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Exquisite Corpse

Collaborate with other artists and tap into the unconscious collective personality of a group by playing this classic surrealist parlor game.


"Game of folded paper that consists in having a sentence or a drawing composed by several persons, each ignorant of the preceding collaboration...[eg]...'the exquisite/corpse/will drink/the new/wine'"--excerpt from the 1939 Abridged Dictionary of Surrealism, as copied off the wall at the Art Institute of Chicago.


The Exquisite Corpse game (along with some of the most influential and intriguing art of the last century) was developed by the artists and writers associated with Andre Breton's surrealist group during the third decade of the twentieth century. Those pictured above and others famous and obscure are responsible for the concept and this game is an homage to them.

The process is a collaboration between a small number of artists, each with little to no idea as to what has gone before, creating a (hopefully) single, unified and otherwise unique work that could not be created any other way. Graphic skills, while important, need not be a barrier to participation. Flexibility, creativity, humor, and openness are indispensable.

We will explore several mediums including written corpse, pencil or pen and ink drawing, collage art and digital corpsing even including an animated corpse called a zombie!

New players of all ages are always welcome!


We also make corpses online at newexquisitecorpse.net!





Ignite Phoenix Presentation on the subjects of Exquisite Corpse and Collaborative Art:





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