Martin Thoburn / Chris Sandon – First Place (tie)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago – Exquisite Motion Corpse from Martin Thoburn on Vimeo.

Exquisite Motion Corpse is an interactive video installation based on an old surrealist parlor game.  The user combines body parts that stack together, all set to rhythmic timing, to create unique beats and stories via a touch-screen iPad controller.

This 21st-century update of an exquisite corpse combines loop-based music with figure assembly.  Very much like the traditional surrealist images, the bodies created in Exquisite Motion Corpse have elements of both humor and horror.

The concept of Exquisite Corpse has been applied to many different art forms from animation, collage, music and illustration.  Exquisite Motion Corpse evolves the concept by taking advantages of new technologies and incorporating modern methods of visual communication and interactivity.

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Martin Thoburn is a pluralist artist working in a variety of media.  With a background in Graphic Design and Animation, and Digital Media, Martin has produced and directed several short films, both animated and live-action.  Determined not to be confined to any one medium, Martin continually explores photography, live video mixing, design, collage, animation and motion graphics.  His most recent work, FRAMES, has toured film festivals around the world.

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Chris Sandon is a creative thinker who works with numerous art groups and organizations including Spontaneous Art and the Shadow Art Fair.  He explores various media including 2-D, video, installation, music, and performance art.  He recently performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and The Smithsonian.

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Exquisite Motion Corpse – BETA Demo from Martin Thoburn on Vimeo.

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