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Play a game with our bones.
By Paisley Hibou
Editor's Note: Our late Managing Editor, Josephine Stone desperately wanted The QB Crew to begin an Exquisite Corpse game here on QuailBellMagazine.com. We hope that you'll participate in her honor! Also, be sure to check out our current Kickstarter project, also done in her honor.
To outsiders, it might seem that artists never stop playing. In a sense, they never do. With their active imaginations, artists love playing games of all kinds--children's games, lovers' games, societal games. That even includes coming up with games of their own. One game famously coined by artists is The Exquisite Corpse. We know of it today thanks to the combined creative force of André Breton, Paul Eluard, Tristan Tzara, and Benjamin Peret in 1932.
An excerpt from William S. Rubin's "Dada & Surrealist Art"posted on ExquisiteCorpse.com says the following about the unusual game:
"Among Surrealist techniques exploring the mystique of accident was a kind of collective collage of words or images called the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse). Based upon an old parlor game, it was played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next player for his contribution."
The QB Crew invites you to play The Exquisite Corpse with your own friends, classmates, and collaborators. You can scan the scary/strange/sick results and send the image as .JPG to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll gladly post whatever you share!