Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

Half Letter Press


Those who love archives & historical photographs like we do will do well to check out the Wellcome Library’s archive online. They are generous with their Creative Commons licensing, and encourage viewers to use their images (as long as you cite them as the source, of course). 
Pictured here: the exterior and interior of a mobile Bacteriological Lab, as photographed in 1912 or 1913. I assume this comes from the British Red Cross Society’s units at the time because of the logo on the outside. Labs like this would have been used just a few years later during World War I. This is one of the roomier mobile lab trucks I’ve seen photos of. -scj
Those who love archives & historical photographs like we do will do well to check out the Wellcome Library’s archive online. They are generous with their Creative Commons licensing, and encourage viewers to use their images (as long as you cite them as the source, of course). 
Pictured here: the exterior and interior of a mobile Bacteriological Lab, as photographed in 1912 or 1913. I assume this comes from the British Red Cross Society’s units at the time because of the logo on the outside. Labs like this would have been used just a few years later during World War I. This is one of the roomier mobile lab trucks I’ve seen photos of. -scj

Those who love archives & historical photographs like we do will do well to check out the Wellcome Library’s archive online. They are generous with their Creative Commons licensing, and encourage viewers to use their images (as long as you cite them as the source, of course). 

Pictured here: the exterior and interior of a mobile Bacteriological Lab, as photographed in 1912 or 1913. I assume this comes from the British Red Cross Society’s units at the time because of the logo on the outside. Labs like this would have been used just a few years later during World War I. This is one of the roomier mobile lab trucks I’ve seen photos of. -scj

Half Letter Press & Temporary Services September 2013

logo

Hello!

We’re excited to bring you some new stock in our online inventory. If you’re in Berlin or New York this September, you’ll have a chance to visit us in person at two different book fairs. This is one of those seasons (among many) where it’s nice to have three people, three different home cities, and, as always, our great network of friends and supporters. 

Some news and notes:

Our conquest of book fair tables and your hearts continues this month at two different locations during the same weekend. 

From September 19-22, 2013, Marc and Salem will be representing Temporary Services and Half Letter Press at the NY Art Book Fair, organized by our friends at Printed Matter, and hosted by MoMA/PS1. More information on the fair and a list of all the exhibitors and events is here: http://nyartbookfair.com/. We’ll be in the “Friendly Fire” section. 

During the same time, September 19-22, 2013, Brett will be tabling for Temporary Services and Half Letter Press in Berlin at Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair. More information on that fair (hosted at abc – art berlin contemporary) is here: http://www.missread.net/.

Visitors to both fairs who stop by our table can pick up one of our Half Letter Handbills as long as supplies last! See more about that project here:
https://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=page&id=33.

We continue to offer a free copy of our 2012 book Mobile Phenomena for all orders that total $50 or more:
http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_3&products_id=281

While quantities last, buy a copy of Mobile Phenomena along with the book Audible Dwelling (by the group Learning Site) at a discounted combo price here:
http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_2&products_id=283

More information about all of this as well as our other projects is available atwww.temporaryservices.org/current_services.html. Some addresses and web links are below.

To contact us with ordering questions, chat about books you would like to see at HLP or anything else, email us at publishers@halfletterpress.com.

You can also socialize with us via Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

We are grateful for your interest in our work and thankful for your support. Whether you’re a friend, member of our family, a fellow artist, someone we’ve worked with or are working with, someone who has bought a booklet, attended an exhibition, had a conversation about one of our projects — or all of the above — we thank you.

– Temporary Services & Half Letter Press




NEW & NOTABLE:

David Wojnarowicz: Tongues of Flame, edited by Barry Blinderman. Includes essays by Carlo McCormick, John Carlin, and Curtis White, and an interview of Wojnarowicz by Blinderman. Illinois State University, 1992. A 132-page softcover book packed with over 100 images (black & white and in color) and some great texts about and by Wojnarowicz. Every aspect of Wojnarowicz’s work is included: paintings, collages, photography, writing, film stills, performance stills, and more. Queer culture, AIDS, activism, and the East Village Art Scene of the 1980s. $30.00.

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=312




Actors, Agents, and Attendants. Social Housing – Housing the Social: Art, Property, and Spatial Justice. Edited by Andrea Phillips & Fulya Erdemci, with a forward written by Teddy Cruz. Sternberg Press, 2013. This is a huge (over 500 pages!) volume on housing issues that was published as part of the Actors, Agents, and Attendants series initiated by SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain. Housing provides essential shelter, but also gives form to the social. The writings in this book question the politics of urban practice from a variety of geopolitical and disciplinary viewpoints, mixing artistic and architectural contributions with those of sociologists, urban historians, philosophers, and activists. Contributors include Manuel Castells, Chto Delat, Teddy Cruz, Zoran Eric´, Fallen Fruit, Jiang Jun, Doreen Massey, Markus Miessen, Don Mitchell, Partizan Publik, Andrea Phillips, Miguel Robles-Durán, Martha Rosler, and Ultra- red, among others. $31.00.

