Research: Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse, invented by French artists in the early 20th century, is a method where words or images are collectively assembled by different collaborators. It’s an old game where a player writes a phrase on piece of paper and passes it to another player to continue the phrase.
It’s a great way of collaborating to see the different types of outcomes that appears by the end of the experiment.

Some projects which were inspired by the idea of the exquisite corpse are:

The Exquisite Forrest

The Exquisite Forest is a collaborative frame-by-frame animation where each frame is drawn by a collaborator. There are a lot of possibilities that could happen through these sort of animation that has no boundaries.

The Johnny Cash Project

The Johnny Cash project is also a frame-by-frame animation in memory of the late Johhny Cash. It is a collaborative project where fans all around the world contribute to his music video.


The Exquisite Corpse Project
Unlike the first two, this project is a motion graphic piece created by a bunch of artists from around the world. They are all experienced artists sharing a canvas, whereas the other ones can be submitted by anyone, artists and non-artists alike.

Last but not least, there is the famous music video by Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber – Where Are Ü Now:

This video contains multiple frames drawn by contributors. You can see that each frame is entirely different but it also fits to the actual content inside the video, as most people drew around the character and used it as a guideline. This way there is a certain control in the outcome of the final music video. The interactive part of this music video is that most people would actually try to pause at certain scenes to take a closer look at each frame, it’s interesting to see the different results you get each time you pause the video.

Google. (2012). The Exquisite Forest. [online]. Youtube. Available at:

Milk, C. (2010). The Johnny Cash Project. [online]. Available at:

Waldron, M. (2015). The Exquisite Corpse Project. [online]. Vimeo. Available at: 


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