Jesse Chun - 2017 Triple Canopy Commission Recipient

Congratulations to class of 2014 alumni Jesse Chun on being selected as a winner of Triple Canopy's eighth annual call for proposals. The magazine invited artists and writers to propose projects for inclusion in an upcoming issue devoted to resentment—the aesthetics of this affect and its formal and political possibilities. In the next year, the recipients will work closely with editors on the creative and technical realization of their projects, which may be digital works of art or literature, performances, or print publications

WORKBOOK (Intro to Intro), 2017. Image courtesy of Jesse Chun. 

WORKBOOK (Intro to Intro), 2017. Image courtesy of Jesse Chun. 

Jesse Chun is a New York-based visual artist from Seoul, New York, Hong Kong, and Toronto. Her digital project “WORKBOOK” will examine the rhetoric and aesthetic found in English as a Second Language (ESL) education. Drawing from ESL workbooks and online courses, Chun will edit, translate, and reinterpret select grammar and conversation books, online tutorials, audio, and standardized tests. In an attempt to unlearn, “WORKBOOK” will unpack the linguistic hierarchy and conditions of readability that accompany the English language, which continues to be the dominant “common language” of international relations, business, and the internet. Chun’s project asks: Could English ever become secondary? Could visual language come first? Could poetry, or 한글?