office of surrealist investigations

Manipulating Chance



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.

Speakeasy opening of the office

Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-9Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-31So, we had an opening, complete with bank vault speakeasy (a sweltering one at that), band, and surrealist activity throughout the night. Thanks to press photographer Devon Lindsay for the photos. Drawing games and investigations ruled the early part of the evening with the odd disruption and illicit throwing of dice. Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-6Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-5A few plants within our crowd of guests made the evening. Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-12 Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-11 Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-16Then, the fuzz showed upCraig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-14 Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-15raided the bar, got a little rough with the patrons, but with some encouragement allowed the evening to continue. Though they couldn’t keep their guns holstered and even got a little smarmy with the mediaCraig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-20 Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-24 Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-23 Chess and a select stash of scotch helped the night along while shady deals and crooked cops kept things interesting.  Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-40 Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-39Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-17 Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-25Great evening and thanks to everyone who helped pull this off and came out. Drop in, the office is open for viewing and snooping till July 11. Other operatives will be in the office Tuesday through Saturday for the remainder of June. I’ll be back in late June and July and the odd Saturday until then. See previous post for details on hours. Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-37I can be reached at

Oh, just one more thing

Craig's Opening-Arnica-6.5.2015-26

open for business

The office of surrealist investigations is now open for business. The office is open Tuesday through Saturday between June 5 and July 11 for your viewing and snooping pleasure. For more interaction, the investigator is on duty June 9-12, 20, 30 and July 2-4, 7-11. Come on in, drop by, play some surrealist games and we hope to do more events in the coming weeks. More to come from our opening festivities. For more information or take part in some of the previously mentioned project email

office of surreal signage

chance answers to random questions

two days till we open a physical office of surrealist investigations! In keeping with the theme of exquisite corpse and manipulating chance, here is an interview with our lead investigator.

corpse one hundred fifty-two | GIANT-SIZED two piece

This is what happens when you get a big table full of people and a giant-sized piece of paper that is already folded in half. This went from one end of the table to the other with people collaborating of both sides. Seems to miss the mark as far as lining up over the fold, but there is a lot going on. 2part

corpse one-hundred forty-six: eyes, abs and toes

katie emma corpseA little bit of assistance provided for this corpse done by a four, eight and fourteen year old.

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