An exquisite corpse (from the French term cadaver exquisites) is a method by which a collection of words of images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in a sequence. Invented by the surrealists, the technique involves players drawing on a sheet of paper, folding it to conceal part of the image, and passing it to the next player for a further contribution. Using this framework as a basis, TCYK and Collins will explore the process of collaboration via shared design files and ongoing dialogue. In designing the world we want, we’re experimenting with new design processes and modes of working to deliberately erode traditional barriers that could silo the creative process via geography, creative team, time zone or speciality. The result will be a typeface, poster or combination of design outcomes “unimaginable by one brain alone” – as surrealist Simone Kahn describes the process. By working within a collaboration method that hinges on free play and unpredictability, our goal is to push the design outcome beyond our day-to-day practice. Our process and outcome will be exhibited on 26 March, with a discussion and associated visuals with Rhys Gorgol, Luke Brown and Brian Collins.
Luke Brown is a multi-sectoral designer, occasional lecturer and the Creative Director of The Company You Keep. His focus is editorial design, typography and visual identity. Prior to joining TCYK he worked internationally in collaboration with artists, architects and authors. Those drawn to rebellion, pedagogy and influence.
Brian Collins is an American designer, Creative Director, and educator. He is the Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS:, an independent strategy and brand experience design company. Previously, he served as Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the brand and innovation division of Ogilvy & Mather for ten years.