Please join us to celebrate the release of John Kim’s new book, Rupture of the Virtual. The book release is accompanied by a free interactive version for the digital commons.
“I ain’t some fucking lame-ass, young-ass punk working state trooper you’re dealing with here; I’m just going to charge you. If you beat it, you beat it.
You know what? I don’t care. You’re 15 years old and you’re riding in stolen cars; it don’t matter to me. You know what? You’re going to be a statistic.”
The last few years, if not more so, have revealed to an ever growing public the systemic problems and continuing aggressions embedded within the Minneapolis Police Department. These tendencies are never more apparent than within the character and conduct of Police Union president, Lieutenant Bob Kroll.
Whether in his role as the union representative for the Minneapolis police force or prior, as an aggressive and outspoken officer, Lt. Kroll has again and again shown his contempt for the citizens of Minneapolis and its elected officials.
Not long ago Red76‘s editor, Sam Gould, was leaked a transcript of an interrogation that, then Sgt., Kroll conducted with a fourteen year old African-American boy accused of stealing a car. The tenor of condescension and contempt evident in Sgt. Kroll’s interaction with this young man, a juvenile, is telling of his character and what it desires.
As a means to create and distribute a portrait of Lt.Kroll’s beliefs, methods, and personal conduct Beyond Repair and Uncivilized Books are gathering a group of Twin Cities based comic artists and illustrators at the shop for an all day (comic) book sprint.
if you are not familiar with the framework of a book sprint, it’s easy to understand: a group of people gather to produce a book in one day, start to finish. In this instance we will gather at Beyond Repair at 10am. Coffee will be provided. We’ll use the transcript of Kroll’s interrogation as if it were a screenplay. The illustrators will be provided a number of pages to illustrate, using the interrogation transcript as their dialogue. Once finished we will scan all the pages, print them on the Risograph in the shop, and collectively compile them into a finished comic – all in one day!
Our comic will be distributed far and wide throughout MPLS for free. Anyone present is welcome to take as many issues as they can handle to pass around.
If we are to work towards truly human centered government and policing, transparency, dialogue, and criticality is key in achieving this goal. By producing this comic we hope to engage in exactly that type of behavior – illustrating and making accessible the roles, conduct, and character of those who are, in name if not deed, there to protect, serve, and represent the whole of us as citizens.
Please join Beyond Repair and Society Editions at The White Page Gallery for the release of Society’s first two publications of poetry at the intersection of political speech: Against the Picture – Window: A Time of the Phoenix Compendium and My Singularity, a new chapbook by Minnesota-based poet, Sun Yung Shin.
Poems will be read. Books will be on offer. Drinks on hand.
TIME OF THE PHOENIX
Time of the Phoenix was a series of chapbooks produced and circulated around the Uptown area of Chicago and further afield from the late 1960s to the mid-70s, which served as a platform for the urban white poor of the neighborhood. Through poetry and other verse, authors articulate their lives in relation to police abuse, living in poverty, domestic violence, addiction and more. A vehicle for a voiceless population to find voice with one another, Time of the Phoenix was a tactical action in print devised by the Young Patriots—a group of radicalized, young southern white migrants living in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Along with “organizing in their own” through projects such as the chapbook series, the YPO went on to help form the Rainbow Coalition with the Young Lords, and Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers.
Working with founding YPO member, Hy Thurman, Society Editions has published Against the Picture – Window: A Time of the Phoenix Compendium, a collection of original works which appeared in Time of the Phoenix, as well as original photographic documents, interviews, commentary, and contemporary poetic works which speak across history and experience to the voices which originally appeared in the chapbook series.
My Singularity brilliantly graphs the myth of Pinocchio onto the contemporary flux of human identity amid advances in artificial intelligence and the human genome project, crafting a deeply felt extended metaphor for the physical body as site of meaning, a screen onto which multiple stories are at all times being projected. Sun Yung Shin’s intelligence and empathetic reach appear infinite as she imbues a wooden puppet with the kind of pathos we normally reserve for ourselves. The poem demonstrates an ethos at work typified by W.B. Yeats’s claim that “the quarrels we have with others are rhetoric / The quarrels we have with ourselves is poetry.” Allowing the latter to show itself is no small feat in a political climate that engenders discord and factionalism at every turn. Her poem searches the identity of the orphan, the manufactured psyche, the worker, and locates the vulnerable body of the nation-state as it exists as a living, breathing organism.
My Singularity is a single poem published as a chapbook by Society Editions.
