ATEC EXQUISITE CORPSE
AN INVITATION TO ALL UTD STUDENTS & ATEC STAFF AND FACULTY
The exquisite corpse is an activity popularized by the Surrealists in the years between World War I and World War II. Much like the Dada movement, these artists attempted to circumvent human rationality and linear thinking by inventing ways to thwart traditional logic.
Learn more about the Surrealists and exquisite corpse by watching this short video on PBS: The Case for Surrealism.
In this activity, you will make or draw one of three parts of a body as imaginatively as you can:
HEAD Eyes and ears are optional
TORSO Don't forget the arms!
LEGS+FEET As many as you see fit
Traditionally, the first participant draws/makes the head and leaves the torso, legs and feet concealed. The second participant leaves the head, legs and feet concealed and so on. As a result of this “blind” process, none of the artists see the overall artwork until the final reveal is made.
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
1. Gather Materials
Come to campus to pick up free materials or use what you have at home:
Materials can be picked up from
March 31 to April 19, 2021
in ATEC 2.302
8AM - 10PM, MONDAY - FRIDAY
12PM - 10PM, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Follow campus safety protocols when visiting ATEC.
2. Tap into your imagination, begin to ideate.
If you pick up materials from ATEC you will find your assigned part in the envelope you receive. If you are working from home with your own materials, you can make any part (head/torso/legs).
3. Sign it or leave it anonymous!
Decide if you would like to sign your name to your part and add it to the front or back of your piece. You may choose to remain anonymous.
4. Return your final work to ATEC before May 7, 2021.
Either bring it to the equipment check-out window in ATEC 2.302 (same times as listed above) or place the finished (p)art in the supplied postmarked and addressed envelope and send it back to ATEC. If you deliver it to ATEC there are no size restrictions. If you mail it back, it will need to fit your work into the provided 6 by 9 inch envelope.
If you are working from home and did not receive a stamped envelope, please mail your head, torso, or legs and feet to:
Design+Creative Practice c/o ATEC
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd., AT10
Richardson, TX 75080
Design + Creative Practice faculty and students will assemble the heads, torsos, legs and feet that we collect from ATEC students for an exhibition of exquisite corpses made during the pandemic to be on view (most likely in the ATEC lockers) during Fall 2021.