London – A Surrealist technique for creating art has been given new life, and the results are on display at Clerkenwell Design Week 2013.
The exhibition, Design Exquis, draws on a method developed by French writer André Breton and a band of avant garde artists including Marcel Duchamp. Called Cadavre Exquis, or Exquisite Corpse, the process involves creating a collaborative work of art without any one artist being able to see the whole thing.
Design Exquis, founded in 2012, recruits four designers, the first of whom is given an object as inspiration. The object the first designer creates is then passed on to the next set of designers without them knowing what the original object was.
For its second exhibition, Design Exquis gave the first artist a stethoscope to kick things off. The four artists whose work will be exhibited at Clerkenwell Design Week are British designers James Plant and James Moss of Plant & Moss, another British designer Dominic Wilcox, Austrian interior designer Georg Oehler, and London-based British/Colombian artist Matthew Plummer-Fernandez.
For more on designers using the Exquisite Corpse technique, read our micro trend.