DIY: How to Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse is a vintage drawing game that was played by surrealists such as Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray in the 1920s. Based on an old parlor game called Consequences that broke a story down into a set structure, Exquisite Corpse breaks down a drawing of a body into three sections: a head, torso, and legs. By keeping each section a surprise from the next person, the combinations become spontaneous and outrageous.

On Thursday June 15th, AIGA Tampa Bay brought back this classic to Cage Brewing for a night of surprising collaboration. Check out the results here

Here’s how to play:


Step 1
Start with a blank piece of paper, something to write with, and two friends.
Step 2
Fold your paper in three sections along the longest edge, or hamburger-style.
Step 3
Making sure to only draw on the top-most section, create the head for your corpse. Keep this drawing a secret from your partners.
Step 4
Make sure you extend your neck lines a little onto the middle section so the next person knows where to continue from. Fold over the top section so the second person can’t see it and pass it to them.
Step 5
The second person draws the torso, again extending the bottom edge onto the bottom section so the last person knows where to continue from. When they are done drawing the torso, fold over the middle section so just the bottom section is visible and pass it along. The third person draws the legs and makes sure they connect to the torso lines.
Step 6
Unfold and relish in your collaborative artwork.



By aigatampabay
Published June 13, 2017
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