ExCorpse VOL I _ west coast premiere
…992 Valencia Street
…San Francisco, CA 94110
…Friday, September 18, 2009. 8PM
This program will be followed by a Q&A with participating local artists Marty McCutcheon and Brad Wise.
The first volume of a unique “Exquisite Corpse” video art is a collaboration between 37 artists from 16 countries.
The project was inspired by the classic Surrealists’ drawing method of the same name, in which a paper is folded so that each contributor sees only a small portion of the preceding artist’s work. When the last participant is finished, the sheet is unfolded to reveal a strangely divergent, yet contiguous form or figure. Using this semi-blind, sequential method, ExCorpse participants created minute-long video art segments in response to the final ten seconds of the previous filmmaker’s work. Each participant was then asked to incorporate these seconds into their piece, creating transitions as they pleased, until everyone’s vision was threaded together into a final “corpse.”
“Only recently, could such a pan-global, audiovisual variation of this Surrealist exercise be produced with such ease and spontaneous free-association,” said project coordinator Kika Nicolela, an award-winning filmmaker from São Paulo, Brazil.
Nicolela facilitated the project as viral social media experiment, following discussions in the Video Artists Forum on Artreview.com, an international social network for artists, curators and art critics.
Berkeley-based painter and multimedia artist Marty McCutcheon, who produced five separate pieces for the first volume, was also the first to suggest an exquisite corpse to Nicolela and the Forum.
“This process of video exchange between artists from around the world is very inspiring,” said Brad WIse, a Bay Area video artist, who was invited by McCutcheon to contribute. “It illuminates the possibilities and potentials of global, collective creativity.”
Wise, who describes himself as a student of Surrealism and Salvadore Dali’s “Paranoiac-critical method,” has since contributed to other video corpse projects, each with its with own themes and/or creative “obstacles.” He and McCutcheon hope that this screening at ATA will inspire attending artists to collaborate in unique ways.
ExCorpse, v1, was produced in nine threads over the course of 2008, and it has been screened in festivals and galleries throughout the world, including Brazil, Sweden, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, and the US. The upcoming screening at ATA is the first time the project has been shown in California.
The project continues to grow. ExCorpse, v2, was produced during the first half of 2009 involving 60 artists in 36 countries. Volume 2 will have its world premiere at the “V.art09″ International art fair in Värnamo, Sweden, September 11-13, and will be screened at ATA at a later date.
Participating Artists: Hélène Abram (France), Lucas Bambozzi (Brazil), Romuald Beugnon (France). Caroline Breton(France), Alexandra Buhl (Denmark), Michael Chang (Denmark), Jan Hakon Erichsen (Norway), Alicia Felberbaum (UK), Alberto Guerreiro (Portugal), Niclas Hallberg (Sweden), Nung-Hsin Hu (Taiwan), Ronee Hui (England), Jan Kather (USA), Ulf Kristiansen (Norway), Christian Leduc (Canada), Kai Lossgott (South Africa), Dellani Lima (Brazil), Mads Ljungdahl (Denmark), Ambuja Magaji (India), Hans Manner-Jakobsen (Denmark), Marty McCutcheon (USA), Kika Nicolela (Brazil), Renata Padovan (Brazil), Stina Pehrsdotter (Sweden), Tim Pickerill (USA), John Pirard (Belgium), Per E. Riksson (Sweden), Pedro Reis (Portugal), Pila Rusjan (Slovenia), Joshua Sandler (USA), Zachary Sandler (USA), Simone Stoll (Germany), Arthur Tuoto (Brazil), Anders Weberg (Sweden), Joy Whalen (USA), Alison Williams (South Africa), Brad Wise (USA)
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