a co-operation between students from The Art department of Bezalel Academy of art and design, Jerusalem and the Art Academy of Mainz, Germany.

“Cadavre exquis” is similar to the old parlour game consequences – in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold to conceal what they have written, and pass it on to the next player – but adapted so that parts of the body are drawn instead.”
Exquisite Corpse was coined in the 1920s by a group of Surrealists (among them Duchamp, Breton and Yves Tanguy), and names a game that functions like a factory of absurd images; strange monsters compound with human’s parts, anamorphic shapes, animal forms and flora and fauna.

The melancholy song Exquisite Corpse, which ends the Bauhaus album “The Sky’s Gone Out” was sung by three of the group’s members. It begins with the sentence “life is but a dream.” The song, like the term it refers too, is a strange collage of voices, sounds and sentences. The spoken voice of Peter Murphy morphs first into a coughing vampire, then becomes briefly uplifting before ending with snoring, screaming and the final repetitions of the sentence “the sky’s gone out”.

Our exhibition was created following interpersonal correspondence between students from the art department in Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem, and students from the Art Academy in Mainz, Germany.

Connections were made and manifested in the studio with the aid of What’s app and emails. Naturally those processes sometimes directly entwine and sometimes unravel. The exhibition will take place in Barbur Gallery in Jerusalem while the German students are visiting and facilitates a platform for the two groups to have both a personal and creative encounter in one space.

Curators and senior lecturers:
Irit Hemmo
Shannon Bool