42 started as an experiment and turned into a full on project. The idea was to create quick content with limited materials restricting two participants to a specific medium. With a handful of drawing tools (micron pens and prismacolor markers), paper (11x8.5 copy paper), a camera, and the limits of time this game allows any two people to participate.
Each composition takes 7 minutes
Person 1 starts with the utensil chosen by person 2. That person then has 1 minute to create any type of mark he would like. Once the minute passes a picture is taken and person 2 begins with the newly chosen utensil. This process continues for a total of 7 minutes. After this the composition is finished and a new composition begins.
In 42 minutes collaborative content is made.
This game/activity was created for many reasons. It allows a quick and easy collaboration while restricting the participant in materials and time. It forces the participants to refer back to the fundamental design concept of composition and make a quick reaction to what lies on the page. It creates content that combines the quick creative decision making of two people. And all it takes is 42 minutes.
One of the main esthetic choices made with creating this book was the use of Japanese rice paper in the interior pages. This paper had a slight transparency, which allowed for the viewer to engage with the differences made minute by minute just by flipping the pages. Each page displayed the newly added marks. The final page revealing the complete composition.
Project Concept + Book Design by Joel Kern
Drawings by Joel Kern + Max Beeching
Designed + Printed in Athens, GA