Cabin Fever

A new commission curated by Launch Pad founder Sarah Elson and artist Heman Chong, was the occasion for five international artists to gather for an innovative 24-hour writing workshop on the 14th of July.

Bringing together artists whom incorporate text and prose within their work, Chong introduced a series of exercises and prompts during the course of 24 hours, whereby the artists could generate raw material that formed the basis for five new short stories that the artists wrote independently. The five resulting stories were subsequently published in Writing: Cabin Fever.

Heman Chong (b 1977) is an artist whose work is located at the intersection of image, performance, situations and writing. This year he had a solo exhibition at the South London Gallery. Chong will lead the workshop and is the co-curator of this Launch Pad commission. Chong has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including expo zero, Tate Modern, Take me (I’m yours), Monnaie de Paris, The Great Ephemeral, New Museum, Time of Others, The National Museum of Art in Osaka, When we share more than ever, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Medium at Large, Singapore Art Museum.

Travis Jeppesen (b 1979) is an American writer and artist who works in the medium of language. Jeppesen has written novels, poetry, art criticism, and a form of writing called object-oriented writing, an example of which was exhibited at the 2014 Whitney Biennial as an audio installation.

Isabel Nolan (b. 1974, Dublin) makes work driven by intellectual ambition and the care for crafting material. Science, art, history and literature often serve as points of departure, as she circumnavigates her way to a result that is unpredictable but very distinct to Nolan’s sensibility. Her practice includes sculpture, fabric-hangings, paintings, texts and works on paper. In concert they work to elucidate a consistent line of inquiry into the fundamental question of how meaning is produced.

Benjamin Seror (b 1979) is an artist and musician who engages speech as his principal subject and tool. Seror narrates stories that weave together literature, art history and ordinary life, often accompanying them with different musical instruments. His most recent performed work, Mime Radio, was exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Performance during the book launch of Writing: Cabin Fever, Art Review Bar, London 2017

Maria Taniguchi (b 198, Dumaguete City, Philippines) is best known for her ongoing series of large “brick” paintings in which she arranges a consistent grid pattern into different surface configurations. The performative and labour-intensive nature of these paintings makes the idea of time and duration especially salient in her practice. In 2015, she was awarded the Hugo Boss Asia Art prize. Recent exhibitions include: Maria Taniguchi, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin (solo, 2019) The Last of The Tribes, MAZ, Zapopan, Mexico (2019) Immortality, 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Russia, curated by Xiaoyu Weng (2019) Blood and Soil : Dark Arts for Dark Times, CAC Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania curated by Anders Kreuger and Julija Fomina (2019) In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections, M+ Pavilion,West Kowloon, Hong Kong, China curated by Pauline J. Yao and Shirley Surya (2018). Taniguchi lives and works in Manila, Phillipines.