common practice

common practice was a reading group that used 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 co-produced untagged and free style body/ies of knowledge.

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. Project commissioned by online project.arnolfini

sessions of common practice are available on the wiki here The sessions took place in June and September 2010

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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. The reading groups that make up common practice 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.

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 where knowledge and experiences generated during the session are captured by its users.

common practice readings were divided into two sections: those in June were dedicated to language. 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 started. And those in September were dedicated to consideration of codes and control structures that exist in language.