mumblings by the artist otherwise known as disgruntled
career objective: to work and to see it as art and to change the experience of work on a wider scale; to master chinese writing brush, calligraphy, the four gentlemen and improve the results of self expression through self-development.
summary: I am fascinated by the effects of different mental models on the nature of lived experience; some might say its attitude init' but the popular conception of attitude as a private space that is ones personal responsibility and obligation to turn to the common cause does not work (I will elaborate the problems below). What is of interest to me right now is the structure or design of work - both the inner design and the outer or environment of work; to what degree can or should work be conscious and how can elements or aspects of the work "place" be consciously turned to desireable ends.
The same tasks can be uplifting or degrading depending on the ideas associated and the nature of relationships involved.
some more background: I have extensive teaching experience and have worked as a government program manager (Australia and England) as well as operated my own consulting practice in organisational learning and development. Right now I am "home making" - looking after two young children and wife as well as the dwelling we inhabit and in my spare time make pictures, mostly with ink and paper and sculpt figures and faces. I live in Aesch, just outside of Basel Switzerland.
My current situation lets me ponder things, mostly the nuances of my ineffectiveness around the house, but also the nuances of social dislocation, personal dysfunction and disintegration that come with life amongst a crowd of expatriates; I think about how these come about and how they are mirrored on greater and smaller scales from the mess that is international relations; the struggle for agility within large organisations, the possibility of building a sense of shared vision and shared values and to form a communal sensibility in this mess as well as to get some sort of integrated spiritual state within myself and to achieve it consciously, i.e. an intelligent design or structure that is sustainable wince it seems that the accidental structures are self-destructive.
I ponder the relevance of human factors in the design of work places as well as the impact of relationships on the quality of work life. Just shift "work" place or "community" life for "family" place and life and the question seems obvious, but in the workplace the question of happines seems to irrelevant.
I'll get back to these happy thoughts later.
Tags: art, career, work
Current Mood: cranky