A Message from OS Founder / Creative Director, Elæ:
We’re facing one of the most profound times in recent human history, simultaneously full of possibility and bringing up our deepest, most challenging fears. Right now, I’m asking myself how to prioritize care for self, kin, and community while also honoring my commitment to this organization, and the incredible network of humans it supports and represents. We made some critical decisions in March about how we would address the complexities presented by the pandemic, which you can read more about here.
What it boils down to, though, is this: there is the what of an organization like this one, and then there is the why. And the why of the OS has always been to create and model alternative systems for long term mutual aid, sustainability, and deeply lasting change beyond the confines of capitalism. Which means that now, when the research and skills that I relied on to build this platform and its project are most needed for the greater good, those aspects of the organization’s mission are going to be its (and my) primary goals. Direct action is needed, direct service, moreso than the longer term processes and experiments that rely on a supply chain, and labor, that can no longer be understood in the same way. Protecting and providing for the humans at every point in that supply chain is far, far more important that the physical outcomes of projects we might have originally envisioned.
But it’s a pivot, a transformation, not a closure. A radical statement of possibility and power. A commitment to direct support. What that will look like, for now, is:
We will continue to update our Open Resource Library page with solidarity and mutual aid resources for direct support, for organizing, for tech, for artists — for all our people, and others, to use. Follow us on IG at @the_operating_system for daily updates, resource shares, and more offerings.
We’ve directed our attention to the foundation and activation of Liminal Lab, an agile, all-access, experimental platform for anti-hierarchical, decolonial, peer to peer learning across disciplines, as well as a hub for resource sharing, performance, and collaboration.
We are no longer shipping directly from an OS in-house store, and will direct all orders through our Bookshop storefront. However, as has been the long-term plan,
the OS is in the process of rolling out an entirely Open Access Library of our publication projects in digital form, with the option to donate directly to authors alongside each title, to support their loss of income in this time.
Work on our forthcoming print projects has been shifted, with new release dates TBA and a variety of online programming / extensions in tandem with our amazing 2020 cohort in the works.
Our goal, right now, is to care for our community and ourselves not only right now but for the long haul, anticipating the major changes ahead, sharing tools and strategies and resources and kindness, and allowing for ease in our own days as our exhausted, stressed bodies require. We hope for that for you, too.
In solidarity and possibility, always.
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