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[BKARTS] Fwd: [alteredlives] Exquisite Corpses

Here is an excerpt from a reply I posted to another list.

--- Denise Brennan Watson <odetoagarlicclove@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 14:47:25 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Denise Brennan Watson <odetoagarlicclove@yahoo.com>
> Subject: Fwd: [alteredlives] Exquisite Corpses
> To: cookbookarts@yahoo.com
> --- Denise Brennan Watson <odetoagarlicclove@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > To: alteredlives@yahoogroups.com
> > From: Denise Brennan Watson <odetoagarlicclove@yahoo.com>
> > Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 18:51:42 -0700 (PDT)
> > Subject: [alteredlives] Re: Thanks for the Welcome/Exquisite Corpses
> >
> >...
> >
> > ... The ones that my husband and I have done usually just involved the
        two of us, though it is suggested that you have at least 3 or 4
        participants. Maybe I'll suggest to him that we have an exquisite
        corpse party for Halloween.

> >     We trade our drawings/poems/stories back and forth and add to each
     other's work. We'll each start a drawing/story and then keep two
     different works in progress at the same time. When the designated
     time is up, we leave the papers folded and number them, then start
     more. When we have, say 6 completed, we take turns unfolding and
     reciting the completed pieces.

> > We make up a lot of our own versions of the corpse, and when we go on
    a trip, we take our supplies out to dinner, breakfast, the park,
  > whatever, and people-watch and take in the local news and flavor.
    We come up with some type of theme inspired by something we see,
    hear or smell, etc. and we name the corpse something appropriate to
    the setting. I like to use cold wax medium, diluted acrylic tar gel
    impasto gel medium to add fluidity to the drawings and words to
    transform the mood and energy.

> > If you get a chance, check out SURREALIST GAMES ISBN 0-87773-875-0
    published in 2001 by Shambhala  url: http://www.shambhala.com

> > My husband got me this as a present last year. It's a book/kit that
> > comes in a little box.

> > I've never done an exquisite corpse "book," but this indeed sounds
    quite cool. Here are some links to websites we could use as launch

> > http://www.anexquisitecorpse.net
> > http://www.exquisitecorpse.com
> > http://www.nicedog.com/carol/corpse
> >

Sun, 15 Sep 2002 13:45:09 EDT
From: "Nancy Bloch" <LemonTreePress@AOL.COM>
Subject: [BKARTS] Exquisite Corpse Books

Can anyone provide me with a good definition of an "exquisite corpse"
book, or the history or origins of the genre.  I am trying to write a good
(but terse) explanation for an exhibition label. Is there a reference in
literature somewhere?

Many thanks.
Nancy Bloch

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