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Artists to swoop in for Halloween party -- Exquisite: a Series of Corpses


On Halloween Eve artists, poets, sound artists, film maker s and other artists will swoop into Wicker Park's St. Paul's Cultural Center to participate in Chicago's largest Halloween art making event -- Exquisite: a Series of Corpses.  Located upstairs at 2215 W. North Ave., Plastique Press and the Near Northwest Arts Council will present a new interactive poetry/visual art series. CIMM Fest, on the lower level, will present a series of short films. 

Pieces by Karen Becker and Peter Hamm from the “Wetware Render Machine” drawing performance, the precursor to “Exquisite”

Events are free and costume attire is welcomed, festivities are from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fri. Oct. 30. 

The exquisite corpse event will have poets and writers joining artists on stage with a live model, drawing materials and typewriters. Poets and writers will be invited to create new works, hand or typewritten, based on the model, the art, the event and the people. Artists are asked to draw about the same, including the written works. The result will be an immediate broadside. Sound and video artists are also invited to come and create new works based on the event.

The corpse event is based on a parlor game that requires a group of people to assemble a collection of words or images. Each participant adds a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.

The resulting works from the evening will then be published as an enhanced eBook with each poet, writer, and artist being credited as an author. Sound, text, visual art, and video will become part of the final book.

Works produced during Exquisite will be hung in the exhibition space through Nov. 7, 2009.  The eBook will be released in early 2010.

Audience participation is welcome.  Participants currently scheduled are: Karen Becker, Ray Bianchi (Cracked Slab Books), Waltraud Haas Bianchi, Kristy Bowen (Dancing Girl Press), Melanie Brown, Mia Capodilupo, Joshua Cotter, Skye Enyeart-Rust, Philip Jenks, Dana Major Kanovitz, Jacob Knabb (ACM), Francesco Levato (Poetry Center of Chicago, Plastique), Lauren Levato, Darrell Roberts, Adam Rust, Fred Sasaki (Poetry Magazine), Larry Sawyer (Milk Mag, Myopic), Momoko Usami, Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, Barbara Wakefield and Jackie White. Artists model: Dalawn Simpson.

The series of short CIMMFest films will include the animated short "Botnik!" directed by Chicagoan Jacqueline Smessaert-Brennan; "Hooking Up," by Mark Taylor, in which a couple get together for a date at a surprising location; and "Jerzy Kenar’s Flying Colors," by Columbia professor Chris Swider, which documents a Bucktown artist’s creative process.