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Public Collectors - February 2017: Estate Sale Photography, Library Excavations, and Korean food consumptions
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In the moments between poor sleep and protest, despair and cautious hope from increased resistance, I continue to work on Public Collectors projects. This time around there's a big new project to announce (that I already ended), a new publication, a long interview, and other updates. As always, thank you for supporting this work and reading these sporadic newsletters.
— Marc Fischer / Public Collectors

Estate Sale Photography

After over a year of quiet posting, I'm both announcing and also ending the new Public Collectors photo blog Estate Sale Photography. It has occupied a space in my brain that I would like to clear for the new year. Having been forced to deal with some of the issues this project addresses in my personal life, I no longer want to devote my creative work to these processes as well.

Estate sales make the possessions found in private homes, publicly accessible. The photos posted here are selected from thousands of images found on estate sale company web listings from sales that are held throughout the United States.

Estate Sale Photography has been a meditation on death and the things people leave behind for others to sort out. It's about the stuff people accumulate and the aesthetics of that stuff. It's about photography and the space between mercenary commercial interests (the companies that are brought in to move this merchandise) and the poetic or emotional qualities that happen in their documentation.

Though I don't plan to add to this collection, it will remain online. Think of it as a book on a shelf, waiting for you to revisit it. I may dive back in at some point, but for now I'm leaving this thing alone and moving on.

Library Excavations #5 and discounted set

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intensive browsing of paper and print resources, particularly those that are under-utilized, or at risk of being withdrawn and discarded.
New! Library Excavations #5: A Handbook of Library Ideas

This booklet is a complete reprint of a self-published 1977 booklet by the late Dale E. Shaffer containing 156 creative ideas for libraries. It’s all here: animal lending libraries (check out a hamster!), guitar jam rooms, Jury selection room libraries, coupons for free hamburgers in exchange for overdue books, microfragrance libraries with scratch and sniff cards, tool lending, and so much more. See more details and purchase for just $6.00 from Half Letter Press.
Be a Library Excavations completist! Save $5.00 when you buy the first five issues of the Library Excavations booklet series by Public Collectors together as a set. Purchase here for $25.00.
I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a long interview about Library Excavations conducted by Tempestt Hazel. It was a real treat to be able to concentrate on a single project and discuss it in such depth. Read the interview here.

Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program

In early August 2016 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. I also take a photo and write a little report.

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.

There have been 13 Joong Boo Residents to date. Since the last newsletter about this project in November 2016, I've had the pleasure of hosting: Nathan Pearce, Scott J. Hunter (left photo), Raymond Salvatore Harmon, Sue Uhlig, Andy Sturdevant, Damon RichLisa Anne Auerbach (right photo), and Erick Lyle.

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.

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. After taking a few months off from locating houses, I recently added about 25 more homes. You can see all of those listings on the project's Tumblr. Hardcore Architecture publications are available from Half Letter Press.

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.

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Public Collectors c/o
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P.O. Box 12588
Chicago, IL 60612

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