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The Exquisite Corpse Video Project: Volume 5 - Crisis & Utopia

October 22 – 29, 2018

Atrium Gallery, 1st and 2nd floor

coordinator+curator: Kika Nicolela

PROJECT STATEMENT:
The Exquisite Corpse Video Project (ECVP) is a unique video collaboration among artists from all over the world, inspired by the Surrealist creation method, the “Exquisite Corpse”. 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”. Rather than providing a unitary linear narrative, each participant maintains his/her own style, permeated by the diverse cultural backgrounds. Each individual artist interrogates, via different means, a number of genres, tendencies and strategies. Since 2008, this inspiring process of exchange among artists from around the world illuminates the possibilities of a dynamic collective creation via participatory platforms and new communication technology.

The ECVP was initiated in 2008 by the Brazilian artist Kika Nicolela and it has had 6 volumes released. The ECVP Volume #5 proposes the theme of Crisis & Utopia. The project has been already shown in galleries, museums, cinemas and alternative spaces of Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and US. Some of the main spaces that have exhibited the ECVP include the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, Central Gallery in São Paulo, Open Contemporary Art Center in Taiwan, Galerie Carla Magna in Paris, Visual Arts Network in Cape Town, Artists Television Access in San Francisco and Videoformes Festival in Clermont-Ferrand.

ECVP Vol.5 running time: 53 minutes

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Alexandra Gelis (Colombia/Canada), Alysse Stepanian (US), Anders Weberg (Sweden), Anthony Siarkiewicz (US/Germany), Clemence Demesme (France), Dellani Lima (Brazil), Fernando Velazquez (Brazil), Gabriel Soucheyre (France), Gérard Chauvin (France), Guillermina Buzio (Argentina/Canada), John Sanborn (US), Jorge Lozano (Colombia/Canada), Kai Lossgott (South Africa), Kika Nicolela (Brazil/Belgium), Kim Dotty Hachmann (Germany), Krefer (Brazil), Laura Colmenares Guerra (Colombia/Belgium), Lucas Bambozzi (Brazil), Natalia de Mello (Portugal/Belgium), Nia Pushkarova (Bulgaria), Niclas Hallberg (Sweden), Nung-Hsin Hu (Taiwan), Per E Riksson (Sweden), Pila Rusjan (Slovenia), Renata Padovan (Brazil), Sigrid Coggins (France), Simone Stoll (Germany), Sojin Chun (South Korea/Canada), Stina Pehrsdotter (Sweden), Ulf Kristiansen (Norway), Ulysses Castellanos (El Salvador/Canada), Wai Kit Lam (Hong Kong)

To see more information about the project, visit https://exquisitecorpsevideoproject.wordpress.com