Cadavre exquis

This technique was invented in 1925 by the surrealists Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert, André Breton and Marcel Duchamp, is similar to an old parlour game called Consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. The name ‘cadavre exquis’ was derived from a phrase that resulted when they first played the game, ‘le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau’ (‘the exquisite corpse will drink the new wine’).

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