Sunday, December 05, 2010

Embroiderd Digital Commons: Quotidian

The term 'Quotidian' is being stitched by Glittrgirl and Skumkitten is coordinated and documented on the blog.

They have ambitiously embarked on a strict plan to stitch and blog everyday until the text is complete:

"Quotidian: Common but not commonplace. The memorable nature of the everyday. Memory walking down a street and turning a corner. Memory buzzing in a hard disk. Ubiquitous, the dirt in a site, the fog in a liminal zone, that which is thickened through repetition.

Milk, computers, onions, computers, pyjamas, computers, carpal tunnel syndrome, computers, accidents, computers, sex, computers, bread, computers, night, computers, class, computers, skin, computers, love, computers, money, computers, headaches, computers, police, computers, buses, computers, bicycle, computers, radio, computers, horoscopes, computers, matrimonials, computers, funerals, computers, biscuits, computers, conversations, computers, silences, computers.

The quotidian is that which makes a journal turn, over time, into a history, because it induces the search for patterns and meanings in an otherwise tangled mass of time, in memes iterated beyond reasonable limits. Routine, yet random, the quotidian nature of anything demands fleeting moments of lucid engagement with the real world, which now includes within it the world that is forged every time any fingers do a qwerty dance on a keyboard. The quotidian is a measure of all things, rare and commonplace."

I first met Glittrgirl at a stitch 'n' bitch knitting group in Newcastle upon Tyne. I was amazed at how net savvy all the knitters were, and the group opened my eyes to the close relationship between open methodologies, textiles and technology. Suzanne is a prolific knitter and all round creative person who's daily work involves issues such as the creative commons, and creative consent licensing, as well as open education. So the Embroidered Digital Commons is a perfect project to work through the relationship between making and thinking both digitally, textually and materially.

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