FORT MYERS, FLA.- Florida Southwestern State College
is presenting The Exquisite Moving Corpse a video installation featuring more than sixty internationally-renown artists at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. Each making one-minute movies in response to a still from the previous artists digital short, this collective art film includes video segments by Chip Lord, Jack Massing, Sean Miller, Nina Katchadourian, Kristin Lucas, William Wegman, Tony Oursler, Mel Chin, Muntadas, Hasan Elahi, Mark Dion and many others. The Exquisite Moving Corpse installation temporarily transforms the exhibit space into a screening room with this feature length moving-picture - inspired by a nearly century-old Surrealist artists pastime/amusement looping continually during regular Gallery hours from August 22nd through December 10, 2022.
The original Surrealist exquisite corpse was a café parlor game invented in 1925 by André Breton, Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert and Marcel Duchamp in Paris. The French name cadavre exquis was derived from the phrase that resulted when first played, le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau (the exquisite corpse will drink the new wine). Adapted from a word game with players adding text to a sheet of paper that was then folded to conceal additions before being passed to the next contributor, the Surrealists soon began to apply this practice to drawings of the human figure. Taking turns in sketching head, torso, legs and feet independently, fantastic creatures were often revealed as the corpse was unfolded.
According to the artist organizers, The Exquisite Moving Corpse was created and compiled over a two-year period beginning in March 2020. Most of the footage was shot, shared and edited while participants worked in pandemic-related quarantine. Chip Lord, Jack Massing and Sean Miller initiated the game making the first three minutes - then handed it off to an evolving list of invited collaborators in what they describe as an artist chain letter. And, just following a recent premiere installation at the Archivio Emily Harvey art space (curated by Bob Rauschenberg Gallery director Jade Dellinger) during la Biennale in Venice, Italy last month, FSW is delighted to be among the first U.S. venues to unveil and present The Exquisite Moving Corpse in a gallery setting.
The complete list of participating artists in order of appearance in The Exquisite Moving Corpse is as follows:
Chip Lord, 2. Jack Massing, 3. Sean Miller, 4. Chiaozza, 5. Phillip Pyle II, 6. Kara Hearn, 7. Sergio Vega, 8. Ken Friedman, 9. William Wegman, 10. Bryan Konefsky, 11. Albert Chong, 12. Robert Hodge, 13. Chris Sollars, 14. Mary Mattingly, 15. Natali Leduc, 16. Gustavo Vazquez, 17. Tea Mäkipää, 18. Mel Chin, 19. Sarah Aziz, 20. Hasan Elahi, 21. Hillerbrand+Magsamen, 22. Leyla & Mike Mandel, 23. Kristin Lucas, 24. Ali and Aoife, 25. Shane Mecklenburger, 26. Oliver Herring, 27. Bibbe Hansen, 28. Fereshteh Toosi, 29. Craig Smith, 30A. Tom Marioni, 30B. Severn Eaton, 31. Pinar Yoldas, 32. Adebukola Bodunrin, 33. James Benning, 34. Chris Beaver, 35. Connie Hwang, 36. Chris Felver, 37. Theadora Walsh, 38. Cyriaco Lopes and Terri Witek, 39. Jason Simon, 40. Isabelle Carbonell, 41. Aisling OBeirn, 42. Mark Seliger, 43. Elia Vargas, 44. Leah Floyd + Cristina Molina, 45. José Hernández Sánchez, 46. John Sanborn, 47. Dana Sherwood, 48. Pecos Hank, 49. Emiko Omori, 50. Mark Dion, 51. Jack Thompson, 52. Bart Weiss, 53. Rachel Mayeri, 54. Nina Katchadourian, 55. Larry Andrews, 56. Emmanuel Manu Opoku, 57. Tony Oursler, 58. Tony Labat, 59. Alyssa Taylor Wendt, 60. Muntadas