Surreal games inspiring cyber culture

A player writes a phrase on a piece of paper, covers part of it with a fold, then passes it on to the next player, who repeats the process, passing it on to another player. The final result is a surreal merge of the players collective imaginations, an Exquisite Corpse.

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Initially exquisite corpses emerged as a playful game in the form of poems, and soon evolved into a continuous interchange between the poetic and the pictorial. The co-existing Dada attitude further provoked tensions between word and image, to free them from their ordinary usages.

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Exquisite corpses have been roaming the internet for years..

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Suffocate Fishy Shoozle. (found on in 2011)

MAKE-SOMETHING-UGLY this beautiful decade-long exquisite corpse (this is only a small segment):

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Exquisite corpses have inspired digital creativity; online experiments and Iphone apps, exquisite corpses that play with words, images, and sounds..

And then there’s that Exquisite Corpse that found its way into virtual space:

Im personally not a fan of zombie-fiction/popculture, but I’m happy to see that exquisite corpses are still alive, and slowly, quietly, more of them are coming.