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Before it was a Bauhaus tune, “Exquisite Corpse” was a kooky dadaist party game in which artists doodled in secret, covered up their chicken scratches, and passed the folded paper to their neighbor, who did the same. Unfolded, the big mess was supposed to map the collective unconscious—but it usually looked more like a teenage boy’s collection of dirty pictures. The latest riff on EC, on the Web at www.repohistory.org/circulation/exquisite, isn’t exactly profound, either—it’s more like a Choose Your Own Adventure story for adults. Part of New York art collective REPOhistory’s Circulation project, it starts with an open-ended quotation and branches into a series of sometimes grammatically incorrect nodes where folks can twist the plot as they please. I was devastated to read Node 127, where we learn that Cerise may never return, for I fear our hero cannot face life without her. REPOhistory founding member Greg Sholette speaks about the project at 7:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $2 (suggested donation). (202) 265-0270. (Jessica Dawson)