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By Public Media Institute and over 250 contributors. Designed by Jeremiah Chiu
Chicago, IL, Public Media Institute, 2021
Pages: 532
Dimensions: 10 in X 8 in
Cover: Paper
Binding: perfect bound
Process: Digital
Color: Full color
Edition size: 200
ISBN: 978-1-950615-03-2

A massive book for an incredible project! In the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, our friends at Public Media Institute (an umbrella that includes Lumpen magazine, Lumpen Radio, the Co-Prosperity Sphere and more) started up this daily publishing platform and mutual aid project. Inspired in part by the Public Collectors project Quaranzine but with far more players and infinitely greater funding, The Quarantine Times began its daily work of hosting the voices and actions of hundreds of Chicago artists, musicians, small business owners, activists, and other creative types. The resulting book compiles everything—inasmuch as is possible in a print format—and is a remarkable document from the first three months of the pandemic. Only 200 copies were printed and most went to contributors, so act accordingly. If you can think of an interesting artist that's currently based in Chicago, there's a good chance they are in this book. From the publisher:

"After indefinitely postponing all events and exhibitions at the Co-Prosperity Sphere and locking the door to WLPN’s radio studio in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in Chicago, Public Media Institute set out to document the crisis through the eyes and ears of Chicago-based artists, activists, educators, students, performers, chefs, entrepreneurs, musicians, and cultural workers.

On March 17, 2020, The Quarantine Times started publishing the stories, songs, expressions, hopes and fears of over 250 artists. 

The 500+ page tome features over 151 contributions from Chicago-based artists, social workers, and thinkers responding to the crises of 2020. Designed by award-winning designers Jeremiah Chiu and Itsayana Campo of Some All None."

PMI is a non-profit 501(c) 3 community based, art & culture organization located in the neighborhood of Bridgeport. Their mission is to create, incubate and sustain innovative cultural programming through the production of socially engaged projects, festivals, spaces, exhibitions, and media. PMI has published several periodicals including Proximity Magazine, the international arts and culture journal, as well as Lumpen magazine, Materiel Magazine, and Mash Tun Journal. Their main exhibition facility is the experimental cultural center, Co-Prosperity: a 5,000 + sq ft visual arts and performance space that is also home to Lumpen Radio WPLN/105.5 FM. The Buddy store is the newest arm of the PMI non-profit.


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