corporation (text)Natural and legal persons inhabit the world. Natural persons are linked to their physical body, singular in time and space, while legal persons – called corporations – exist in the virtual space of a legal system, free from human limitations of mortality and – as often stated in a corporation's title – liability for one's actions.
Both my mind and an organizational structure of a corporation can be seen as a regulatory system with its own architecture. How would my ‘self’ look like if I transformed it into a corporation – externalizing my thought processes into a virtual body defined by organizational and legal means?
As individuals, we make decisions, estimate risks and plan activities. In a corporation, natural persons give up a part of their autonomy and follow a set of externally imposed processes and guidelines. An intersection between two structures occurs.
I am interested in this point where the architecture of one's self intersects and interacts with the architecture of a corporation's structures. Interaction exists on the level of physical spaces and bodies – tower blocks, offices, meeting rooms, desks – and on the level of virtual structures – decision making processes, risk management and planning.
How does the architecture of the office building and enterprise architecture of a corporation relate to my physical body present in the office? How does the structure of my own thinking relate to the architecture of informational flows within an enterprise?
My approach to this topic can be defined as field research. While being employed in a corporation, I observe and take notes. My findings are then organized and processed into publicly presented artworks. I am embarking on an organizational ‘dérive’ without yet knowing my final destination.
The initial work, titled ‘Corporation’ is a series of 25 drawings that explore relations between the physical office space and the conceptual space which is being created there in the form of relational and process models.