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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Exquisite Corpse Laser-Cut Totem Workshop...


A somewhat delayed submission about my workshop held at the last Tasmeem Conference this March. A summarized brief for the workshop is included below:

The workshop performs as an updated adaptation of the Surrealist game, ‘Exquisite Corpse - where a set of participants each contribute a segment in a consecutive sequence of either words or images into an collated assemblage. In this instance the string of images or words are replaced by a set of laser-cut cardboard profiles, each about half a meter tall and roughly 70 cm wide, which, when stacked, in unison would result in an over 3 meter tall, totem-pole
The workshop will involve maximum 15 participants divided into groups of two (and one individual or a group of three). Each of these small groups (pairs) will fabricate an stretch of a totem. The design of each segment of the totem is up to the group, the only constraints are determined by the basic structural concerns and the need for a uniform ‘link’ (connection point) between the totem’s segments. The actual sequence for where each groups segment is positioned along the stretch of a totem will only be decided during the concluding assembly stage, thus the form, function or look of each section of the totem is up to its designer and each totem will be a reflection of all the groups, all the workshop participants’, collective efforts...

Examples of the process and end result can be viewed below. The final piece is currently standing in the hallway outside the ground floor workshops at VCUQ...



The initial conceptual phase...



Assembly of the individual laser-cut units...



A few examples of some of the individual units...



The Totem assembly process (click on the image to see its larger version)...



The completed Exquisite Corpse Laser-Cut Totem...



Some details of the assembled totem...


A big thank you also has to go to Ben Jurgensen without whom's invaluable help the workshop would not have run as smoothly as it did...

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