Public Collectors - October 2016 Newsletter
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Welcome to the Public Collectors newsletter!

After years of depending too much on social media for getting the word out about Public Collectors endeavors, I've decided to try the occasional emailed newsletter. You are receiving this because you are a friend or colleague that at some point has demonstrated an interest in this work. If you'd prefer not to receive these mailings (which I promise, will not be excessive), please feel free to opt out at the bottom of this email. Thank you to everyone that has supported the work of Public Collectors over the last 9 years! — Marc Fischer

Announcing Library Excavations!

I spent a lot of time in the Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center last summer and in early fall, and the fruits of those visits can be found in the first four issues of the new Library Excavations booklet series.

Library Excavations highlights and activates physical materials found in public libraries. Public Collectors prefers direct experiences of physical media over the digital. Library Excavations encourages intensive browsing of paper and print resources, particularly those that are under-utilized, or at risk of being withdrawn and discarded.

Each 32-page booklet in this series takes on a different obscure corner of a public library's collection, from 8x10 inch promo photos of musicians to advertisements from companies that market to the prison industry. The latest issue, "Suspect Methodology" is entirely focused on a study published in 1972 that, in a disgusting lack of ethical consideration, used mugshots obtained from the Erie Country Sheriff's Department in New York for research devoted to personal appearance identification by witnesses. Future issues of Library Excavations will highlight the selections of other heavy public library users and not solely myself. If you have a proposal for an issue, please get in touch!

As a special deal for friends of Public Collectors, you can purchase a set of the first four issues of Library Excavations directly from me for just $20.00 postpaid in the U.S. or $40.00 postpaid anywhere else in the world. Individual copies of these and all other Public Collectors booklets are available from Half Letter Press. Click on the covers for more details about each individual title.

The Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program

In early August I launched the Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program. The residency consists of me buying Korean lunch for the resident at Joong Boo Market on 3333 N. Kimball Avenue in Chicago.

Joong Boo’s snack corner seating area is miniscule and it can be quite hard to find seating for more than two people at a time. For this reason, regrettably, only individuals can apply for Joong Boo residencies. You can preview the Joong Boo snack corner menu here. Note that while there are some vegetarian options, vegan options are limited to one or two slightly modified dishes.

The Joong Boo Residency takes inspiration from a 2010 trip to Kansas City where I was lecturing on the work of Temporary Services (a group I‘m part of with Brett Bloom). While there, the artist Sean Starowitz awarded me an Arthur Bryant’s Residency. The residency consisted, in total, of taking a trip to Arthur Bryant’s to eat delicious BBQ and converse. It was a fantastic experience.

Public Collectors maintains an expansive view of creativity. The Joong Boo Residency is open to creative individuals that like Korean food and are interested in sharing lunch with me. There is no cost to be a resident and I will attempt to accommodate up to two residencies a month. A typical Joong Boo Residency lasts less than an hour. Residencies can be expanded to include additional hanging out and conversation time if this is mutually agreeable to myself and the Joong Boo Resident. Shopping at Joong Boo Market (at the resident’s expense) after the completion of your Joong Boo Residency is highly encouraged.

To apply for a Joong Boo Residency, simply contact me, tell me about what you do (links to any websites would be great) and let me know the date and time that you would prefer to have a residency. Note that under normal circumstances, Chicago residents are not eligible for Joong Boo Residencies.

There were two Joong Boo Residents prior to this announcement via Tumblr in August. The first Joong Boo Resident was Paul Lloyd Sargent. Greg Mihalko, a graphic designer with Partner and Partners, was the second Joong Boo Resident. Joong Boo Residents since applications were opened to the public have been: Irene Tsatsos, Risa Puleo, Erin K. Drew, Mary Tremonte, and Dushko Petrovich.

Hardcore Architecture explores the relationship between the architecture of living spaces and the history of underground American hardcore bands in the 1980s. Band addresses are discovered using contact listings found in demo tape and record reviews published from 1982-89 in the fanzine Maximum RocknRoll. Google Street View is used to capture photos of the homes.

I began this project back in June 2014 and in the years since, it has swelled to include photos of well over 500 band-related homes. You can see all of those listings on the project's Tumblr. Hardcore Architecture has also been the subject of several exhibits, a ton of press, multiple publications, and has a Twitter account. I haven't been posting to the blog as much in recent months, but it's not dead yet! Feel free to follow on Tumblr or Twitter for the latest discoveries as they are added.
#ZINEmercado 2016

If you live in Chicago or are passing through, Public Collectors will have a table at ZINEmercado on October 23rd from 12 - 6 PM at the Comfort Station in Logan Square on 2579 N Milwaukee Ave. Stop by to pick up the latest booklets, see a wide range of 'zines by other (mostly local) practitioners, or just say hello.
Logan Square Independent Zine Fest is a non-profit organization which aims to bring fanzine makers together to showcase their work and interact with other artists, enthusiasts and the public in general. See the full event line up here.

Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in exhibitions organized by others, creates exhibition opportunities for collectors, teaches, lectures, responds to research inquiries, and makes its own publications. The administrator of Public Collectors is Marc Fischer. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Our mailing address is:
Public Collectors c/o
Half Letter Press
P.O. Box 12588
Chicago, IL 60612

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