19 May to 3 June 2012
“Le cadavre Exquis” is the name for a word-game which was invented by the French surrealists. It’s intention was to free the mind of logic and to make room for creativity. This game was named after the first words of the first poem that was written in this manner:
“Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau”
( The exquisite corps shall drink the new wine)
Kees Komen, Piet Dieleman, Jos van Meerendonk, Ellen Rodenberg, Tanja Smit, Maarten Schepers, Barney de Krijger, Ludo Mich (be), musicians: Orlando Aguilas, Jelte van Andel, Ángel Faraldo en Cora Schmeiser
During the past years the artists of EX-MÊKH have felt an increasing need to analyze the influence of the collaboration within the collective on their individual development. Recently they reported on that on the occasion of Re:Rotterdam with their show “Solo EX-MÊKH”. In the present exhibition EX-MÊKH will confront the individual artworks with each other without foreknowledge or discussion. They will do this in a way similar to their first presentation in the DCR building in Den Haag in 2006. Next to that they will choose examples from the “Umwelt” each of them separately inhabits: for this exhibition they will all invite colleagues they feel related to. In their turn the invited artists will also get an opportunity to introduce their context by inviting another artist.
This exhibition may be seen as the surface of water after some stones have been thrown in to it: a number of expanding circles will collide, new circles develop and the whole will show a dynamics of dialogue or isolation. The consequence of this concept is that the initiators of the show will have only limited influence on the resulting exhibition. On the other hand the results may show insights which can be the beginning of new developments in EX-MÊKH or the introduction of new elements in the individual artworks.
The idea of the “Cadavre Exquis” was once a subconscious point of departure for the first manifestation of EX-MÊKH. After a number of exhibitions the artists want to confront unknown elements with the quality of the collaboration they have achieved.