A NEW SPACE OF ASSEMBLY
A SOCIAL CLUB FOR THE END OF TIME
At its conception, Beyond Repair was meant to adapt to its surroundings while encouraging those surroundings to get out of step with their existing habits. The relationships and actions formed as a result helping to transform the project as days go by. What’s become evident over these two years is that the shop is, by evolving design, a transmitter of sorts. As much a speaker as it is a sounding board.
But any work that goes into those efforts would be fruitless without the ability to gather and reflect. A site to pass through, discover, and transmit common ideas yet realized. Without this cyclical relationship between reflection and action all we have is mindless shouting. And there’s enough of that these days.
Taking these considerations into account we are opening Assembly, an expansion of Beyond Repair just two blocks down the road. Co-managed by myself and Tom Kaczynski of Uncivilized Books, Assembly will serve as a site of convergence and reflection, a space of social and material production. In tandem, the space in the market, will transform in the coming weeks, focusing more on free, often tactical, printed matter to distribute, as well as housing a micro neighborhood radio station (W RL / FR: With Radical Love & Fierce Resistance Radio) in collaboration with Derek Maxwell of Feel Free Hi-Fi.
Located on Columbus Ave., just two blocks down the Greenway from our site in the Midtown Global Market, Assembly houses five offices / studios, a common work space and gathering area, as well as room both inside and outdoors, for lectures, performances, group discussions, and simply hanging out with interesting people. We’ve brought all of our print equipment to the space so that we can continue our book production and print services, as well as finally get our record lathe up and running.
Our intent is to highlight the market site and the Assembly space within an expanded field of action, of a piece. Two spaces, with different, but symbiotic, social uses. Transmission, our space within the market, a site of distribution, and Assembly a site of convergence and co-reflection.
It’s with these thoughts in mind that we are writing to you today. These “interesting people” we speak of, that’s you. We want you there, and are reaching out to see if the tools and desires attached to Assembly would interest you towards becoming a member of this new experiment. Our aim, that in proximity we all might learn something from being and building together. We are reaching out to a small group of about twelve people first off, so that our public can grow organically, and broadly.
Like early 20th century mutual aid societies and union halls, as well as all manner of social clubs, Assembly will act as a site where members can gather to discuss issues of shared interest, but just as importantly, find themselves running into like-minded individuals, certain that our collisions will produce something larger than ourselves. A place to plan, to discuss, to hang out, to gather around ideas of what could be.
Will you join us?
Membership at Assembly (2854 Columbus Ave.)
Benefits: Membership provides access to Assembly during open hours and a 25% discount on print services; use of the workshop and lounge as a common workspace, as well as for meetings; space to program events like reading groups, lectures, performances, as well as space outside for movies, gardening, and more as the project evolves over time; a social club atmosphere (with kitchen!) for “critical downtime.”
Membership Dues: $30 per month, plus one night “bottom lining” the space per month. To create a monthly, recurring payment, click here.