In January 2014, two events motivated me to create the project ‘Cadavre Exquis': I met artists of diverse Asian cultural backgrounds through the exhibition ‘Crossing Boundaries’ which was held in Sydney Town Hall as the part of Lunar New Year Festival: And the theatre of Sydney Festival program with the same name, Cadavre Exquis, inspired me with the idea of creative collaboration.
‘Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse)’ is a technique which collects the collage of words or images used among Surrealists based on an old parlour game. A player writes a phrase or draws an image and folds it to conceal the part of the writing or the image, allowing the partial visibility for the next player. The following player continues this method and passes it to the next following player.
I employed this rule for the creative collaboration process:
Each artist creates a new work with diverse mediums during the chosen month. Over consecutive months, the first artist shows about the 1/10th potion of the completed art work to the next designated artist. The next artist creates an artwork based on what was shown by the previous artist within the given time of one month and repeats the same rule, by showing the hint image for the next following artist. The participating artists should not communicate about their works during the process. There is no limitation on mediums but the same medium with other artists can not be used. As the result of the process, all artworks would be exhibited in one exhibition space.
This step ends on the first artist so total six artworks from five artists are created. Beginning with my photographic work, Cadavre Exquis I, the collaboration continues to; Jayanto Damanik’ tea-bag installation, Conversation with Clara; David Mills’s sculpture, Safety Plastique – Compliance; Ganbold (Gawaa) Lundaa’s interactive media, Make your own message; Somchai Charoen’s ceramics,The remaining of the Tree; and my video work, Eggs.
The diversity of the project is enriched by not only the medium but also the cultural background of Korea, Indonesia, China-Australia, Mongol and Thailand.
The exhibition is launched by Catherine Croll, Founding Director of Cultural Partnerships Australia on 26 February 2015 at Accelerator Gallery, Culture at Works, Sydney.
I hope this creative journey would continue and expand.