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Exquisite Corpse 

Trocadero Art Space, Footscray

Kieran Stevenson and Madeleine Thornton-Smith


In ‘Exquisite Corpse’, artist Madeleine Thornton-Smith and writer Kieran Stevenson explore an experimental process of art production that seeks to test the thresholds of form, genre and medium. In the creative arts, genres and mediums establish hierarchical structures. With what Lyotard describes as the end of the “grand narratives” of modernity, Krauss argues that the most interesting developments began to occur in the “expanded field” of art (1979).


Each participant has chosen a text that challenges boundaries: for Stevenson, Sombrero Fallout by American writer Richard Brautigan and for Thornton-Smith, 5 metros de poemas by Peruvian poet Carlos Oquendo de Amat. Employing a generative process of responding to these seed texts and the resulting works, the artists challenge the notion that a creative’s practice is fixed. Recent research in Peru, Mexico and the United States have informed both practitioners’ processes.

Images by Madeleine Thornton-Smith

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