Quotidian Practice Day 2 – study your scales


Jesse HewitIn a effort to start really developing strategies for using quantification to counter quantification (thats right), i propose USING scale as a way to identify and STUDY the volume and scope of our quotidian behaviors, and to begin playing with the levels of what we do and how.

pick an action that you do throughout most of your day/night, or at least periodically during your day/night. maybe its walking, maybe its talking, maybe its breathing, maybe its eating, maybe its complaining, buying, deciding, touching things, standing still. pick one and begin to identify the thing in terms of three scales (1-10).






intensity could mean vigor, pressure, intention, volume, percussiveness, decisiveness, size….YOU decide what intensity means

narration/indication could mean how much you are indicating or telling a story or letting things about you be known through the doing of this this thing.

where are you on each scale, NATURALLY, or without thinking about it much?

for me, an example is:


-speed/pace: 7

-intensity: 6

-narration/indication: 3

play with changing each scale. study the new levels and see how/if they alter your experience of the world around you:

walking, i tried:

-speed/pace: 3

-intensity: 4

-narration/indication: 8

pick one action or thing to consider, identify your natural/uninterrogated scale levels at a given moment. study those. then choose new scale levels and try that for at least a half hour.

theoretically, this is about an attempt to surprise ourselves, to learn more about the depth of our capabilities. to learn our selves in different or altered circumstances, in order to observe our stretched capacities and the effect they have on the world/space/people around us.

also, studying scale and approaching limit-testing with this can lead to habit breakage and beta states. and improvising from these states can be a BIG DEAL/SUPER GENERATIVE.