Saturday, June 6, 2009

Exquisit Corpse

This was so cute I forgot to post it a while back! In the Art Journaling class I was teaching at the local art center, we did a mini journal project (supper mini, we took 2 hours to swap 3 journals each of us doing just one page!!) This was the page I got back, all the students added progressively to it, it's also known as Exquisite Corpse!
Exquisite corpse (also known as "exquisite cadaver" or "rotating corpse") is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled, the result being known as the exquisite corpse or cadavre exquis in french. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. "The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun") or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed. The technique was invented by Surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. André Breton reported that it started in fun, but became playful and eventually enriching. Breton said the diversion started about 1925, but Pierre Reverdy wrote that it started much earlier, at least before 1918.
In a variant now known as picture consequences, instead of sentences, portions of a person were drawn.
Later the game was adapted to drawing and collage, producing a result similar to children's books in which the pages were cut into thirds, the top third pages showing the head of a person or animal, the middle third the torso, and the bottom third the legs, with children having the ability to "mix and match" by turning pages. It has also been played by mailing a drawing or collage — in progressive stages of completion — to the players, and this variation is known as "exquisite corpse by airmail ", or "mail art," depending on whether the game travels by airmail or not.
http://harpojaeger.com/projects/exquisite-corpse/ this is an online corpse creator give it a try, it's a great way to come up with some pretty raw outsider-ish poetry for your art work!!!!!!!

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