The work we know the most about is our own. We can only guess how other people work and what is expected from them. Our idea of how they work is based on perceptions and stereotypes about office space - we see piles of documents, meetings and breaks. But do we really know what modern offices are and what they look like? What are the differences between offices and institutions or corporations and co-working spaces? How much do we really work at a time when all we have to do is swipe our finger across a screen to be inundated with information in notification windows?
Are we able to take a break? Are breaks a part of work or are they actual periods of rest? What do we do during coffee breaks? How much coffee do we drink? Do we meet up with the same group of coworkers in the kitchen? Do we know all the people who work on our floor? Do we take photos of ourselves with our coworkers? Do we at least take photos of food at work? What does it say about our work space? How does red tape in the form of a myriad of procedures and piles of invoices affect our effectiveness? How does creativity and know-how affect our performance? Which moments are the most difficult? How much can we take? How many meetings a day can we attend? What do we do at those meetings? What do we scribble in the margins of our notes? Drawings? Could they reflect unacknowledged facts about our inner-selves? Or maybe they reflect our attitude towards our work?
We ask ourselves these and many other questions during the first edition of the one-and-only International Office Art Biennale. What are things really like? Let’s find out!