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The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 September 2010
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Dave Eggers is a writer and editor.
- Publisher : Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (1 September 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0811870901
- ISBN-13 : 978-0811870900
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 750 g
- Dimensions : 20.32 x 3.18 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #277,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have to say that, unfortunately, she is finding it a little inaccessible.
That's okay though: A little mystery is good in life and the fact that this book is not easily understood adds to it's unique qualities. These days we all seem to crave instant gratification. The Exquisite Book does not provide this. It is challenging and ambiguous and it's different every time you open it up and explore.
In some ways it reminds my of Godfrey Regio's three movies, none of which had any dialogue and very little explanation, just a series of images that may, or may not have had intrinsic and deeper connections. The Exquisite Book is the same. It will mean something different to everyone who picks it up and delves into its pages.
So it's a curiosity. And that's very good.
Wikipedia defines it as: Exquisite corpse (also known as exquisite cadaver or rotating corpse) is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. "The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun") or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed."
This book is a very enjoyable extension of the idea using contributions from 100 artists, each using the horizon line from the previous composition in the string. They were only allowed to see the composition of the preceding piece and no others so each artist makes his own contribution and the results are very interesting. This approach makes for a delightful art book that will continue to offer a new experience every time it is picked up. I'll be returning to it again very soon.