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The Exquisite Corpse Lives

The “exquisite corpse” is a collaborative drawing game devised by the surrealists in the early 20th Century. You may not know the name, but you have probably played it yourself: on a sheet of paper a player draws part a body, folds it to conceal the bulk of the image, and then passes it to the next player. They continue the drawing from the boundary of the fold, unaware of exactly what they are joining onto.

“The Exquisite Corpse Lives” encourages festival goers of all ages to try their hand at stop motion animation. Inspired by the traditional parlour game, visitors will be invited to create a short animation, and to leave their final frame in situ. This final frame is akin to the folded edge in the paper-based version of the game: it provides a hint of the previous contributor’s work and acts as inspiration and starting point for the next section of animation.

Over the Supernormal weekend each frame shot will contribute to a single continuous piece of abstract animation to be screened in the cinema on Sunday night.

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