"I N N O V A T I O N I S A T I O N"
An interactive exhibition and workshop.
Today's session should take around 1 hour and is split into four sections:
This workshop draws on critical creative practice pedagogy developed by artist and scholar Newman.
- INTRODUCTION -
- The rapidly evolving corporate workplace.
- What is it like to live through these changes?
- A tension between excitement and optimism, and uncertainty and fear.
- Technology, language, norms and expectations.
- Innovation as culture?
- The present, and future, of work.
Immersion, observation, interviews,
theory and media practice
& art making
towards the future of work
Listen to these statements and...
Rub your hands together if you agree
Click your fingers if you disagree
- EXHIBITION WALK THROUGH -
"From the 1980s onward, innovation became an end in itself: anything goes in the name of innovation; everyone should innovate. Innovation has become a slogan […] Discourses on innovation have become performative: they produce innovation in the sense that they encourage people to innovate and then reward them. Discourses on innovation create the world of innovation."
Benoit Godin, 2012.
"What matters is to develop activity – that is to say, never to be short of a project, bereft of an idea, always to have something in mind, in the pipeline, with other people whom one meets out of a desire to do something"
Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello, 2005.
“The self, then, as a performed character, is not an organic thing that has a specific location, whose fundamental fate is to be born, to mature, and to die; it is a dramatic effect arising diffusely from a scene that is presented, and the characteristic issue, the crucial concern, is whether it will be credited or discredited.”
Erving Goffman, 1959.
"...the thrust for control must often reach into or shape the personal attributes of the worker as well. The struggle for control is thus extended into the worker’s soul."
Steven Vallas, 2012.
"Instead of an arduous, lifelong process attempted in a renunciatory, monastic, religious context, the original context for mindfulness is obscured. Rather, mindfulness is promoted as providing instant benefits that can be gained after a single trial attempt at meditation practice."
Jeff Wilson, 2014.
& IDEATION -
"Quitting (and getting laid off or fired) is the engine that makes contemporary hiring what it is today. Recruiters are constantly trying to figure out how to get people to quit (for another job), and many people talked to me matter-of-factly about someday quitting their jobs as an obvious next career step."
Ilana Gershon, 2017.
First, write a list:
5 things that excite you about the future of work
5 things that you fear about the future of work
Then, pick two and re-format them as questions.
Use the format:
How might we...
What would the world look like if...
Share and discuss.
- ART MAKING -
Convert these questions into drawings.
You can make your question into a drawing,
or you can answer your question as a drawing.
Transform your drawings into sculptures.
Write down the artwork title, your name and the year.
Write one or two sentences on what the artwork is about.
Write down the materials used.
Present your work