This project is about collaboration and about chance. We'll explore these ideas via an updated version of the Surrealist's game/tool, the Exquisite Corpse. 3D printing will be our primary means of developing this project.

Cadavre Exquis (French) with Yves Tanguy (American, born France. 1900–1955), Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983), Max Morise (French, 1900–1973), Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) (American, 1890–1976)

Cadavre Exquis (French) with Yves Tanguy (American, born France. 1900–1955), Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983), Max Morise (French, 1900–1973), Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) (American, 1890–1976)

The surrealist game originally involved only text and later included images. In either case, a piece of paper was folded to make a panel for each participant in the game. Each contributed some words or an image without being able to see the work of the other participants. At the conclusion of the game the paper was unfolded to realize a sentence or image. The first time the game was played, the sentence it yielded was :

 "Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau." ("The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.")

In our case of course we are dealing with objects. One of the obstacles we face in creating 3D printed objects is our significant size limitation. So we've discussed slicing objects into parts as a means of dealing with this. It got me thinking about the possibility for collaboration, intentional or not. So we will go ahead and develop models you are interested in printing. We'll print your models in three parts, and we'll make those models interchangeable. Along the way we'll look at two articles as references:

  • "The Right To Copy" from the book Printing Things edited by Claire Warnier, Dries Verbruggen, Sven Ehmann, & Robert Klanten
  • "The Exquisite Corpse is Alive and Well" by Anne Ellegood

Both articles consider the themes of authorship and collaboration while questioning our notions of both, as I hope you will do throughout this project. As a result of our capacity to reproduce our work, the forms you will develop will be both intentional and unintentional, collaborative and authored individually. Chance relationships will emerge, and perhaps be expanded upon. A collection will grow, perhaps into a small exhibition. Magnets will be involved.

Here are our parameters:

  • Each of you will develop three models which would more or less fill the following dimensions: 100mm x 100mm x 300mm.
  • We will slice those each of those models into three parts for printing. 
  • You will each have 9 interchangeable parts - the class total will be something like 150 parts.
  • Each part will connect to the other via a recessed magnet (I'll explain/help with this)
  • We will discuss and vote on the suitability of "found" models becoming part of our sculptural collage.
  • We will develop a compelling way to display and present these objects as a small exhibition.

Here's how we will roll this out:

  • March 17 - Project introduced, printing begins (can begin with a model you have already designed)
  • March 19 - RepRap and Open source printing discussion. + Submissions of first model due
  • March 24 - Discussion of Texts + Work Day
  • March 26 - Class Visitor + Work Day + submissions of second model due + watch documentary "Processing, Hello World" at home (40 min)
  • March 31 - work Day, discuss video "Processing, Hello World"
  • April 2 - class visitor, RepRap update + work day + 3rd Model submission due
  • Critique - TBD - dependent on completion of printing
  • April 7 - Project 4 begins
  • Exhibition - ???