Friday, December 17, 2010

E-xquisite Corpse: You are invited to play.

OBSOLETE! invites you to participate in an electronic version of “exquisite corpse”. We will use this old surrealist parlor game to write a story which will be published on this blog and in a future issue of OBSOLETE!.

Here's how it's going to work:
  1. To participate, send an email with “E-xquisite Corpse” in the subject line to In the body of the message, write how many turns you would like to play (up to 5) and if you would like to be listed as a player or remain anonymous (your email will remain private). You will receive a confirmation email.
  2. When your turn comes, you will receive an email message title E-xquisite Corpse: Your Turn". In the body will be one line of text. This line will be the first line of your paragraph. You may not change the line.
  3. You will complete the paragraph. The length, theme, style and subject are up to you, but there should be a narrative element. It's a story, after all. 
  4. After you finish your paragraph, you will write the first line of the next paragraph.
  5. You will email your completed turn back to within 24 hours. If you don't send in your turn within 24 hours, you will “lose a turn” and it will be sent to the next player- you will get another chance on your next turn. You can also choose to pass by replying to the email with the word “pass” in the subject line. DO NOT share your submission with anyone but ObMag.
  6. We will forward your last sentence to the next player, who will complete the paragraph, start the next and return. 
  7. The process will repeat until all players have played their turns. The last player will be informed that they are writing the closing paragraph.

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