Exquisite Corpse, First Script and Storytelling Class

After this weird but wildly exciting introduction to the new part of the course I can honestly say I am very excited to carry on learning abut this topic throughout the rest of the year! The class today was very energetic and all abut drawing and creativity and although I do struggle sometimes with being openly creative I was surprised at how at ease I felt within the class to show my work, whether it be good or bad. I’m going to look at the positives of this course as I now have the chance to learn new drawing styles from a different range of people within the class.

We started with the topic of Exquisite Corpse, we were put into groups of three and each of use drew a different part the body and then folded the paper to pass it to one another until we had created a full person or character. Our characters were very odd to say the least and you could see that we all have quite vulgar thoughts (oops).

I looked a bit deeper into Exquisite corpse, finding out it is also knows as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, and is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence which for example could be by following a rule of some sort. The technique was invented by surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called consequences in 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. Surrealism principal founder André Breton reported that it started in fun, but became playful and eventually enriching. 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.

We then were given a shape, which then we had to use to create as many characters as we could from. We had circle, I found it hard as first but you just have to be free with it and see what happened’s. Here are a few examples of what I and people in my class created.

We now have the task of choosing two characters, pick one to a protagonist and the other to be the antagonist, the need to overcome a problem and we have to create a short visual narrative sequence. My genre is ‘FILM NOIR’….



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