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Shared Genius and The Exquisite Corpse

The Surrealists embraced collaboration and disrupted rationality. In 1925 they played an old parlor game called Consequences, where each player wrote on a piece of paper then folded it over to conceal most of the writing, and passed the paper along to the next player. Each contribution grew from the previous one. The initial result for that group was the collected phrase: “Le cadavre / exquis / boira / le vin / nouveau” (The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine). They thought that these combined fragments revealed the personality of the group.

Will One Potato Ten bloggers reveal our collective personality to readers?
This cycle we allow the deep oceans of our unconscious minds to flood together. (I'm sure you can hardly wait!) Each of our members will write a story fragment in response to a final sentence relayed from a previous contributor. These final sentences will be e-mailed privately to one writer next in our sequence, and then posted as teasers for our readers only. One Potato Ten members will avoid reading the blog until after posting final sentences. When all ten of us have completed our writings we will post The Exquisite Corpse story in entirety.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

This should be fun. Or embarassing. Hopefully both ;)