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Exquisite Corpse

Aug 7, 2011 • 8 comments • 3682 views

image from: http://wsuprintmaking.blogspot.com/2009/11/exquisite-corpse-will-drink-young-wine.html


Exquisite Corpse may need an introduction, if only because of the funky name, I'm sure many have come across it in some form before. Played by the Surrealists at the turn of the 20th century, its method brings out unconscious rational and sometimes provoking connections, in what is a blind-folded creation. Seemingly the collective unconscious of the group is revealed. 


Many creative methods exist: from painting to writing. The principles are similar. 


For the writing game, take a piece of paper. One person writes a sentence or question, folds it and thus "blinding"  the second player as to what was written. The second player then contributes the next sentence, folds and conceals the response, sequentially passing it on to the next player. 


Here is a selection of my favorite variations:


1. Story. The goal is to create a group story. Each player is told which part of speech the sentence ended with (noun, verb, conjunction etc) to make the flow more connected and the second player continues with only one clue: how to begin his sentence.

2. Definitions. Player 1 writes a "what is" question and the second player only knows he has to create a random definition.

3. Mixed questons: player one can choose a type of question: who/what/where/when/why etc and instructs the second player as to which he should answer.

4. conditionals. Start by writing the first clause of a conditional "if I were a zombie," leaving it unfinished for the second player to continue (again blind-folded about the first part of the conditional)

and so on.


I'd like to share a rather amusing session of the game found in my drawer, to perhaps inspire others to create their own surprising logical madness. 



What is winter?

the next best thing.

What is life after all?

the whole of its parts.

What is mathematics?

A hunka hunka burnin love

What is a chessboard?

The secret to success

What is body odor?

a tight squeeze, cool breeze

What is H20?

It's not all its chalked up to be.

What is evolution?

The feeling of emptiness after a drinking marathon. 



If you pull my finger,

then we will all die from laughter.

If the world turned 2D,

it wouldn't be free.

When the turtle looks out the window,

the clock will strike midnight.

If the soul went to hell,

the whole world would go to shit.

If the world hadn't come into existence,

It would have worked out differently.


Exquisite Corpse at Nurse With Wound site. Create the next chapter: http://brainwashed.com/nww/corpse.html

Madlibs poetry generator:http://www.languageisavirus.com/cgi-bin/madlibs.pl

Other generators and word-game experiment ideashttp://www.languageisavirus.com/

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Excellent and important! Great post.
08.08.11 •
would love to find a generator for exquisite corpse that can be integrated into convozine!
08.08.11 •
Love the concept!
08.08.11 •
hint hint, next topic for Convozine meeting this week :)
08.08.11 •
Chaired by our new director of operations, Marianna O! ;)
08.08.11 •
in digital spirit!
08.08.11 •
brilliant concept.
08.09.11 •
and sometimes, brilliant creations
08.09.11 •
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