Exquisite Corpus is a performance installation exploring the feedback loop between bodies — the human body, the machinic body, and ecological bodies.

Exquisite Corpus is a 30 minute performance by Sougwen Chung in which she draws with three generations of her robotic collaborators in a space made up of visual projection and sound. During the performance, Chung’s bio feedback and the environment are linked.

Each thematic chapter showcases an evolving robotic behavior linked to the artist's explorations of art and AI.

Exquisite Corpus is a reference to exquisite corpse, a surrealist drawing game exploring collaborative drawing and corpus, latin for ‘Body’

The work is part of an ongoing series of Drawing Operations projects by Sougwen Chung.


collaboration as sympoiesis, or the art of making-with.

 Collaboration is an exercise in behavioral empathy

The systemic stories of our linked co-productions of economies and ecologies, of human and non-human, must be relentlessly relational, sympoietic, and consequential.


Chapter 1


Chapter 1, Systole begins as textural landscape of eeg and emf recordings, on a backdrop of abstract geometric lines with an image of the dimensional trigrams of the I-Ching.

We use drawing to denote ourselves; our existence within a scene.







Chapter 2


Chapter 2, Epoch, combines chopped up and textured satellite time-lapse imagery of cities over the past several decades, including Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Toronto, accompanying a dissonant musical score.

Chapter 3


Chapter 3, Oasis, is a vibrant landscape comprised of nature inspired visualizations of the artists recorded eeg data over the course of several months. 



Chapter 4


Chapter 4, Aubade, combines elements from the first three chapters, exploring human machine ecological sympoietics. The environment is linked directly to the data from Sougwen’s heart rate, linking the collective experience to the embodied nature of performance.











Exhbition & Performance

Drawing performances are 30 minutes in length. The collaboration is entirely improvised and showcases a process of human & robotic co-creation.





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Concept by Sougwen Chung
Robotics & Visual Direction: Sougwen Chung
EEG Visualization: Sougwen Chung
Musical Score: Chris Leung
EMF/EEG Sound Composition: Wesley Goatley




AV Technical Direction: Igal Nassima
Sensor Implementation: Superbright
End Effector Fabrication: Charlie Whitney
Fabrication Support: Chris Lunney
Producer: Scilicet


Haraway, Donna Jeanne. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press, 2016.

Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt, et al. Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

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For booking inquiries, please contact office@scilicet.xyz
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works by sougwen

GENESIS (2024)what becomes of the human hand?

Assembly Lines (2022)a painting performance with a robotic swarm connected to the flow of a city

Mutations of Presence (2021)Exploring spectrality through sequencing bio-feedback to a machine

F.R.A.N. Flora Rearing Agricultural Network (2020)exploring machine and flora as part of a sympoietic, self-supporting networked system with human as gardener.

Exquisite Corpus (2019)a performance installation exploring human, machine, and ecological bodies

Omnia per Omnia (2018)a painting performance with a robotic swarm connected to the flow of a city

Into The Light (2019)an audiovisual AR installation

Artefacts (2019)a human and machine collaborative drawing

Drawing Operations (2018)a human and machine collaborative duet

Drawing Operations (2017)a human & machine drawing collaboration involving memory.

Drawing Operations (2015)a human & robot drawing collaboration involving mimicry

Chiaroscuro (2013)a spatial interplay of light and shadow as an immersive installation

Preparatory Gestures (2017)a series of sculpture studies in VR

Mycelia (2018)a series of sculptures inspired by bio-inspired cognition

Ecdysis (2013)a study in performative architecture

High Tide (Étude Op. 2, No. 4)a painting exploring the dynamics of change

The Limitless, The Absolute (2017)a painting inspired by the 八卦 Trigrams of the IChing

Cardia (2012)a short film depicting a transgression from interior to exterior

Apolysis (2014)a short film in collaboration with Clint Mansell

Untitled (Étude Op. 1, No. 1-4)a series of drawings exploring synesthesia

Chiaro Oscuro Prototypesa series of form studies with paper

Topographies (2015)a series of paintings inspired by nature and flow states

Dénouement (Recurrent fevers of unknown origin)

Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-Canadian artist and researcher. Chung is the founder and artistic director of ⇢ SCILICET, a studio exploring human & non-human collaboration.

A former research fellow at MIT’s Media Lab, Sougwen is considered a pioneer in the field of human-machine collaboration – exploring the mark-made-by-hand and the mark-made-by-machine as an approach to understanding the dynamics of humans and systems. 

— Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist & (re)searcher based in London / New York / Hong Kong.

— Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist & (re)searcher based in London / New York / Hong Kong.

— Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist & (re)searcher based in London / New York / Hong Kong.

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