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The exquisite corpse idea began as a surrealist wordplay, each player adding one word to complete a sentence with unexpected results. The artists’ version of the exquisite corpse works on the same principle with each artist adding an element.
Here’s one common bookmaking adaptation of the exquisite corpse: Take a set of prints of the same size that depict two human figures. Cut the prints vertically to separate the figures. Then cut them horizontally into thirds—head, torso, and legs. By turning these body segments, you can mix and match the parts of the “exquisite corpse” to create unique bodies. The number of combinations is staggering!
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