Research for Exquisite Corpse

Exerpt from Angels of Anarchy by Patricia Allmer:

“as Andre Breton states in the Second Manifesto of Surrealism: ‘Everything tends to make us believe that there exists a certain point of the mind at which life and death, the real and the imagined, past and future, the communicable and the incommunicable, how and low, cease to be perceived as contradictions’. This surrealist desire to overcome (hierarchical) oppositions and boundaries is present in a variety of surrealist concepts such as ‘communicating vessels’, a metaphor for the dream which fuses inside and outside, reality and imagination.  The term is taken from a scientific which bears the same name: ‘in vessels joined by a tube, a gas or liquid passing from one to the other rises to the same level in each, whatever the form of the vessel’. As Mary Ann Cawes notes, ‘this passing back and forth between two modes is shown to be the basis of Surrealist thought, of Surreality itself.’

Communication, exchange, the passing-back-and-forth, are the foundation of a variety of surrealist activities, such as the surrealist game of exquisite corpse –  a game involving a number of participants, each writing or drawing on a piece of paper which is folded and passed on to the next. By unfolding the paper, a communal sentence/drawing emerges, a corpse, exquisite because created by a multiplicity, by a collective utterance, by an assemblage. ‘Designed to provide the most paradoxical confrontation possible between the elements of speech (…)’ and opening the possibility for ‘tacit communication between the participants’, this game allowed the exploration of language anew. The game of exquisite corpse is also the site of collaborations between female and male surrealists. It celebrates becoming and transformation, the fluidity of identity rather than its fixedness, and aesthetic production as a collective rather than individual activity.”


More to Come:

Here is where we want to take this game and push it to new areas.  Next post will be a list of new projects.  Please invite yourself to be involved if you are not already.  Please feel free to use or to add any ideas.



This entry was written by Sarvey and published on September 28, 2011 at 6:43 am. It’s filed under Influences. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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