common practice

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.

The reading groups that make up common practice will take place in June and September. You are invited to read, write, tinker with and intervene in the literary and theoretical texts and poetry together with others through the simple-to-use online tools. You can join us in the Reading Room at Arnolfini or online and via Skype (contact: common practice).

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.

common practice is a series of curated events hosted by the Reading Room in Arnolfini, and online by Department of Reading and project.arnolfini.

Please bring your own laptop with wireless enabled, join the common practice in the Reading Room and experiment. If you don't have your own laptop, there will be a common computer available to use by those without one. Wiki-page will be also projected on the wall so it will be possible to follow the practice.

common practice is an initiative by Magda Tyżlik-Carver and hosted by the Reading Room in Arnolfini, and online by Department of Reading. It has been prepared for practice together with Sönke Hallmann and the support from Lucy Badrocke and Arnolfini. Special thanks to Geoff Cox and mez.

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common practice

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

You might want to propose a fragment of text or poetry for this or future sessions. If you do, please send a copy of the text to magda[at]thecommonpractice[dot]org.

Session Four
30 September 5pm-8pm

Fragments of texts by Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Hard_Code Theater Scene II by The Unknown and mez breeze

Skype transcript

Session three
9 Septmeber
Reading Room in Arnolfini and online
Fragments of texts by Georg Perec, Hard_Code Theater by The Unknown
and session texts common practice
with Skype transcript

common practice

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 will start.

The sessions of common practice/language open with mez breeze's mezangelle poems, written in a blend of code and language, and we will be practising a simultaneous reading-writing reworking of these texts to experience their language-code operations during the event.

Second Session
24 June, 5pm-8pm
Reading Room in Arnolfini and online
Texts by mez breeze after the practice
Skype transcript

First session
3 June, 5pm-8pm
Seisure, Seisure 1
Skype transcript