No Time to Lose: A Search for Work / Life Balance

Tuesday: So Far, So Good… by notimetolose

Think of this update as a virtual play-by-play 😉

Between four power sanders and five power people, we got through those desks in no time flat! I suspect they are already being painted.

Anja and Anja returned from “Roam/Stay” with a collection of drawings, recordings, notes, and photographs. They would have loved to spend more time engaged in these actions and interactions but, unfortunately, the clock is ticking away and there is still much for them to accomplish before the exhibition opens on Thursday.

On that note, their Fibreglas form has been plastered and is now drying so that it too can be sanded down and painted. In the meantime, they are reviewing their audio material for “Roam/Stray” and making final edits to the video components of “Workplaces at Night”

I just received an email from Cathy… all is going very well. She has acquired plenty of books and other materials, and the library staff are being tremendously helpful. It’s fantastic that they are so interested in her project! Whoo hoo!

Abby will be arriving by train at approx. 5 p.m. I’m looking forward to having the “NTTL Phase 1” gang altogether, and of course, everyone is looking forward to meeting her, as well :). Her office cubicle is in place, a desk and chair have been sourced, Jack seems to have the computer kiosk software in order, and now for the fun part: decorating! We’ll probably really get at that tomorrow.

Monika has finished the brochure, and now I’m going to look over the label text. A couple of media appointments have been scheduled for tomorrow, and John de Graaf of the fantastic North American organization, Take Back Your Time, has so kindly informed me that news about our exhibition will be released as part of the next newsletter, which will be circulated soon!

More later!

Tuesday Morning… by notimetolose

This morning is deceptively quiet…

The office is calm… probably because everyone is still waking up. I’m also calm… probably because I’m still waking up 😉

Anja + Anja are out performing “Roam/Stray”, a project that involves rides around town on public transit in order to initiate conversations with/observations of people who appear stressed out, or who are working while on the go. The artists will speak to people about how they maintain space between their working lives and their personal lives. With permission, they will audio-record conversations. Additionally, they will take notes and photos, and draw to achieve a creative gathering of interpersonal data. This information will later be installed within the gallery space for visitors to peruse. They have already performed this action in Amsterdam and Barcelona, the cities where they reside. The data from these cities will be compiled with the data collected here in Aberdeen for an effect that will draw parallels and highlight contrasts between the pace of life in these three locations.

Cathy is at the Georgina Scott Sutherland management library of the Robert Gordon University where she will begin installing her project, which juxtaposes books on contemporary human resources management with consumer care products … both being items that encourage people to push to their limits, and then some.

The books below are well representative of the type of phenomenon she’s discussing…

As a note, larger versions of any images posted here can be viewed directly at our flickr page:

Oh! And yesterday Cathy informed me that she’ll be blogging directly about her project, as well. So, keep your eyes peeled for that =-).

Hmmm… What else? Oh yes! Today we continue sanding Saki’s desks to prepare them for a coat of institutional grey paint 😉 It’s like a desk makeover! Cathy and I noticed yesterday the similar colour scheme at the Georgina Scott Sutherland library… pale grey and medium blue. Perhaps they are colours deemed most likely to keep workers focused? An interesting possibility…

At any rate, the melamine coating on the desks are proving somewhat resilient, so it’s taking longer than we expected. Jack is bringing in another electric sander today, so at least we’ll have two people plugging along at once.

On that note, I should get downstairs! The task of sanding awaits!