Exquisite Corpse / Professor exhibition of Metropolitan University

May 5th - 10th, 2017 > Koče Popovića 9

/Gallery Pro3or/May 5th – 10th, at 18h/opening of the professor’s exhibition “Exquisite Corpse” from Faculty of Digital Arts, Metropolitan University. 

The title of the exhibition “Exquisite Corpse” (Cadavre Exquis) belongs to the surrealist movement, which was disappointed with modern society and was designed in 1925. A technique based on the traditional game of words, which Surrealists adapted to their own “rules” with a tendency to change society through artistic action. Each game participant according to his wish would write a word (noun, verb, object, proposal) on a piece of paper and forward it to the next participants, but the paper would be so bent that the written word could not be seen. This chain of words would result in a sentence of unconnected words that usually don’t have any meaning, but sometimes it can result in unexpected poetics.

Soon this “verbal chain” encouraged them to create unexpected images so the Exquisite Corpse technique became a visual game that aimed to highlight the aspects of the unaware and the fantasy. Most often they painted and drew metamorphoses or strange, hybrid compositions, in fact, everything that could point to the connection of the outer and inner world. Exhibitions initiated by these chain works have served Surrealists to highlight their artistic and political attitudes.

Today “Exquisite Corpse” is not just a game. It can also be a form of a conceptual representation of some of the forms of visual art, but also the musical part. The professor’s exhibition of Metropolitan University represents the way of connecting various design and art manuscripts into one whole. Each participant has a format and one-week deadline to complete his work. The last 10cm of the work is passed to the next participant who sees only the small, given part, and not the entire composition of his predecessor in this case colleagues, which should be supplemented with his own designer’s manuscript.

In the end, everything connects into one chain work and with little animation, connects into one whole. Artists would have the freedom to express themselves in whatever way they want, through printed artworks, animation, and generative art, as long as they continue on a small part of their colleague’s work.

“Exquisite Corpse” participants, besides the joint composition, also exhibit their individual composition – Dr. Katarina Kaplarski, Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Digital Arts, Master Vesna Pavlović, Master Neda Todorović, MSc Madlena Dašić, MSc Ana Miletić, MSc Marina Kostić, Dr Svetlana Smolčić, Master Vesna Vasović, MSc Tijana Pavlov, MSc Mile Kocev, MSc Aleksandar Čelar, Ivan Mančić, MSc Petar Stamenković, Dr. Rastko Kukić, Doc. Marko Prokić, and Master Branko Katanović.