Darren Bader, a multidisciplinary artist and frequent collaborator of Ricci Albenda, was selected by the artist to read at the opening of his exhibition Open Universe. Bader concealed lines of poetry within fortune cookies and distributed them to the audience in a large bucket. His verse was performed in a collaborative and playful way: people gathered near the podium in small groups and read the pieced-together poems aloud. Bader’s unique and experimental project explored the interconnections of object, word, and voice by presenting his poetry within tactile, edible objects. His distinctive performance was thought-provoking in dialogue with the Albenda’s Open Universe.
The New York Times has written: “Darren Bader’s work is beautiful and fun in unconventional, brain-twisting ways…it endeavors to demonstrate things about perception… he straddles real and conceptual space with impressive aplomb.”