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=311




Arts For Living, by Common Room, with essays by Alan Moore and Kim Förster, an interview with Lo-Yi Chan, and photographs by Jason Fulford. Common Books, 2012. Arts For Living takes a close look at the Abrons Arts Center, a community art facility in the Lower East Side, as a case study for an architecture designed to address issues of public space and community life. The center was built during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s and designed as a cultural institution with new educational facilities intended to enable, foster, and serve the everyday activities of the local low-income population. $26.00 

CONDITION NOTE: Our copies of this book arrived a little bumped to one corner. In light of this we have reduced the price. The books are still in very solid, readable condition. 

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=309




Mum Is The World, by Zanny Begg. Blood & Thunder, Australia, 2013. A sensitive and charming small edition book of drawings from Zanny Begg (zannybegg.com). In her introduction, Zanny writes:

"Being a mum can be intense. My baby learnt to walk and talk pretty much simultaneously - she would totter along hanging off my hands and chanting mumma. If I put her down for a second the chant would escalate to a howl for more. Through these drawings I hope to share the pressure and beauty of this brief time when mumma and baby are each other’s whole world. Soon enough she could walk on her own and new words came along expanding this intense little universe."

This sweet publication would make a fantastic gift for any new parent - or just for folks who appreciate great drawing-based ‘zines! $6.00.

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=308




WANT TO ORDER?

Our website processes orders using Paypal, so you can use a credit/debit card, or your existing Paypal account. We will also accept alternative methods of payment including money orders, checks, and some trades. Some ideas are here.

To use an alternate method of payment, please contact us about it first and we can give you instructions on how to complete the transaction. Send an email to pubishers@halfletterpress.com to talk to us. 

ATTENTION STORES, DISTROS, SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES!

We offer volume discounts to schools and libraries and wholesale pricing to stores and distributors on some titles. We would especially like you to consider the books that we have published under the Half Letter Press imprint, including:


Mobile Phenomena


Revolution as an Eternal Dream: The Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective.


Audible Dwelling 


PDF: Public Phenomena, only $5

Please contact us at publishers@halfletterpress.com for pricing and distribution details. 


SOCIALIZE WITH US!

Like us on FACEBOOK.

Follow our tweets on TWITTER.

TUMBLR along with us.


About this newsletter:

Half Letter Press News is a monthly message to fans, friends, and customers of Half Letter Press. To join or leave the email list for this newsletter, or to change the address where you receive it, please email publishers@halfletterpress.com.

Half Letter Press is run by Brett Bloom, Marc Fischer, and Salem Collo-Julin. Our HQ is in Chicago, and we live there, in Philadelphia, and in Copenhagen.

Under the concrete, away from the prying arms of the internet, and for everyone in the U.S., we are called to acknowledge that we live on what will always be indigenous lands.

Half Letter Press, P.O. Box 12588, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA.
www.halfletterpress.com.

Half Letter Press Newsletter

June 2012

Let’s go straight to the point. How does art become subversive of the social order? How does it undermine normal, legitimate, accepted patterns of behavior, and how does it open up possibilities for the transformation of everyday life? What can subversive art accomplish in the political arena? And what are its limits, how can it exceed them in the future?.”

- Brian Holmes, in Escape The Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society

////////////////////

HELLO

We’ve got some new stock to announce as well as some old favorites that you may have missed the first time around. Help a new graduate build their book collection, or grab something interesting to read for your next holiday!

The current Reading Room installment by Sarah Ross and Ryan Griffis is a real treat. They have found some readings for us to offer for free download (teachers! use those PDFs!) and suggested new stock for us to carry. Highlights are listed below in the Regional Relationships section. 

Among many other wonderful endeavors, Sarah and Ryan organize the Regional Relationships subscription series, which anyone who wants new discoveries in their mailbox should check out. Regional Relationships commissions artists, writers, activists, and scholars to create works that investigate the natural, industrial, and cultural landscapes of a region. Sarah and Ryan write, “It is a platform to reimagine the spaces and cultural histories around us. An invitation to join in seeing what we can learn, and learning what we can see, by juxtaposing spaces and narratives that are usually kept apart.” We offer the 2011 edition, with work from Claire Pentecost and Matthew Friday. 

