Sub-theme 09: (SWG) Transitional Spaces and Practices in Organizations: Questioning the Powers of Art and Design
Ariane Berthoin Antal
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung Berlin (WZB), Germany
Victor J. Friedman
Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Israel
CNRS ACTE / Art & Flux, Université Paris 1, France
Call for Papers
Transgression and subversion are traditionally considered typical of art practices (Strati & Guillet de Monthoux,
2002; Barry & Meisiek, 2010; Bourriaud, 2002). But what happens when the arts and design enter organizations?
Scholars suggest that subversion could drive entrepreneurship (Bureau & Zander, 2014), or that some transgressive spaces
organize the disorder (Parker, 2011). Transitional practices and objects (Winnicot, 1971; Steyaert & Hjorth, 2002) draw
attention to areas where the boundaries between the acceptable and misconducts are blurred (Land et al., 2014). While some
warn against organizational hypocrisy (Brunsson, 1989) or silencing-by-mainstreaming (Boltanski & Chiapello, 1999), others
note the transitional zone's potential for indeterminacy (Strati, 2014). The link between aesthetics and power is proving
fruitful for critical research. The transgressive quality of playing with rules while surpassing them (Styhre, 2008) in a
space where individuals can begin to think and see differently is what Rancière (2004) defines as the aesthetic ability to
reconfigure situations politically.
The arts and design can open transgressive “transitional spaces” (Steyaert,
2010)conceptualized as "enclaves" (Friedman, 2011), "interspaces" (Berthoin Antal & Strauß, 2013) or "fabulation" (Deleuze,
1990) – for invention and questioning. We welcome contributions addressing power, space, the arts, design and organizations,
including critical thinking on art, design and organizations (ADO) from gender perspectives (Biehl-Missal, 2015).
- How are transitional spaces formed under the influence of arts and design, and what
kind of influence can they have on the dominant field?
- Under what conditions can the arts and design subvert
the power structures of organizations? When do they instead reinforce dominant ways of thinking and behaving?
do the power of materials and objects influence processes of opening or closing what is conceived of as possible/desirable/unacceptable
- How can gender be attended to better in theorizing ADO in future?
- Can organizational
studies unpack the notions of "the power of" art and design?
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of Management, 30 (1), 1–148.
- Deleuze, G. (1990): Pourparlers (1972–1990). Paris: Éditions de Minuit.
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Change and Development, 19 (7), 233–257.
- Land, C., Loren, S., & Metelman, J. (2014): "Rogue Logics:
Organization in the Grey Zone." Organization Studies, 35 (2), 233–253.
- Parker, M. (2011): "Organizing
the Circus: The Engineering of Miracles." Organization Studies, 32 (4), 555–569.
- Rancière, J. (2004):
The Politics of Aesthetics. The Distribution of the Sensible. London: Continuum.
- Steyaert, C. (2010):
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- Steyaert, C., & Hjorth, D. (2002): "'Thou Art a Scholar, Speak to it...' – on Spaces of Speech: A Script." Human
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- Styhre, A. (2008): "The Element of Play in Innovation Work: The Case of New Drug Development."
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- Winnicot, D.W. (1971): Playing and Reality.
London. Tavistock Publications.
Ariane Berthoin Antal is Senior Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung Berlin (WZB), Germany. Her research is international
and multidisciplinary on business and society relations, focusing since 2008 on artistic interventions in organizations.
Victor J. Friedman Friedman is Associate Professor or Organisational Behavior and Co-Director of the Action Research Center for Social Justice
at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Israel. His research currently focuses on innovation in the practice and theory of
Philippe Mairesse is an artist and a researcher and currently serves as post-doc in the research project ANR-ABRIR at the CNRS Institut Acte,
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. His interests are art-informed management and education, and he delivers interventions