Exquisite Corpse

Amoeba Pillows
The Black Rock Arts Foundation supports interactive art projects in off-playa communities, worldwide and year round. Though the focus of our work is off the playa, each year we return to our source of inspiration, to that city where interactive art is everywhere you look: Black Rock City.

We eagerly look forward to our stay on the playa as an opportunity to connect with our supporters, to inspire others to instigate interactive artworks in their hometown and to educate about our mission and our projects.

On-playa, we host an art-making activity that bridges the gap between those who are able to visit BRC, and those who cannot. This year we embrace Burning Man’s theme, Evolution, bringing into play a fun side note in art history: the game of Exquisite Corpse. Exquisite Corpse is best known as a collaborative drawing game invented by the Surrealists.

Whether or not you can make it to BRC this year, we invite you to play Exquisite Corpse by mail… and get a drawing mailed back to you, postmarked BRC! To read more about how to play and participate, visit

… or stop in on the playa and play a game!

In addition, we are making pillows for our camp. Get Involved! YOU are the artist! We’re looking to you, our extended, international community of Burners and Non-burners alike, to help us create pillows for our Petri Dish on the Playa and and to submit them to the project via mail. See below for guidelines and instructions.

Guidelines and Instructions:
1. Pillows can be 8 inches to 1 or 1 1/2 feet. A little larger or smaller is fine.
2. We encourage you to use reclaimed and reused fabric. Look around… any old items of clothing you can cut up? Any left over fabric from past projects you can use? Make it a goal to not buy any materials and you’ll be surprised of the creative solutions you come up with!

3. We are trying to make the pillows resemble amoebas, in their many forms.

4. Avoid using any sparkly or fuzzy fabrics that may shed or applique items that may fall off.

Black Rock Arts Foundation
3450 3rd Street, Bldg 2A
San Francisco, Ca 94124

Pillows will be accepted on the playa, but we prefer to have as many as possible before then. Please mail them if you can! Mail in deadline is August 17, 2008.

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