On Non-Being in the Organisational Settings: Art Meditation on Embodied Behaviour and the Unconscious
The paper draws on Cracow-based artist, Alicja Żebrowska’s video-based work Monitoring (2000), which explores political practice in the organisational realms; dialectic of control-resistance in a service firm. The paper discusses effects the inertia in organisational culture has on the subjective capacities for labour; that is, how employees survive the boredom, monotony and powerlessness that characterises many jobs, in particular, office-based service jobs.
Zebrowska's work depicts subjectivity at the workplace through the unconscious - outside participation in, or rejection of the controlled practices -in spaces where employees’ emotions, desires and anxieties can be expressed more irrationally and more freely.
Keywords: aesthetics, organisation, unconscious
Prof. Katarzyna Kosmala
Lecturer, School of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University
Currently involved in research on feminism and video art ‘Utopias of [Un]conscious in New Video Installation Art in Baltic Countries: Implications for Mapping Art Criticism in Eastern Europe’.
Co-organisation of stream at APROS 2005 conference, Melbourne, Organization and Representation: Organizational Analysis through the Lens of Visual Art, Film and Literature