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Study for an Essay: How Deep Is Your Disaster II

Jen Weih
Study for an Essay: How Deep Is Your Disaster II
2004 – ongoing
notes, photos, clippings, ephemera, drawings, photocopies, images, texts, found objects
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Aaron Carpenter
Dialog Vernacular Group and Topical Archive
2011 – onging
installation
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Suite 207

Aaron Carpenter
Suite 207
2011
cut vinyl
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Suite 200A

Aaron Carpenter
Suite 200A
2011
cut vinyl
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BUS LEAVING AT 7:30 PM!!

The Unspeakable Compromise of the Portable Work is opening tonight!
Shuttle bus to the exhibition leaving from the Or Gallery (555 Hamilton Street) at 7:30pm sharp!!!
There will be cake and booze!!!!

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Ascii Ice Machine and Swift!!

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Ascii Sylvain!

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The Ice Machine and Swift. The Office.

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Working and Waiting | The Clash

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Ascii Nathan!

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Ascii Jonathan!

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Ascii Beth!

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staff:

staff 1n | includes:

1. (Business / Professions) a group of people employed by a company, individual, etc., for executive, clerical, sales work, etc.
2. (Business / Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (modifier) attached to or provided for the staff of an establishment a staff doctor
3. (Social Science / Education) the body of teachers or lecturers of an educational institution, as distinct from the students
4. (Military) the officers appointed to assist a commander, service, or central headquarters organization in establishing policy, plans, etc.

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ASCII IGOR!

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“…workplace dynamics are no less complicated…

“…workplace dynamics are no less complicated or unexpectedly intense than family relations, with only the added difficulty that whereas families are at least well-recognised and sanctioned loci for hysteria reminiscent of scenes from Medea, office life typically proceeds behind a mask of shallow cheerfulness, leaving workers grievously unprepared to handle the fury and sadness continually aroused by their colleagues.”
— Alain de Botton (The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work)

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“When does a job feel meaningful…

“When does a job feel meaningful? Whenever it allows us to generate delight or reduce suffering in others. Though we are often taught to think of ourselves as inherently selfish, the longing to act meaningfully in our work seems just as stubborn a part of our make-up as our appetite for status or money. It is because we are meaning-focused animals rather than simply materialistic ones that we can reasonably contemplate surrendering security for a career helping to bring drinking water to rural Malawi or might quit a job in consumer goods for one in cardiac nursing, aware that when it comes to improving the human condition a well-controlled defibrillator has the edge over even the finest biscuit.

But we should be wary of restricting the idea of meaningful work too tightly, of focusing only on the doctors, the nuns of Kolkata or the Old Masters. There can be less exalted ways to contribute to the furtherance of the collective good….

….An endeavor endowed with meaning may appear meaningful only when it proceeds briskly in the hands of a restricted number of actors and therefore where particular workers can make an imaginative connection between what they have done with their working days and their impact upon others.”
— Alain de Botton (The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work)

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link: Alain de Botton on RSA | The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

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meritocracy:

mer·i·toc·ra·cy  (mr-tkr-s)

n. pl. mer·i·toc·ra·cies

1. A system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement.
2.

a. A group of leaders or officeholders selected on the basis of individual ability or achievement.
b. Leadership by such a group.

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link: Alain de Botton on TED | A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

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