office of surrealist investigations

Manipulating Chance


Arnica Artist Run Centre

Show’s over, nothing to see here…

oh, one more thing.

nothing to see here

the physical office is closed for now, but the case continues…


corpse one-hundred sixty-three


unmarked parcel


I received a delivery notice when I came to the office this morning, so as soon as I got the chance I went and picked it up. No return address, no name, but the postmark does reveal some clues. This was unexpected, so I was eager to see what I received. After bringing it back to the office I took a closer look.


I believe these are post office markings
20150630_122551Nicaraguan cigars, a personal favourite. Is this from someone close to me?20150630_122653The seals are broken, so no not likely cigars. Parcel bomb perhaps? Am I parcel bombable? I’ve only had a physical address for a couple of weeks.20150630_122807 20150630_122838

It appears to be a stamp or seal. Greenwood, BC. Apparently, the smallest city in Canada. 20150630_122945I suspect this is the main drive of this parcel. An exquisite corpse writing project. I’ve talked to a few people about the corpse since starting the office a few years ago. Particularly it’s beginnings as a written project and poetic in nature. Recent conversations with a couple of writers lead me to more early surrealist writings, which in turn lead to Maldorer by Comte de Lautreamont. Not necessarily a Surrealist writing, but an early French poetic writing influential among the Dadaists and Surrealists. It is Comte de Lautreamont’s only published writing as he died young. I recommend giving it a read even if not in it’s entirety, it is full of incredible imagery. I have a hunch on who sent this package my way, so I’m off to interrogate suspects.

corpse 5

The office corpse 4

corpse one-hundred sixty

Happy corpse all by herself. So… I had some mysterious guests the other night at the office and we had a great evening of drawing. One of the resulting corpses ended up being a one person show, I’m guessing because the rest of us were too slow.The office corpse 3

The office corpse 2

The office corpse 1

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