miércoles, 20 de mayo de 2009

phase 4.- google image trawl EXQUISITE CORPSE (II)

This picture is located in the sixth page of Google Images, and links to a very informal and personal blog about design and fashion. It is only one of a “compilation” of three drawings.
This very informal context (references to the alcohol), with the absence of explicit references to the exquisite corpse, links the idea of the EC to the inspiration or the sense of “being lost and free”. The picture is actually tagged as “random”, and the text does not show any artistic pretensions. “None of us consider ourselves sketch artist (it’s quite obvious) but with each pass we became more and more comfortable with what we were doing,” states the author.
I'm wondering if this “informal” and “improvised” sense is also reinforced by the formal/physical characteristics of the picture. The chaotic and random drawings, the ink texture, the notebook page with the folded corner...

In the seventh page I found this image. It is posted in a BBC blog (called Imagine), with a very “wide” idea of what “culture” is. They cover from ballet to fashion, sculpture to hip hop, literature to Britart.
The picture is actually the poster used for an art exhibition: they asked several artists (Grayson Perry, George Melly or Phillipe Starck, among others) to create an Exquisite Corpse. The actual EC is displayed at the bottom of the page. The image is taken from one of the 7 exquisite corpses (the fifth one), a collaborative work by Jean-Jaques Lebel and George Melly. Formally, the picture has been distorted, because a “bubble effect” (similar to the blog's brand image) has been added at the bottom of it.
Does the BBC and the blog quality provide more credibility and a higher status to the EC corpse as an art movement? Does it take us back to the ideas stated in the first images, where we found a more “institutionalized” information?

I personally find it very interesting that this is the first Exquisite corpse using only words. There is no other one like this in the seven previous GI pages. Also, this is a very enriching instance because it operates in several levels. First, it is located in a web design/technology blog, being this one the only “artistic” post in its section. Some posts also contain logos and advertisements of big famous brands (Adobe). Does the author want to relate the EC “artistic values” to the hypertext/web revolution?
But most importantly, it is necessary to trace back the original location of the picture to understand what the EC experiment is about. The image is not actually an image but a flash application located in littleminx.tv, a Exquisite corpse project in which 5 filmmakers work together with only one rule: each director has to start with the last sentence of the previous one. The flash application provides a link to each of the short films, which has some valuable implications. Does it take us back to the originary ideas of the EC (work in collaboration, surrealism, random associations)? Does the EC take a step forward with the mixture of genres and stlyes (film, web-based art, images, hypertext...).


We may also find a “written” EC in the ninth page. The picture (a scanned piece of paper) is located in a personal blog, folded under the category of “writing”. That could make us think about the origins of the Exquisite Corpse movement, with a strong relation to the poetry.
But regarding the EC implications, the author does not talk about it in terms of collaboration. I assume he wrote the first sentence, and then passed the paper by the rest of his mates. The informal/personal nature of the blog (and of the crumpled paper!) may arise questions about “quality” in literature or art: can we think of this in terms of surrealistic poetry?

The last image I chose for this project. I found it in the tenth page of the GI search. It is kind of paradoxical, but interesting at the same time, how we go back, in a sense, to the “institutionalized” information of the first pages... Very similar images (EC representations), located in “official” sites.
The picture is a part of an illustrated book exhibited in the MOMA institution. It is accompanied by technical data and a brief art review, basically talking about the authors (the brothers Dinos and Jake Chapman).
Does this environment (the musuem, the “formal” exhibition) helps to reinforce the original EC ideas? Does it help to demistify and challenge the concept of “author”?


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