Occurring frequently or habitually; usual.
Having no special designation, status, or rank.
Not distinguished by superior or noteworthy characteristics; average.
Outside or beyond normal experience,
conditions, etc.; unusual.
NOTES ON THE UN (/) COMMON
The Uncommon does not occur outside the constant stream of the familiar. The generic sequence of the known appears without any noteworthy experience. Yet, the common is required in order for the Uncommon to unfold itself. It functions as an exposure of the different – our assumptions are challenged. The Uncommon works as a mirror, reflecting what we do not presume.
The experience of the Uncommon exists in a constant and parallel relationship to the known, where the Uncommon is based on recognizable elements related to its surroundings. However, these components, (whether being physical elements such as form and material or historical, social or cultural values), are assembled and/or used in an unusual way – resulting in an experience beyond normal conditions. Invisible nuances appear, capturing fragments and associations of the expected reality. The Uncommon is molded into a confrontation, but still acknowledging the known.
Contrary to the security of the common, the Uncommon beholds a certain ‘danger’. The encounter with the Uncommon challenges (the subject) and provokes active observations. It is not easily described and understood; it introduces an element of doubt and wonder. The strangeness of the Uncommon creates a desire to understand, a desire to participate through a physical and perceptional presence.