common practice/ code [curator]
9 and 30 September 2010
Arnolfini/Bristol, project.arnolfini and Department of Reading wiki

session 4
Skype 4
text 1 Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
text 2 The Unknown
text 3 mez breeze

session 3
Skype 3
text 1 by Georges Perec
text 2 by The Unknown

The September sessions are dedicated to consideration of codes and control structures that exist in language. We will explore them in two ways:

1) via line commands 'get' and 'put' which are regularly used in common practice reading sessions. These very simple commands turn Skype into an interface for editing, changing, re-writing, commenting on literary texts chosen for the sessions. Handling of the text via such an interface allows for reading and writing to coincide thus the reading group can exercise some forms of control over the text under scrutiny;

2) through discussion on Skype chat during the session, while engaged in the process of re-writing and re-reading.

for the discussion during common practice/code you are invited to engage with the following two claims:

'While all literature should teach us to read and deal with textuality of computers and digital poetry, computers and digital poetry might teach us to pay more attention to codes and control structures coded into all language.'
Florian Cramer

'If the so-called avant-gardes and experimental fiction writers have anything to teach us, it's that a subversion of the dominant modes of language in a given moment is also a technical, tactical re-programming of the codes of language.'
Eugene Thacker

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.