The Exquisite Corpse is a way for the Collective Unconscious to create a work of art…rather than the Individual Conscious.
With drawing, this is easy…fold a piece of paper in thirds…have one artist draw the head, fold that back so it is hidden…have the next artist draw the body, fold that back so it is hidden…have the next artist draw the legs. Three artists: one drawing created by their collective unconscious.
We’ve been playing at this game for a couple of years now in drawing, film, dance, tattooing, taxidermy, mixology, crocheting, clocks, and furniture.
But what if we wanted to do an established work of literature, say Romeo and Juliet? How would we let the collective conscious take over? Here’s what we did:
- Split up the plot of Romeo and Juliet into the thirteen major plot points.
- Pick our thirteen favorite playwrights.
- Give them each one of the scenes with the characters’ names obscured.
- Have them each write a 7-minute scene based on the plot point (but without names).
- Assemble all thirteen pieces into a master script.
- Change the character’s names back to the original Shakespearean.
Well, at least that was the plan…the Exquisite Corpse has a habit of confounding those seeking to control it. Most of the original characters made it back in there, but there were certain characters that seemed to want to remain untouched in a Shakespearean world. So in the end the cast of characters will be:
A Little Boy: age 9 – quite small
Big Batman: The Dark Knight – quite big
Little Batman/Romeo: Also the Dark Knight
Capulet: Juliet’s father – age 55
Paris: Juliet’s fiancee – age 25
Rosaline: Juliets’s Cousin – early to mid 30’s
Benvolio: Romeo’s best friend – early to mid 30s’s
Juliet: A little girl – age 23
Tybalt: Juliet’s Cousin – late 20’s to early 30’s
Death: The Death – dressed like a Frat Guy
Life: The Life – dressed like a Dominatrix
Friar Laurence: a striking woman – wearing the garb of a Minoan Snake Goddess
Lady Capulet: Juliet’s mother – age 55
Montague: Romeo’s Father – age 55
Lady Montague: Romeo’s Mother – age 55
Lucifer: The Devil – wearing a cape
Nurse: Actually an actress – playing the nurse
Balthasar: A lighting technician – works for Friar Laurance
Page: A cleaning man – works for Friar Laurance
Yeah…this is something that you’re going to have to see to believe.