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The Exquisite Stone Corpse: A concatenation by five UK-based artists

AMBruno presented The Exquisite Stone Corpse: A concatenation by five UK-based artists at the Stone Squid Experimental Art Space, Hastings 24 to 31 October 2010.

Concatenation is a series of interconnected things or events. Engaging with an initiative conceived by Sophie Loss in collaboration with the Stone Squid Experimental Art Space, AMBruno artists followed the Exquisite Corpse procedure. Exquisite Corpse or cadavre exquis is the game of consequences employed, most notably by the Surrealists, with the intention of engendering chance unexpected outcomes in collective works - a word or two, or a small portion of a drawing left visible from the edge of folded paper is passed on to and then evolved by the next person in the chain.

The Exquisite Stone Corpse was a group project by the artists Judy Goldhill, Joanna Hill, Philip Lee, Sophie Loss, and John McDowall. Each of the five artists created a work developed from the previous participant's fragment. The passed-on fragment might have been a part of the completed work or an aspect of its developmental process. For the duration of the project knowledge of each artist's contribution was inaccessible to the others, and discussion of their work and practice was prohibited.

The starting element was devised and presented by Tim Riley & Georgia Elizey of the Stone Squid Experimental Art Space. A specific time interval was allocated to each artist within the project's six months period, following which, the artists collaborated with the Stone Squid Experimental Art Space on the installation of The Exquisite Stone Corpse.

The work shown, in the order of the concatention, was:

Tim Riley & Georgia Elizey, Semiotically Opaque, plinth, glass plate, exquisite stone, audio fragment recording (lost book found by Jem Cohen).

Judy Goldhill, Hey Jude: The Valley of Dry Bones (2010).

Joanna Hill, Unpick; The Gold Casket; and For you know only a heap of broken things.

Philip Lee, Slip Chalk Water, video; Handbones, ceramic multiples; and Blindfold Slip III, live performance.

John McDowall, Of unknown readers.

Sophie Loss, Ah-ha 2 (2010), installation with video projection.

The Exqusite Stone Corpse at www.stonesquid.com

The Exquisite Stone Corpse

The Exquisite Stone Corpse at the Stone Squid Experimental Art Space

The Exquisite Stone Corpse

The Exquisite Stone Corpse
at the Stone Squid Experimental Art Space

The Exquisite Stone Corpse

The Exquisite Stone Corpse
at the Stone Squid Experimental Art Space

The Exquisite Stone Corpse

The Exquisite Stone Corpse
at the Stone Squid Experimental Art Space

The Exquisite Stone Corpse

Philip Lee handing over a fragment to John McDowall
(24 June 2010)

Slip Chalk Water by Philip Lee

Philip Lee
Slip Chalk Water
(2010)
Video loop projected life size
in The Exquisite Stone Corpse.

Blindfold Slip III by Philip Lee

Philip Lee
Blindfold Slip III (23 October 2010)
A live body performance and installation in
collaboration with Cally Trench at the
Stone Squid Experimental Art Space

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