Exquisite Corpse @Central A&M

August 1, 2016 - 8:00am to September 11, 2016 - 8:00pm (ended)

Come on up to the 5th floor to view the amazing results of a collaboration between the Berkeley Community College Art Department and Creative Writing classes! [See an exquisite corpse art image!]

                An interesting technique, Exquisite Corpse (from the French term Le cadavre exquis) was invented by French Surrealists in 1925, 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. The name is derived from a phrase that resulted when Surrealists first played the game, "Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau." ("The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.") 

           For this project, paper was folded in sections so that each collaborator could not see the previous drawing except for marks indicating key elements: head to neck; neck to waist; waist to knees; knees to feet. Artists were cautioned not to peek until all sections were completed. The final text was added by the Poetry Writing Class who commented on the completed drawings.  

Contributors:
Sharon Siskin’s Drawing and Composition Class
Jennie Braman’s Drawing and Composition Classes
Louise Stanley’s Figure Drawing, Anatomy
Sharon Coleman’s Poetry Writing Class
Curators / Advisors: M. Louise Stanley, Jan Dove
With Special thanks to Jessica Phrogus

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