— Cultural Sources of Newness

Co-authoring with the help of the Kulturforum

Last week a wonderful colleague from Audencia Nantes School of Management, Gervaise Debucquet, was a Visiting Fellow at our research unit. We worked together on our paper entitled “Artistic interventions in organizations as intercultural relational spaces for identity development, which we will present in July at the 2013 EGOS conference in Montreal.

The paper is based on masses of data I have been collecting from artists, managers, and employees who have responded to my Web-based questionnaire about their expectations from and experiences with artistic interventions in organizations. Gervaise brings to the project a special expertise with quantitative-qualitative data analysis, using ALCESTE software.

We punctuated our work week with inspiring breaks in the Kulturforum, in which the WZB is located. On Tuesday we went to the free lunchtime concert at the Philharmonie, where the trio La Bicicleta performed tango music with a member of the Berlin Philharmonic. I was so frustrated not to have brought my camera with me because the scene was enriched by couples who spontaneously broke into tango dancing–a most unusual sight in the foyer of the Philharmonie! We returned to the office with much more energy. And it was especially fitting to hear music from Argentina at this lunchtime concert because Gervaise learned Spanish in that country while she was conducting research on the gauchos in the pampa. Her fluency in Spanish is another reason that we are collaborating on this project: the data is drawn from artistic interventions that the Spanish intermediary organization Conexiones improbables is producing in the Basque country.

On Thursday we took an hour to walk around the current exhibit at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Gervaise pointed out a particularly appropriate painting for our work: Karel Appel’s Rencontre des mondes (1958). In our paper we are discussing the effects on identity development of the intercultural encounters that artistic interventions enable between the world of the arts and the world of organizations. In addition to the thematic connection between our paper and this artwork, there is the visual dimension: there are moments when the mass of data we are working with makes my brain feel like the paint looks on this canvas–which is why taking a break away from the computer and into the Kulturforum is a great thing to do with a co-author!

Rencontre des mondes, Karel Appel (1958) Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (photo ABA)

Rencontre des mondes, Karel Appel (1958) Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (photo ABA)

 

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