Collectivist Artwork: A Mobius Conversation

Here’s a little art project I tried with some friends during my Discordian holiday. Over a number of hours send people into an isolated area to create art. No instructions on what to make, just a piece of paper and some drawing/painting materials. Each person has a square of paper to do their art, with all the squares made into a strip of paper. The person is only able to see half of what the previous person drew and must integrate their own piece with that, but they may never see the whole piece (well until the end).

The group of people who are not drawing may not speak of what they drew, everyone only sees their square and the previous half. The group can discuss their own rules if they so choose, but not before the project starts. Since the artist in question is isolated, there’s no way to enforce any rules. Or no rules are made. The conversation in the group will grow and change as the strip is being made. It will influence the person who is chosen to go and make the art. What they are making is an inscription of that particular moment. Little slices of the conversations lifespan.

When the end of the strip is reached, the whole group draws a second time, this time on the back. The first artist doesn’t start a new piece, but uses the last drawings half. Repeat. Now the very last person takes the previous persons half, and the front half of the very first drawing. They see two halves and get a square between them, to connect the two. When this is done, the two sides are connected with a twist in the middle, creating a mobius strip.

The piece has one continuous side with no definite beginning or end. In reality it did have a beginning that progressed as the drawings were made. The final act of merging the beginning and end creates the infinite loop, so the last artist is the keystone of the piece.

Due to this being a chaotic art project devoted to Eris, my original intention was to burn it as an offering. With my first one I chose not to, but I realized a better system. Burning it must be a democratic decision. It’s a synthesis of artistic talent so no one person owns it. It’s beyond intellectual ownership. Collectivist artwork. After creating it the group decides if they want to send it to the gods by burning it. It’s a sacrifice to inspire the participants to do better in the future. As all good pagan offerings to the gods should be.

PS: I will not be putting a photo up of our one because it has far too many dicks for this page. Also fully 3D art doesn’t transcribe well to a screen.