Marc Fischer is a member of the long-running Illinois-based group Temporary Services. Since 1998, Temporary Services has produced over 75 publications and organized or participated in dozens of exhibitions, projects, and events. Temporary Services’ projects include Prisoners’ Inventions (a collaboration with an incarcerated artist named Angelo that resulted in a book and a full-size recreation of Angelo’s cell that was created from blueprints sent through the mail) and The Library Project, where the group surreptitiously added 100 artist books into the holdings of the main Chicago library branch.

Fischer is also a co-founder of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Most recently, Fischer launched the new participatory initiative Public Collectors. Public Collectors consists of informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the ninth lecture in the PMMNLS for this season. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, PNCA, Lewis and Clark College, and PSU’s Department of International Studies. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a supporter of the lecture series please let us know.

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