Sam Gould is the co-founder and editor of Red76, a publication that materialized in Portland, Oregon in the early 2000’s. Instrumentalizing ideas around publication as a social force, Red76 works towards the formation of publics through the implementation of ad-hoc educational structures and discursive gatherings. While these actions 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 from one incident of publication to the next. Along with a desire to illustrate the shared experiences of an accumulated public, Red76 works to ask What is a Public? and What is it Good For?
Core contributors and co-editors over the years have included Gabriel Mindel Saloman, Dylan Gauthier, Dan S. Wang, Paige Saez, Zefrey Throwell, Mike Wolf, Ola Stahl, and Courtney Dailey among many others.
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 actions.
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.