The Municipalist Research Group is bringing two influential media activists who have been part of radical and direct democracy movements: DeeDee Halleck (founder of Paper Tiger Television, Deep Dish Satellite Network and Democracy Now! TV) and Marisa Holmes (Occupy & Strike Debt). DeeDee and Marisa will join us in conversation about their work, including topics ranging from media politics in the age of Trump, feminism, public access, radical media, DIY aesthetics and more…
About the group: we’ve been organizing meetings, reading and research activities to collectively learn about and examine ideas around municipalism. Basically, municipalism asks questions about how to organize ourselves democratically outside of currently existing forms of institutional representation; and how to build transformative kinds of assembly and decision-making that rely on the broadest democratic base. So far, we’ve arranged readings and talks with and about Alan Moore, activists with Barcelona en Comu, Michael Hardt, Kathy Weeks, and others and there’s much more to come.
Slowly… W RL/FR is coming into view. Micro-Radio! Stop in and start a program of your own.
Much thanks, as always, to John Kim and Mark Borrello for their help. And to Marlon James for sitting and critiquing our work.
Tonight we had the first slow roll into Assembly life. It was gentle and beautiful. Thank you to all who converged.
Friends, Humans: It’s official Wooden Leg Print & Press 0001 is released today. And who better to begin this journey with than John Saint Pelvyn (aka to the people on the street as Steven Matheson). This first release, Five Years Inside the Sun, was recorded on Wellfleet, MA. in collaboration with Ka Baird (Spires That in the Sunset Rise), with additional help from Camilla Padgitt-Coles. Our buddy, Jenny Schmid, produced an amazing illustration that serves as a beautiful fold-out cover, concealing radiant translucent gold vinyl.
Steven’s music has been a low hum of joy, and an exhilarating balm in tough times and beautiful moments alike. You can pick up your copy from the BR shop, or at Revolver. Check it out!!
We’re at Assembly, assembling, piece by piece. And we take our fucking time to do it right.
Box Boy returns!! This time at Assembly / BR.
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 will house 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’ll be bringing 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. The market a site of distribution, and Assembly a site of convergence and co-reflection.
Like early 20th century mutual aid societies and union halls, as well as all manner of social clubs, Assembly will act as a site to gather, to discuss issues of shared interest, but just as importantly, a landscape to find ourselves running into like-minded individuals, certain that our collisions will produce something larger than just us. A place to plan, to discuss, to hang out, to gather around ideas of what could be.
– Sam Gould
(editor, Tools in Common)
How did we fit all of this in our space at the market?
Wow… it’s transformation day. Louis, Casey, Derek, Jonathan, Chris, Bruce, and Morgan all came over to help move the print equipment from the market to Assembly, the new gathering space down the road. The Beyond Repair market site is looking very much in disarray now, in-between phases, as we switch out to focusing on the radio station and printed matter distribution.
Folks, what are you doing tomorrow night at 7pm? Join us for our last Assembly Reading Group meeting, as well as the beginning of something new. PM for details.
In concept and habit Beyond Repair was established to respond to the relationships that form through its being present. That means that things should change when things are changing. And so we have exciting news to share and hope that you’ll join us to see it into being.
Drop by on Saturday and Sunday evening, Oct. 21st & 22nd as we begin to transform the space in the Midtown Global Market so that we can house With Radical Love & Fierce Resistance Radio, our new neighborhood micro-broadcasting platform. Basically it’s a barn raising… for a radio station.
We have some ideas of how we’d like to build the space out, but we’d love your input as we transform the shop, creating a DJ booth, lounge, and new entrance.
What’s more, we want to tell you about what the future holds and how you can take part. Become a DJ at the station, tell us about your ideas for new, free printed projects to circulate around the neighborhood, and hear about the new parallel space we’ll soon inhabit, just down the Greenway from the MGM, which we’re calling Assembly (more on that soon).
Bring some tools if you got’em and ideas on how you want to get involved.
The Abolition Collective will be holding their inaugural convention this weekend in Minneapolis, and you should definitely find time to attend if you can. And, furthermore, you should come down to the Midtown Global Market – right where we’re at!! – to participate in Cassie Thorton’s Feminist Economics Yoga at 2pm. Woo hoo!! Check it out.
Best moment of having dinner with Michael Hardt last night: somehow arriving at he and Negri’s Empire Trilogy as like the original Star Wars, and their new book Assembly, as a prequel. Which, of course, led me to ask him, “In Assembly then, who is Jar Jar Binks?” (Dumbfounded look. Crickets…)
What are you doing tonight at 7pm? Come down to the shop and join the Municipalism Research Group for the start of our reading group centered around Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt’s new book, Assembly. Better still… the Twins are actually in the playoff’s and once finished we can stumble over to Eastlake to have a beer and watch the game!
Here’s a great interview with Hardt around the issue of organizing published in Roar Magazine back in 2015.
伝承者 (Denshosha): individuals who learn the stories and experiences of a person who survived the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, designated, after their passing, to continue to share the memories of the survivor.
This is fascinating, and a model that we could adopt here in the United States. As capitalism and technology across generations has effectively dismantled millennia old frameworks of telling the stories of our family and communities, could models such as this begin to re-graft bonds, and help restore fractured empathy, in the face of an increasingly nameless, and history-less, other? How might we begin to see one another differently were it to become common to listen to, and speak, the stories of how we got to where we are at now, well beyond the memories of our own lived experiences?
A rainy day at the shop with Marlon and tacos.