05Sam Gould is the co-founded and lead facilitator of Red76, an arts collaborative which materialized in Portland, Oregon in the early 2000’s and since 2010 has been headquartered in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group often works 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 their public inquiries. 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 the group is often in flux, with Gould initiating most of its project, a large group of individuals continues to work through and with the mask of the group, including: Dylan Gauthier, Gabriel Mindel Saloman, Laura Baldwin, Dan S. Wang, Mike Wolf, Courtney Dailey, Zefrey Throwell, Paige Saez and many others.
Along with producing many independent initiatives, on street corners, in laundromats, bars, and kitchen tables, as well as countless and varied forms of media Gould and Red76 have 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.
Gould is the editor of the groups publication, the Journal of Radical Shimming, of which the first fifteen issues were recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.