Scribble and scrawl a section of our gigantic monster, projected high up above the crowds, as it disappears before your very eyes!
Infinite Monster is an interactive installation based on the surrealist drawing game “Exquisite Corpse”. In our version, participants are invited to collectively create an ever-changing monster displayed on a gigantic tower of LCD Screens.
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 cannot see what was drawn. The next player then draws another part of a character, and so on and so on. At the end of the game, the paper is unfolded, revealing a collectively created monster. The game started in about 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.
In Infinite Monster, four tents are set up in a public space in a semi circle around a giant tower of LCD screens. In the tent, a participant draws part of a character, for example a Viking’s head or a mermaid’s tail, on an iPad. As the character is drawn, we see it appear in real time on the appropriate LCD screen in the tower, so the feet of the character to the bottom screen, the legs to the second bottom and so on. As the drawings emerge, images of the ground (leaf litter, dead grass, asphalt), flash on the screens in quick succession. When the drawings are complete, the participants step out of their tent and see their collective creation projected high above them. The image on the screens then fade away, ready for the next monster to be drawn.
You can also play online using the participants’ drawings which are instantly uploaded onto the website www.infinitemonster.net
2021: HOTA, Gold Coast
2019: The Kennedy Center, Washington DC
2018: Junction Festival, Tasmania
2017: Dark Mofo, Tasmania
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
Touring Production Crew 2
Age Group Children aged 5+ and their families
Duration 6 hours
Set up 8 hours (4 hours advance set-up, 4 hours for touring company)
Venue/Location Suited to indoor or outdoor presentation
Capacity Up to 450 per six-hour session
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