The Exquisite Corpse Explained
A new approach to a classic art technique by SHIM Art Network to bring inclusivity and visibility to artists
Traditionally, an exquisite corpse is a collaborative art technique that originated in the early 20th century and was popularized by Surrealist artists. It involves creating an artwork by having multiple artists contribute different sections without seeing the previous contributions. Each artist would typically fold a piece of paper, leaving only a small section visible, and then pass it on to the next artist to continue the drawing or writing. The final result is a composition that combines different artistic styles and ideas, often resulting in a visually intriguing and unexpected piece.
Now, let's discuss how the SHIM Social Justice Network is repurposing the exquisite corpse technique to break down barriers to entry in the art world and promote inclusivity. SHIM Art Network is leveraging the concept of the exquisite corpse to create a collaborative artwork that showcases artists from all over the world in art fairs and exhibitions without the need for shipping physical artwork.
In this approach, artists are invited to submit their individual artworks digitally, rather than physically transporting them to the exhibition venue. These artworks can be in various forms, such as paintings, photographs, or digital creations. Each artist's work is then compiled into a collective artwork, akin to the traditional exquisite corpse, where different artistic expressions come together.
To facilitate the connection between the collective artwork and the individual artists, SHIM Social Justice Network employs QR codes. These QR codes are displayed in the exhibition alongside the collective artwork, allowing viewers to scan them and be redirected to the artists' individual pages on the online platform Artsy. On these pages, collectors and viewers can explore more of the artists' works, learn about their backgrounds, and connect with SHIM Art Network to enquire about buying their work.
This innovative approach serves multiple purposes. First of all, it eliminates the need for physical transportation of artwork, making it more accessible and cost-effective for artists to participate in global art events. It also reduces the environmental impact associated with shipping artwork. Secondly, it allows artists from diverse backgrounds and geographical locations to be represented and showcased in a single artwork, fostering a sense of collaboration and cultural exchange. Lastly, by linking viewers directly to the artists' individual online pages, it facilitates direct engagement and potential sales, enabling artists to gain exposure to collectors and viewers worldwide.
In summary, SHIM Social Justice Network repurposes the exquisite corpse technique by creating a collective artwork comprising digital submissions from artists globally. Through the use of QR codes, viewers can access the individual artists' online profiles and explore their work further. This approach helps break down barriers to entry in the art world, promotes inclusivity, and allows artists to gain exposure in art fairs and exhibitions worldwide while minimizing logistical challenges and shipping costs.