Drops on a hot stone
A project by Mercedes Azpilicueta, Jacco van Uden, Céline Berger and Mieke Moor
In March 2017 performance artist Mercedes Azpilicueta and professor of organisation studies Jacco van Uden swapped jobs. For a full month, Mercedes took on the position as head of the Change Management Research Group at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, while Jacco took over Mercedes’ practice in a studio at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Their actions and experiences were closely followed by video artist Céline Berger and philosopher of organization Mieke Moor. Céline was leading in the visual documentation of the project and acted as mediator between Jacco and Mercedes. Keeping a bit more distance, Mieke took on the task of critically reflecting on the project.
“The Take-over”, as the job swap project was referred to, marked the beginning of a long-term collaboration between the four of us. Together we have compiled a rich archive of expectations, odd-shaped letters, encounters, accusations, discussions, critiques, personal impressions, fears, drawings, photographs, videos, migraines, visions, revelations and performative gestures.
The material does not make sense. As the the project resists a coherent reading we have chose to take different paths to “The Take-over”. There will be an essay, written by Mieke, for instance, and a video piece, on which Céline, Mercedes and Jacco are currently working. And other forms are emerging along the way: PowerPoint presentations, workshops, lecture-performances, embroidered diagrams, healing songs, and glass objects. These different works are our “drops on a hot stone”. Each of them contributes to an investigation into the complex relationship between art and organization.
Our project is generously supported by The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Andrea von Braun Stiftung, and Het Pauwhof fonds.