Exquisite Corpse – Visual Artists

Exquisite Corpse – Visual Artists

Artists wore skullcaps fitted with EEG electrodes and inertial sensors as they played Exquisite Corpse – the collaborative, chance-based game made famous by the Surrealists in the 1920’s. The
performance-study seeks to uncover clues to what happens in the brain as people create and contemplate art. Working simultaneously before a live audience, each artist has 15 minutes to begin creating an artwork. After 15 minutes, their work-in-progress is concealed with a cloth, leaving only a small portion exposed. The artists then rotate stations and take turns adding to each other’s creations for two additional 15-minute increments. Their brain activity is projected onto a nearby screen as audience members watch and also contribute their MoBI data.

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