Cabin Fever traces the course of the cabin in North Americafrom the simple architecture of colonial settlements to contemporary interpretations feverishly circulated across the Internetshowing how this humble architectural form has been appropriated for its symbolic value and helped shape a larger cultural identity. The publication follows a tripartite structureShelter, Utopia and Pornthat maps the formal evolution of the cabin typology within a changing set of social and cultural desires.
Cabin fever sketches a beautiful narrative about the history of cabin culture and the passions underlying its evolution in North America. Printed on smooth uncoated paper and a hard medium size cover, the book presents the cabin as an architectural and cultural constitution in view of three notions: shelter, which explores the cabins practical details accompanying the historical Westward land explorations, utopia, which represents an outlook on the cabin being an excellent site for distancing and contemplation, and porn, which positions it in popular culture. This brings to light the great purposes behind having a cabin, having in mind the works of the likes of Henry David Thoreau, Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder, but at the same time serves as a symbol of colonization and displacement of indigenous people. Cabin Fever is produced along the Cabin Fever exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.