Six poets respond creatively to Marcel Duchamp, the artistic giant of the 20th-century who ushered in an age of conceptual art. Delight in these absurdist poetic interventions and new perspectives, appearing in the guise of museum labels for the Art Gallery of NSW exhibition The Essential Duchamp. The poems draw on the artist’s witty subversion of ‘high art’ and love of wordplay and will be performed with host David Astle for one night only, live at the Gallery.

Presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW and Red Room Poetry.

Evelyn Araluen (Australian)

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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 (Australian)

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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 (Australian)

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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. Brian employs the ‘blank sheet’ as a recurring motif in his work, which transforms with different contexts into emails, paper, Word.Doc, google.doc, SMS text, concrete, film, and in the case of his 20-minute ghost performances, a white bedsheet. His solo works have been exhibited locally, internationally and with WrongSolo, his collaboration with visual artist Agatha Gothe-Snape.

Allison Gallagher (Australian)

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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 (Australian)

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David Stavanger is a poet, performer, cultural producer and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special, his first full-length collection of poetry which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His prose-poem ‘The Electric Journal’ was a 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize finalist and forms the spine of his next Australia Council funded collection Case Notes. David was Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-17) and is the Co-Editor of Verity La’s Slot Machine, and the forthcoming Solid Air: Collected Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word. He is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy. These days he lives between the stage and the page.

David Astle (Australian)

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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 3 Fakes). David hosts Evenings on ABC Melbourne, and appears on ABC TV's News Breakfast as their regular verbivore.