It is likely many other artists, like Miro and Louise Bourgeois, used the game as a mode of creative expression as well.
Exquisite Corpse (aka the drawing game)
In playing the game the Surrealist artists created images in which they subjected the human body to distortions and juxtapositions that resulted in fantastic composite figures. See some of the results at this MoMA exhibition. Exquisite Corpse appeared at a similar time as the Dadist Cut-up Technique that incorporates chance into the process of creation, hence its connection to Exquisite Corpse. This is principally a literary technique that involved taking a finished and fully linear text and cutting it into snippets consisting of a few, or just single, words.
The writer then rearranged them via some randomising technique — like pulling them from a hat — into a new text. William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin developed a variant called the Fold-in Technique which involved taking two pages of text, folding each in half vertically and combining with the other, then reading across the resulting page. This technique was used in their combined work The Third Mind. Exquisite Corpse is similar to the much older parlour game, Consequences.
Consequences is a game in which a group of people create a story in sequence, and following a fairly rigid structure with each participant unable to see what the others have written. Membership Rates.
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Check out the results here. Step 2 Fold your paper in three sections along the longest edge, or hamburger-style.
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Step 3 Making sure to only draw on the top-most section, create the head for your corpse. Keep this drawing a secret from your partners. Step 4 Make sure you extend your neck lines a little onto the middle section so the next person knows where to continue from.
Step 5 The second person draws the torso, again extending the bottom edge onto the bottom section so the last person knows where to continue from. When they are done drawing the torso, fold over the middle section so just the bottom section is visible and pass it along. The third person draws the legs and makes sure they connect to the torso lines.
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