Don’t rest, Narrate (The Exquisite Corpse)
Released 18 November 2017
PRAKSIS’s sixth Internet Project is by Daniela Müller, made with Vika Adutova, Maria Belić, Eva Funk, Araiz Mesanza, Iz Öztat, Gabrielle Paré, and Per Westerlund who participated together in PRAKSIS’s seventh residency, For a rainy day: Publishing as a site of collectivization.
During the residency, a number of collaborative actions were developed. One of these was a written version of the Surrealist drawing game, “The Exquisite Corpse”. A participant would write a line; another would respond to it in writing, fold the paper so the first line was concealed, hand the paper to the next participant, and so on. Müller’s project animates the writing and imagery generated in the course of the game. Words, symbols and motifs flicker across the dark screen, bringing together individual thoughts from the eight artists in poetic and playful combinations. This digital publication is in conversation with its parallel printed form—each function separately, but may be supplemented by the other.
Don’t rest, Narrate (The Exquisite Corpse) forms an aspect of her contribution to the collectively produced, Don’t rest, Narrate—a single publication produced in 9 individual volumes (one by each resident and one by PRAKSIS) plus additional online contributions. The work is also presented as part of the exhibition Don't rest, narrate at Guttorm Guttormsgaards Archive, (Meierivegen 1, 1925 Blaker) open 18—19 and 25—26 November, 12.00—16.00.
About the artist, residency and exhibition
The exhibition Don't rest, Narrate features collectively generated work by participants in For a rainy day: Publishing as a site of collectivization: Vika Adutova, Maria Belić, Eva Funk, Araiz Mesanza, Daniela Müller, Iz Öztat, Gabrielle Paré, and Per Westerlund. Much of it was inspired by a careful handling of objects from Guttormsgaards Archive in Blaker.
Daniela Müller studied Media Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts and Fine Arts at the Academy of the Arts in Oslo, Norway, completing her MA in Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2013. From 2012-15 she curated the ad-hoc gallery “One Night Only Zurich”. Müller's practice employs acts of appropriation to examine the purposeful conditions of language. She copies, loops and recontextualises mundane material, such as commercial signs, leaked pictures, spam mails and prophecies, leading toe moving images, installations and collaborations.
The residency, For a rainy day: Publishing as a site of collectivization, ran from 18 September to 18 October 2017 and was developed with Istanbul based artist Iz Öztat (Turkey) with contributions from non-profit bookshop and publisher Torpedo and publication design studio Eller Med A. More information on the residency can be found here.