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The International Network for Visual Studies in Organization brings together researchers, practitioners and artists exploring the visual dimensions of business, management and organizational life. We hope these pages will become a rich source of visual and image-based scholarly material as well as the hub of a thriving, global research and teaching community. See below or select a category for latest news...

Museum of Modern Art, New York, exhibition – Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness

July 17th, 2014

From the MOMA website: “Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness—the first retrospective ever mounted of Christopher Williams (American, b. 1956)—spans the impressive 35-year career of one of the most influential cinephilic artists working in photography. Williams studied at the California Institute of the Arts in the mid to late 1970s under the first wave of West Coast Conceptual artists, including John Baldessari, Douglas Huebler, and Michael Asher, only to become his generation’s leading Conceptualist and art professor; he is currently professor of photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Deeply invested in the histories of photography and film, architecture and design, Williams has produced a concise oeuvre that furthers a critique of late capitalist society in which images typically function as agents of spectacle.

For the title of this exhibition, Williams has taken a line from a documentary by French director Jean-Luc Godard, in which an amateur filmmaker compares his daily job as a factory worker with his hobby of editing his films of the Swiss countryside as “the production line of happiness.” In Williams’s hands the phrase appears to refer broadly to the function of much photography in today’s consumer culture, in which it not only pictures but also produces so many experiences and objects to be consumed.”

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1411

The Conceptual Advertising of J.G. Ballard

July 8th, 2014

Thought this might be of interest –from Design Observer.  There is a growing interest in histories of organizational and commercial imagery – the ephemera of consumer culture.  JS

“From 1967 to 1970, the British author J.G. Ballard published a series of disturbing conceptual ads in several periodicals at his own expense. The five “Advertiser’s Announcements,” as he called them, have been part of discussion about Ballard since they were reproduced as a set in Re/Search no. 8/9 in 1984, with a brief statement by the writer. More recently, they have been reprinted in catalogues for Ballard exhibitions in Barcelona (2008) and London (2010) and in David Brittain’s book Eduardo Paolozzi at New Worlds (2013). Inevitably, copies also circulate on the Internet. While the ads are well known to Ballard’s admirers and scholars, they have always been viewed within the framework of Ballard studies. There has been little attempt to place them in a broader context, in relation to developments in advertising or design.”

Original post by Rick Poyner

http://designobserver.com/feature/the-conceptual-advertising-of-jg-ballard/38432

Wall Street Journal reports “Our Brains are Made for Enjoying Art”

June 21st, 2014

From the Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2014

“The human brain is built for art appreciation, suggests a meta-analysis that looked at studies mapping brain processes linked to the arts.

Danny Schwartz

Viewing paintings engages a number of different regions of the brain, suggesting art appreciation is a natural biological process, according to the report in the June issue of the journal Brain and Cognition. The study found that paintings activated areas of the brain involved in vision, pleasure, memory, recognition and emotions, in addition to systems that underlie the conscious processing of new information to give it meaning.

A meta-analysis at the University of Toronto pooled data from 15 studies conducted from 2004 to 2012 in seven countries. The studies involved a total of 330 participants ages 18 to 59 who viewed paintings by unknown and famous artists while in MRI scanners. Participants were instructed to make aesthetic judgments in about two-thirds of the studies; they were free to view the images as they pleased in the other studies.

Viewing paintings activated regions of the visual cortex, which processes visual information. This activity may be attributed to processing shapes and colors, the researchers said. The fusiform gyrus and parahippocampal gyrus, brain regions associated with the perception and recognition of objects and places, were highlighted, possibly by familiar faces and landscapes, the study suggests.

The anterior temporal lobe, which conceptualizes information about objects and how they function, was also involved, indicating viewing paintings may trigger higher-order mental processing, researchers said.

Also activated were the posterior cingulate cortex and anterior insula, areas associated with inner thoughts and emotional experiences, and the putamen, which regulates movements and influences learning. This could signal experienced or anticipated pleasure from viewing paintings.

Caveat: Subjects viewed artworks inside the confined space of MRI scanners, a noisy environment not typically associated with viewing paintings. Some studies involved computerized images of paintings.”

http://online.wsj.com/articles/our-brains-are-made-for-enjoying-art-1402958948

Original Study published as: Vartanian O, and Skov M. (2014) “Neural correlates of viewing paintings: evidence from a quantitative meta-analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging data,” Brain Cogn. 2014 Jun;87:52-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2014.03.004. Epub 2014 Apr 4.

Ethics Unwrapped – online resource for cases, videos, and teaching notes

June 14th, 2014

Beyond business ethics, there is behavioral ethics. Using the tools of psychology and related fields, this new area of study explores the organizational pressures and psychological biases that often cause well-intentioned people to act unethically.

By sharing stories and real world examples, we encourage ethical decision-making and behavior. All of our videos, and the teaching resources that go with them, provide a platform for fostering meaningful discussion about ethics in the classroom, boardroom, and beyond.

3 series • 36 videos • ethics in action

From University of Texas at Austin

http://ethicsunwrapped.utexas.edu/

Short Essay – The Future of Office Design

May 27th, 2014

What’s the future of office design? We investigate how start-up culture is influencing everything from corporate campuses to contract furniture.