Temporary Services is a group of three persons: Brett Bloom, Marc Fischer, and Salem Collo-Julin. The group embeds the creative work they present within thoughtful and imaginative social contexts and strives to create participatory situations. They champion public projects that are temporary, ephemeral, or that operate outside of conventional or officially sanctioned categories of public expression. They appreciate such diverse activities as makeshift roadside memorials to accident victims, temporary housing encampments designed by homeless people, tree houses fabricated by children, and idiosyncratic public notices that get stuffed inside the display windows of free newspaper boxes. The group likes outdoor projects that are encountered by surprise rather than sought out with deliberation like exhibitions and special events. They especially appreciate those projects that do not have permission and challenge expected usages.
Temporary Services has taken an extended interest in developing non-commercial methods of inserting ideas into publicly trafficked spaces since their inception in 1998. They develop or modify strategies for working in public that can be further adapted by anyone that may have a use for them. Working in public places forces them to experiment. It forces them to name their terms and to find ways to describe their group and their projects that do not rely on the languages of art theory or academia. They constantly re-assess and re-name in an attempt to make their process and thought patterns accessible to those they encounter.
Temporary Services seeks to both create and participate in relationships that are not competitive and are mutually beneficial. They seek strategies for harnessing the ideas and energies of people who may have never participated in an art project before, or who may feel excluded from the art community as it exists for them.