Ivan Cheng/PUBLISHING PERFORMANCE/
Ivan approaches a text-adjacent practice with wariness to subjectivity and has presented his work internationally. His recent works are context-specific situations, dealing with language and driven by relations with collaborators and hosts. His background as a performer and musician form the basis for using performance as a critical medium. Invested in questions around publics and accessibility, Cheng produces films, objects, paintings and publications as anchors for the staging of complex and precarious spectacles. Since 2017, he has initiated project space bologna.cc in Amsterdam.
HAPTER IX from CONFIDENCES / BASELINE
Confidences / Baseline plays with the vampire novel like a dollhouse. Characters who variously believe in the power of theatre and performance become entangled with grief, desire, and the unknown. What does a rehearsal come to mean when a vampire lives forever? Baseline is the first in a series of books that fetishise nightclubs for their inaccessibility. Deluded realities anticipate the transformative sensuality of penetration. In his second novel, artist Ivan Cheng maintains his fixation on structures for audiences between public and private. Published by TLTRPreß, designed by Sabo Day, front cover by Özgür Kar, back cover photography by Nikola Lamburov.