delve into the brave new world of algorithmic management, where the quantified
self is empowered to finally take control of his or her own life. Or is it,
perhaps, only the illusion of control that our tools and technologies for
productivity boosting and self-improvement create? In this workshop we are
going to explore popular productivity tools, apps and technologies. Our focus
will be on the aesthetics of control employed by these instruments and how they
use specific traditions of software / "User Experience" design and
psychology to convey a feeling of control for the precarious knowledge worker.
joining this workshop should try to adopt a time management system for a week
or more before the event, and come along to talk about it. It could be an app
or a self-help book. There are lots of examples.
The Aesthetics of Control: Productivity and the Order of Things is a workshop by Melissa Greg, with Sebastian Olma & Michel van Dartel
Michel van Dartel
Gregg is an experienced ethnographer and a Principal Engineer at Intel
Corporation researching the future of work, where her role is to translate
strategic insights on the nature of enterprise and employment to business
outcomes and opportunities. Melissa’s recent research tracks the rise of the
personal enterprise – a world in which individuals take responsibility for
their life’s work with the assistance of technical infrastructure. Her books
include The Affect Theory Reader (co-edited
with Gregory J. Seigworth, Duke 2010), Cultural
Studies’ Affective Voices (Palgrave 2006) and Work’s Intimacy (Polity 2011). This workshop shares research from
her latest book, Counterproductive: A
Brief History of Time Management (Duke UP). She blogs at http://homecookedtheory.com/.
Centre of Art & Design
This is a private workshop for students of the Centre of Art & Design of Avans University of Applied Science.