Manystuff: Could you please present yourself and your activities?
1/2: We are 1/2, a group of 4 girls graphic designers/illustrators. We live in four different european cities: Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna and Rennes. We started 1/2 in 2007 in order to keep on delopping together our personnal research besides our professional work. 1/2 is now both a blog where we share our work and a hand-made zine, self-published in a limited edition of 200. For each publication, we all produce new original work and one of us curates the whole magazine; which means she has total freedom to create a new piece of art out of the material that has been sent. In this way, the zine is not a portfolio of work but a real collaborative creation based on an appropriationist practice.
Manystuff: What do you think is the role of an independent publishing house? Do you feel having responsibilities and a duty? Is the act of publishing a kind of activism and what for? What about your environment you are part of, how do you identify it?
1/2: 1/2 is not really a publishing house now (yet). 1/2 is more an artist book project. We never thought of 1/2 as being an act of activism. But now you ask the question, maybe it has a certain form of activism in the sense that it’s a completely independent and free project that enables us to have a creation space where the rules, the values and the priorities are different from the one of our professional practices. It’s both a recreation and a resistance project, where intuition and sensualism are taking over the reason and the conceptualization…
Manystuff: Some says that “Print is dead”. What resources and new kind of artistic relationships are in contradiction with that point of view? Is the increased complicity between “curator/author/graphic designer/printer/publisher/distributor” the proof of the contrary?
Ok that’s very polemical. We don’t think that print is dead. Things are changing and every printed mean (posters, books, magazines, newspapers, all communication means…) is getting a new meaning and function. Everything is getting redefined. And it has always been so. So I would say no worries, just go on doing your stuff…
Manystuff: Could you mention one book/publication, or publishing actor, or artist, or graphic designer, or printer, or exhibition, etc… that made you work in the field of independent publishing area? What inspired you?
Starting a self-published project was not really connected to a special inspiration source. Nevertheless, each of us is strongly inspired by artists coming from any kind of field. They challenge us to keep on doing what we believe in. Here are a few of them: Wolfang Tillmans, René Char, Jack Kerouac, El Lissitsky, Michelangelo Antonioni, Mathilde Monier, Marguerite Duras, Hans Peter Feldmann, Cosmic Wonder Free Press, John Baldessari, Fred Frith etc.
Manystuff: Could you please introduce one of your upcoming project you are now working on?
1/2: We’re going to work on the sixth issue of 1/2 which is going to be launched in fall 2011 in Amsterdam.