You can see past Reading Rooms here

Don’t forget to check out our curated page on Kickstarter to find new and imaginative projects that we think you should support. 

////////////////////

Regional Relationships Related

Regional Relationships subscription 2011: Two projects, including Matthew Friday’s “A Map Without Boundaries” (map with tools for you to visualize your own region) and “Greetings From The Cornbelts,” a postcard project by Claire Pentecost. $50

Stories In Reserve: Book and CD set including three audio tours, $15

Touring Olympia: Exposition Park, Los Angeles: CD and booklet in special box highlighting a future/historical tour of the 2020 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, that collapsed when all the athletes went on strike. $18

Designated Drivers: 24-page booklet documenting artists and groups involved in this Temporary Services-organized project (and featuring Ryan Griffis & Sarah Ross). $4

Regional Relationships Picks

NEW AT HLP The Nevada Test Site: A Guide To America’s Nuclear Proving Ground: The Center for Land Use Interpretation put out this book (researched and written by Matthew Coolidge) that describes America’s weapons and research and development field site in depth. $15

NEW AT HLP Surface Tension: Problematics of SiteKen Ehrlich & Brandon LaBelle edited this critical collection of essays addressing art and public space. Includes a CD of audio works (selected by Stephen Vitiello). $25

Cultural Practices Within And Across: A collection of writings on local and trans-local cultural production across Europe, edited by Doina Petrescu, Constantin Petcou, and Nishat Awan. $35

Filter Detroit: Volume 1: Edited by Kerstin Niemann, this is a publication about a collaborative project with the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the College for Creative Studies Detroit. An experimental transnational research project about the structural and creative developments in the Moran Street neighborhood in Detroit shaped by insider and outsider perspectives. $45

Not If But When: Culture Beyond Oil: a collaborative publication by British groups Liberate Tate, Platform, and Art Not Oil. $15

Power/Exchange: a booklet documenting a 2002 project by Deborah Stratman made in Wendover, Utah and dealing with the communications and energy corridors that surround and affect Wendover. $9

Regional Relationships Free Download

Click here to download the essay ”New Axioms For Reading The Landscape: Paying Attention to Political Economy and Social Justice,” by Don Mitchell (from 2008’s Political Economies of Landscape Change, Vol. 89, No. 1). Check out the Reading Room page for more free readings and suggestions. 

////////////////////

NEW & NOTABLE

Why The Exhibit Was Canceled: A new (2012) offset print job for this publication! Actual “behind-the-scenes” correspondence between an artist and a curator as they attempt to negotiate the details of the artist’s upcoming exhibition. $2

Big Women, Big Girls: We’re happy to carry the second publication printed by the fantastic new press Stamped Books. Big Women, Big Girls is a small, thick, multi-colored book with flash fiction by Cate Stevens-Davis. The book itself has long “hairs” coming off the side and thick pages that range in size. From Stamped Books: “The text gives insight into the world of plus-sized women. It enters into their insecurities, but also their passions. The stories range from heartfelt, encounters to hilarious bar pick-ups.” $12

Reason’s MonstersOn a recent trip for an exhibition in Kansas City, we met artist and printer Nicholas Naughton who co-runs La Cucaracha Press, a compact printing facility run by a really fun group of guys. We were so impressed by Nicholas’ chapbook with poet Carmen Gimenez Smith that we decided to buy some copies on the spot to distribute through Half Letter Press. In Reason’s Monsters, Naughton reimagines Goya’s important “Disasters of War” through the pen of an artist reflecting on the disasters of America’s present wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond. Goya’s vultures become American eagles, clawing and biting at the flesh of our victims. Each two-page spread combines a drawing by Naughton with a sharp poem by Gimenez Smith, including one - “Infidelity (11/13)” that invokes Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. $10

When Santa Claus Came To Town With Solvognen: This is a 2010 reprint, by Torpedo Press, of the tale of a small army of Santa Clauses that created a lot of looting opportunities in 1974 Copenhagen. Solvognen was an activist theater group associated with Christiania, the autonomous neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. $13

The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest (No. 8): We’re excited to see a new issue out from our friends at The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest! This thick reader includes contributions by Ultra Red, Jaleh Mansoor, Ayreen Anastas, the Survival Kit Collective, and Libertad Guerra. $20

////////////////////

SOUND BREAK

Temporary Services recently organized an experimental series of concerts called Music Mountain in a working-class area called Tingbjerg, on the outskirts of Copenhagen. This was in conjunction with the Visit Tingbjerg festival and exhibition, and was the first time that all of the bands we chose had ever performed in Tingbjerg. All of the concerts were free and open to the public, and situated in unlikely spaces for music to be heard. Check out images and audio of concerts by Papir, Yoke & Yohs, and more here.