Society is a construction, dismantled and reformed daily, yearly, through our perceptions and public pronouncements, either shouted or whispered. As an expandable publishing platform, Society concerns itself with the intersection where poetry meets speech and where private and public life collide. Society is timely and agile, responsive and responsible, paper and air.
If poetry can act as an ethical barometer of a population in time, Society changes with you and you change Society. Society is a response and then a record.
As an imprint, through a yearly almanac, individual books, chaplets, posters, actions, programs, et al, Society aims to pick away and uncover the role and possibilities of poetry as public speech, how abstract, or seemingly obtuse, texts can engage and decipher very real and timely issues around public life and power.
Society Editions is co-edited by Mary Austin Speaker, Chris Martin, and Sam Gould
Drummer’s coming to town!! We’re so excited to be hosting a performance on the Greenway with our old friend, Lisa Schonberg and her new duo – with Anthony Brisson – Coordination.
They’re written out a percussion score, which they’ll perform on the Greenway. The printed score will be available at the shop.
Here’s some info on them…
Coordination is the Portland-based duo of Anthony Brisson (Psychomagic) and Lisa Schonberg (Secret Drum Band, Kickball). Together they craft performances that include aspects of noise, improvisation, and pop, using synthesizers, guitars, samples and drums.
For this performance, they drafted a graphic score based on the motions and emotions of a day of work, and then composed the music accordingly. Beyond Repair will be printing these scores, which will be available at the performance.
(This event will take place at Moon Palace Books: 3260 Minnehaha Ave)
After San Francisco’s new mayor announced imminent plans to “clean up” downtown with a new corporate “dot com corridor” and arts district–featuring the new headquarters of Twitter and Burning Man–curators Erick Lyle, Chris Johanson and Kal Spelletich brought over 100 artists and activists together with residents fearing displacement to consider utopian aspirations and plot alternative futures for the city. The resulting exhibition, Streetopia, was a massive anti-gentrification art fair that took place in venues throughout the city, featuring daily free talks, performances, skillshares and a free community kitchen out of the gallery. This book brings together all of the art and ephemera from the now-infamous show, featuring work by Swoon, Barry McGee, Emory Douglas, Monica Canilao, Rigo 23, Xara Thustra, Ryder Cooley and many more. Essays and interviews with key participants consider the effectiveness of Streetopia’s projects while offering a deeper rumination on the continuing search for community in today’s increasingly homogenous and gentrified cities.
Crisis Logic and the Reader: As sociological studies and our own experiences have shown us, crisis manifests relationships and modes of action uncommon outside of states of disruption. Egalitarianism, collaboration and cooperation, crisis highlights utopic possibilities in the midst of the destruction of the day-to-day.
But along with crisis comes anxiety. That boost of adrenaline, beneficial in small immediate doses, fracturing our clarity and composure over time.
Crisis Logic and the Reader, an area of inquiry centered at Beyond Repair this fall, promotes the notion of the “social life of reading” as a long-term, daily alternative to the logic which arises out of singular moments of crisis. This collective, and distributed, conversation will take form in multiple locations around the Twin Cities from Oct. – Dec. 2016, through talks, symposium, publications, art installations and more at Beyond Repair, St. Catherine’s University, Minnesota Institute of Art, and further afield.
Join the folks who facilitate Beyond Repair, the 9th Ward publication experiment, for a day long festival of music, food, and more to benefit the refurbishment of a new piece of equipment for the shop: a mid-century record lathe able to produce vinyl records in real time. When up and running our lathe will, in just the same fashion that Beyond Repair publishes books, zines, and posters everyday, be able to lathe vinyl records. Moving around the ideas and desires, sounds and voices, of 9th Ward residents as well as compatriots further afield our lathe will assist in producing an ever expanding Anthology of 9th Ward Folkways! Noise! Mariachi! Cumbia! Dhaanto! Hip Hop! Voices and experiences that define our lives here in the ward together as neighbors.
Tiny Diner has generously donated the proceeds of food and drink to the fundraiser, and has opened their space for day long festivities. Among more to come, Eastlake Brewery has generously dontated beer for the occasion!
Current Beyond Repair resident Derek Maxwell will unveil and make use of his home-made sound system during Surround Sound, inspired by the early dub and hip-hop systems that brought neighbors far and wide together in celebration and resistance from Kingston to the South Bronx.
Long-time collaborator and neighbor Steven Matheson has organized a stellar and growing ensemble of performers, which so far include:
More news, ideas, and performers to come!
