The Self-Reliance School is the autonomous reading and creating library joint effort of Temporary Services (a curatorial hub producing independent exhibitions, events, projects, and publications) and Compound Yellow (an independent experimental arts space), also hosting classes, workshops, talks and events.
The Self-Reliance Library consists of over 80 books about visionary architecture, desperate or wildly imaginative mobility, miniature buildings and nomadic living, self-publishing and design, skill sharing, everyday repair solutions, running a music venue, spaces for parenthood, toys and design for children, ecologically sound living, foraging, blueprints for fantasy worlds and alternate realities, pranks and mischief, technologies used in prisons and other restrictive or impoverished settings, survivalism and creative approaches to living radically.
Temporary Services also founded Half Letter Press, a publishing imprint and online store where to find lots of radical (and sometimes free) online and offline material. Particularly interested in supporting people and experimental projects that have had difficulty finding financial and promotional assistance through mainstream commercial channels.
As they quote in their site, ‘we can not depend on a market-informed cultural consciousness to enlighten us – we have to do it ourselves – make your place’.