for my CEP student, have fun

Exquisite corpse is a collaborative drawing technique invented by the Surrealists.

In the 1920s, invited by a group of surrealists in France, at first it was a story writing game. For example :

“The made-up shrimp hardly enlightens some double kisses.”

Andre Breton once commented the value of Exquisite corpse is not only to create interesting and discordant images, but also the interactions between the participants.

The ideas of “collaborative”, “interactive” and “participatory” are becoming one of the most popular trends in different art developments. Here are some examples :

Collaborative Panorama Drawing : Panographia
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Collaborative Drawing on Public Transportation : Bing Bahn

Collaborative Sculpture

Collaborative Community design project : febrik’s play pocket

The artist is present, Marina Abramović, MoMa


Reference :

“André Breton comments on the origination of the cadaver exquis”,

“Collaborative Art: Making Magic”

Archive on different types of participatory works :
IDEA Project, Hong Kong
Art Project
What is participatory art?
Book and Theory
<<Non-Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism>>
Co-operative Design


In December I were invited to be one of the critics in the Liebig art review. It was an experimental event of putting artists onto the stage and generating inspiring discussions. Artists’ works are their personal feelings and thoughts, so sometime they are uneasy to be understood. When it was 15 I drew my real paintings, I told myself I have to be an artist in the future. Friends who have knew me for long always made the joke of my artistic characters. Beside keeping my pop-up anti-social character I actually decided in some points of my life not to be an artist.

Liebig12 Live Art Review (Photo credits : Liebig12)

Ivan Kiss, the artist I have to work with also studied architecture. He produced two hundred modular soup stands as his own piece of artwork. “Clean war” aimed to create a new perspective of war using daily elements. It is clean and clear, the sharp blue tooth brush is the tank pointing to the war.

A clean war (Photo credits : Ivan Kiss)

The review took place in Liebig’s studio. Liebig cleverly cleaned their white studio and stacked up white wooden boxes to form the stage. Most of the artists that night are performative and media artists. Ivan’s installation and another artist Jill Tegan Doherty‘s painting were placed in the corner of the room. It was the success of Liebig art review, there were a lot of people joining and made the studio crowded. The clean war therefore sinked. I considered a successful art or design to be communicative by it own self. The review aimed to broaden the communication circle between the artist and the audiences. However. a success piece of art can already reached by the audience at a certain depth. The more communicative the art itself is, the more deep they reach. Therefore the arrangement of the Ivan’s installation is isolating it from the audience. And what I suggested to him during the crit is to place the tanks on some critical spots of the room, even spread it around and make it annoying so as to catch the attention.

Review in progress (Photo credits : Liebig12)

Before the start of the crit I met Ivan for a short discussion. The first question I ask him is whether his works is art or design. His module soup stand is clean in geometry with strong language. He also spent lots effort on studying the mass production process of the work. Among all the works his one is the most which is closest to a piece of design work and had the potential to be sold onto the market. It doesn’t mean his work is better but for example some extremely interesting work that night like Jörg’s performance art is unable to be reproduced. It brought to a commercial discussion of art. “How much is it?” I asked. I am not disclosing the price here, if Ivan is putting it onto the market in the near future you will know.

The tank (Photo credits : Ivan Kiss)

There is one very spontaneous “art” in that night called “Aiya Dumplings”. I were attracted by the poster so I talked to the people who made Aiya Dumplings. They are two artists from Australia. At first I expected there might be some art related elements in the dumplings, maybe a special design of the dumpling’s shape, like the <<Architect’s Spaghetti>> curated by Kenya Nara. What brings the yummy Aiya Dumplings to us is a simple intention of introducing Chinese food to the community and get some pocket money, there is nothing grand and conceptual. The only question I have on this delicious dumplings is why is it called Aiya Dumplings. One of the artists Jasmine said only Chinese will have the sound “Aiya”, so they use this special Chinese sound “Aiya” for the dumplings. Not sure if it is true but it is definitely inspiring and making it more “art”.

Aiya Dumplings (Photo credits : Liebig12)

I heard from the curator before the crit there is an artist bringing his own critic as his works are not easy to understand. Niels Betorl Diehl, He is also an architect and he developed a strong interest in filming. In the crit he started the conversation with his professional critic who understood his works quite well. His video work films mainly boys’ activities. They are normal daily routines, giving you a large room of imagination of what Niels is thinking about. The video finally attracted lots people to join the conversation.

Ya, in fact we were all communicating in art, so where are the artists?

The review of me and Ivan


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