Exquisite Corpse Video Project (ECVP) Volume 4 – porn & politics
The ECVP [Exquisite Corpse Video Project] is a video collaboration project inspired by the Surrealist creation method, the “Exquisite Corpse”. The project is coordinated by the Brazilian artist Kika Nicolela and currently has over 80 participating artists from various countries.
The project is comprised by ECVP Volume 1 (made in 2008 by 36 artists from 16 countries, 9 chapters and total running time 82 minutes), ECVP Volume 2 (made in 2009 by over 50 artists from 21 countries, 12 chapters and total running time 96 minutes), ECVP Volume 3 (2011, 45 artists and 70 minutes long) and ECVP Volume 4 (2013-14, over 30 artists and reaching 60 minutes of running time).
In the Surrealist ‘game’, a paper is folded such that each contributor sees only a small portion of the previous contributor’s work, and begins his own work from that small portion. When the last participant is finished, the sheet is unfolded to reveal a strangely divergent, yet contiguous form or figure.
Using the semi-blind, sequential method of the surrealists’ game, ECVP participants create video art in response to the final ten seconds of the previous member’s work. Each member is asked to incorporate these seconds into their piece, creating transitions as they please, until everyone’s vision is threaded together into an instigating final “corpse.”
While the Surrealists are said to have created the method almost a century ago, only recently could such a fast-paced, pan-global, audiovisual variation of this exercise be produced. The inspiring process of exchange between artists from around the world illuminates the possibilities and potentials of a globalized, collective creativity.
Participants of ECVP 4:
Alexandra Gelis (Colombia/Canada), Ana Moravi & Dellani Lima (Brazil), Anders Weberg (Sweden), Arthur Tuoto (Brazil), Christian Leduc (Canada), Clémence Demesme (France), Evan Tyler (Canada), Gabriel Soucheyre (France), John Criscitello (US), John Pirard (Belgium), Jorge Lozano (Colombia/Canada), Kai Lossgott (South Africa), Kika Nicolela (Brazil), Niclas Hallberg (Sweden), Ninja Thyberg (Sweden), noönK (France), Nung-Hsin Hu (Taiwan), Per E Riksson (Sweden), Pila Rusjan (Slovenia), Savio Leite (Brazil), Simone Stoll (Germany), Sojin Chun (South Korea/Canada), Stina Pehrsdotter (Sweden), Wai Kit Lam (Hong Kong), Ulf Kristiansen (Norway), Ulysses Castellanos (El Salvador/Canada), Renata Padovan (Brazil), Matthias Roth (Germany), Kim Dotty Hachmann (Germany)