mild climate / 507C Hagan St. May 5, 2018 - May 26, 2018
mild climate is pleased to announce a month of alternative programming for each Saturday of the month of May 2018. The first Saturday Art Crawl night will be open to the community to make collaborative, chance-based drawings called Exquisite Corpses.
Exquisite Corpse is a method of making drawings that involves collaboration and chance. To make an exquisite corpse drawing the paper is folded with as many folds as there are going to be collaborators. The first drawer will draw in the top folded section and let the bottom of the drawing lead into the next folded space and fold it over, to hide the previous drawing but allow enough line to come onto the next folded section to let the next drawer continue the drawing consistently. Each section can be thought of as a head, torso, legs, feet or completely abstract and interpretive, there are no rules other than to keep your drawing a secret until the whole drawing is complete. As the night goes on more and more drawings will be tacked up onto the gallery walls.
The technique was invented by surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. Surrealism principal founder André Breton reported that it started in fun, but became playful and eventually enriching. Breton said the diversion started about 1925, but Pierre Reverdy wrote that it started much earlier, at least before 1918.
The name is derived from a phrase that resulted when Surrealists first played the game, "Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau." ("The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.")
Additional programming for the following Saturdays in May:
May 12: Open Library/bring your favorite book day
May 19: Performances TBA
May 26: Screenings TBA
Stay tuned for additional information!