Tate Modern and Google have teamed up for a new project which has gone on display in the gallery today.
The Exquisite Forest is the brainchild of Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin and takes the practise of participatory art to a whole new level. Over the last few weeks Tate and Google have been asking people to upload animations to the Exquisite Forest website either starting their own story or contributing to someone elses. The end result is a whole network of creative, funny and moving stories that have been created by Google’s users.
The project has been inspired by the surrealist movement which saw a group of writers coming up with something called The Exquisite Corpse which saw people writing a sentence one word at a time without seeing what had already been written before it. These sentences then made up complete stories.
After collating all the work and putting it together into a ‘forest’ of animation the works are finally on display at the Tate Modern as well as over on the Exquisite Forest website.
Confused? Check out the video below for a more detailed explanation.