A last minute reminder that Crisis Logic & the Reader opens today. Sam will be giving a lecture on how the “social life of reading” might work as a durational alternative to crisis logic this afternoon at 3pm. Tomorrow Matt Olson and I will be in conversation regarding the radical gesture of love and its complications, and Thursday Monica Haller and I will be discussing issues of race and identity and its relationship to the environment. Closing things out, on Thursday evening, Michael Gallope, Meredith Gill, and the rest of their fantastic group, IE, will be playing us out for the week on Derek Winston Maxwell‘s community supported sound system. Join us!!
Beyond Repair & Eastlake Craft Brewery are collaborating towards an on-going platform to democratically fund neighbor devised and implemented projects for the 9th Ward that energize creative strategies supporting well-being and personal freedom against racism, xenophobia, misogyny and all that other pile of crap that seems to be, increasingly, a-okay nowadays.
Join us on Jan. 13th at the brewery. Tell your friends. Drink some delicious beer. Propose a project. Win some money. Do some good with it. Come back next time and tell us what’s what.
Get Brewing! : A Micro Funding/Brewing Platform Supporting Neighborhood Creative Engagement for Defense and Wellness in South Minneapolis
Beyond Repair and Eastlake Craft Brewing have devised a micro-grant presentation platform – Get Brewing! – established to promote and support creative social engagement around defense and wellness in the 9th Ward neighborhoods of Powderhorn, Central, and Phillips. Modeled after FEAST (“a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically” fund project proposals) Get Brewing! invites 9th Ward neighbors to individually or collaboratively propose projects that imaginatively address how we, as neighbors, can care for, assist, and protect one another within this moment of unease.
Every other Friday at 7pm, starting January 13th, drop by Eastlake for a beer. Propose a project, or simply listen in on the great ideas of your fellow neighbors. Proposals will be voted on by all in attendance. With $2 from every full-size beer sold to participants that evening going into the Get Brewing! fund, the winner walks away with that night’s profits to help support the realization of their idea. Winners return at the next gathering of Get Brewing! to share what they’ve done.
Within a moment where distrust and fear, hate crimes, and general unease are at a fever pitch, models and actions that address how we care for one another, as well as ourselves, are not simply a good idea, but vital social tools for mental health and personal freedom in advance of crisis. Get Brewing! creates a social space to critically address these concerns and highlight methods of support for one another from the ground up. With communal intent we, as neighbors, can energize ideas that benefit us all, starting with our neighbors most at risk within a climate of heightened aggression and intolerance.
Have a beer!
Come up with an idea!
Commit to one another!
Repeat as necessary!!
Organized by: Crystal Quinn, Alexa Horochowski, & Beyond Repair
Based on inherent feeling towards what is and what exists around us, the battle against this patriarchal culture, is inherently female.
Around the rallying cry “Anarchy is Female” all are invited to come together for a printing event and skill / knowledge / experience share. Throughout the day we will be printing multiple different Anarchy is Female designs to be used for the inauguration protests within the city and throughout the US, including the Million Women’s March in D.C.
As a quick reaction to the recent electoral let down, a group of female artists have come together to create. Started out as a “book club”, they quickly shifted into a loving and creative space to discuss and create. For this event, the Matchbook Club will have matchbooks for take-away, as well as a handful of posters that respond to harassment in a non-violent way. Words are our friends. We have to start somewhere and we have to keep moving.
Make Flag / Burn Flag:
Many citizens are feeling disillusionment, anger, and frustration after an ugly election where expressions of xenophobia, racism and misogyny flared and threaten to become normalized. Burning a flag is considered “symbolic speech” and protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. In conjunction with the exhibition “BLEED & BURN ” Alexa Horochowski invites participants to make their own, small flags with personalized statements, to be burned independently.
The Exhibition, “BLEED & BURN,” is on view at The Soap Factory, January 14-21, 2017.
All are invited to utilize the space in and around Beyond Repair to consider and convene their ideas on creative resistance to misogyny and patriarchy.
On Saturday we begin our first in a continuing conversation on the Spanish Municipalism movement and the possibilities of translating the movements experiences and social tools into an overtly American context.
Please join us for an overview on municipalism through the work of Barcelona en Comu with Alan Moore, along with Skype contributions from Marc Herbst, artist / publisher of Mortgaged Lives: From the Housing Bubble to the Right to Housing by Ada Colau and Adriá Alemany, and writer Bue Rübner Hansen, author of the essay Building Power in a Crisis of Social Reproduction.