Using a stark image from Google Earth, Maxim T. Loskotoff has created a new exquisite corpse, and one we think you should check out. Lonesome Gladiatortakes a simple image of a man dressed as a gladiator in front of an ornate building and uses the exquisite corpse format to bring forward a story.
Of course we’re always thrilled to see more collaborative efforts, and the exquisite corpse is a favorite form of ours. This one is a bit more formal than our weekly ones, but it is no less open and accessible. In addition to bringing together a variety of writers, including Loskotoff and E.X.R. Pan, the image is taken from a collection of fascinating Google Earth images, compiled by artist Jon Rafman. By its nature, the storyline is always changing, but so far, it flows smoothly (perhaps too smoothly – the downside to online ECs), and each line makes the reader see the image in a new light. And this, of course, is the purpose of all collaboration: to create a greater whole out of a multitude of perspectives. We think Lonesome Gladiator is well on its way to doing a great job of this.
The truly collaborative effort, which began about a week ago, is open to all, and while we love when you contribute to our Wednesday Exquisite Corpses, we hope you’ll spread the love this week and also add a sentence over at Lonesome Gladiator.