"An approach [to bookmaking] that imagines various apparent oppositions—deliberation and desire, the poetic and the political, the lighthearted and the deadly serious—as generative dialectics; vectors that, when coaxed into strategic intersection, can be made to produce the friction necessary to wear away revelatory holes in the fabric of the settled."
Is an occupation a job or a calling? If it is a job, why does it feel like petrified unrest? If it is a calling, why does it take so long to achieve?
This unique handmade artist book documents the visual and textual elements that echoed throughout the occupy protest movement. The layering of visual and textual information creates a singular reading experience that evokes what it must be like inside the mind of such a complicated social movement. The text of Wht is a n Occupation? was "written" by a font designed by Chan that rewrites words into short provocative phrases, which makes reading this book that much more complicated and pleasurable.
The Wht is? series of artist books that premiered at the 2011 NY Art Book Fair. Each handmade book exists as a unique physical work and an unlimited e-book edition, available on Apple ibooks and Amazon kindle.