Sam Gould is the co-founded and lead facilitator of Red76, a moniker for collaborative actions founded in January 2000 in Portland, Oregon and since 2010 headquartered in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. While the construct is often in flux, with Gould initiating most of its projects, a large group of individuals have worked, and / or continue to work, through and with the mask of Red76, including: Dylan Gauthier, Gabriel Mindel Saloman, Laura Baldwin, Dan S. Wang, Mike Wolf, Courtney Dailey, Zefrey Throwell, Paige Saez, Khris Soden, Matthew Yake, Jen Rhoads and many others.
Red76 actions often work towards creating publics through the creation of ad-hoc educational structures and discursive media forms.While these frameworks are often situated in what is called “public space,” – such as street corners, laundromats, taverns, and the like – the pedagogy of their construction is meant to call into question the relationships, codes, and hierarchies embedded within these landscapes. Red76 initiatives often utilize overlooked histories and common shared occurrences as a means of creating a framework in which to construct public inquiry. Social histories, collaborative research, parallel politics, free media, alternative educational constructs, gatherings, masking, and public dialogue play a continuing and vital role within the methodology and concepts of Red76′s work.
While favoring independent initiatives Red76 has engaged in projects commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, the Drawing Center, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Printed Matter, Creative Time, the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Gallery at Reed College, 01 San Jose, SF MoMA, Rhizome/New Museum, The Bureau for Open Culture, Manifesta 8, The Walker Arts Center, the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department, and many others.
Free media, and printed matter in particular, play a large role within Red76 projects. In 2007 Red76 the Journal of Radical Shimming as an outlet for its initiative Revolutionary Spirit (2007 – 2009). Since that time the JRS has continued to act as a connective tissue and mobile project space for Red76. Always free of charge as a conceptual distribution mechanism, the content of the JRS is decidedly not online. One may find it, request to act as a distributor, or visit the library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City wherein the first fifteen issues are archived.
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