////////////////////

DON’T FORGET …

ESCAPE THE OVERCODE: ACTIVIST ART IN THE CONTROL SOCIETY

AUDIBLE DWELLING

THEATRUM ORBIS TERRARUM

SELF-RELIANCE LIBRARY

ART GANGS: PROTEST & COUNTERCULTURE IN NEW YORK CITY

////////////////////

WANT TO ORDER?


Our website processes orders using Paypal, so you can use a credit/debit card, or your existing Paypal account. We will also accept alternative methods of payment including money orders, checks, and some trades. Some ideas are here.

To use an alternate method of payment, please contact us about it first and we can give you instructions on how to complete the transaction. Send an email to pubishers@halfletterpress.com to talk to us. 

ATTENTION STORES, DISTROS, SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES!


We offer volume discounts to schools and libraries and wholesale pricing to stores and distributors on some titles. We would especially like you to consider the books that we have published under the Half Letter Press imprint, including:

Revolution as an Eternal Dream: The Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective

Audible Dwelling 

Public Phenomena 

Please contact us at publishers@halfletterpress.com for pricing and distribution details. 

HOW TO HANG WITH US ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA THINGERS


Become our Fan on FACEBOOK

Follow our tweets on TWITTER

We’ll TUMBLR for ya over by here

About this newsletter:

Half Letter Press News is a message to fans, friends, and customers of Half Letter Press. To join or leave the email list for this newsletter, or to change the address where you receive it, please email publishers@halfletterpress.com.

Half Letter Press is run by Brett Bloom, Marc Fischer, and Salem Collo-Julin. Our HQ is in Chicago, and we live there, in Philadelphia, and in Copenhagen. Under the concrete and away from the prying arms of the internet, we all live in indigenous lands. Half Letter Press, P.O. Box 12588, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA. http://www.halfletterpress.com

Buy this and all other Public Collectors publications from Half Letter Press!
publiccollectors:

Now available from Half Letter Press: the second variation of Ambiguous Ads, compiled and published by Public Collectors. This booklet collects together a completely different selection of photos of swingers extracted from personal ads - this time from a 1974 issue of American Swingers Magazine. The first version of Ambiguous Ads has also been given a small reprinting. These probably won’t be printed again due to the difficulty of running the glossy paper through my laser printer. If you want ‘em, get ‘em here now.

Buy this and all other Public Collectors publications from Half Letter Press!

publiccollectors:

Now available from Half Letter Press: the second variation of Ambiguous Ads, compiled and published by Public Collectors. This booklet collects together a completely different selection of photos of swingers extracted from personal ads - this time from a 1974 issue of American Swingers Magazine. The first version of Ambiguous Ads has also been given a small reprinting. These probably won’t be printed again due to the difficulty of running the glossy paper through my laser printer. If you want ‘em, get ‘em here now.

It Is Always Like This
By IC-98 and Temporary Services/Half Letter Press Turku, Finland: IC-98, 2009 Pages: 36 We just received a shipment from Finland of our new book. It documents a public project we realized with IC-98,  in Turku, in 2009. We made sandwich board signs and invited people to take them and place them out in the city.  Here is our description of the project:
Everything in Turku, Finland, as in most cities, is in its  predictable and expected place. Bikes lean against walls, signs hang on  stores, advertisements are pasted on poles, and every fixture has an  obvious function. The public art is predictable too. It’s made from  durable materials; it looks like it has been around forever and will  stay around forever. As a small but visible challenge to this tedious routine, the groups  IC-98 (Turku) and Temporary Services (Chicago) have teamed up to build  and circulate a series of 25 wooden sandwich board signs which carry  phrases that advertise nothing and aren’t always terribly positive. Many  of the texts, written collaboratively by the two groups, point to our  frustration with the monotony of city spaces and the high degree of  political control that is exerted over them. Not wanting to make something as fixed or permanent as the situations we  are critical of, we have made the signs lightweight and given them  handles. Passersby are free to move the signs as they wish. Our  placements of them can be viewed as suggestions. We’ve created a  situation that we can’t control, just as we don’t wish to be controlled  by others.
 The fantastic design work on the book was done by IC-98.
Click here to see images from the book or to get a copy of it.

