We had a pot luck party to test the skills of our combined consciousness this evening. Would there be too many desserts? Or perhaps too much tofu and not enough meat? We needn't worry as there was a wonderful mix of creative cuisine. Sue and I made some little booklets out of our handmade paper and stitched a small signature into it, these books were going to hold the game of "Exquisite Corpse". This game was developed in 1925 by a group of Surrealist Artists and was designed for group participation relying on the chance encounter as a disruption of rationality and a product of the shared, oceanic unconscious in which Surrealism lives.
We were going to have one game played along the same way the original "Exquisite Corpse" was played and that was to write one word on one part of a folded piece of paper and this word was to follow a specific sequence of sentence structure. Like the first word was to be an Article...the second had to be an Adjective, then a Noun and so on..... The original game came up with this and hence the name of the game, "The Exquisite Corpse Drinks The Fine Wine".
Then there was the larger booklet where we could write sentences into it, the person writing could only look at the previous sentence.
There was the portrait game where a piece of paper was folded into four pages and only a portion of a body was drawn, the top fold was the head, then the torso and so forth. At the fold several lines linked over to the next page so that the next artist would have a beginning point to continue with their ideas. We played the same game doing landscapes.
It was a wonderful mix of food and fun with friends.
On the following pages you'll find the "Exquisite Corpse" writings that we did, a slide show of the party and a form to play a game right here, using the wonders of e-mail.