Jeremy Fernando is the Jean Baudrillard Fellow at the European Graduate School, where he is also a Reader in Contemporary Literature & Thought. He works in the intersections of literature, philosophy, and the media; and has written fifteen books - including Reading Blindly, Living with Art, and Writing Death. His work has been featured in magazines and journals such as Berfrois, CTheory, TimeOut, and VICE, amongst others; and he has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Slovenian. Exploring other media has led him to film, music, and art; and his work has been exhibited in Seoul, Vienna, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is the editor of the thematic magazine One Imperative; and is a Fellow of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore. Yanyun Chen (b.1986, Singapore) works in charcoal. Her studio-based practice is driven by questions and craft, through contemplating the relationships between theory, process, method, and the art work. She attempts to open conversations about what it means to draw, read, think, respond. Her works revolve around the themes of suspension and animation of death/dying, memory/memorials, light and atmosphere, and nudity/nakedness/bare. Her first exhibited series Chasing Flowers challenges the "still-life" genre, by making charcoal portraits of flowers as the flowers wilt and decay. Her drawings were exhibited in Singapore, notably ChanHampe Galleries, Visual Arts Development Association Singapore, and NoiseSingapore. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, where she obtained her Masters in Communications. She received the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award and the Nanyang Scholarship for her Bachelors in Fine Arts [Hons] 1st class from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); and has been trained at the Florence Academy of Art (Sweden), The Animation Workshop (Denmark), and under puppet makers Miroslav Trejtnar and Zdar Sorm (Czech Republic). Currently, she teaches drawing at Yale-NUS College and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
"I see that you are a natural inhabitant of the testament country. But not as a ghost: you seem to be highly alive as you "are" writing death - writing death to death - " - Helene Cixous "Your book brilliantly explores the possibility that love, like art, might offer us that most exciting and creative thing: a transitional space. Love, your book suggests, assumes its own life, independent of its subjects. Your arguments are rigorous but your premises are cosmic. " - Chris Kraus