Exercises that are prep-work for something beyond themselves. They might have an objective but that objective is not in their space.
Exercises that are not isolated from the world but a part of it. They do not have a court, a separated space, 90 minutes or a clock; they happen at moments in between, under the table while something else is going on, in a divide of attention.
Exercises that host fictions as an accompaniment—reading aloud in class.
What is the sound of an exercise?
Games [exercises] turn out to be part of the human practices of inscription. Painting lets us record sights, music lets us record sounds, stories let us record narratives, and games [exercises] let us record agencies” (C. Thi Nguyen, Games: Agency as Art. 2020)