Office Folk

"wish I'd joined the foreign legion", 2011

"Office Folk" explores what happens when the spirit of ‘folk’ interrupts the usual expectations of an office environment. Bored office workers, who linger in the stock cupboard, find alternative uses for the tools and stationery they discover.

In an effort to counter the abstract labour and diminished autonomy of the office, workers develop tactics to make their environment more habitable. They fashion ad-hoc solutions in response to banal situations; inventions which serve their own needs not those of the management. With no obvious ways to change the system, office workers (beneath an appearance of conformity) set about improvising handiworks which evidence and attest their humanity and look to propose alternatives to formal office culture.

Employing makeshift methods office workers mis-appropriate and adapt common place objects to create escritoires (desk companions) to tickle, cheer and interrupt the daily grind. "Office Folk" is an exploration of what can be created under the cover of ‘office administration’, creating pieces of quiet rebellion.