Fête Accompli 2.0
Christine Walde reads and performs from Bride Machine with special guests (TBA)
Saturday October 12, 2019, 8 p.m.
Please join us for an evening of poetry and performance with Victoria artist Christine Walde at Open Space. With special guests, Walde will read and perform from Bride Machine, a limited edition artist multiple composed of 14 folios of poetry inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s iconic Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even.
Published by Victoria’s flask publishing and composed of single broadsides, transparencies, chapbooks, and other printed works, Bride Machine is both a disruption and meditation on the act of reading, challenging readers’ assumptions about the codex and the ephemeral nature of the archive through the counter-narrative of its hinged, folded, coiled, bound, and stapled elements. Part amuse-bouches, part agitation, Bride Machine is also an interrogation of desire, the fourth dimension, conceptual poetics, and the emancipation of Duchamp’s Bride from her apotheosis of virginity.
Walde and her guests will perform selected folios from Bride Machine, exploring solo and group peformance through individual poetry readings and the choral ensemble.
Christine Walde is a writer, artist, and librarian whose work combines library and archival research with interests in experimental prose, poetry, visual poetry, performance, and the visual arts. Her work has been published in print and online journals in Canada, the US, and the UK, including Carousel, CV2, The Fiddlehead, Lemonhound, The Malahat Review, Paratext, Plath Profiles, The Rusty Toque, and Vallum. She has published two chapbooks: The Black Car (2011), based on her research working with Sylvia Plath's archives; and Noise and Silence (2013) with Poetry is Dead. In 2018, flask publishing produced Bride Machine. She has written two novels:The Candy Darlings, and Burning From the Inside, which was shortlisted for the 2014 ReLit Award. She is a former member of the Poetry Board of The Malahat Review and is represented by the Rights Factory. She lives in Victoria, BC.
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We seek to honour and uphold these ongoing relationships to the land and its stewards as we work on these territories.
Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs with two landings. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. If you have any other questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact office [at] openspace.ca or 250-383-8833.