastructures designed (or simply used) to contain nuclear waste until more enduring facilities can be researched and constructed. Some of the cards feature structures that take notably unique approaches to storage. Others exemplify common infrastructural forms or approaches that run through multiple facilities, or function as mobile infrastructures for transporting radioactive waste between sites. As with other smudge projects, we invite audiences to expand their capacities to imagine the monumental time spans required to contain and monitor nuclear materials, and to consider the extraordinary challenges that they present to designers, architects and engineers.”

New in our webstore!
Lil’ Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)
A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake! Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. Fake writes: “We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the “Lil’ Buddy” unwittingly arises. Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil’ Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil’ Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.”
New in our webstore!
Lil’ Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)
A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake! Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. Fake writes: “We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the “Lil’ Buddy” unwittingly arises. Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil’ Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil’ Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.”
New in our webstore!
Lil’ Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)
A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake! Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. Fake writes: “We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the “Lil’ Buddy” unwittingly arises. Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil’ Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil’ Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.”

New in our webstore!

Lil’ Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)

A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake!

Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services.

Fake writes:

“We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the “Lil’ Buddy” unwittingly arises.

Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil’ Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil’ Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.”

Recently added to our webstore: Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York ($10.00) by Friends of the Pleistocene
Thanks to our pal Julia Klein of Soberscove Press for introducing us to the publisher smudge studio. Here’s their description of this sharp book: “Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York takes you to 20 sites where you can sense the geologic pulse of New York City. With the field guide in hand, residents and visitors are able to interact with both unfamiliar and iconic New York architecture and infrastructure in unexpected ways: by sensing for themselves the forces and flows of geologic material that give form to the built environment of the City. The City’s architecture and infrastructure depends upon extractions of geologic materials that took millennia to form. Yet, we have virtually no cultural awareness of this reality. Some people argue that this is because humans are cognitively incapable of imagining deep time. We disagree. With this field guide, we offer a speculative tool that humans can use to project their imaginations into deep time as they move through the City. We believe that as works made in response to geologic time become more common, human capacities to design, imagine, and live in relation to deep time will expand.”

Recently added to our webstore: Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York ($10.00) by Friends of the Pleistocene

Thanks to our pal Julia Klein of Soberscove Press for introducing us to the publisher smudge studio. Here’s their description of this sharp book:

Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York takes you to 20 sites where you can sense the geologic pulse of New York City. With the field guide in hand, residents and visitors are able to interact with both unfamiliar and iconic New York architecture and infrastructure in unexpected ways: by sensing for themselves the forces and flows of geologic material that give form to the built environment of the City.

The City’s architecture and infrastructure depends upon extractions of geologic materials that took millennia to form. Yet, we have virtually no cultural awareness of this reality. Some people argue that this is because humans are cognitively incapable of imagining deep time. We disagree. With this field guide, we offer a speculative tool that humans can use to project their imaginations into deep time as they move through the City. We believe that as works made in response to geologic time become more common, human capacities to design, imagine, and live in relation to deep time will expand.”

A sample spread from Ice Cream Truck Songs by Jeff Kolar ($4.00)

This sweet booklet was produced to accompany a sound project by the Chicago-based artist Jeff Kolar (who also co-administrates the ongoing broadcast project Radius). Kolar produced a series of electronic ice cream truck jingles and paired up with a truck that played the recordings over the truck’s address system. This booklet focuses on photo documentation of the various ice cream trucks that Kolar has spotted in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. 
You can hear Kolar’s songs here.

A sample spread from Ice Cream Truck Songs by Jeff Kolar ($4.00)

This sweet booklet was produced to accompany a sound project by the Chicago-based artist Jeff Kolar (who also co-administrates the ongoing broadcast project Radius). Kolar produced a series of electronic ice cream truck jingles and paired up with a truck that played the recordings over the truck’s address system. This booklet focuses on photo documentation of the various ice cream trucks that Kolar has spotted in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

You can hear Kolar’s songs here.

New in our webstore! Ice Cream Truck Songs by Jeff Kolar ($4.00)
This sweet booklet was produced to accompany a sound project by the Chicago-based artist Jeff Kolar (who also co-administrates the ongoing broadcast project Radius). Kolar produced a series of electronic ice cream truck jingles and paired up with a truck that played the recordings over the truck’s address system. This booklet focuses on photo documentation of the various ice cream trucks that Kolar has spotted in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. These trucks are a constant sight in many Chicago neighborhoods during the warmer months and their often noxious music will drill its sound into your brain just as surely as the treats they sell will freeze your gray matter if you eat your Oreo crumb covered waffle cone too quickly.
You can hear Kolar’s songs here.

New in our webstore! Ice Cream Truck Songs by Jeff Kolar ($4.00)

This sweet booklet was produced to accompany a sound project by the Chicago-based artist Jeff Kolar (who also co-administrates the ongoing broadcast project Radius). Kolar produced a series of electronic ice cream truck jingles and paired up with a truck that played the recordings over the truck’s address system. This booklet focuses on photo documentation of the various ice cream trucks that Kolar has spotted in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. These trucks are a constant sight in many Chicago neighborhoods during the warmer months and their often noxious music will drill its sound into your brain just as surely as the treats they sell will freeze your gray matter if you eat your Oreo crumb covered waffle cone too quickly.

You can hear Kolar’s songs here.

Ooh, scary Dark Prospects! Crossing out advertising, facial features on people, and contextual references in issues of People, Time, and other magazines makes for a creepy and unsettling book by Charles Beronio - the perfect way to insure personal space on the beach or at your upcoming family reunion!
Seriously now, this booklet is one of 30 different items on sale - in honor of summer and you, our cherished readers and supporters! Check out all the sale items here.
(via Dark Prospects by Charles Beronio, Printed Matter [OPUB54] - $7.00 : Half Letter Press, Independent Art & Publishing & Infrastructure)

Ooh, scary Dark Prospects! Crossing out advertising, facial features on people, and contextual references in issues of People, Time, and other magazines makes for a creepy and unsettling book by Charles Beronio - the perfect way to insure personal space on the beach or at your upcoming family reunion!

Seriously now, this booklet is one of 30 different items on sale - in honor of summer and you, our cherished readers and supporters! Check out all the sale items here.

(via Dark Prospects by Charles Beronio, Printed Matter [OPUB54] - $7.00 : Half Letter Press, Independent Art & Publishing & Infrastructure)

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