Punch lines: poets play Duchamp
Part of the Sydney Writers' Festival 2019
'Artists only eat their replicas
when disturbed, fearing for the original’s life.’
– David Stavanger, in response to Bottlerack 1961 (replica of 1914 original)
Six poets respond creatively to Marcel Duchamp, the artistic giant of the 20th century who ushered in an age of conceptual art, drawing on the artist’s witty subversion of ‘high art’ and love of word play.
Their poems will be performed with host David Astle for one night only, live in the entrance court at the Gallery.
During the Sydney Writers’ Festival (27 April – 5 May 2019), these poetic interventions will also be on display in the guise of museum labels as part of the Art Gallery of NSW exhibition The essential Duchamp.
Presented by the Art Gallery of NSW and Red Room Poetry as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2019.
Evelyn Araluen is a poet, educator and researcher working with Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney. Her work has won the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. Born, raised and writing in Dharug country, she is a Bundjalung descendant.
Pascalle Burton is a poet, sonic artist and performer with an interest in conceptual art and cultural theory. Her first collection is About the author is dead.
Brian Fuata works in performance through live and mediated forms. He employs various modes of presentation within the framework of structured-improvisation. In Brian’s works, the act of viewing is a reciprocating action between artist and audience and audience with each other.
Allison Gallagher is a writer and artist whose poetry and essays have appeared in Overland, The Guardian, Southerly Journal and Potluck Magazine, among others. Their debut poetry book Parenthetical bodies was released by Subbed In.
David Stavanger is a poet, performer, cultural producer and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. In 2015 The special, his first full-length collection of poetry, was awarded the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His prose-poem The electric journal was a 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize finalist. These days he lives between the stage and the page.
David Astle is a crossword maker for The Sydney Morning Herald and a Wordplay columnist with Spectrum. David is a full-time word nerd. He’s written some 12 books, most recently Rewording the brain and 101 weird words (and three fakes). David hosts Evenings on ABC Melbourne, and appears on ABC TV’s News Breakfast as their regular verbivore.
Image: Marcel Duchamp Bottlerack 1961 (replica of 1914 original) Philadelphia Museum of Art, gift of Jacqueline, Paul, and Peter Matisse in memory of their mother, Alexina Duchamp,1998-4-23. © Association Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP. Copyright Agency, 2018