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29 MARCH 2010

The Free Decimal Correspondence

"The Free Decimal Correspondence, or FDC for short, is a set of decimal numbers ranging from 000 to 999[.9999...], each associated with a particular subject, discipline, or group of subjects and disciplines. It's intended to be reasonably compatible with existing and commonly used library decimal classifications and subject headings, but also as freely usable and adaptable as possible. ...

Many libraries use such a system to arrange their books on a shelf (or their electronic items in a list) in the order given by the decimal numbers, so that they're organized in a general hierarchy with items on similar subjects located near each other. These numbers, when assigned to particular items, are referred to as 'call numbers'. For instance, if you're interested in political science, you could go to the items with call numbers between 310 and 320, and find lots of political science resources on similar topics presented next to each other. And you'll find other social sciences nearby as well.

Decimal systems can also be used to give a language–independent representation of a particular concept. (So, for instance, 'mathematics' in English and 'matematica' in Italian can both be expressed by the FDC decimal code '510'.) You can also use FDC to label sets of items you've associated with particular decimal numbers and ranges. ...

The most commonly used decimal call number system is the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). We've tried to make this classification compatible with the present–day Dewey system, so the numbers will in many cases be similar in DDC and FDC for similar subjects."

(John Mark Ockerbloom)



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Simon Perkins
27 OCTOBER 2005

Topography Of Action: To Rise Above Or Drop Below A Field Of Experience

Clive Cazeaux pp. 44–56
What this topography of action brings to the theory–practice debate is a way of thinking which allows art theory and art practice to stand alongside each other as mutually supportive 'interventions' in the development of an artwork. On this account, both theory and practice can be understood as gestures which make a difference, make something stand out, rise above or drop below an otherwise undifferentiated field of experience. While we are probably accustomed to thinking of art practice as a form of action, it needs to be borne in mind that activity, i.e. activity in general, is being viewed here from a particular, existentialist perspective. With [Jean–Paul] Sartre, we are theorizing the action as an event, a moment, a rupture, something which makes a difference where there was previously no difference at all, and which thereby allows the subject to orient itself in terms of the objects it encounters. Approaching the art–making process in these terms requires us to think about the way in which the work develops as a series of ruptures or saliences...


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