Session One

Virtual networks, social fabrics "aims to discuss " includes first of all to write (which is more explicitly adressed in this as for the initial question of this "session" - 'could the space which we are inhabiting right now be understood as the common' - it seems to me as if thus a certain concept of space should be discussed in regard to the concept of potentiality (... would be good to bind them together a bit and relate them back to the question of space and "potentiality" - cause the matter of playing {{- in 'Mythologies' Barthes make an entry on toys {{as things {{or the abeyance of "things", of course?) in abeyance?}} and regret that they are most often scaled down version of the adult world, that merely prepare the child to take up the functions of adults in the world, to be an owner, and a user and not a creator, as it is the case with construction toys}} seems to suggest a practice that could and in fact has been read in this regard (again am thinking of couple of Essays by Agamben)}} than in others of the Department of Reading) towards that, what might be allow for a proximity (is a spacial term but it also makes me think of the french 'prochain' that could be literally translated 'the next' and means the neighbor, as in 'love the neighbor {{proximity as "love the neighbor" reminds me again on the adjacent space, which Agamben comes to talk about in Ease and which he relates to the 'taking-place of every single being' as common, offering an empty space to an 'irrevocable hospitality'. Since this essay from The Coming Community departs from the figure of the neighour.)'}} (already now it seems to me that such "proximity" might be given with the notion of potentiality - in its distinction to possibility and plausibility) between New new "models" that might derive from intensify certain modalities of reading of Curating, Plausible Artworlds and the Department of Reading the matter of community and the common in the context of temporal and spatial conditions created through the practice of reading, ecosystems of plausible artworlds as well as in theoretical and direct curatorial approaches. It attempts to understand the concept of community in the online and offline spaces, in which a community exists.

Virtual networks, social fabrics lends itself as a space of encounter and experimentation. It invites to reflect on the common through the practice of the Department of Reading and its conceptual assumptions, the research practice, theoretical discussion as well as curatorial approach of the research project New Models of Curating and within the frame of Plausible Artworlds.

New Models of Curating considers the potentialities (how does the idea of "potentialities" differ from "plausibilities"?) of the curator as the one, who looks after the common in the condition of its temporalities and dispersed distribution. The premise of Plausible Artworlds, a project by the Philadelphia-based collaborative group Basekamp, is that those networks known as artworlds are not just places where art gets seen and talked about, but are no less integral to art production than artists themselves. "The Department of Reading addresses an indeterminacy between reading and writing, thus a textual space that suggests a practice, which is not simply reading and yet not writing." The textual place that comes to the fore is thus a space in abeyance. As such is this space inherent to any act of reading and writing, not located at the point of their indifference. The Department of Reading questions the determining temporality as well as emerging communality of this practice.
The session takes place on 2. September 2008, starting at 2.30 pm (GMT +1), in the framework of (IN)visible networks.
Session One


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