We are invited by GeoAIR to come for a one month residency in July 2013 in Georgia to create the next issue of 1/2. GeoAIR is an artist residency based in Tbilisi that wants to bring together artists from different cultural backgrounds. After seeing one of our 1/2 Zine in a bookshop, they thought it would be a great idea to invite us to make a special issue in Georgia. And so do we!
We created 1/2 in 2007. After we graduated from the ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres Design Academy in Paris, we moved to different cities in Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rennes and Vienna). We were looking for a way to keep in touch and keep sharing our work and ideas. So we started with a blog where we would post personal work daily. Then in 2008 we published the first issue of 1/2. A paper version of what was happening online. A sort of collective diary. At that time we printed in 60 copies on a Canon inkjet at home in Paris.
Since then, we've been publishing 1/2 twice a year in a recurrent format. The principle is clear: we are four artists/graphic designers. Every issue is curated by one of us. There is no theme. The idea and at the same time the challenge is to create an original printed object from the confrontation, juxtaposition, superposition of each other's works. On paper, the images merge. And the zine becomes an artifact. It's not a showcase or a portfolio, but an editorial object which is the artwork itself.
And now 1/2 goes to Georgia! We're going to meet new people and with them we're going to create this special issue of 1/2. It's the first time that we are going to create the zine in a context that is completely new for us. The result will be a subjective and collective travel diary across the European borders we commonly know. If you want to participate to this adventure, please help us to finance this special issue!