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Exquisite corpse from Wikipedia

Exquisite corpse (also known as "exquisite cadaver" or "rotating corpse") is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled, the result being known as the exquisite corpse or cadavre exquis in French. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. "The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun") or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.


The technique was invented by Surrealists in 1925, and is similar to an old parlour game called Consequencesin 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. Henry Miller often partook of the game to pass time in French cafes during the 1930s.

In a variant now known as picture consequences, instead of sentences, portions of a person were drawn.1

Later the game was adapted to drawing and collage, producing a result similar to children's books in which the pages were cut into thirds, the top third pages showing the head of a person or animal, the middle third the torso, and the bottom third the legs, with children having the ability to "mix and match" by turning pages. It has also been played by mailing a drawing or collage — in progressive stages of completion — to the players, and this variation is known as "exquisite corpse by airmail", or "mail art," depending on whether the game travels by airmail or not.

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.")23

Barbie's breasts and other body parts transformed into jewelry:
Vatican museums-- lots of beautiful things...from everywhere....
Libyan Sibyl-- Sistine Chapel ceiling
Delphic Sibyl -- Sistine Chapel ceiling

Things that are still real when put on stage

Installation in MoMA based on Franz Kafka's Amerika

Definitions and etymology of juxtapose/juxtaposition

Martenitza (мартеници), Bulgarian celebration of spring

Webpage with some history and overview

Japanese woodblock prints from Deb's image archive

  1. Mar 12, 2009

    David, I just stumbled upon this page and noticed you put up there a site about мартеници - wow, thanks, it made me really happy in the midst of all that procrastinating I'm doing! <3