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26 September 2021
Scribble and scrawl a section of our gigantic monster, projected high up above the crowds as it rots away before your very eyes.
Three tents. Three participants. Two minutes to draw, scribble or scrawl your contribution to an ever-changing monster projected in real time on a gigantic tower of LCD screens.
In this extra-special version of the classic game, players are invited to draw the head, legs or torso of a creature from their imaginations, each on individual screens. Meanwhile, the newly-formed monster is revealed in awe-inspiring largeness – sometimes scary, sometimes comical – looming high up over the crowd. The possibilities are infinite!
In its original form, the Exquisite Corpse game involved participants drawing part of a character on a piece of paper, then folding the paper over so the next player could not see what had been drawn. The next player then drew another part of a character, and so on and so on. At the end of the game, the paper was unfolded, revealing a collectively created monster. The game started around 1925 and was played by Surrealists Yves Tanguy, Marcel Duchamp and Joan Miro among others. It is still a popular drawing game played by children all over the world.
Players can also continue to create online with the participants’ drawings that are instantly uploaded onto the website www.infinitemonster.net.
2021: 22-23 May, Dream Big, Adelaide
26 September, Home of the Arts, Gold Coast
2019: 15-19 September, The REACH Opening Festival, The Kennedy Center, Washington DC
2018: 6-9 September, Junction Festival, Launceston
2017: Dark Mofo, Hobart
Created by: Matt Daniels, Jonathon Oxlade and Sam Routledge
Director: Sam Routledge
Design: Jonathon Oxlade
Video and System Design: Matt Daniels
Photographic Textures: Ned Daniels
Tent and Costume Art: Tom O’Hern
Production Manager: Simon Rush
Facilitators (Dark Mofo): Bryony Geeves, Felicity Horsley, Anna Kidd, Maeve Mhairi MacGregor and Elissa Ritson