Commune Diverge Shift Connect: Press Press’s Organizational Handbook

Co-published by Insitute for Expanded Research and Press Press (pre-order)

Launching in Spring 2023.

Commune Diverge Shift Connect: Press Press’s Organizational Handbook develops, collects, and shares emergent models and methodologies for collective work that aid in the efforts of cultural organizers. Developed throughout a collaborative engagement between Press Press and Institute for Expanded Research from 2018 - 2022, the publication traces the relationships, ideas, historic events, and projects that constitute Press Press’s fluid organizational structure.

This incomplete and intimate archive of Press Press’s body of work includes case studies of past projects, interviews with core collective members, and contributions by Yellow Jackets Collective, Devin N. Morris, Lynnette Miranda, and  Cameron Shaw. The publication also includes Toolkit for Cooperative, Collective, & Collaborative Cultural Work, a guide for collective processes that centers the insights and learnings of Press Press’s community members.

Commune was produced over a four year period in which long-term friends, Kimi Hanauer and Lu Zhang, met weekly to discuss the project as well as the changing circumstances of their lives. As such, the project attempts to reflect the shifts, incongruencies, and messiness of collective work. The making of Commune was guided by the editorial vision of collective members: Vale Cabezas, Kimi Hanauer, Lo, and Bilphena Yahwon. Designed by Sonnenzimmer, the publication is composed of four booklets gathered in a handmade screen printed box.

Pre-order the book at our virtual table from October 13th - 23rd or in person at the Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair this weekend.

$50 (pre-order)
shipping in Spring 2024