"The first volume of TheOneWeekendBookSeries is a diary of two sun burned Germans who tried to live 48hours in 24".
This is the way R.J McCuskey describes the start of a project, that nowadays becomes the compilation book "TheOne Weekend BookSeries" published by Actar.
Martin Lorenz was visited in Frankfurt by his friend Tim Faulwetter and proposed him to participate in The OneWeekend Book Series. After that first encounter, Martin continued with the volumes of the book hand in hand with other guest artist such as Rowan Joris McCuskey, Sune Ehlers, Kasper Riisholt, Rinah Lang, Elisabeth Schulze, Eike Konig and yoshi Sodeoka.
So Martin left his studio for cafeterias, bars and streets of different cities like Berlin, Frankurt, New York, where he spend and shared 48 hours, normaly the only time he is not busy working.
One of the charateristics of these weekend collaborations, is that the participants are not able to work with the computer (the basic and favorite tool of graphic designers and illustators). With this Martin and his collaborators return to other times when everything was created handmade, with collages and mixed medias.
But all this was just a point in the creation of the series, the main interest of Martin was to collaborate hand in hand with other artists and to share the creative process, something that rarely happens in the artistic work development, were each artist works sometimes behind closed doors, and the process dies in the studio, turning the final work into the only part that is visible.
In some cases, Martin does not even know the artist he invites to join him personally, just his works, so the uncertain was asure, and the only way of approach to the work was to improvise, with the excitement of not knowing the final resut of the collaboration in all the cases.
With all these weekends in different cities and with different artist collaborations, Martin produced together with Lupi (his wife) a small book with about 48 pages, all photocopied and with the final looks reminiscent of the school scketch books we had when we were young.
These volumes are edited exclusively with 50 copies. All the first volumes are already sold out.
The book compilation of the first 5 volumes (and the volumes itself) are at sale in stores in Barcelona (RAS), Berlin (ProQM), Paris (Collete), Amsterdam (Nijhoof&Lee), Milan (A+M), and bookstores around the world. Besides, in 2005 the project starts to travel again, but bringing the experience of the creation of the volumes into different Galleries, Museums, and Cultural Centers in the "The One Weekend Book Series Gallery-Tour", where the public can watch a review of the first 5 volumes in La Haya, Milan and Barcelona.
But the project doesn't stop there, because the main interest and starting point was the collaboration and working process together with other artist. So, way not share this fantastic chaos of creation and show it to the public? Yes, like that start the performance and creation of the new volumens of the book in several festivals and galleries, presenting not the finished book, but working 48 hours with the guess artist on site. Like this, the performances took place in the CMYK Festival along with Steve Smith and Tobias Rottger and in RAS Gallery with con Boris Hoppek in Barcelona.
Recently, Martin has moved to Barcelona, where he has a new studio and works for several projects in TWOPOINTS.NET, and The OneWeekend Book Series continues nowadays with a large list of futures collaborators.
Graphic Tourism Since Two Thousand And Three
Frankfurt am Main, Copenhagen, Berlin & New York City.
Author: Martin Lorenz
Published by: Actar
Specification: 300 pages, hard cover
Guest Artists: Tim Faulwetter, Rowan Joris McCuskey, Sune Ehlers, Kasper Riisholt, Rinah Lang, Elisabeth Schulze, Eike Koenig and Yoshi Sodeoka.
Text: Julio Cesar Palacio from Panopttic