The Exquisite Corpse Video Project (ECVP) is a unique video collaboration among artists from all over
the world, inspired by the Surrealist creation method, the "Exquisite Corpse".
In the Surrealist 'game', a paper is folded such that each contributor sees only a small portion of the
previous contributor's work, and begins his own work from that small portion. When the last
participant is finished, the sheet is unfolded to reveal a strangely divergent, yet contiguous form or
Using the semi‐blind, sequential method of the surrealists' game, ECVP participants create video art in
response to the final ten seconds of the previous member's work. Each member is asked to
incorporate these seconds into their piece, creating transitions as they please, until everyone's vision is
threaded together into an instigating final "corpse."
The project is coordinated by Brazilian video‐artist, Kika Nicolela. In the first Volume of the project
(2008), 9 videos were created in collaboration by 36 artists from 16 countries. Volume 2 of the ECVP
(2009) consists of 12 videos made by over 50 artists from 21 countries.
While the Surrealists are said to have created the method almost a century ago, only recently could
such a fast‐paced, pan‐global, audiovisual variation of this exercise be produced. The inspiring process
of exchange among 'strangers' from around the world illuminates the possibilities of globalized,
ECVP screenings and exhibitions have been taking place in various countries since June 2008, such as
Sweden, US, UK, Greece, Canada, Brazil, Australia and South Africa. A book on the ECVP Vol.1, edited by Alicia Felberbaum, has been released January 2010.