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Performing 'The Waste Land' at Nuit Blanche

  • Freight Elevator at 401 Richmond 401 Richmond Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8 Canada (map)

Watch this performance progress throughout the night as the artist translates T.S. Eliot’s canonical poem “The Waste Land” into a knitted tapestry. The artist will knit the 500-line poem over 12 hours, using a pattern she created by translating the stressed & unstressed beats of each line of poetry into lines of knit & purl stitches. Eliot’s poem uses intentionally obscure language & references and was written to be understood only by his fellow male Modernists. What happens when Eliot’s coded language is translated into the coded language of a knitting pattern? By performing the hidden labour of knitting, Bebenek critiques the artificial divide between ‘fine arts’ & ‘crafts’ and the systemic devaluation of ‘women’s work’.

Touch the tapestry, listen to the words, read the pattern, discuss ideas, and follow along at #k2togproject & @notyrmuse on Instagram.

Earlier Event: September 14
'Fermenting Feminism' Toronto Launch
Later Event: October 27
'Words from Her Side'