common practice/language [curator]
3 and 24 June 2010
Arnolfini/Bristol, project.arnolfini and Department of Reading wiki


session 1
skype transcript 1

session 2
skype transcript 2

Italo Calvino said 'the storyteller explored the possibilities implied in his own language by combining and changing the permutations of the figures and the actions, and of the objects on which these actions could be brought to bear'. It is by following this principle that common practice/language started.

The sessions of common practice/language opened with mez breeze's mezangelle poems, written in a blend of code and language, and we practiced a simultaneous reading-writing-reworking of these texts to experience their language-code operations.

common practice is a reading group that uses Wiki and Skype to perform a Calvino-style manipulation of texts. Through unpredictable cobbling together of texts, poetry, people, code, language, Wiki, chat, conversations etc. we will co-produce untagged and free style body/ies of knowledge.

common practice references the widespread and increasingly familiar activity of using online tools in everyday to communicate, contact, work, socialise, play, research, be entertained, etc. The practice embodies the curiosity to experience ways in which human and machine skills and abilities perform together.

More importantly, however, common practice also refers to the fact that it is done in common - together with others. Thus it is social space of knowledge materialised through co-labour, codeworking and language. Anxiety, concern and conflict might be part of the practice in the same way that curiosity, hospitality and kindness are hoped for. This is practice in flux, nomadic practice that exists in the common. Knowledge and experiences generated during the session will be captured by its users.