Exquisite Corpses produced during the group excursion to London (22-23/12/21)
Members of La Sirena (Left to Right: Taya King, Darren Thomas and Doug Campbell) met up in London yesterday to attend the ‘Curious and Curiouser’ exhibition on Carroll’s ‘Alice’ books at the Victoria and Albert museum. We went for a meal afterward, and glasses were raised to our comrade Daina Kopp, who sadly couldn’t make it this time. Proper scans of the Exquisite Corpses we made together to follow.
We devoted a recent meeting to a simultaneous collage workshop, having prepared ourself with images relating to the theme of the forthcoming issue of the Surrealerpool group’s magazine ’Patastrophe: “WHO AM I? Masks behind masks. Dolls within dolls. WHOM DO I HAUNT?” The results are shown above.
Prior to this, Daina and Doug had attended a games session with members of Surrealerpool. This was a most convivial and productive evening, with the proceedings and results recorded for possible future publication.
Any, all or none of this material may appear in ’Patastrophe #4, scheduled for 7 January 2022 (Russian Christmas), but the marvellous may be depended on! In the meantime, we recommend their many other publications, all beautifully designed and produced, and available from https://surrealerpool.home.blog/surrealerpool-publications/.
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‘Poetry must be made by all’ – Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont
Collective creativity has been and remains a constant throughout the history of surrealism. We propose an enquiry into the ‘poetry made by all’.
This enquiry is directed at the international surrealist community in the first instance, and particularly at groups, but replies are welcome from all. We are aware of groups who have participated in communal creation as part of their daily social lives, sometimes over lifetimes, and of individuals who have interacted only intermittently and at a distance. We are also interested in relevant experiences in areas of creative endeavour that may involve group activity by their nature, surrealist or not: drama, music and film.
We propose the following questions:
- What is the special power of collective creativity?
- What are the dangers of engaging in collective creativity?
- Does collective creativity require collective improvisation?
- What are the effects of space (location) and time (duration) on collective creativity?
Responses to the La Sirena editorial address below by 15th October 2021, please. Participants are encouraged to also include examples of their collective activity (exquisite corpses, games, collective poems etc) or/and photographs of collective activity/group shots. All participants’ submissions will be collated and featured on the blog (unless advised otherwise).