|Marcel Duchamp photographed by man ray|
Within this schematic and utterly mechanical operation, Duchamp envisioned frustrating sexual drama, an endless, self-generating cycle of lust perpetually doomed to frustration. The Bride’s ‘blank desire (with a touch of malice)’ activates the subservient Bachelors. The sparks from her desire-magneto set up the two-stroke internal combustion process that powers her magical blossoming.
She accepts the Bachelors’ splashes, then blossoms, entering the last state before fulfillment.
But fulfillment never comes; she remains ‘forever lovely and unravished, eternally between desire and possession.’