A New Media artwork by Carmin Karasic & Rolf van Gelder
The title, Exquisite Zone, references the 1920-30s surrealist drawing game called ‘Exquisite Corpse’, in which each collaborator adds to a collective composition.
Exquisite Zone invites nightly participants to use their smart phones to make digital marks in public space. The idea is simple, but we’ve never seen it done real time with mobile devices, such as phones. The concept was developed in a 2010 Baltan Labs workshop.
Many people can add to the ‘collaborative public drawing’. Each time they move their finger over the phone canvas, a line will be drawn on their phone and on the wall. Although a participant’s phone displays only their individual canvas, Exquisite Zone projects the collective canvas on an architectural structure.