Art Work: Grand Rapids Discussion

Presented by The DAAC

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The Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC) is inviting artists, business owners, city planners, commissioners and creatives to participate in a conversation with artist Marc Fischer to discuss the issues addressed in the ART WORK project, a national dialogue concerning art and economies.
The ARTWORK project includes:
• A dialogue online at the Artwork website
• A publication which will be avaiable at the DAAC event and on display at the UICA
• A series of public conversations to discuss the global and local implications of the shift in the economy; focusing on the impact of arts, culture and communities.

Interested individuals are invited to check out the ART WORK project website prior to the discussion at and then join us from 3-5PM to meet Artist Marc Fischer, and participate in this timely and loaded conversation about arts, culture and economies.

On Marc Fischer
Marc Fischer is a member of the group Temporary Services. He is also the administrator of the project Public Collectors. With Temporary Services, Fischer was a co-founder of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

To date Temporary Services has produced 88 publications. In 2001 the group placed 100 books by a variety of artists onto the shelves of Chicago’s Harold Washington Library Center without permission. The library has since officially added many books from the project to the Chicago Art Reference collection. In 2003 Temporary Services first presented an ongoing collaboration with Angelo, an incarcerated artist, titled “Prisoners’ Inventions”. A book (published by WhiteWalls) and exhibit based on Angelo’s writings and drawings of objects invented by prisoners has been presented in the U.S. and internationally at venues that include: MASS MoCA, Transmediale in Berlin and the Athens Biennial in Greece. In 2008 Temporary Services created their own publishing imprint and webstore, Half Letter Press and published the book Public Phenomena which focuses on photographs of informal modifications of city spaces by their inhabitants. Most recently Temporary Services published the newspaper Art Work - a national conversation about art, labor and economics.

In 2007 Fischer created Public Collectors, a project that encourages collectors to inventory or document their collections and open their homes to the public or share their collections online without depending on larger institutions for support or validation. Fischer recently opened the Public Collectors Study Center in the basement of his Chicago apartment.

for more information contact: Paul Wittenbraker

Presented in association with the Visual Studies Studio, GVSU Department of Art and Design.