By Marc Fischer with short reflections by artist residents: Dushko Petrovich, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Nathan Pearce, Damon Rich, Andy Sturdevant, Irene Tsatsos, Lee Tusman, Mairead Case, Jordan Knecht, Erica Dawn Lyle, Hazel Meyer, Peter Redgrave, Ian McMurrich, Matt Distel, Paul Nudd, Scott J. Hunter, Cara Kuball, Dan S. Wang, Sue Uhlig, and Todd Lerew.
Chicago, IL, Public Collectors, 2018
Dimensions: 7 in X 8.5 in
Process: Risograph and offset
Color: Two-color Risograph with full color offset cover and center spread
Edition size: 518
If you've been following Public Collectors' work for the last couple years, you've probably heard about the Joong Boo Residency Program. For that project Marc Fischer from Public Collectors invited out of town artists to apply for a residency that consisted of Fischer taking the artist resident to eat Korean food at Joong Boo Market in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood, at no cost to the resident. After 38 of these residencies, the project has ended, but not before inspiring several similar residencies in other cities. This booklet describes the ideas and intentions behind the project, includes sample full-length reports on three of the residencies by Fischer, and reflections from 20 of the residents who detail their experience. From the back cover:
We can create informal structures that will enable the positive experiences we want to have in our cities. They don’t have to cost a lot of money and the scale can be whatever we want it to be. To this end, in August 2016 I launched a meal-based artist residency program under the authorship and administration of my project Public Collectors. The Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program consisted of me buying Korean lunch for the resident at Joong Boo Market on 3333 N. Kimball Avenue in Chicago. I hosted 38 residents in just under two years before ending the project in July 2018.
This booklet shares the history and outcomes of my meal-based artist residency program. I’ve also provided background information and suggestions for others who are interested in adopting this model for their own projects. There is a handy list of factors to consider when starting a meal-based residency. I have also given the residents space to share what their Joong Boo residency meant to them.
This booklet also serves as a launch vehicle for my next residency: the Public Collectors Courtroom Artist Residency, which will bring artists to Criminal Court in Chicago to witness its operations, followed by a meal where we can discuss what we have observed.
— Marc Fischer / Public Collectors
Public Collectors was founded by Marc Fischer in 2007. He is based in Chicago, IL. Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in exhibitions organized by others, creates exhibition opportunities for collectors and archivists, teaches, lectures, responds to research inquiries and makes its own publications.
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I read this book cover to cover. I loved the generosity of spirit that initiated the project and carried through with Marc's willingness to be very explicit and deliberate about both his decisions and his experiences.
The Meal-Based Artist Residency Program
This book presents the 'modus operandi' of a project engaging conversation over lunch - conversations about cultural concerns between cultural producers. The author (Marc Fischer) shares the rationale behind The Meal-Based Artist Residency Program and offers a project blue-print for others to use. Marc also outlines how this first residency lead to an idea for a second residency (upcoming) - the latter also affiliated to his everyday life and experiences. I very much look forward to reading the second volume. Pat Badani