Scrivener's Monthly: Will Holder and Alex Waterman Launching "Yes, But Is It Edible?"

Oct 5, 2014

Reading, Performance


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


7:00 p.m.


This iteration of Scrivener’s Monthly marked the launch of Yes, But Is It Edible? (2014), Will Holder and Alex Waterman’s scored biography of American composer Robert Ashley. Designed for two or more voices, their 800-page volume culminated years of research and activity around Ashley’s distinct operatic form, tracing the musical migration of the English language across the American landscape.

For this event, Holder and Waterman read and and duets from Ashely’s operas Dust (1999) and Celestial Excursions (2003).

Scrivener’s Monthly was a series of public presentations that explored the space between material practices and spoken words. Set alongside exhibitions at Western Front, this experiment in “not publishing” involved readings, performances, and other articulations.

Presented in partnership with New Documents and the Vancouver Art Book Fair.

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.


Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.