It Is Always Like This

By IC-98 and Temporary Services/Half Letter Press
Turku, Finland: IC-98, 2009
Pages: 36

We just received a shipment from Finland of our new book. It documents a public project we realized with IC-98, in Turku, in 2009. We made sandwich board signs and invited people to take them and place them out in the city.

Here is our description of the project:

Everything in Turku, Finland, as in most cities, is in its predictable and expected place. Bikes lean against walls, signs hang on stores, advertisements are pasted on poles, and every fixture has an obvious function. The public art is predictable too. It’s made from durable materials; it looks like it has been around forever and will stay around forever.

As a small but visible challenge to this tedious routine, the groups IC-98 (Turku) and Temporary Services (Chicago) have teamed up to build and circulate a series of 25 wooden sandwich board signs which carry phrases that advertise nothing and aren’t always terribly positive. Many of the texts, written collaboratively by the two groups, point to our frustration with the monotony of city spaces and the high degree of political control that is exerted over them.

Not wanting to make something as fixed or permanent as the situations we are critical of, we have made the signs lightweight and given them handles. Passersby are free to move the signs as they wish. Our placements of them can be viewed as suggestions. We’ve created a situation that we can’t control, just as we don’t wish to be controlled by others.



The fantastic design work on the book was done by IC-98.

Click here to see images from the book or to get a copy of it.

Spoiled
   
Full Title: Spoiled – Refrigerators of New Orleans go outside in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And they have things to say. By Tom Varsico New Orleans: Tom Varisco Press, 2005 Pages: 44
$12.00 [Click to Purchase] We recently came across this beautiful little book by accident. It is a collection of photographs by New Orleans-based designer Tom Varisco. It presents a small story, within the greater tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, of one of the hundreds of ways that the storm impacted the people of New Orleans. Varisco writes on the inside cover of the book:
Most residents could not return to their homes for at least three weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit. They found their homes without power and their refrigerators filled with spoiled food. Most refrigerators were placed outside for pick up and disposal.
Varisco noticed that people would put their refrigerators out by the curb and would write messages on them. Sometimes the writing takes the form of public criticism of failed government relief efforts. Other messages make jokes about the horrible contents to be found inside. Each copy was signed by Varisco.

Spoiled

Full Title: Spoiled – Refrigerators of New Orleans go outside in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And they have things to say.
By Tom Varsico
New Orleans: Tom Varisco Press, 2005
Pages: 44

$12.00 [Click to Purchase]

We recently came across this beautiful little book by accident. It is a collection of photographs by New Orleans-based designer Tom Varisco. It presents a small story, within the greater tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, of one of the hundreds of ways that the storm impacted the people of New Orleans.

Varisco writes on the inside cover of the book:

Most residents could not return to their homes for at least three weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit. They found their homes without power and their refrigerators filled with spoiled food. Most refrigerators were placed outside for pick up and disposal.

Varisco noticed that people would put their refrigerators out by the curb and would write messages on them. Sometimes the writing takes the form of public criticism of failed government relief efforts. Other messages make jokes about the horrible contents to be found inside.

Each copy was signed by Varisco.

     
Public Phenomena
   
by Temporary Services Chicago: Half Letter Press. 2008 Pages: 152
$15.00 [Click to purchase]
This book is the result of over ten years of photographic documentation and research on the variety of modifications and inventions people make in public. From roadside memorials to makeshift barriers, people consistently alter shared common spaces to suit their needs, or let both man-made and natural aberrations run wild. The result is a new kind of public space – with creative and inspiring moments that push past the original planned design of cities.
Images and text by: Temporary Services, Polonca Lovšin, Joseph Heathcott & Damon Rich, Boštjan Bugaric, Ana Celigoj, Maša Cvetko, Marko Horvat, Meta Kos, Darjan Mihajlović, Danijel Modrej, Maja Modrijan, and Sonja Zlobko

Public Phenomena

by Temporary Services
Chicago: Half Letter Press. 2008
Pages: 152

$15.00 [Click to purchase]

This book is the result of over ten years of photographic documentation and research on the variety of modifications and inventions people make in public. From roadside memorials to makeshift barriers, people consistently alter shared common spaces to suit their needs, or let both man-made and natural aberrations run wild. The result is a new kind of public space – with creative and inspiring moments that push past the original planned design of cities.

Images and text by: Temporary Services, Polonca Lovšin, Joseph Heathcott & Damon Rich, Boštjan Bugaric, Ana Celigoj, Maša Cvetko, Marko Horvat, Meta Kos, Darjan Mihajlović, Danijel Modrej, Maja Modrijan, and Sonja Zlobko