Vans Surf Presents: Cadavre Exquis
“Cadavre Exquis” is a term originated by the French translates to “exquisite corpse” in the strictest of terms. In functional terms, it refers to a collaborative drawing approach used by surrealist artists. Think: a Frankenstein approach to a group project. This practice makes for some bizarre images, but more importantly is a result of a collaborative effort.
This was the inspiration for the Vans Women’s team to create their latest art house surf film. The often etherial imagery of the film directed and edited by Lee Ann Curren is a mash up of surf, textural elements, and animation. A response to the last year spent in lock down by most due to the global pandemic, Curren and the team were searching for a way to connect with one another.
The action Cadavre Exquis ebbs and flows, transitioning from fluid slides to powerful hacks with ease. Perhaps the standout from this edit from the Vans women’s team is Hanna Scott, the Canadian with a backside carve that could turn Occy’s head.
All in all, Cadavre Exquis is about 24 minutes of inspiration in its most pure form. The Vans Women’s crew has crafted a thoughtful, captivating piece that’s bound to make you want to go surf. Or paint. Or pick up your guitar…just about anything to try to be half as cool as these girls are.