I was explaining the concept of an exquisite corpse to a coworker, and she latched onto the phrase, stripping it's original meaning and imbuing it with her own. In a way she created her own exquisite corpse out of the phrase. With very little information and history, she developed her own interpretation and brought something of herself to the term, something we really do on a regular basis. On a scale spanning centuries, it's the way language evolves and visual style develops. On a smaller scale, as designers, we will often have several people contribute to a design, albeit not blindly, and not unidirectionally adding. But it does apply in a way to many things we do. What is your exquisite corpse?
For your visual stimulation and corpse-inspiration, check out PSST:
The mission of PSST is to produce original short films through the collaboration of different teams of designers, directors, and animators. Each film is comprised of three sections produced by three different teams. This process is the whole idea behind PSST! – a technique derived from the Dadaist game of Exquisite Corpse and the children’s game Telephone and applied to the arts of motion graphics, animation and film-making.