Free for all. Art as a service to others
We have invited the group Temporary Services (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer; shortlisted with their project Printed City for the first Visible award), to answer an interview in which we go through their personal history; that they very much based around the idea that publishing can be one of the most accessible and democratic tools to spread empowering artistic projects and their outcomes. Started in 1998 with the opening of an experimental exhibition space in Chicago, in a working-class neighborhood, the group has been operating on an international scale for long time now, and maintaining publishing at the core of their activities to “provide art as a service to others; a way to pay attention to the social context in which art is produced and received
Temporary Services is Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. We are based in Chicago, Copenhagen, and Philadelphia, and have existed, with several changes in membership and structure, since 1998. We produce exhibitions, events, projects, and publications. The distinction between art practice and other creative human endeavors is irrelevant to us.